Simply by virtue of being married to Bill, being a woman, and being as left-wing and progressive as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton gets a pass on pretty much everything.
The media swoon over what a trailblazer she’s been, how brilliant she is, and what a spectacular job she’s doing as Secretary of State. None of those things are true, particularly that last one.
She is the most overrated Secretary of State in modern times. She has either been a failure or AWOL on every major foreign policy issue: Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. When the crud has hit the fan, she’s always managed to be far away, like in Papua New Guinea or someplace, talking about something irrelevant. She’s been incredibly deft at self-protection, letting others take the criticism for things such as: the Russians moving tactical nukes closer to the border with our allies in Eastern Europe; the Chinese building up their military, proliferating nuclear technology, and letting North Korea run wild; the Iranians slaughtering their own people while pressing ahead with nuclear weapons; the North Koreans killing our South Korean allies with impunity; the collapse of the Middle East “peace” process; the lateral movement after the surge in Afghanistan, while the Afghans continue to wallow in outright corruption; and the growing alliances between bad guys such as Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.
Rodham has either tried and failed to manage these problems, or she has checked out altogether.
Great SecState? Even Warren Christopher was better than this.
Of course, just when you think she can’t get any worse, Rodham strikes again.
Over the weekend, she was in the United Arab Emirates. In a townhall-style meeting, she was asked about 9/11, and she responded this way: “We have extremists in my country,” and then, referring to the Arizona shooting, she told her Arab audience that a Congresswoman “was just shot by an extremist in our country.”
This is so many kinds of wrong that I hardly know where to begin.
First, there is NO moral equivalence between a lone psychopath and terrorists acting in the name of Islam out of a Koranic command to “strike terror” in the hearts of the infidels and who operate as part of a global jihadi movement. I know that’s stating the obvious, but apparently the obvious needs to be stated to our Secretary of State.
Second, Hillary immediately bought into the despicable, depraved, and dishonest Far-Left narrative that the Arizona shooter was a “Far-Right extremist” without any evidence whatsoever to prove it. Very responsible for the woman tending to our diplomatic relations, no?
Third, she made this outrageous claim while in a foreign—an Arab—country. This is beyond the pale, an egregious act of the kind that only anti-American losers like Michael Moore commit.
Fourth, as today’s New York Post points out, her deputy, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, told the Chinese in talks last year that we had human rights issues too, and cited Arizona’s new illegal immigration law as evidence of our “abuses.” I guess the destructive moral equivalence travels down the chain, from Hillary at the top. Perhaps the Arizona shooter heard Mr. Posner.
And finally, Hillary also said this while in the Middle East this weekend: “The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV—that’s not who we are.” The point left unstated about Hillary here is that while she buys that rhetoric CAUSES this kind of behavior, from a policy point of view, she has completely ignored her earlier demand that Palestinian media stop inciting violence as a precondition for U.S. assistance. Testifying before Congress in April 2009, she said this: “We will only work with a Palestinian Authority government that unambiguously and explicitly accepts the Quartet’s principles: A commitment to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map.”
All you have to do is go to the website of the Palestinian Media Watch (www.palwatch.org) to see how the Palestinian media—an official department of the Palestinian Authority—incites extreme violence every day. But Hillary not only ignores that, she rewards it. She just OK’ed another $100 million of your money to the Palestinian Authority.
Meanwhile, she turns Israel into the CAUSE of the violence because of the settlements issue. This is strikingly similar to the absurd and destructive thing she has done here with her comments about the Arizona shooting. In discussing the shooter, she implicates political rhetoric. In the case of the Middle East, she directs her fire toward Israel and NOT toward the insanely and incessantly violent rhetoric coming out of the Palestinians.
Hillary Clinton is a full-on disaster as Secretary of State. She needs to start getting called on her failures, disingenuous, ineffectiveness, and straight-out BS.
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