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Hillary and The Dog That Didn’t Bark

In the famous short story Silver Blaze, super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes is tipped off by “the curious incident of the dog” — namely that a dog which often barked was, on the night in question, silent.

This is the context in which one should consider the assertion by former Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez that Hillary Clinton “never intervened” in State’s decision to approve the sale by a Canadian firm of the controlling interest in one of the United States’ most important uranium mines to the Russian government.

In 2006, Hillary Clinton vehemently opposed a proposed takeover of several major US ports by Dubai Ports (as part of their purchase of a worldwide port management firm), arguing that national security required that foreign governments not own assets as strategic as ports. (In what would be a surprise were it any other family, former President Bill Clinton was advising the government of the United Arab Emirates on how to get through the uproar about the deal and get it through to closing. Eventually Dubai did complete the transaction but soon sold the US ports to an American company to extricate itself from the controversy.)

I can’t prove that a consistent position by Hillary would have had her raise the same concerns about letting Vladimir Putin get his hands on 20 percent of the US’s uranium production, not least at a time when Russia has been working closely with Iran on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. But it doesn’t seem an unreasonable assumption.

Therefore, the point is not that Hillary didn’t intervene. If she wanted the deal to happen because she was effectively bribed by millions of dollars of donations to the Clinton Foundation or related charities/slush funds/tax dodges, there would be no need for her to say a word until and unless her subordinates at State were going to disapprove the deal.

We will never be able to see what Hillary might have done in a parallel universe in which the team at State was indeed going to oppose the Uranium One sale to Rosatom.

But given the fact that the Clintons seemed determined not to report the contributions from people who got rich by the sale – they announced this week that they would soon be refiling at least 5 years of tax returns because of “errors” – I suspect that she would never have let the negative decision come to pass.

Mr. Fernandez’s assurances that Mrs. Clinton never intervened mean nothing since his group was already doing what she wanted done.

In that sense, Mrs. Clinton’s silence is even less meaningful than the dog in Silver Blaze not barking.

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