The Washington Post fact-checked the initial story, gave it 4 Pinocchios and called it a “whopper”…which is just a nice way of saying it’s a lie. Now they’ve added an update from a current Clinton speechwriter who was on the trip with her.
Lissa Muscatine, who served as Hilary Clinton’s chief speechwriter in 1996 and accompanied her on the Bosnia trip, feels that I have failed to provide a full picture of what took place. She gave me her “vivid recollections” of the arrival in Tuzla, which I quote below:
I was on the plane with then First Lady Hillary Clinton for the trip from Germany into Bosnia in 1996. We were put on a C17– a plane capable of steep ascents and descents — precisely because we were flying into what was considered a combat zone. We were issued flak jackets for the final leg because of possible sniper fire near Tuzla. As an additional precaution, the First Lady and Chelsea were moved to the armored cockpit for the descent into Tuzla. We were told that a welcoming ceremony on the tarmac might be canceled because of sniper fire in the hills surrounding the air strip. From Tuzla, Hillary flew to two outposts in Bosnia with gunships escorting her helicopter.
Long story short, this still doesn’t really resolve what Hillary said in that video, and the Wash Post isn’t going to let her off the hook.
Also, maybe this is a silly question, but if Bosnia was so dangerous why did Chelsea come along for the trip? As Sinbad said, “What kind of president would say ‘Hey man, I can’t go ’cause I might get shot so I’m going to send my wife. Oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.”
Well put Sinbad…well put. :)