Clinton Foundation Donors Got Arms Bonanza

Clinton arms

Yep.  Just like we thought.  The countries that wrote sizable checks to the Bill Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation just happened to get to buy American war tools during Barack Obama’s first term.

Under Clinton’s leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data. That figure — derived from the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (from October 2010 to September 2012) — represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.

Prominent among the 20 nations in question are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emerates…none known for stellar human right records.  There is no proof that the donations managed to open the flood gates of arms deals, but the coincidence is just a bit much considering that defense contractor Boeing donated $900,000 and they managed to get contracts to sell fighter jets.

In addition to the straight up sales of arms, there were also deals brokered through the Pentagon:

The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase incompleted sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration. These extra sales were part of a broad increase in American military exports that accompanied Obama’s arrival in the White House.

It has now been well established that despite pleas from Sen. Richard Lugar and a signed memorandum of understanding with the Obama Administration, the Clinton Foundation took money from foreign governments during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State.  Not only that, there was an implicit understanding that such donations were a foot in the door to gaining approval of such arms sales.

“The word was out to these groups that one of the best ways to gain access and influence with the Clintons was to give to this foundation,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, an advocacy group that seeks to tighten campaign finance disclosure rules. “This shows why having public officials, or even spouses of public officials, connected with these nonprofits is problematic.”

And there is the crux of the matter.  The Clintons can be bought by the highest bidder.  Most of the entities, government or not, who seek to have control of their regions or at least control of their own destinies, bought influence in order to purchase American arms.  That should be an ominous turn of events.  If Hillary and her horn-dog consort can see to it that Middle Eastern regimes are armed when she was Secretary of State, what would happen with her as president?

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.