Monday, April 23, 2007

Bill Clinton: Secretary of Appeasement?

Senator Clinton has given us a glimpse at her foreign policy:

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that if she is elected president, she would make her husband a roaming ambassador to the world, using his skills to repair the nation's tattered image abroad.

Although former president Clinton was impeached after an affair with a White House intern, he remains a very popular figure in much of the world and is considered an effective diplomat.

That's precisely what America needs in the wake of a war in Iraq that's left America isolated and hated throughout much of the world, Hillary Clinton said.

"I believe in using former presidents, particularly what my husband has done, to really get people around the world feeling better about our country," she said. "We're going to need that. Right now they're rooting against us and they need to root for us."
The world hates America because it has dared -- in a halting, partial and apologetic way -- to assert its right to exist and fight back against Islamic totalitarianism. Senator Clinton signals that she has learned nothing in the last six years. She agrees with the rest of the world. The only way to make the rest of the world “feel better” about America is appeasement and sacrifice.

The bright side of a possible Clinton presidency is that we would be open about our appeasement. We would not pretend to be fighting a war when we are actually sacrificing to build a “democracy” in Iraq. It says something about Bush and the neoconservatives that an anti-American New Leftist would bring more clarity to America’s policy than their muddled half-measures.

What a mess we are in.


madmax said...

"The world hates America because it has dared -- in a halting, partial and apologetic way -- to assert its right to exist and fight back against Islamic totalitarianism."

This is an excellent identification. I think so many people hate Bush for the same reason. They believe that only altruism is moral and they see Bush as a surrogate for capitalism and hawkish self-defense (if only). Since Bush and the Conservatives haven't totally surrendered to altruism like the liberals (leftists), they are considered immoral and thus hated. One can only imagine the hatred of the domestic and international left if we had a truly capitalist, hawkish President. You might see more Seung-Hui Chos as scarry as that sounds.

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