Weird how CNN can devote space to such nonsense from someone who served as ambassador to Hungary during Grandma’s reign of error at state and who’s reportedly a Clinton mega-donor.
In a recent opinion piece posted on CNN, Carly Fiorina launched a deeply unfair and profoundly inaccurate attack on Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state. Fiorina went so far as to insinuate that Hillary Clinton did not have even one single accomplishment in that role. She could not be more wrong. I should know; I served with her as U.S. ambassador to Hungary and watched her fight for the American people every day.
Her record of achievement is as diverse as it is historic. Clinton pushed hard for the United States to “pivot” to Asia. She established the tough sanctions against Iran that led to the recently signed nuclear agreement. Sheshined a light on the plight of Burmesepolitical prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, helping to orchestrate her release.
These are all historic achievements. But to name any one, single event of Clinton’s tenure is to overlook her most important contribution: rebuilding America’s relationships with friends, allies and partners around the world.
Weird, could’ve sworn we’ve had sanction of some kind against Iran dating back decades. But Hillary did it all by herself! And tell us, where in the world is our standing improved since 2009? How can anyone possibly write this with a straight face?
As a diplomat, she wielded the star power of one of the world’s most well-known female leaders. And finally, she had the right kind of work ethic, the right brand of wonkiness, to be embraced quickly by her 70,000 new employees at the State Department.
Now she’s in a world of trouble and under FBI criminal investigation. But she’s got star power! Weird how she totally ignores the Benghazi disaster that Mrs. Clinton still has not been held accountable for.
For three and a half years at my post in Budapest, I started my mornings reading Clinton’s daily schedule. Hillary Clinton traveled to more countries than any other secretary in the history of the department, logging nearly a million miles and visiting 112 nations.
We’ve heard this all before. You can fly a gazillion miles and still be an abject failure, like Mrs. Clinton. Sigh:
The author of this piece is a Hillary campaign/Clinton Foundation donor & the daughter of a mega-rich Clinton donor. pic.twitter.com/Fbu9CMu3Ng
— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) August 17, 2015
Weird how that got left out of the story.
Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis is the daughter of Angelo Tsakopoulos, a Sacramento developer and key fundraiser for Team Hillary during Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, was appointed Ambassador to Hungary in 2010, and sworn in by Clinton.
Not only that, either.
Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis and her husband, Markos Kounalakis, who is the president of Washington Monthly, have contributed $438,880 to federal candidates, committees and leadership PACs since 1989, CRP found. Of this sum, 95 percent went to Democratic candidates and committees.
The vast majority of these contributions have been in Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis’ name. The Center for Responsive Politics found that her top beneficiaries include the following:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with $100,200 since 1993,
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, with $41,000 since 1999,
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, with $24,000 since 1997,
The Democratic Party of California, with $20,215 since 2003,
The Democratic National Committee, with $18,500 since 1995 and
First lady-turned Senator-turned presidential candidate-turned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with $18,500 since 1999.
Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis also headed the pro-Clinton group Greek-Americans for Clinton last cycle, and, according to Public Citizen, she bundled at least $100,000 for Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid. She hails from a wealthy California Greek family, and her father, Angelo Tsakopoulos, had served as the national chair of Greek-Americans for Bill Clinton during his 1992 and 1996 campaigns.
This is CNN.