When Does Hillary Clinton Get Some Credit?

The New Republic, the same publication whose literary editor once referred to Hillary Clinton as a “hellish housewife,” is at it again.  Only this time instead of sinning by degrading an accomplished woman, The New Republic is sinning by pretending she does not exist.

In Jonathan Rauch’s TNR article this week, he offers high praise for President Obama’s achievements on the world stage.  Mr. Rauch states that he “never drank the Obama Kool-Aid in 2008” but at least on matters of a “post-partisan, pragmatic, generally successful foreign policy, he now “hereby eat[s] half a crow”:

Two major surprises have marked [Obama’s] presidency, one negative, one positive. On the downside, the silver-tongued orator who inspired millions as a candidate turned out to be a mediocre communicator as president. On the upside, the greenhorn candidate who had barely any experience of, or interest in, foreign policy has proved to be an impressively adept presidential diplomat. On almost every front ­internationally, he has improved the country’s position since 2008.

An adept presidential “diplomat”?  He is no diplomat.  He is the President.  His chief diplomat has a name and her name is Hillary Clinton.  The “adept diplomat,” widely recognized by left and right alike to be a superb Secretary of State, is arguably the one improving our position around the world, if anyone is, putting out fires with a toughness that has her nicknamed “the iron fist in the velvet glove.”  And often, she is smoothing over the President’s gaffes.  Clinton is the one holding “town-terviews” in every foreign country she visits to raise awareness about the U.S., to share our values and improve our image worldwide.  She is the one tirelessly fighting for women’s rights and gay rights.  She is his Secretary of State, which is not the same as being his secretary.  She does more than run his errands.

Out of curiosity, does it strike Mr. Rauch as a coincidence that the area which has prompted him to “hereby eat half a crow” about his previous Obama skepticism is the one area where Hillary’s footprints can be found?  These are the foreign policy successes Mr. Rauch notes:

  • Ending two wars.
  • Stabilizing relations with Russia.
  • Stabilizing relations with China.
  • Isolating Iran.
  • Strengthening America’s brand.
  • Prosecuting the war on terror.

Whether or not you agree with Rauch’s assessment, Hillary Clinton’s name is not mentioned anywhere in his article.  While it is politics as usual that the President gets the credit for the work of the people he appoints, does anyone really believe that Mr. Rauch’s so called “greenhorn,” who racked up barely two years in the Senate before running for the Presidency, figured this all out by himself?  Or that getting Osama bin Laden didn’t have Secretary Clinton’s, Secretary Gates’ and Leon Panetta’s fingerprints all over it?  Wasn’t it Hillary who called out certain elements in Pakistan for knowing the whereabouts of bin Laden a year before the raid?  While she retracted those statements after the fact, and we can speculate as to the reasons for this, it would seem that when it counted, she was stirring the pot.

Typical that some are filled with such bitterness towards her, they cannot bring themselves to utter one kind or even acknowledging word.  This reminds me of the New York-based Hasidic newspaper that, for religious reasons, literally airbrushed Hillary Clinton out of the photo, (and out of history), where the President and senior staff were watching as Seal Team Six executed the raid on Bin Laden.

An article by Edward-Isaac Dovere in Friday’s Politico on the other hand, called Hillary Clinton President Obama’s Foreign Policy Shield: 

“For all of my life, this might be the first campaign that we’ve gone into where Democrats are ahead on foreign policy,” former Clinton political consultant James Carville said. “I was told before that it mattered when we were behind. She can take some credit for a political party that for a long time has been behind on a key element, that we’re now ahead.”

2008 McCain strategist Steve Schmidt noted:

“She provides a big shield for the president on any number of [foreign policy] issues….Any time you can lay claim to one of the most popular people in the country and one of the most admired people in the country, then it’s a benefit for you.”

Pundits who have unearthed a sudden willingness to give Secretary Clinton favorable press are arguably doing so because that too helps the President’s chances; a not so subtle hat tip to millions of her supporters who still burn from the injustice of their past coverage.  I doubt they would still be kind if she were to throw her hat back in the ring — should 2016 unfold that way.

At the moment, however, political operatives clearly see Secretary Clinton’s hard work and toughness as bolstering the argument for President Obama to win a second term.  First, this is ironic because Clinton lost votes in the 2008 primary since she was considered more hawkish than Mr. Obama, whereas she found his campaign’s foreign policy notions naïve.  Secondly, calling Secretary Clinton his shield and also, presumably, declaring that she bolsters his re-election chances is tricky since she has been unrelenting in her assertion that she will step down at the end of this year.

What kind of a message does it send that a woman is acknowledged for her achievements only to benefit the man or not at all?

Once Hillary is no longer President Obama’s shield – whether invisible to Mr. Rauch or otherwise – let’s see if he’s “eating half a crow” then.


Anita Finlay is the author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening, available on Amazon in print and kindle editions.

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China taunts our ship, Russia flies over our planes, Iran dumps on us and now Chavez….

obama2f-masood1In a clear message that America and its leaders are toothless touchy-feely wimps ripe for the taking, China, Russia and Iran have already signaled that they are circling our country like buzzards, and they are treating President Obama is their Rodney Dangerfield. They are stomping all over the USA and treating Barack Obama like a fool. And he keeps inviting them to do it.

First, China taunted our ship, then Russia flew over our planes.  Then China asked for collateral on the zillion dollars we owe them. Next, Iran thumbed its nose as Barack Obama’s badly produced Kumbaya message, which translated to maniacs like Ahmadinejad  into “No balls at all”. There is no question about it. These countries are not interested in good seeking to humiliate and downgrade America, and they believe they can pull it off under the current administration.

And now, the quintessential 21st century dictator in-training, who plans to be president for life,  has called Barack Obama “Ignorant”. I mean,  how much respect do you have to lose before an ignorant whackjob like  Hugo Chavez calls you ignorant?

 CARACAS, Venezuela —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday called President Barack Obama “ignorant,” saying he has a lot to learn about Latin America. 

The Venezuelan leader said he had been ready to name a new ambassador in Washington when Obama took office, but put that on hold after the new U.S. president accused him of “exporting terrorism” and being an obstacle to progress in the region.

“At least one could say, ‘poor ignorant person,”‘ Chavez said on his weekly television and radio program, adding that Obama “should read a little bit so that he learns about … the reality of Latin America.”

It’s like Barack Obama is becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of the world. Confirming that our foreign policy is starting to look a lot like a bunch of kids on the playground during recess to see which bully will emerge to beat up Barack Obama and the USA by-proxy, the infant Hugo had this to say:

“We ask only for respect for Venezuela, nothing else,” Chavez said. “If Obama respects us, we’ll respect him. If Obama tries to keep disrespecting Venezuela, we will confront the U.S. empire.”

Chavez said he showed some of the U.S. administration’s critical remarks about him to U.S. Rep. William Delahunt when the Massachusetts Democrat visited Caracas last week.

“They keep pointing to me as the bad boy, as the one who attacks,” Chavez said. “Who stared the attack first? Obama.”

Waaaaaaaaa! He hit me first!

I can’t wait for this week’s newest dissing embarrassment. This is what happens when you put a bunch of academic theorists with their idealistic utopian heads up their asses in charge of a country.

Somebody please explain to our President that “We Are The World” is a song not a foreign policy–and that pretending that it is a foreign policy leads to increasing disrespect from despots. There is no job opening for President of the World .  So he can stop running for office now. He’s already been elected and now he has to do the job. The job calls for keeping America safe and keeping us from becoming the Third World Nation we seem to be trolling towards. And if he doesn’t gain some respect and stop running for Mr. Congeniality, he is going to go down in Presidential history as the guy who started WW III — and this time it will be on OUR turf, where all those delusional Obama Children are going to be bleeding and dying in the streets instead of holding “meetups” and knocking on doors looking for signatures.  Maybe that’s the goal. Maybe this isn’t just foreign policy stupidity. Maybe it’s all deliberate. Who knows with this Trillion Dollar Club bunch in DC? That’s if we win. And that’s not looking likely. In fact, it’s starting to look like the USA is being cancelled.  I don’t think that idea is going to go over very well with our suddenly-awakening people who have grown to appreciate their Democracy and Free Will.

What’s next, “Dear Fidel: Let’s do lunch?”

What is it with these two American political parties that  desperately guard their power and keep all other more reasonable people from leading us? One  party is inept at Domestic Policy and the other is inept at Foreign Policy. And both of them have been hijacked by off-the-cliff extremists who are taking chances apiece destroying our country.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Sunday.



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