“Iraq” is the headline alongside “Hillary”. The Hill reports Iraq as being a dark shadow over Hillary because the present circumstances undermine her declarations of achievements in foreign policy. No one wins on Iraq, and here is why. (See the list.)
- Iraq is one of many nation states in the Middle East that fell radically behind the world in maturity that is reflected by a scale of democratic freedom and individual liberty.
- It wasn’t until the US knocked Saddam Hussein from power that Iraq began to address its government and leadership problem.
- Iraq is a historically recent phenomenon, unnatural and an artificially created nation state.
- The people living in today’s Iraq are unenlightened and uninspired toward self-determination and self-governance.
- Iraq is still rising from the ashes of obliteration from war, and is combating insurgency from within and from outside as it is a part of a universe of like-kind and like-minded deficiencies.
If Hillary Clinton were not an undeclared candidate for president, her book would be irrelevant. The fact is that the Obama administration and her incumbency as Secretary of State, rode into the Iraq mess on the tails of George W. Bush mistaken policy. One mess led to another.
The situation requires a more comprehensive Middle East foreign policy that addresses layer upon layer of needs. The old word was asymmetrical. That is what it is, a problem situation that is broad and deep, with many networked layers of complexity. Treating it superficially is cosmetic. We’re talking 100 year strategy treating a 2000 year old problem.
"Iraq casts shadow over Clinton
By Alexander Bolton - 06/14/14 06:00 AM EDT
The growing crisis and threat of all-out civil war in Iraq has cast a cloud over Hillary Clinton’s book tour touting her accomplishments as secretary of State.
The release of “Hard Choices” was supposed to remind people of the foreign policy credentials she burnished in the Obama administration.
On Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest even said Clinton’s greatest accomplishments at the State Department included ending the war in Iraq and “decimating and destroying” al Qaeda.
But those résumé bullet points are now up for debate as Iraq has erupted in violence and insurgents linked to al Qaeda have captured four cities, including Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest metropolitan center.
“It’s going to be a problem for her starting now,” Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said of the country’s collapsing stability.
"You have the White House three days ago talking about one of her greatest accomplishment was eradicating al Qaeda in Iraq. One of her greatest accomplishments was winding down war in Iraq. Forty-eight hours later we’re dealing with a situation where we’re talking about how to best help eradicate an al Qaeda offshoot in Iraq," he said.
Democratic strategist Tad Devine said it’s too early to say what impact Iraq may have on Clinton’s White House hopes in 2016 but added the stakes are high for both her and President Obama.
“If he deals with it decisively in the next couple months and achieves real progress I think the Iraq story will be a good one for him and Hillary Clinton,” Devine said. “If things deteriorate and there’s a terrible situation that develops there over the course over the next couple years that presents a threat to the United States it will not be good for either one of them.”"