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    Hillary Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria is obviously designed to put the US and Russia on a collision course, US-based journalist and editor-in-chief of News Junkie Post Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik.

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's policy path is a well-documented trail of chaos, Gilbert Mercier, a US-based French journalist, author and editor-in-chief of News Junkie Post, noted in his interview with Sputnik.

    "Let's keep in mind that Hillary Clinton was the driving force behind fostering fake revolutions for regime change purposes in Libya, Syria and Ukraine: the prime engineer of failed states, misery and death for millions," Mercier underscored.

    "Clinton is the one most likely to approve an Israeli nuclear attack on Iran, and by doing so trigger World War III," the journalist suggested and added: "This is what Western Europe's leaders should think about when they more or less openly endorse Hillary Clinton."

    'Clinton Wants to Start an Air War With Russia Over Syria'

    What is even worse is that the Democratic presidential nominee is pushing the US towards confrontation with Russia without scruple, the journalist deems.

    In the course of the second presidential debate Clinton emphasized that she advocates a no-fly zone and safe zones in Syria and added that Washington needs "some leverage with the Russians."

    "We need some leverage with the Russians, because they are not going to come to the negotiating table for a diplomatic resolution, unless there is some leverage over them. And we have to work more closely with our partners and allies on the ground," Clinton said.

    Curiously enough, in late September Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford warned that the implementation of a no-fly zone in Syria would obviously result in war with Russia.

    "Right now, Senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia. That is a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I'm not going to make," Dunford told the Senate Committee on Armed Services on September 22.

    In her recent interview with C-SPAN Green Party nominee Jill Stein assumed that Clinton is seeking to start an air war with Russia over Syria.

    "It's now Hillary Clinton who wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no-fly zone. We have 2,000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert… Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria," Stein stressed.

    Before Stein made the above statement, Mercier told Sputnik: "The no-fly-zone over Syria is a Clinton idea, which is of course designed to put the US and Russia on a collision course."

    "Hillary Clinton is the one who started comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler," he recalled adding that Clinton appears to act "as if she already has won the election and is directing US foreign policies in the worst possible way."

    To complicate matters further, US mainstream media sources have repeatedly signaled that the Obama administration is considering arming so-called Syrian rebels with antiaircraft weapons and even launching a direct attack against Assad's Syrian Arab Army.  

    In this context Clinton's statements appear to be more than just the election campaign rhetoric.

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016.
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    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016.

    Anti-Russia Media Campaign Playing Into Clinton's Hands

    Mercier called attention to the Clinton team's anti-Russia smear campaign and criticized some US media sources for serving Clinton's interests.

    "This is one more symptom of the tragic state of health of almost all US media: networks, cable, radio stations and print. By serving the interests of Hillary Clinton so blatantly, newspapers such as The New York Times or the Washington Post are pretty much losing whatever credibility they had left as impartial news sources," Mercier told Sputnik.

    "With the recently released lewd audio tape of Donald Trump right before Sunday's debate, both papers have hit the bottom of disinformation and sleaze, on par only with rags such as The National Inquirer," he added.

    According to the journalist, the anti-Russian hysteria over Syria and Ukraine in US media is clearly aimed at vilifying Donald Trump. Simultaneously, it is paving the way to the Oval Office for Hillary Clinton.

    "The US-Russian tensions over Syria are indeed aimed at giving Clinton an edge over Trump in the eye of the electorate because of Trump's lack of foreign-policy experience. But in this completely abnormal and nearly anachronistic election cycle, it could, if properly used by Trump's campaign, backfire on Clinton," Mercier suggested.

    "Again, as I mentioned before, Clinton has proven by her track record that she should not be trusted to diffuse conflicts by diplomatic solutions. After all, the Clinton clan has been great for its friends and sponsors of the military-industrial complex. Perhaps a much bigger conflict, directly with Russia and China, sounds appealing to the war profiteers in Washington and Wall Street," he underscored.

    In his book "The Orwellian Empire" Mercier shed some light on US military spending highlighting that "since the US entered World War II, its economy has been arguably a war economy."

    "According to a report released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in summer 2012, business has been booming for the military-industrial complex. The US had become, by far, the largest arms dealer of the planet, with 78.1 percent of the overall market," Mercier wrote citing a 2012 report by, Richard. E. Grimmett and Paul K. Kerr entitled "Conventional arms transfers to developing nations, 2004-2011."

    Is Clinton Fit Enough to Become US Commander-in-Chief?

    The question then arises whether Hillary Clinton would be an effective commander-in-chief, the journalist remarked.

    "Hillary Clinton always claims that Donald Trump is unfit for the duty of being commander-in-chief, with access to the nuclear codes. She might have a point, but one honestly has to wonder if she is fit either," he noted, referring to numerous reports on the Democratic presidential nominee's health.

    "Regardless, if she is elected and makes it to the official inauguration in January, as long as she can stand up and read a teleprompter without drooling all over her face, even if her health deteriorates further, she will remain president on paper while the first husband, Bill Clinton, actually runs the White House. If Hillary Clinton has to step down formally because of health issues, her running mate Tim Kaine, as vice president, would officially become president while Bill Clinton would assume the real leadership of the country," Mercier suggested.

    Meanwhile, most burning US domestic issues, such as the economy, dissatisfaction with government and unemployment remain largely neglected amid fierce competition for the White House.

    In his recent article "Clinton vs Trump: Lesser of Two Evils or the Devil You Know" Mercier bemoaned the fact that "no real important issues such as climate change, a reassessment of US foreign policy, the role of money in politics, the torture of political prisoners, and the excessive power of the US executive branch have been addressed."

    US presidential elections always have an important impact on world affairs, Mercier admitted, adding that still "it is hard to think of any positive outcome" of the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Gilbert Mercier is the author of The Orwellian Empire and the editor in chief of News Junkie Post.


    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.


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