As Hillary Clinton pursues
the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2008, she has done
her best to direct attention away from husband’s numerous scandals.
While no one wants to be reminded of President Clinton’s affairs,
it should certainly be noted that Hillary Clinton’s conduct as First
Lady reflects extremely poorly on her. Indeed, Kathleen Willey’s
Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, recently
published by World Ahead Media, provides readers with a firsthand view
of Hillary Clinton’s role in enabling her husband’s sexual misdeeds.
Furthermore, Willey vividly details the Clinton machine’s ruthless
attempts to discredit, threaten, and intimidate her after she went public
with her charges of sexual harassment against President Clinton.
Indeed, of all the allegations
launched against Bill Clinton, Kathleen Willey’s appeared to be the
most potentially damaging to the President. At the time Willey had children
and was living in an upper middle class household. Her husband’s family
was prominent within Democratic Party politics in Virginia. Furthermore,
she was a fundraiser for President Clinton’s Presidential campaign
and had served as a volunteer in The White House. In short, Kathleen
Willey could not be easily dismissed by the supporters of the President
as being either promiscuous or partisan.
In addition, her story of abuse
is among the most harrowing. During the 1990s, Willey’s husband had
engaged in some financial misdeeds and was hundreds of thousands of
dollars in debt. At this time, Willey was an unpaid volunteer in The
White House Social Office. She made repeated requests for a paid position
at The White House so she could assist with her family’s financial
Willey sought an appointment
with President Clinton to make a personal appeal for a paying job.
She had reservations because during previous interactions with President
Clinton, it was clear that he was romantically interested in her. But
she proceeded with her appointment because her family’s financial
situation was so dire. It was during this face to face meeting that
she was fondled and groped against her will by President Clinton.
Making matters worse, on that very day, her husband died of an apparent
While many political observers
are familiar with the story, Willey provides new details about the intimidation
and threats she faced from the Clinton White House after going public
with her story. This went far beyond having surrogates launch
a smear campaign against her. Willey tells stories of unauthorized work
being done on her phone lines, finding tracking devices in her automobile,
and the mysterious disappearance of her cat, coupled with the appearance
of an animal’s skull on her front porch. Furthermore, while
jogging outside her home she was even approached by a shadowy figure
who said that there would be consequences if she did not retract her
allegations against President Clinton. In fact, just last year
her manuscript of Target was stolen by an intruder.
However, the most interesting
part of the book is the final chapter entitled “A Third Clinton Term”
where Kathleen Willey analyzes Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.
Willey makes it clear that
Hillary Clinton played a key role in enabling her husband’s sexual
misdeeds. Ever since the start of their marriage, Hillary Clinton made
use of private investigators. She did not do this to confront her husband
about his affairs, but instead to track these women and intimidate them
from going public. This was all done in the name of advancing both her
and her husband’s political career.
Furthermore, Willey argues
that bringing Bill Clinton back to the White House, even as the first
spouse, could have disastrous consequences. Willey provides circumstantial
evidence that Bill Clinton has continued to engage in extramarital affairs
since leaving The White House. And as first spouse, Bill Clinton would
once again have access to White House volunteers and interns.
Furthermore, an overseas affair could possibly have disastrous consequences
for U.S. foreign policy. Willey concludes by saying that the time
has come for a woman to lead the country -- and someday a woman will.
But given her conduct, and her treatment of other women, Hillary Clinton
is the wrong choice. These are wise words to consider in the midst
of the 2008 Presidential Election.