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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Hillary Clinton says she's not a natural politician

In response to an FT article by Jacob Weisberg on 11th March 2016, entitled 'Clinton campaign must go negative to gain power'

“Look, I have said before and it won’t surprise anybody to hear me say it, this is not easy for me . . . not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama. So I have a view that I just have to do the best I can, get the results I can, make a difference in people’s lives, and hope that people see that I’m fighting for them.”

With lines like 'I'm not a natural politician' she's clearly presidential material. She's right up there with:

'None of our boys will die on foreign soil' - Lyndon B Johnson

'I'm not a crook' - Richard Nixon

'Read my lips, no new taxes' - George H W Bush

'I did not have sexual relations with that woman' - Bill Clinton

'Iraq has weapons of mass destruction' - George W Bush

'I will close Guantanamo within the first 6 months of my term' - Barack Obama

Anyone who wants to find out if Hillary Clinton is a natural politician should read some of her emails. I'm not talking about the 'national security' angle - just the low level self-serving juvenile stuff. E.G. Here's a typical one:

During a back and forth with top aide Jake Sullivan, Mrs. Clinton is keen to discuss who deserves credit for using the term “pivot” to Asia:

1. Sullivan forwarded an article to her in May 2012 that included the line “Ever since President Obama announced a 'pivot' to Asia and Secretary Clinton declared this to be 'America's Pacific Century' Washington's Asia policy has been firing on all cylinders.” Sullivan proclaims that the article is a “terrific piece and well worth the trip to India to produce,” 

2. Mrs. Clinton is however, fixated on the “pivot” line. She replies, “Remind—didn’t we, not the WH, first use the ‘pivot’?” 

3. Mr. Sullivan responds with, “Yes, but happy to give it to them at this point. Can discuss”

So, whilst Secretary of State, working for the President of the United States, in Mrs. Clinton's head, she's running a competitive operation, and what is most important is who came up with the term 'pivot'. Pathetic. 

Hillary Clinton is not a politician in the same way that a serpent is not a snake

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