Wherever we look today—from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East to the post-Cold War frontier in Ukraine to the South China Sea to our border with Mexico— our world appears to be falling apart.
This naturally raises a serious question in the minds of many people: If America, the indispensable nation, had been doing its job of holding the global system together, couldn’t this chaos and anarchy have been avoided?
The simple answer is, yes.
But if you listen to Hillary Clinton, the unraveling of the international order was inevitable under the leadership—or lack of leadership—of Barack Obama. As I reported in my book “Blood Feud,” Hillary places the blame for the sorry state of the world squarely on the man in the Oval Office.
“The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time,” she complained to a group of friends shortly after she left her post as secretary of state. “That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f******g tiller.”
That may be true as far as it goes. But it begs the larger question: what about Hillary herself? Doesn’t she share culpability for our botched foreign policy?
After all, she was our chief diplomat from 2009 to 2013, and as such, she was present at the creation of the Obama foreign policy. She logged nearly a million miles roaming the world as the person in charge of American diplomacy. And now she wants to cash in those frequent flier miles for a trip to the White House in 2016.
In the view of most foreign policy experts to whom I have spoken, Hillary has little or nothing to show for her million-mile sprint as secretary of state.
“The simple consensus about Hillary Clinton’s tenure at state is: Meh,” said Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. “By her own standards she accomplished little, and in the areas she highlighted as most important to her—rights for women and religious minorities, Israeli-Palestinian peace and halting Iran’s nuclear weapons program—she batted zero…. And Iran is now closer to a nuclear weapon than ever before.”