“The Smartest Woman in the World” Flunks Her Foreign Policy Exam

hillWorse still, the flunkie in this article title recently served as U.S. Secretary of State. Back in the ’90s when she served as First Lady (co-president, some say) Hillary Clinton was widely known as “The Smartest Woman in the World.” Her husband Bill supposedly coined the term, but Rush Limbaugh ran with it, snarking and laughing. Soon it was household.

In her new book, Hillary Clinton reveals that she prodded President Obama to “lift or ease” (what’s left of the so-called) Cuba embargo. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend,” Clinton explained to a delighted audience at the anti-embargo Council on Foreign Relations last week while promoting her book Hard Choices.

But doesn’t the “Smartest Woman in the World” and former U.S. Secretary of State know that what’s left of the sanctions against Castro’s Stalinist regime are codified into law and can only be lifted by Congress, obviously after a vote? In fact, this codification took place with passage of the Helms-Burton act in 1996, when she was first lady (co-president.)

The current U.S. president, having already delighted Castro by loopholing the Cuba sanctions almost to death, can’t go much further. Has Ms. Clinton forgotten? Or is this constitutional “expert” advocating (even more) U.S. government by executive fiat?

And what about the $2 billion (worth $7 billion today) stolen at Soviet gunpoint by Castro’s gunmen in 1960 from U.S. businessmen and stockholders, after the torture and murder of a few Americans who resisted? That very Helms-Burton law also calls for a settling of that account before allowing any more loopholing of the embargo.

Perhaps instead of attending Yale Law School and marrying “her way to the top,” Hillary Rodham Clinton should have “stayed home and baked cookies,” (to succumb to her own famous insult against America’s stay-at home moms), then sold them at a lemonade stand. If so, she’d know a little about business. To wit: When somebody stiffs you big–time (as Castro did to the U.S. like nobody in history) before extending them more credit you demand they settle up the amount in arrears. Comprende, “Smartest Woman in the World”?

More basic still, Webster’s defines “embargo” as “a government order imposing a trade barrier.” As a verb it’s defined as “to prevent commerce.” But according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. (thanks to her husband’s loopholes in 1999) has transacted almost $4 billion in trade with Cuba over the past 14 years. Up until five years ago, the U.S. served as Stalinist Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner. For over a decade the so-called U.S. embargo, so disparaged by Hillary Clinton, has mostly stipulated that Castro’s Stalinist regime pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. agricultural products; no Export-Import Bank (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales.

Enacted by the Bush team in 2001, (attempting to patch some of her husband’s loopholes) this cash-up-front policy has been monumentally beneficial to U.S. taxpayers, making them among the few in the world not stiffed by the Castro regime, which per capita-wise qualifies as the world’s biggest dead-beat. Standard & Poors refuses to even rate Cuba.

Again, shouldn’t a former U.S. Sec. of State be familiar with this?

Now back to her parroting of the KGB-mentored meme: “The embargo is Castro’s best friend it provides Castro with a foil for his failures.” This meme ranks as the favorite talking point of Castro’s agents, on the payroll and off. Sadly, it’s widely believed by the superficially-informed on Cuban matters.

First off, if Castro “secretly favors the embargo,” then why did every one of his secret agents campaign secretly and obsessively against the embargo while working as secret agents?   Castro managed the deepest and most damaging penetration of the U.S. Department of Defense in recent U.S. history. The spy’s name is Ana Montes, known as “Castro’s Queen Jewel” in the intelligence community. In 2002 she was convicted of the same crimes as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and today she serves a 25-year sentence in Federal prison. Only a plea bargain spared her from sizzling in the electric chair like the Rosenbergs.

Prior to her visit from the FBI and handcuffing, Montes worked tirelessly to influence U.S. foreign policy against the embargo. The same holds for more recently arrested, convicted and incarcerated Cuban spies Carlos and Elsa Alvarez and Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers. All worked tirelessly to influence U.S. policy against the “embargo” while working as secret agents.

It’s one thing for some talking heads with their typically overworked and harried research staff to remain ignorant of these vital matters. But shouldn’t a former U.S. Secretary of State be familiar with matters so vital to U.S. security?

Also, Ms. Clinton, if you claim to speak on behalf of the “hurt by the embargo” Cuban people, why not look at what these Cuban people themselves think of U.S. sanctions against the regime that oppresses them? Or is it better to take them for idiots, as you apparently do the American people?

In fact, in a way you have a point. The Cuban do want a change in U.S. sanctions—the Cuban people want them tightened ! They’re outraged by the windfall of cash showering their oppressors from the U.S. nowadays. In executive order after executive order, President Obama abolished President Bush’s travel and remittance restrictions to Castro’s terror-sponsoring fiefdom and opened the pipeline to a point where the cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba today is estimated at $4 billion a year.

Almost half a million people visited Cuba from the U.S. last year. Yet while a proud Soviet satrapy Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets. In brief, almost every year since Obama took office more cash has been flowing from the U.S. to Cuba than used to flow there from the Soviets at the height of their Cuba-sponsorship. And more people from the U.S. have been visiting Cuba than visited during year featured in “The Godfather II.” Result?

The Cuban people are suffering a ten-year record of repression at the hands of the fat and happy KGB-trained security forces. The current wave of repression slightly tops the 2013 record wave of repression that coincided with the record tourism revenues that year.)

In brief: record tourism=record repression. In brief: Every shred of observable evidence proves that travel to Cuba and business with its Stalinist mafia enriches and entrenches these KGB-trained and heavily-armed owners of Cuba’s tourism industry. Thus they remain the most highly motivated guardians of Cuba’s Stalinist and Terror-Sponsoring status-quo.

Please note: there is no “doing business with Cuba.” There is only doing business with the KGB- and GRU-trained Stalinist fat-cats who occupy Cuba. Castro’s Stalinist fiefdom allows no genuine private sector, as exists in China, however despicable that regime. The Cuban “constitution” outlaws all private property.

So kindly stifle the reflexive and asinine: “But we do business with China! Why not Cuba?!” The comparison isn’t even an apples to oranges. It’s grapes to pumpkins.

Furthermore, Castro’s Stalinist regime mandates 15 years in their KGB-designed dungeons for any Cuban saying a nice thing about the U.S. embargo. (And yet “The Smartest Woman in the World,” Hillary Clinton, claims the embargo is “Castro’s best friend!”)

“Since it has run out of doors to knock on, (the Castro regime) is now focused on the United States,” writes Cuban dissident and 3-time Amnesty-International prisoner of conscience Rene Gomez Manzanoin in a recent samizdat smuggled from his Communist-occupied homeland:

“Lifting the embargo would be a mistake without Cuba first respecting its people’s fundamental human rights…If the U.S. allows financing towards Cuba, it will be U.S. taxpayers who would be sustaining the Castro regime.”

So here’s a foreign “Hispanic,” who instead of scheming to avail himself of booty courtesy of U.S. taxpayers is actually warning the U.S. taxpayer against the predatory machinations against his wallet by his own millionaire politicians, their cronies at the Council on Foreign Relations all in cahoots with their friend in Cuba.

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  • BagLady

    The Cuban “constitution” outlaws all private property.”

    I don’t see this as a drawback. There is little real difference in ‘owning’ land and leasing it from the State. Either way, you can’t take it with you when you move and the running costs remain the same. Very few Germans buy their own property and city folk around the world tend to be leaseholders.

    As for the rest, half a century would seem long enough to penalise Cuba and I’m sure the people would welcome the opportunity to trade on that ‘free’ market so loved by the US.

    • Habbgun

      My…..My aren’t we the sneering little fascist. You already let on you hate Ted Cruz and we all know why don’t we. Funny thing about leftists they always demonize beliefs that help people different from themselves succeed and celebrate beliefs that lead to failure. Clever that. It is almost as if Leftists have an ulterior motive.

    • Johnny Palestine

      It is a drawback. Even in 1967 in the USA when Black people began riots in many American cities, they were not allowed to buy property in many American cities and municipalities. This was a big reason for the riots.

      You can will it to your descendants.

    • tagalog

      Half a century was certainly a long enough time for the British to become thoroughly familiar with the tyranny of the unions and to elect Margaret Thatcher to bring their era of extortion and bully-boy tactics to an end, don’t you agree?

      • BagLady

        They certainly needed reining in but I cannot agree with you over Maggie’s tactics. She reduced whole towns to starvation levels. ‘Negotiations’, once started could go on ad infinitum, but her law forbade the workers from striking during this time. This meant that management could drag their feet for years. Needless to say the miners etc eventually downed tools. They immediately lost all rights to any kind of welfare and the children went hungry.

        A clever woman but with psychological problems that should have ruled her out as PM. Wanting to be ‘queen’ was her primary fault and double dealing to get her inadequate son up the rich ladder was second. How much money did he make out of the Falklands debacle and did his ‘presence’ skew her decisions?

        • tagalog

          I was a fan of the Kinks right from the first, and I LOVE this one:

          “Facing the world ain’t easy when there isn’t anything going
          Standing at the corner waiting watching time go by
          Will I go to work today or shall I bide my time?

          ‘Cos when I see that union man walking down the street
          He’s the man who decides if I live or I die, if I starve or I eat
          Then he walks up to me and the sun begins to shine
          Then he walks right past and I know that I’ve got to get back in the line.”

          • BagLady

            Power corrupted the unions just like it does everyone else, except for the poor workers that got shafted right back to the 1930’s.

          • tagalog

            It isn’t the corruption of power that makes the unions so hilarious; it’s their claim of commitment to the well-being of their members, while they pick bits out of those members.

  • johnlac

    Despite the U.S. embargo (which in reality didn’t shut down all U.S.-Cuba trade), Cuba was free to trade with every other country in the world. Why hasn’t Cuba been able to make a go of it when it has been able to trade with all of western Europe, Canada, and China?
    We know the answer. It’s the same reason China has emerged as an economic threat to the U.S. China junked its Marxist economic system in 1979. If Cuba had junked its Marxist system and hanged the Castro brothers like they deserved, Cuba would be a prosperous country again. Like they were before the Castros took over.

    • Johnny Palestine

      Cuba before Castro:


      Castro could not have done nor gained control of Cuba without the tacit participation of the CIA, the pet project of David and Nelson Rockefeller.

      CIA armed Castro with radios and weapons. WHY? to keep America #1. Same reason why Russia and China were prisoners to communism; financed by the Rockefellers. Europeans and Canadians are largely white people so they are prisoners to socialism.

      Just a theory…

  • Christopher Riddle

    “The Smartest Woman in the World”?If you don’t believe it,ask her!!!

  • Lanna

    People can see that Mrs Clinton is not catching on with the public this time around, especially after the people got burned by her policies as well as Obamas.

  • tagalog

    Quick, somebody ask her on TV who’s the leader of Pakistan!

  • nimbii

    When will these Castro’s die?

  • 13Sisters76

    “Smart” and “intelligent” are very different from “cunning”. Hillary is “cunning”.

  • james connolly

    What an affront to women. If Hillary is the “Smartest Woman in the World” all women are dumber than a moron.

  • USARetired

    She has allays been ‘Dumb as a Rock’ and twice as despicable!~

    • Steve Bryant

      All Democrats are dumb as a rock. What other political organization would promote a man who hides all evidence of his very existence, as it presidential candidate? What other political organization elects for their house leader, a moron who tells us we must pass a law before we find out what’s in it? What other political organization (Can’t use the Nazi’s) uses lying propaganda as an excuse for their every failure?
      Getting to the point, who but a moron would claim membership in such an organization?

  • Capt Bob

    Thats OK another woman talking about “D” day said in World War Eleven they were brave men.