In discussing her foreign policy credentials, Hillary Clinton has described no experience as more harrowing than her trip to Bosnia as first lady. Early in the campaign, she told an audience in Iowa that she faced down the threat of sniper fire during an official visit there ...
In discussing her foreign policy credentials, Hillary Clinton has described no experience as more harrowing than her trip to Bosnia as first lady. Early in the campaign, she told an audience in Iowa that she faced down the threat of sniper fire during an official visit there in 1996. But the story was refuted by none other than her traveling companion, entertainer Sinbad, who described the visit as uneventful. "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place?'" the actor told the Washington Post after hearing Clinton's war stories.
Getting called out by the co-star of "Jingle All the Way" didn't seem to faze Clinton, however, who dismissed Sinbad as a "comedian" after hearing his version of events. She further elaborated on her Bosnia trip on Monday and, this time, she described "landing under sniper fire" in Tuzla, Bosnia, and running from the plane to safety with her "head down."
Deeper digging by Post reporters, however, has shown that Sinbad's recollection's of the Bosnia trip appear much closer to the truth:
Had Hillary Clinton's plane come "under sniper fire" in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now. Numerous reporters, including the Washington Post's John Pomfret, covered her trip. A review of nearly 100 news accounts of her visit shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the First Lady. "As a former AP wire service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened," said Pomfret.
According to Pomfret, the Tuzla airport was "one of the safest places in Bosnia" in March 1996, and "firmly under the control" of the 1st Armored Division.
Far from running to an airport building with their heads down, Clinton and her party were greeted on the tarmac by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials. An eight-year-old Moslem girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony [...] shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.
CBS News footage and the former first lady's own newly released schedule also corroborate Sinbad's account of events. Considering the the mounting evidence that Clinton embellished her trip to Tuzla, perhaps Sinbad deserves an apology.