February 5, 2016

A Week Of Clinton’s Failed Foreign Policy

This week saw a slew of bad news and criticisms of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. For a good roundup, Foreign Policy’s Stephen Walt noted Clinton’s failure in Russia, Syria, Iraq, and even the Trans Pacific Partnership.

On Monday, Foreign Policy reported on a planned overhaul of the State Department’s programs to counter online extremism, including ISIS propaganda. Prime among the “underperforming” programs targeted was Clinton’s “ineffective” Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Coordination.

The next day brought more bad news when Secretary of Defense Ash Carter unveiled the new Defense budget:

The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military’s accelerating effort to deter Russia.

The move by the Obama administration underscores the failure of Clinton’s reset with Russia, the country Clinton said it was her goal to “strengthen”:

The administration also proposed a 50 percent increase in spending on the fight against ISIS effectively acknowledging its previous failure to address the rise of the terrorist group. Clinton, however, has praised Obama’s plan to fight ISIS as “close to mine”:

Although Clinton has repeatedly touted her work on a 2012 cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, the IJ Review noticed this week that Clinton had removed any mention of the deal from her campaign biography. Clinton’s quiet backpedal came “in the wake of new surges of violence in Gaza” and “nearly five months of near-daily Palestinian assaults, mostly stabbings, on Israeli police, soldiers and civilians.”

Finally, when Clinton’s tiptoe differentiation between “combat troops” and Special Forces in Iraq and Syria was put to the test during the Democratic primary debate last night, fact-checkers tore her apart. Politico’s Wrongometer said she “split hairs a bit too much” and added, “the special operations forces on the ground there are very much engaged in fighting ISIS.” The Associated Press called Clinton’s rhetorical twister-game a “dubious distinction” saying that “there is little doubt special operations forces like those now operating both in Syria and Iraq do.”