Speaking before a group of veterans on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave perhaps her most hawkish speech to date, with sharp words villainizing Russia and promises to respond to cyberattacks with military force.
From the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, where the 98th National American Legion convention is underway, Clinton focused on “American exceptionalism.”
Explaining her view of the role the U.S. plays in the world, Clinton stated that America is “the indispensable nation.” She explained that U.S. importance in the world is a serious responsibility, and that the actions Washington does and does not take have a great impact on the lives of people around the globe.
“When Vladimir Putin, of all people, criticized American exceptionalism — my opponent agreed with him — saying, and I quote, ‘if you’re in Russia, you don’t want to hear that America is exceptional,’” Clinton remarked. “Well maybe you don’t want to hear it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true,” she said.
Clinton then explained that, in her view, the United States is essentially the world’s police force. Her speech gave the impression of heavily courting neo-conservatives with a penchant for war.
“Our power comes with a responsibility to lead, humbly, thoughtfully, and with a fierce commitment to our values — because when America fails to lead we leave a vacuum that either causes chaos or other countries or networks rushing to fill the void.”
She noted that part of the reason why America is so powerful is because of their network of allies, and warned that the same network would be at risk under a President Trump, again mentioning Russia and China as enemies.
“No other country in the world has alliances like ours — Russia and China have nothing close,” Clinton stated.
U.S. allies share information on terrorists, the former New York Senator asserted, failing to mention that ally and Clinton Foundation donor nation Saudi Arabia was implicated in funding the extremists who attacked the World Trade Center.
“If I’m your president, our friends will always know — America will have your backs and we expect you to have ours,” Clinton said, as many on social media spoke out about their fears that she sounded set on being a wartime president.
Clinton claimed that the nation needs to “solve global problems, as only we can,” again painting a stark contrast to her opponent’s repeated statements against globalism and focusing on unorthodox methods to solve problems at home.
Clinton’s track record of “solving global problems,” is a lengthy list of destabilized regions, including Honduras, Haiti, Syria, and Libya.
“We can’t cozy up to dictators, we have to stand up to them,” Clinton stated, reminding many of her push to take down Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. That gambit left Libya in absolute chaos, Daesh rising in power, and an estimated 400,000 people displaced as a direct result of the intervention.
Clinton then listed the nations she considers to be a threat, stating that the US needs a military “that is ready” for them, explaining that she believes that the United States must embrace new tactics, including treating “cyber attacks just like any other attacks,” a pointed statement as she continues, despite of evidence to the contrary, to paint Russia as a nation of hackers.
“We need to respond to evolving threats, from states like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea,” Clinton stated, also mentioning the terror group Daesh. “We need a military that is ready and agile so that it can meet the full range of threats — and operate on short notice across every domain — not just land, sea, air, and space, but also cyber space.”
She reasserted unsubstantiated claims that state-operated Russian intelligence services were behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The Kremlin has strongly denied any involvement in the breach.
“You’ve seen reports — Russia has hacked into a lot of things, China has hacked into a lot of things — Russia even hacked into the Democratic National Committee!” Clinton repeated. “Maybe even some state election systems, so we’ve gotta step up our game.”
Clinton, her campaign, and her party, have continuously claimed that Russia was behind the DNC hack, and have accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of working with Putin to meddle in the US election, despite multiple officials and experts pointing out that there is no evidence that Russia was involved in the hack.
Trump has openly mocked the conspiracy theory.
“The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin likes me,” Trump tweeted in July.
The Democratic candidate’s demonization of Russia has been strongly criticized by many journalists as a new wave of McCarthyism.
“It’s a very sort of disturbing strategy that not is just disturbing in and of itself, but that will have enduring consequences in the likely event that Hillary Clinton wins, because when you constantly inflame the public by telling them that Russia is this enemy, that they have domestic agents operating in the US, namely anyone who is a critic of the Clinton campaign,” journalist Glenn Greenwald said on Democracy Now, “That’s going to have lots of long-term implications in terms of how the US government treats Russia, how the American media and the American people are going to expect the US government to react to Russia and how much dissent and criticism is going to be allowed without people being accused of being agents of the Kremlin.”
Immediately after making her claims, Clinton threatened that she would offer a military response to cyber threats.
“Make sure we are well defended and able to take the fight to those who go after us. As president I will make it clear that we will treat cyber attacks just like any other attack,” Clinton said. “We will be ready with serious political, economic, and military responses.”
Clinton also asserted that she wants to increase control of the internet, because if the “US doesn’t, someone else will.”
“I want us to lead the world in setting the rules for cyberspace,” she said.
Donald Trump is expected to speak to the same crowd at the convention on September 1.
First published at Sputnik News
Russia’s naval force in the Mediterranean will begin a tactical drill to test its readiness and practice counterterrorism maneuvers today, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
A group of ten warships is planning to engage in live artillery and missile fire “under simulated battlefield conditions.” The force includes two fast attack guided missile craft, both armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile complexes equipped with 8 missiles each.
Simultaneously, a group of four attack guided missile craft (each armed with 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles) will be deployed in the southwestern part of the Caspian Sea to perform live artillery and missile strikes.
But does Russia plan to conduct just naval drills?
Last month residents of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo rushed for long-awaited supplies of food and essentials as the Russian military opened three humanitarian corridors for civilians and militants who had agreed to lay down their arms.
However, Washington officials expressed doubt about the sincerity of the Russia’s humanitarian operation. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he is still unsure of Moscow’s intent and assumed that the whole operation could be a “ruse.” In the meantime, the US embassy in Syria has even suggested that Russia is using the humanitarian operation as a means to force the residents of Aleppo out of the city, thus abandoning it to government forces.
So, at the same time, the vessels armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile will be coincidentally close enough to Syrian borders during Russian naval drills and capable to hit all their targets. It seems the Kremlin organized the humanitarian corridors to not only help Syrian citizens to leave Aleppo but destroy terrorist forces who still fight against Assad’s regime and kill civilians.
Meanwhile, Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State fighters continue to disrupt peace effort and carry on their attacks on government-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo using makeshift artillery and mortars. Moreover, on August 5, al-Nusra and IS terrorists captured and executed three civilians who tried to flee a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo via a humanitarian corridor.
Look at the previous Russia’s naval attacks against terrorist forces:
On October 7, 2015, four Russian Navy warships in the Caspian Sea fired a total of 26 missiles at positions in Syria held by the Islamic State terrorist group. The missiles flew some 1,500 kilometers, changing route several times, and eliminated 11 targets.
On November 20, warships of Russia’s Caspian Fleet launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib, and Aleppo. All of the targets were successfully hit.
On December 8, the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don launched 3M-54 Kalibr missiles from the Mediterranean that successfully eliminated two targets in Syria.
Thus, these naval drills are going to be an excellent opportunity for the Kremlin to destroy and scour the terrorist forces from Aleppo.
While the leftist media cries non-stop about their being too many guns out there and that if we could only get rid of the guns there would be peace in the land, there is new research showing that they do not believe that to be the case at all. How do we know that? Because they are arming government agencies in unprecedented numbers. Now why would that be? In the past, the nation was told that there was a need to arm only certain agencies such as the police, the FBI, and the border control who clearly have responsibilities that require weaponry.
But recent investigations show that a whole host of government agencies are militarizing and buying huge quantities of weaponry and ammunition, but no explanation is given as to why this might be. However, the number of armed government personnel is simply staggering, exceeding even the number of personnel in the U.S. Marines.
“The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000),” former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and OpenTheBooks founder and CEO Adam Andrzejewski said.
“The recent spikes in IRS purchasing could be related to the increase in recent ‘Identity Theft’ crimes and the prosecution of those crimes into sophisticated gang activity,” the OpenTheBooks report said.
Titled “The Militarization of America”, the report also confirms the IRS spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition and “military-style equipment” between 2006 and 2014, but they’re not alone.
The other primarily administrative federal agencies militarizing their departments include the Environmental Protection Agency, The Department of Veterans Affairs, The Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service.
At the very least, it is troubling that so many agencies and government entities are armed inside the borders of the U.S. It is something that suggests a Soviet type government, with armed agents lurking around every corner. Add to that the strong administration and Democrat demand that Americans disarm, and there is a reasonable suspicion that the government is preparing for or planning some type of activity that will not be welcomed by the nation, and that could very well lead to push-back from patriots who recognize the unconstitutional actions undertaken by this administration.
There is no reason to believe that Hillary Clinton will reverse course and assume a more traditional role and traditional limitations by the executive branch should she become president. And unfortunately, we have also seen that several government agencies, from the IRS to the State Department to the Department of Justice have been loaded up with left leaning lackeys willing to break the law and do whatever is required to protect and promote the Democrat party. This report suggests that may include armed intervention and enforcement against the American people.
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