Glenn Reynolds: Kissinger's lessons in FOIA evasion
Reynolds opens a can of whoop ass on Clinton, showing that decades before the Clinton email scandal, Kissinger protected his telephone records by spiriting them out of the White House, an ultimately into the Library of Congress "under agreements that the records would not be made public for many years without the consent of the other parties to the calls . . . "
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It was a brilliant political move, and it worked.
Hillary followed a different path, one which has ended in the long, and very serious FBI investigation of the Clinton emails, with potential consequences beyond losing Clinton the White House.
This is a comparison between a brilliant political move, and a dross political move. But the most important lesson for the American public in this is not that brilliant political operators will find ways around our well intentioned laws. This is an indubitably valuable lesson. The lesson is that Clinton cannot read a map. Or to change the metaphor, not only does she not know how to play chess, she cannot follow the simple already crafted strategy used by another.
Perhaps an analogy is in order. Even China has proven more capable than this. The past 30 years or so, China has built an economy from scratch. While many believe it was built the same way the West built our economies, it was not. Instead, the Chinese CCP simply asked a large groups of their smartest people something like, "How did the West do this?" The smart people figured out how, and replicated that success. By doing this, China condensed hundreds of years of successful economic experimentation into a few decades. This makes China look brilliant. But in reality China was only able to follow an existent road map.
Every economy in the West, which has experimented to its current end point, can and will continue to experiment, and will ultimately find the new direction which most fulfills human achievement. China however, has no idea how to do this experimentation. The West created a map by sending explorers out, experimenting, and continually building on the successful endeavors. These were the economic equivalents of Lewis and Clark. China has none of this, it has only smart people who sifted through history, understood what was done, and replicated it.
Today, China is in a bind, they need to move forward, but there is little remaining western economic history they can follow. They now need to experiment, and create, or stagnate.
However bad this may be for China, Clinton's incapacity, as represented by the email fiasco is far worse.
All Clinton had to do with her emails was follow the Kissinger roadmap, she didn't. Clinton acted out of incompetence as to how email worked, and ended up being caught.
While China can follow a roadmap. Clinton cannot. Or, to take this back to the chess metaphor, China understood, analyzed, and repeated a wide variety of gambits played by chess masters over the years. This made China appear more brilliant than it was. Clinton, however, cannot even understand, and follow the moves of the masters. Her actions show she does not know the most rudimentary aspects of politics (chess in the metaphor).
This is a revelation of Clinton's deep and abiding incompetence, and her inflated belief in her own intelligence. It also shows her primary willingness to resort to criminality to achieve her goals. However, in the end, like most nickel and dime thugs, she is not capable of creating a modestly reasonable criminal strategy.
We doubt that we would be voting for her if she was an adept criminal, but it is likely we would not even know of her criminality if she were. Instead we are constantly bombarded with the her inane lies, fulminations, and dimwittery.
A person rolled at every turn is not one who should be consider for the Presidency.
While we do not like many of Trump's policies, Trump can read, follow, and even create his own map. The entire Trump campaign has been one of Trump striking out to find his own way from one of 16 to become the Republican candidate. To say it has been successful is an understatement. Trump followed no existing rules, but found his way regardless. In this respect Trump is clearly a far better candidate for President than Clinton.
Maddog is of the opinion this is one of the more important traits a President needs. The very office is rife with constantly changing situations in which there are no road maps, or directional markers. How does one negotiate one's way through the Cuban Missile Crisis? Or the Iranian Hostage Crisis? There are no roadmaps to these events. It is abundantly clear, that Clinton has no skill nor understanding on how to even approach such matters. It is equally as clear that Trump is a man capable of finding his way through difficult tangled problems. He may not follow the well trod path, but his ability to move forward and find a solution is undoubtable.
In the coming election, Maddog has no idea who he will vote for, but he knows for a fact that Clinton cannot have his vote. She has proven to be an incompetent politician, an inveterate and pathological liar, comfortable with criminality, and a seeker of graft, corruption, and influence peddling. All of this seems to be driven by a love of money, not country. No person with these traits will receive Maddog's vote, absent extraordinary circumstances, e.g., alien invasion.
Maddog has no idea if he can vote for any of the other candidates, but they have yet to knock themselves out of contention.