"During an Iraq speech last Monday, Clinton's version of the trip sounded more like a Sylvester Stallone thriller: "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead, we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
In December, campaigning in Dubuque, Iowa, Clinton said, "We landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said there might be sniper fire. I don't remember anybody offering me tea on the tarmac when that was happening."She's brought that up 3 or 4 times the last few months, and its clear that CBS...as well as most of the other media outlets...held off from setting the record straight until they were reasonably certain that Mrs. Clinton wasn't going to become the new President and spend the next 4 years in payback mode.
One pisses off a Clinton in power at ones peril, this is a well known truism. As far as her mis-speaking, please now. Forgetting the time of arrival, the people she spoke with, the hands she shook and the flowers she received as she drank the lukewarm tarmac tea is one thing.
Inventing a Mission Impossible scenario is quite another.
She lied because she didn't think anyone had the stones to call her on it. Then like the professional liar that she is, when caught she simply lied some more. "I was sleep deprived," Miz Somnambulism of 2008 yawned with a wave of her hand to dismiss the piddling trifle that all those little people seemed to imagine was a big deal.
She even included such heroism in her book. This tells us that she didn't have all that much to do about the actual, you know, writing, just make me look good Mr. Ghostwriter and I'll try to remember the juicy details.
Now I can go along with someone forgetting a day when sniper fire rained down, especially if it had happened on a regular basis, but I've never heard of anyone turning a peaceful little chit-chat into a corkscrew landing amidst a hail of gunfire unless they were flat out lying through their teeth.