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Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  19 reviews
U.S. wars are getting repetitive. Always the same old scenario. The mainstream media alert public opinion to the latest "villain" supposedly threatening to slaughter "his own people." The U.S. does the job instead with its drones and missiles. The new "villain" is soon forgotten, but his country is left in a shambles, with competing fanatics vying to dominate the chaos. So ...more
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Published November 1st 2015 by Counterpunch (first published October 1st 2015)
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Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-election
Veteran journalist Diana Johnstone provides an election year takedown of Hillary Clinton's much-vaunted knowledge and experience. Johnstone indicts not only Clinton but the national security war machine of which Clinton has been a key player. From Ukraine to Kosovo to Libya "The Queen of Chaos" chronicles the mistakes and misdeeds of the woman who would be president. Johnstone leaves no stone unhurled nor pol unpunctured as she spells out, in chilling detail, just how bad things are in the world ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very well-written and important book for our troubling times. I would recommend reading this in conjunction with Mike Lofgren's Deep State for those who are questioning why there seems to be no discernible difference between Democrats and Republicans with regard to U.S. foreign policy, especially involving the use of military force. Regardless of how you may feel about domestic policy issues (abortion, gay rights, racism, etc.), simply choosing a Republican or a Democrat will do little to solv ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who cares about the welfare of this country, our global relations - and the eminent war we would get dragged into should Hillary take office. Hillary in the Oval Office would be like Maleficent on the throne - the evil queen wants to rule the world and she will stop at nothing to gain that power. No corporation is too unethical, no government too corrupt if it will help Hillary conquer the world - in the name, at the sake of, the U.S. I had very little respect for the woma ...more

"As a Senator from New York, she supported the 2003 conquest of Iraq. As Secretary of State, her role in the destruction of the Libyan state was much more crucial. First of all, her pressure was important in getting Obama to wage this war. Second, she brags in her memoir Hard Choices of her diplomatic skill in building the NATO-Arab alliance that used the deceptive “no fly zone” U.N. resolution to overthrow and kill Gaddafi. More surreptitiously, she sabotaged efforts by African and Sout
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All criticisms of Hillary Clinton are, in her words, the product of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." However, as First Lady, then as the carpetbagging Senator from New York, then as United States Secretary of State, Clinton's record stands on its own. What she's said and done are indisputable fact and in the public record.

Diana Johnstone's book "Queen of Chaos" is not an election year hit piece like Dinesh D'Souza's "Hillary's America" -- as much as its detractors would like to peg it so. It is n
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent review of H. Clinton's crimes and warmongering, and also a great primer on the Balkan wars during Bill Clinton's presidency. Johnstone covers the other harridans who are the close mentors/collaborators of Clinton, particularly Madelaine Albright and Victoria Nuland. I recommend this book to the many "progressives" who are thinking of supporting Clinton for president. If they support her, these are the crimes that they are also supporting and I believe that they need to read this boo ...more
Gregg Harcus
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book outline how Hillary really is a neocon.

She is willing to lie to get elected. Much of the mess in Africa and the Middle East can be traced back to Hillary and her regime changes. The book also discusses how the US is constantly trying to make other countries look and act like the US. The war party is made up of both GOP and Dems.
Treesong Treesong
I have mixed feelings about Queen of Chaos. There were some moments when I wanted to give it five stars for its invaluable detailed description of the duplicitous “humanitarian” mass violence and chaos of U.S. foreign policy. There were other moments when I wanted to give it zero stars for its deeply offensive commentary on what it dismisses as “identity politics” (mostly LGBT rights, but also immigrant rights and multiculturalism). Ultimately, I decided that both the merits and the flaws needed ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the media bellowing and shrieking in outrage after every word uttered by Donald Trump amnesia seems to have set in causing a collective "inability" to highlight the fact that Hillary Clinton is a possibly psychopathic war mongering one percenter who serves the interests of Wall Street bankers, arms dealers, donors to her and Willie's "charitable" foundation and other nasty people with deep pockets. She also has an atrocious, and dangerous, political track record that the media conveniently ...more
Anna Nicole Smith & Wesson
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From Yugoslavia to Libya to Syria and beyond, the specter of Hillary looms large across US actions around the world. "Queen of Chaos" is a well organized, lucid exposé of some of the most egregious actions of El Clinton, whether at the State Department, as senator, or acting as Bill's expert on foreign policy. If you're interested in a dissident view of the ouster (murder) of Gaddafi in 2011, American blood-lusting after Syria circa 2013, or Western meddling in Ukraine from 2014 to present, look ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-owned
This book is more about the corrupt foreign policy of the 2 party system than it is about Hillary Clinton but she proves to be just as much of a mover and shaker as Cheney, Rumsfeld, the Bushes, or Obama.

It is a strong cup of tea to counteract the belief in American exceptionalism that has given us license to pursue our "interests" wherever we wish. It is brazen, highly researched, and offensive as all good non-fiction should be.
Alan Ireland
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent summation of American foreign policy since the end of Cold War I. It should be read by everyone, and especially by those who think that Hillary would make a better president than Donald. In reality, all that Hillary will deliver, if she achieves power, is more and more "humanitarian" war - and possibly World War III. Yes, the neocons in general, and Hillary in particular, are that crazy. ...more
Jason von Meding
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although the book is held together by a narrative about Hillary Clinton, at times that seems more opportunistic as the author clearly wants to talk much more broadly. Clinton embodies many of the foreign policy positions that make America a pariah in the view of much of the world, and she did more than her share of action as First Lady and Secretary of State. The most interesting things for me were the “misunderstanding Russia” part and the thread on how America uses females in power to push emp ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The value I found in this book is Hillary's track record while in office. The author goes to great lengths to give context by setting the stage via overall US policy. This is done to such extent, I came to suspect Hillary is merely a vehicle to indulge in a harsh critique of our rogue political system as it has been evolving over the past decades. It is worth the time to get some insight from abroad. ...more
Sam Dobson
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Author is a massive crank. Some problematic and downright disturbing views (Srebrenica genocide denial for example) in this book. Hilary Clinton is an awful person no doubt, but there are far better left critiques of her available that aren't full of complete bile. ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book should be taught as a part of standard school syllabuses the world over.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The star rating is because this book is so important, and so illuminating. I found it hard to read, but alm0st equally hard to put down. My major regret is that it didn't come out months earlier.

Like "The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu", this book is not entirely unbiased. You could argue that Johnstone is too lenient toward Qaddafi and Putin. But she is very clear and concise in describing what happened to Honduras, Libya, Serbia, and now Ukraine. And she is also very, very convincing. After re
Greg Hunter
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reminds. Me of MLK ' s Beyond Vietnam speech in that it explains the context is US imperialism

HRC embodies US exeptionalism as a crackpot humanitarian playing her role as good cop vs the Republican crackpot realist as bad cop
brian bixby
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ultimate Washington insider, few politicians bring out such visceral reactions among voters. While this book didn't change my generally low opinion of Hillary Clinton it might open the eyes of some of her more enthusiastic fans. ...more
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“In the American oligarchy, the President is a temporary chairman of the board who is there to take responsibility for actions decided in private sessions. He is there to sell policy more than to make it.” 2 likes
“Hillary trotted out her favorite image of a three-legged stool that upholds stable societies: “a responsive, accountable government; an energetic, effective private sector economy; and then civil society, which represents everything else that happens in the space between the government and the economy, that holds the values, that represents the aspirations.”

This “stool” is actually the image of the bland governance of a corporate society: a government responsive to the demands of finance capital, a capitalist economy, and private, unelected and well-funded organizations that will determine “our values”. Note what is missing: a vigorous political life, scrupulously independent media, and an education system that prepares intellectually alert and critical citizens.”
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