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In her foreign policy speech last week, Hillary Clinton spent a lot of time bashing Donald Trump, implying as Daniel Lazare says, “that because Trump is bonkers, Hillary must be the opposite, i.e. thoughtful and mature,” before going on to point out that “this is a woman who has had a hand in five or six of the major foreign-policy disasters of the post-9/11 period.”
Clinton says our alliances make us strong. But, friendship in common interest is one thing; “entangling alliances”* inherent in the unavoidable differences in interests between our friends and ourselves are another.
*From the title and text of the article, “entangling alliances” is a reference to Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural address pledge for “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”
Now that Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination, her June 2 foreign-policy speech is looking more and more important. The reason is simple: Clinton is going to be all over Donald Trump in the coming months, punching away at his racism and xenophobia, his thinly veiled appeals to violence, and his fraudulent business practices.
But what she’ll no doubt hit him hardest on is his general unfitness to be anywhere near the nuclear button. As she put it in San Diego: “This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes – because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”
It’s hard to disagree – the man does seem out of control. But what has critics choking on their morning coffee is the implication that because Trump is bonkers, Hillary must be the opposite, i.e. thoughtful and mature. As opponents ranging from ConsortiumNews’s Robert Parry toPaul R. Pillar, Jeffrey Sachs, Jeet Heer, Diana Johnstone, and Gary Leupp have pointed out, this is a woman who has had a hand in five or six of the major foreign-policy disasters of the post-9/11 period. So where does she get off calling Trump reckless? … Continue reading