Common sense tells us — and national security sense implores us — that we must find a way of accurately and apolitically measuring the significance of a years-old tale that resurfaced anew in a conservative author’s book and on the front page of The New York Times, just as Hillary Clinton announced she is running for president.
As you have probably heard by now, it is a tale of global moneymakers and nuclear powerbrokers, American uranium mines, former President Bill Clinton, then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Canadian mining financiers who donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and Russian bankers who gave a half-million dollars to Bill Clinton for one speech.
And it produced one easily measured and highly troubling bottom line: Vladimir Putin’s Russia now owns one-fifth of the uranium resources that can be mined in the United States. Or, as Russia’s Pravda website headlined the deal-making in 2013 with its traditional restraint: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
It was back in 2008, when Hillary Clinton first ran for president, that The New York Times first reported key parts of this tale. Now that she’s running again, the details are being published and elaborated upon by conservative author Peter Schweizer in his new book, “Clinton Cash.” And The Times, given an early copy, aired the controversy anew.
Predictably, anti-Hillary activists are already inundating right-wing blogs and websites with expressions of outrage. But the pro-Clinton Democrats have been far less audible. They have left it to Bill Clinton to do the defensive counter-explaining. In television interviews he has been saying donations for his foundation’s noble charitable efforts are indeed laudable; and that he’s entitled to make a living by giving speeches.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s presidential campaign spokesperson has said there’s not a “shred of evidence” that she ever did anything to aid any donor to the Clinton Foundation. Also that her department’s approval of those uranium sales occurred at levels below the secretary’s office.
But this cannot be allowed to remain a one-sided partisan baying — about the developments that ended up with Russia controlling one-fifth of America’s uranium mining capacity. Progressives must find their voice and speak out about this.
Luckily, we are here to help. This column’s sources include computer tech experts who have combined with masters of the science of politics to devise software that can help avid Democrats get past their predicament of silence.
It’s the Cheney Calibration App. It can liberate even the most avid pro-Clinton progressives, enabling them to bypass their protective biases and discover their innermost concerns. Named for former Vice President Dick Cheney, it helps liberals calibrate how they would feel if any scandal involving a liberal happened to Cheney instead.
Here’s how the Cheney Calibration App works: Users simply enter the URL of any investigative scoop or inadvertent blurtation — and the app substitutes Cheney’s name for that of the politician who actually did the deed. Then the now-liberated user can rely upon his or her lifelong reflexive knee-jerk reactions to instantly discover what he or she would be feeling if told Dick Cheney had actually done such-and-such, or said whatever.
In this case, liberals will discover what they’d have been thinking if they read that, in the years between 2005 and 2013, former Vice President Cheney (instead of Bill Clinton) had been caught consorting with Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra, who had given a Cheney Foundation $31.3 million, and if Cheney (not Bill Clinton) had accompanied Giustra in the financier’s fancy jet to Kazakhstan, where uranium deals were being done.
Also: If Cheney (not Bill Clinton) had gone to Moscow to speak at a Russian bank that was linked to Kremlin efforts to promote stock in a company, Uranium One — and had been paid $500,000 by the bank for the pleasure of his words. Meanwhile, Uranium One would soon become Rosatom, a Russian state corporation.
And: All the above was happening in times when Russian interests were scheming to acquire U.S. uranium mining companies in four western states — transactions that had to be approved by the federal government’s interagency group including the State Department, which was headed by Secretary Lynne Cheney (of course, your Cheney Calibration App smoothly makes that switch, too).
Then, by re-entering the data to make Hillary Clinton’s actions and words the focus, the Cheney Calibration App will enable her most ardent supporters to discover what they would have thought if Dick Cheney had been in her shoes (note to readers: don’t go there). They will discover they want to attack any secretary of state whose family income was boosted by $500,000 from Russian bankers who were cornering a big chunk of America’s uranium mining.
And Hillary Clinton will have to recalculate how she will deal with that part of her life if she remains intent upon continuing her pursuit of the presidency.