Hillary Clinton, the anointed one for the Oval Office in 2016, is bearing her war-chops with a snap at her former boss’ heels. She blames Obama’s failure to arm Syrian rebels for the rise of ISIS that appears to be steamrolling Iraq into further chaos and a prolonged civil war.
During an interview with The Atlantic magazine, former Secretary of State Clinton sharply criticized President Obama for what has been called his “wait and see” style. She declared, “Great nations need organizing principles.” But she did not end there. Mrs. Clinton struck a direct blow at one of Obama’s axioms: “And ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”
Clinton’s remarks come at a time when President Obama is taking heat for everything in the world including the weather. A recent Gallup poll gives Mr. Obama a rating of forty-two percent for Presidential Job Approval. Obama may find solace in a Politico poll showing fifty-two percent of the country disapproves of Congress. When viewed by party, Republicans have hit a new low.
Mrs. Clinton may be taking her presumed bid for the big chair in the White House to a new level. Doing so will probably come with costs. As she berates the President for his ostensibly vague foreign policy, “Hillary” may open herself to accusations of intellectual hypocrisy in light of statements in her last book -- “Hard Choices,” where she says voting for the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. “I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”
If Hillary Clinton was so wrong then, how can she be so right now? Getting rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in all likelihood would lead to a void similar to the one created with the ousting of Saddam Hussein. Nevertheless, she said, the “failure” to help build up a credible fighting force from among those who started the protests against Assad “left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled.” Some Middle East experts suggest getting rid of Assad will lead to the creation of a new Islamic state ruled by ISIS and its big brother ISIL.
Considering Hillary Clinton said a few days ago that Obama is “incredibly intelligent” and “thoughtful,” one has to wonder if Mrs. Clinton is just another politician in an expensive pantsuit that blows with the wind.