Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was seen having another of her famous coughing attacks while visiting the United Kingdom.
Clinton was caught on video coughing and asking for water while preparing to deliver a speech at Mansfield College in Oxford. Clinton was in Oxford to deliver a speech during the unveiling of a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at the school on October 8.
In the video, uploaded to Twitter by Oxford Mail reporter Harrison Jones, Clinton can be seen walking along a sidewalk at Mansfield College coughing repeatedly. As she gets closer to the journalist’s camera, she can be heard coughing loudly and clamoring for water while trying to hold conversation and walk.
“I’m going to have some water,” Clinton told the person she was walking with, before proceeding to ask someone off camera “Can I get some water? Would you go get it for me?”
— Harrison Jones (@OxMailHarrisonJ) October 8, 2018
Clinton can be heard coughing at least 7 separate times in the short 42 second video.
As Clinton turned the corner, she waved at onlookers and received a brief cheer. However, one person close to the journalist was caught on the hot mic saying what sounded like, “they should mummify her.”
Clinton was plagued with public episodes of coughing throughout her 2016 presidential campaign, leading mainstream Republicans to speculate about what ailments could cause frequent coughing fits over several months. Rumors were made worse for Clinton on September 11, 2016, when she became pneumatic and appeared to faint as she entered a campaign vehicle after leaving a 9/11 memorial event early due to health concerns.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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