Hillary Clinton’s big “foreign policy speech” was pretty light on foreign policy – really, what is there for the architect of the Libya disaster to say?
She had lots of insults for her presumptive Republican rival Donald Trump, though, including repeated suggestions that he was insane. Maybe that is why every major media outlet in the country simultaneously, and no doubt spontaneously, decided to describe her speech as “blistering.” The adjective was repeated so often one might almost suspect it had appeared on a memo somewhere.
For example, she suggested he might launch a global thermonuclear war in a fit of pique, continuing the proud Democrat tradition of slandering their opponents as genocidal maniacs who want to blow up the world. (In an ironic twist, a young Hillary Clinton was a volunteer for the Republican in question, during the campaign when the most infamous example of this smear was deployed.)
“He should not have the nuclear codes because it’s very easy to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because someone got under his very thin skin. We cannot let him roll the dice with America.”
“Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the situation room making life or death decisions on behalf of the United States. Do we want him making those calls? Someone thin-skinned and quick to anger. Do we want his finger anywhere near the button?” Clinton asked.
She hammered the point again by predicting that “letting ISIS run wild, launching a nuclear attack, and starting a ground war” were all “distinct possibilities with Donald Trump in charge.” She forgot to mention that letting ISIS run wild and starting a ground war were actual things that really happened when she and Barack Obama were running American foreign policy.
It is, in fact, very difficult to imagine Trump, or pretty much anyone else, yelling for the Football because he wants to nuke Luxembourg in retaliation for its foreign minister mocking the size of his fingers, and even more difficult to imagine America’s nuclear command going along with it. Democrats always think they have an unlimited license to get away with over-the-top hyperbole, even as their media retreats to the fainting couches from far milder criticism of its beloved liberal candidates.
Then came the part of Clinton’s harangue where she literally said Trump needed psychiatric help:
I have to say, I don’t understand Donald’s bizarre fascination with dictators and strongmen who have no love for America. He praised China for the Tiananmen Square massacre; he said it showed strength. He said, ’You’ve got to give Kim Jong Un credit’ for taking over North Korea – something he did by murdering everyone he saw as a threat, including his own uncle, which Donald described gleefully, like he was recapping an action movie. And he said if he were grading Vladimir Putin as a leader, he’d give him an ‘A.’
Now, I’ll leave it to the psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants.
I just wonder how anyone could be so wrong about who America’s real friends are. Because it matters. If you don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with, men like Putin will eat your lunch.
I’ll leave it to advocates for people dealing with serious mental illness to explain why it’s OK for Hillary Clinton to demean their challenges by using psychiatric treatment to make a cheap shot in a political speech. Democrats are supposed to be sensitive and caring, aren’t they?
It seems like only yesterday that Clinton defenders were howling that it was monstrously unfair to ask if she was experiencing any cognitive impairment. But she gets a free pass to hit Trump that way, with as much venom as she pleases?
As for whether Putin would eat Trump’s lunch, well, it’s a lead-pipe cinch he’s been reading Hillary Clinton’s classified emails. That might even be one of the reasons Obama foreign policy has been such a disaster. If you can raid the Secretary of State’s junkbox server for classified material at will, you can eat the American president’s lunch quite easily.
As for knowing exactly who we’re dealing with, Hillary Clinton is the one who kicked off the Syrian civil war by declaring blood-splattered, WMD-using dictator Bashar Assad a “reformer.”