Hillary Clinton’s Foreign-Policy Performance as Secretary of State: The Worst. Ever.
– The National Interest
“She’s been a cheerleader for America’s biggest mistakes.
As the general election heats up, Clinton supporters have been eager to tout the virtues of her foreign-policy experience relative to Donald Trump. And as a former Secretary of State and First Lady, no one questions Mrs Clinton’s bona fides in that regard.
There is just one problem. Foreign-policy stewardship over the past two decades has been the most cataclysmic for American interests abroad in the entire history of the Republic—and Clinton has been in favor of all the biggest mistakes….
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was a cheerleader for those overthrowing governments friendly to the United States (such as in Egypt). These governments ended up being replaced with the Muslim Brotherhood, dictatorship and chaos. The Arab uprisings, combined with the ham-fisted withdrawal from Iraq, led to the formation of ISIS, which subsequently took over much of Iraq and Syria, extending its reach deep into the surrounding Arab states.
This includes Libya. Gaddafi had previously given up his WMD program and sought to reconstitute himself into the international system. The price he paid for this cooperation was severe. Relying on Clinton’s assurances, Russia abstained from UN Resolution 1973, enabling military intervention to protect civilians under the explicit understanding that this would not mean regime change.
Clinton immediately reneged on the deal (which I warned against at the time). NATO bombing led to Gaddafi’s overthrow in favor of ISIS-style militants. Later, four Americans including Ambassador Stevens were murdered at an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Clinton’s watch. Today Libya is a failed state. Obama has since labelled this his single greatest failure as president, a failure for which Clinton is largely responsible.”
……Continue reading the thoughtful article @ The National Interest
Hillary’s Senate Accomplishment: One Bill Enacted into Law: to Name a Federal Building After Thurgood Marshall
– National Review
“In eight years, her one concrete achievement was getting a courthouse renamed for Thurgood Marshall. Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton flatly declared, “She’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.”
We heard speech after speech about how Hillary cares about the children, about her innovative ability to solve problems. But there is a reason the speeches lack specific examples.
Hillary wasn’t much of a change-maker in the U.S. Senate. Sure, being president is different from being a senator, but both jobs require making deals. Both offices require drawing up proposals and winning the support of others. Given all of the insight she must have gained as first lady, one might have expected her to be better at pushing legislation. She intimately knew all of the players, had Bill by her side, and had access to the tremendous wealth of the Clinton Foundation.
Yet, Hillary’s Senate career is defined by safe, noncontroversial bills, most of which were essentially pure fluff and yet she couldn’t get them passed.
In her eight years in the Senate, just one of Hillary’s bills got enacted into law. This bill designated the U.S. courthouse at 40 Centre Street in New York City as the “Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse.
Hillary had eleven other bills that were passed by the Senate, but none made it through the House. Four of those bills were to rename U.S. Postal Service offices. Then there was another courthouse renaming, a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and another commemoration for the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution.
….Continue reading @ National Review
Hillary Clinton’s Record of ‘Accomplishments’
– Daily Kos
“A popular meme on the right is that the former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former two-time Senator of the State of New York, and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is without accomplishments.
- First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.
• President of the Wellesley Young Republicans
• Intern at the House Republican Conference
• Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School
• Editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action
• Appointed to Senator Walter Mondale’s Subcommittee on Migratory Labor.
• Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
• Staff attorney for Children’s Defense Fund
• Faculty member in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
• Former Director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic.
• First female chair of the Legal Services Corporation
• First female partner at Rose Law Firm.
• Former civil litigation attorney.
• Former Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
• Twice listed by The National Law Journal as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America
• Former First Lady of Arkansas.
• Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983
• Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession
• Twice named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America
• Created Arkansas’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth
• Led a task force that reformed Arkansas’s education system
• Board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations
• Instrumental in passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
• Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses
• Successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health
• Worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War (now recognized as Gulf War Syndrome)
• Helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice
• Initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act
• First FLOTUS in US History to hold a postgraduate degree
• Traveled to 79 countries during time as FLOTUS
• Helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.
• Served on five Senate committees:
-Committee on Budget (2001–2002)
-Committee on Armed Services (2003–2009)
-Committee on Environment and Public Works (2001–2009)
-Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2001–2009)
-Special Committee on Aging.
• Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
• Instrumental in securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment
• Leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.
• In the aftermath of September 11th, she worked closely with her senior Senate counterpart from New York, Sen. Charles Schumer, on securing $21.4 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
• Middle East ceasefire. In November 2012, Secretary of State Clinton brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.
• Introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games.
• First ex-FLOTUS in US History to be elected to the United States Senate (and re-elected)
• Two-term New York Senator
-(senate stats here: https://www.govtrack.us/…)
-(voting record here: http://votesmart.org/…)
• Former US Secretary of State
• GRAMMY Award Winner
….Too funny but continue reading @ DailyKos