Hillary Clinton may be brewing her own “Ben Carson” scandal.
Okay, so she’s probably not going to attract that much attention. After all, while Dr. Carson doesn’t seem to have glossed over or materially altered anything in his past, Hillary Clinton has been known to embellish her own biography a bit here and there. I mean, we all know the story of how she ran for cover, ducking sniper fire in Bosnia. Or how she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, even though he completed his frozen adventure six years after her birth. And she has yet to lay out her strategy in responding to reporters — and an international crisis — by saying a video inspired Libyans to attack and burn an American embassy and parade our dead ambassador through the streets. But at least we can go on record having covered her confusing relationship with military service.
You see, young Hillary, before meeting Bill, actually considered joining the Marines. Or was it the Army? Or was it just talking to a military recruiter for some free punch and cookies? Or was she trying to prove that the armed services were as sexist as her feminist contemporaries had said? We may never know. But what we do know is that Hillary Clinton once talked to a member of the military.
Hillary Clinton once claimed that she tried to join the Marines in 1975, shortly before marrying her draft-dodging boyfriend, future president Bill Clinton. Or did Hillary Diane Rodham attempt to join the Army, as Clinton suggested in 2008? Or did she indeed try to sign up for the Marine Corps as part of an experiment to see how receptive the military was to female volunteers, as her friends have suggested?…
But Clinton has a military story of her own that once came under question but has since taken a back seat to numerous other Clintonworld scandals. In June 1994, the then-first lady spoke at a luncheon for female military veterans where she told a story about her attempt to sign up for the Marines in 1975.
“You’re too old, you can’t see and you’re a woman,” Clinton recalled a young military recruiter telling her. “Maybe the dogs would take you,” he added, referring to the Army.
The story was so weird that, at the time, even Maureen Dowd called her out on it, saying she had a hard time visualizing a 27-year old Hillary Clinton, fresh out of feminist bootcamp and armed with all of the myopic knowledge one gains in graduate school, marching up to a recruiter and declaring herself a worthy candidate for service. Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem, for lack of a better way to put it, like she knows a lot about hard labor, dangerous situations or, for that matter, basic camping, unless the scenario is heavily edited to provide her with every advantage possible or, like the sniper who had her in his sights in Serbia, totally made up.
Instead, Hillary Clinton began life on a different battlefield — marriage to Bill — and the rest, as they say, is revisionist history.
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