Emmett Tyrrell

Actually, in foreign policy, the problems are multiplying as she flies around the world -- "some 60 trips abroad and nearly 600,000 miles" -- in her ineffectual, bustling way. This secretary of state is no Dean Acheson or John Foster Dulles or Henry Kissinger. She might not even by a Cyrus Vance. She is a frequent flier without a clue.

This week, a day after our last combat troops withdrew from Iraq, the fragile coalition there is falling apart as the Shiite-dominated government orders the arrest of its Sunni vice president. North Korea's tyrannical Kim Jong-il assumes room temperature, making way for his 28-year-old son, and as John Bolton says, "in defiance of all logic and history," the Obama administration continues to negotiate "food aid for more empty promises to denuclearize." Secretary of State Clinton has blundered in Egypt and Libya and, having prevailed on Morocco to liberalize, gives the king there no credit while awaiting the Muslim Brotherhood to warm up to us. The Arab spring has come and gone, winter is upon us, and we have fewer friends in the area than before.

Hillary famously tried to "reset" policy with Russia and now has Vladimir Putin crudely badgering her for supposedly sending "a signal" to marshal his enemies. Moscow has grown increasingly authoritarian; committed aggression against the pro-American state of Georgia; and supported our enemies, such as Venezuela and Syria. In response, Washington has pulled the plug on American allies Poland and the Czech Republic for supporting an American missile defense on their soil.

Then there is Iran. It is fast approaching the status of a nuclear power. It is as intransigent as ever. It is aiding terrorists intent on killing Americans. And Secretary of State Clinton steadfastly insists, "We want to see the Iranians engage ... We are not giving up."

These episodic apologists were part of the Clintons' supporting cast in the 1990s, and they were inadvertently a lot of fun. Now, when they encourage Secretary of State Hillary's ineptitude in time of war, they are not so amusing.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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