September 19, 2016

UN Meeting Reminds Us Why We Can’t Afford Four More Years Of The Obama-Clinton Foreign Policy

This week, the United Nations General Assembly will begin its yearly general body meetings. Featured at the annual meeting in New York will be leaders of nations spanning the globe including both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And while this could have been a victory lap for Secretary Clinton, the UN meeting better serves as a referendum on the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy, and the chaos left in their wake.

Understandably, Secretary Clinton will appear the U.N. in an attempt to paint over her glaring failures at the State Department, an effort The New York Times recently called a “dress rehearsal” for President Obama’s “preferred successor.” However, with chaos on nearly every continent, from Boko Haram in Africa and ISIS in the Middle East, to the Clinton-supported coup in Honduras and the repeated indictments of North Korean nuclear testing, Clinton and Obama will have a lot of spinning to do.

As part of her effort to cast her foreign policy record as anything but the disaster it was, Secretary Clinton has planned meeting with representatives of two of her greatest failures, Ukraine and Egypt.

For a brief refresher, Secretary Clinton launched the “reset” with Russia in March 2009, hoping to turn over a new leaf with the country:

Secretary Clinton clearly succeeded in doing so, leading to increased Russian aggression against U.S. interests in the region, such as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Russian-backed internecine war in Ukraine.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted:

Then there is Vladimir Putin’s Russia, now routinely challenging the U.S. and its allies. How to count the ways. There was the armed seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea; Moscow’s military support of the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine; overt and covert intimidation of the Baltic states; the dispatch of fighter and bomber aircraft to avert the defeat of Syria’s Assad; sales of sophisticated weaponry to Iran.

Then there’s Egypt and the Arab Spring. As Secretary of State, Clinton watched as Egypt erupted in protests before devolving into chaos and dictatorship. Only later did she admit that she had “no control over what happened in Egypt”:

From the start, her State Department seemed unware of the regional dynamic at play. They denied there would be a “snowball effect” in the Middle East a week after Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine was removed from power, and only days before Egypt itself would be engulfed in protests. As Egypt followed the example of Tunisia and other Arab Spring countries, Secretary Clinton continuously failed to properly address the upheaval in the country, first supporting the regime of long-time Egyptian dictator and Clinton family friend Hosni Mubarak, only to turn on him a few days later.

Beyond the problems facing the world mentioned above, there are a litany of hot spots and danger zones that the U.S. must now contend with. Libya has become an ISIS-infested failed state. Iran uses Secretary Clinton’s nuclear deal as cover for its increased aggression against both the U.S. and Israel, and China has become bolder in its willingness to undermine the U.S. as well.

CIA Director John Brennan put it best this past June when he reported he had “never seen a time when our country faced such a wide variety of threats to our national security”:

With so many threats and so much chaos, the U.S. cannot afford another four years of the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy.