Hillary shows her hand
For those who believe that Hillary Clinton represents anything other than a continuation of the rightward march of the Democratic Party (and a continuation of the Bush-Obama doctrine), please read the interview published today in Atlantic: “Hillary Clinton: ‘Failure’ to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS.” Faux populist Clinton is back in storage, replaced by realpolitik Washington insider “serious” Hillary.
Evidently believing that whoever remains who considers himself part of the “left” of the Democratic Party has no where to go, Hillary Clinton is doubling down on appeasing the “right.” This has been the hallmark of those “centrists” of the Democratic Leadership Council who hijacked the party. Despite the fact that the public overwhelmingly objected to our interference in the Syrian civil war, Hillary Clinton has thrown in with the crowd that believes that the clear decline in American influence around the world is not caused by hair-trigger adventurism, but by using power too sparingly and in consulting with other countries too frequently. How long will it be before she joins in the chorus of those who claim we should never have left Iraq?
Washington insiders will rejoice that after this administration it looks like there will no longer be partisanship in foreign policy. It will all be dictated by the hardliners. War industrialists will rejoice for a return to cold war mentality (with more enemies, however!). Civilians in third-world countries should cringe.
Buckle your seat belts. We are about to witness a ratcheting up of the war whoops as the Republicans and Hillary try to show who will become the trigger-happiest.