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October 31, 2014

Hillary’s Foreign Policy Record Isn’t Much to Crow About

Unless the Benghazi scandal consumes her, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is virtually a shoo-in for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination if she wants it. And she’s outpolling her GOP rivals.

The question is: why?

It can’t be because she was a great secretary of State. She did travel more miles (956,733) to more countries (112) than any of her predecessors. She handled herself on public occasions with poise and dignity, speaking almost always in measured tones.

But what did she accomplish? Other than speaking forcefully for the rights of women — who are probably now more endangered than ever in the Muslim world — it’s hard to name a single foreign policy breakthrough that the Obama administration or its chief diplomat has achieved.

Palestinians and Israelis haven’t even been brought to the negotiating table, let alone moved toward peace. Russia and China are at least as hostile toward the United States as they were in 2008, and more assertive. Iran is closer to having a nuclear weapon. North Korea is more belligerent. Iraq is becoming an Iranian ally.

The “Arab Spring” is replacing pro-Western despots with anti-Western despots. We are about to abandon Afghanistan to the Taliban. And in Syria, either the brutal Assad regime will survive, an ally of Iran and Hezbollah, or the resistance, now dominated by Sunni jihadists, will win.

And then there is Benghazi, Libya. Gregory Hicks, the former No. 2 man in the Libyan embassy, testified that he called Clinton at 2 a.m. to report that the U.S. consulate was under terrorist attack and that his “jaw dropped” when Obama, Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice said that a video caused the riot. Now, he said, he’s been demoted for talking.

In 2016, Clinton will certainly be able to claim that she has more foreign policy experience than any of her Democratic or Republican rivals. But she won’t be able to say she achieved much of anything.

  • rokkitman

    Oh, please. I don’t think Hillary Clinton is without fault, but the absurdity of this pile of steaming horse manure has baited me into responding. First, Gregory Hicks’ “jaw dropped” statement did NOT refer to anything that Clinton or Obama said. Mr Kondracke’s comment to the contrary is simply a lie. There’s this thing called the Internet, you know, that can dispel your false statements in a matter of seconds.

    Also, Clinton’s primary responsibility as Secretary of State has been to repair the international diplomatic and public relations disaster left her by the Bush-Cheney-Rice clown crew. Thus, “speaking forcefully for the rights of women,” and handling herself “on public occasions with poise and dignity, speaking almost always in measured tones” were her most important jobs. We now have a seat at almost all diplomatic tables, and significantly enhanced powers of persuasion that were simply not available to us in 2008.

    Finally, in keeping with the cautious methods and tone of her boss, President Obama, Clinton has been a force in enabling a policy of no new wars, strategic support without meddling in the remarkably peaceful overturning of dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and forging an international consensus on such important if unspectacular processes as increased sanctions on Iran and restored relations with Burma.

    I do understand that Roll Call hacks are obliged to stir the pot, but please, Mr Kondracke, try to have something of value to say, and please, please, try a little honesty.

    • getitright

      Hear hear!! Well said, rokkitman.

    • http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/45216 BruceMajors4DC

      Do you think she could smack Al Queda down as well as she did all those bimbos Bill had molested?

      • rokkitman

        You just talk to hear the echo in your head, right?

    • wolf

      So I assume that you think that that another feminist-liberal government
      is a good thing ? Not only do women get better jobs than men, but they
      are the preferred choice these days over men. There is a strong biasness
      for women over men, especially in my home state of Washington. It is
      apparant everywhere I turn.

    • annie66

      Are you out of your mind? I don’t know what planet you have been living on but it is not planet earth. This old bag has accomplished very little except traipsing all over the globe partying on the taxpayer’s dime. The entire mid-East is a worse mess than ever and conditions have deteriorated worldwide. She needs to stick with things that she actually has experience in such as fraud, destroying the reputations of women exploited by her perverted husband, lying, and screeching.

  • http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/45216 BruceMajors4DC

    She bravely faced down those Bosnian sharpshooters who were trying to kill Chelsea when they disembarked their plane. For this alone she is the avatar of Democratic womanhood.

    • rhodi

      Too bad it wasn’t her daughter that was being shot at in Benghazi, maybe the rest of the Americans would have lived.

  • wolf

    rokkitman-

    So I assume that you think that that another feminist-liberal government
    is a good thing ? Not only do women get better jobs than men, but they
    are the preferred choice these days over men. There is a strong biasness
    for women over men, especially in my home state of Washington. It is
    apparant everywhere I turn.

  • rhodi

    Hillary Clinton allowed her “friend” Stevens to die in Banghazi. There is no ifs and or buts. The emails are there, she knew about his cries for help in the weeks and months leading up to the attack. Then she outright lies standing in front of the coffins brought back from Benghazi. FU Clinton!!

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