July 22, 2016

Democrat Platform Highlights Clinton’s Foreign Policy Failures

The Democratic Party released its platform today, outlining its foreign policy goals and highlighting Hillary Clinton’s most dramatic failures as Secretary of State.

The platform covered the full gamut of chaos left behind by Clinton’s time at the State Department. Most glaring was the Democratic Party’s commitment to “work to end the reign of terror promulgated by Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, AQIM, and ISIS.” The irony of the Party’s commitment is that it could have been avoided had Clinton taken action as Secretary of State.

Instead, she and her State Department refused to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, which would have allowed “U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to use certain tools and authorities” against the group. The group has since been labeled “the most deadly group” in the world and has led a quadrupling of terror in Africa since the first year of Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Its partners in terror have been Al-Shabab and AQIM, two of the other groups the Democratic Party is finally turning its attention to.

In its platform, the Democratic Party once again endorsed the dangerous Iran deal while at the same time acknowledging the threat Iran poses to the U.S. Clinton has danced a similar dance, repeatedly supporting the Iran deal while Iranian aggression has grown. However, when pressed in January 2016 on whether Iran was a threat to the U.S., Clinton refused to call Iran’s actions a national security threat:

The platform also attempted to clean up for Clinton’s reckless abandonment of Israel as Secretary of State. It states the Party’s opposition to efforts to “delegitimize Israel” and expressed support for an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In contrast, Clinton has repeatedly bragged about being the Obama administration’s “designated yeller” at Israel and has waffled on her support for Jerusalem as the undivided capital.

The platform further tries to make up for Clinton’s lackluster policies toward Latin America. Clinton largely ignored Latin America as Secretary of State and even convened a dinner with Latin American leaders in 2011 to compensate for the damage. Further, even though the Obama administration left key Latin American ambassador posts unfilled, Clinton told her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills to “hold the line” on the appointment of a Special Envoy to the Americas, a position that ultimately went unfilled:

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More than anything else, the Democratic Party platform serves as a guide for Clinton’s failed foreign policy. Already weak in the face of the chaos brewing around the world, the Democratic platform is a highlight reel of Clinton’s greatest foreign policy missteps.