Glenn Greenwald writes that the US is preparing a new bombing campaign in Libya to deal with the mess it created by its first bombing campaign. It must be recalled that Hillary Clinton was one of the leading architects and advocates of that disastrous policy during her tenure as secretary of state and gloated about the brutal death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the hands of a mob, even joking and chuckling about it, saying “We came, we saw, he died”.
That seems to be US foreign policy in the Middle East in a nutshell. Bomb and destabilize countries whose leaders you dislike. Then bomb again when the predictable chaos ensues. Bill Burns bemoaned the fact that in the US, diplomacy is used not to avoid war but to “clear the way for military action, or to clear up the aftermath”. Burns is not some lefty pacifist. He was a career diplomat involved in all manner of high-level activities on behalf of the US and ended up as deputy secretary of state under Clinton and what he describes accurately captures her approach before and during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.
Meanwhile, Jon Schwarz reports that a prominent warmonger and backer of Clinton has bought the popular satirical magazine The Onion.
Many news outlets covered Univision Communications’ purchase last week of a stake in The Onion, the world’s leading news publication. According to NPR, Univision bought a 40 percent controlling interest in the company, and also acquired the option to buy the remainder of The Onion in the future.
But what’s gotten no attention at all is that Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton’s biggest fan and financial supporter, is Univision’s co-owner, chairman, and CEO. Saban and his wife, Cheryl, are Hillary Clinton’s top financial backers, having given $2,046,600 to support her political campaigns and at least $10 million more to the Clinton Foundation, on whose board Cheryl Saban sits. The Sabans are also generous supporters of the overall Democratic Party infrastructure, donating, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a total of $16.1 million since 1989 to Democratic and liberal candidates, party committees, leadership PACs, and federally focused 527s.
Saban badly wants Hillary Clinton to be elected president this year, vowing to provide “as much as needed” to see it happen, since “she would be great for the country and great for the world,” and “on issues I care about, [Clinton] is pristine plus.”
So what are the issues that Saban cares about? He is not shy about revealing that Israel is his main interest and supports extremely hardline policies against Palestinians and those countries that he thinks are enemies of Israel.
Beyond Saban’s deep connections to the Clintons, The Onion staffers likely have taken note of his statement that “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”
The Onion, in the past, has published articles like Israel: Palestinians Given Ample Time To Evacuate To Nearby Bombing Sites, Israel Vows To Use Veto Power If Chuck Hagel Confirmed As U.S. Secretary Of Defense, and Israel Calls For Increase In U.S. Taxes To Fund Attacks On Gaza.
Saban said in 2014 that if Israel believed the anticipated international nuclear deal with Iran “puts Israel’s security at risk,” then Israel should “bomb the living daylights out of these sons of bitches.”
It is no wonder that he supports Clinton. Whether The Onion changes its tone remains to be seen.