Since Jennifer Rubin has elaborated her attack on Hillary Clinton’s legacy at the State Department, I am compelled to take on her latest barrage, but the truth is that she is becoming repetitive and tiresome with her empty bloviating. It is astounding that she gets paid to write this tripe.
Here are her top 10 disasters:
1. She insisted we side with Hugo Chavez’s stooge in Honduras….
July 7, 2009
I just finished a productive meeting with President Zelaya. We discussed the events of the past nine days and the road ahead. I reiterated to him that the United States supports the restoration of the democratic constitutional order in Honduras.
2. She touted a Russian “reset.”
February 5, 2011
3. She couldn’t manage to figure a way to reach agreement with Iraq on a status-of-forces deal.
She was Secretary of State not Secretary of Defense, but for some reason there was a great deal of pressure on her to take up defense issues. Iraq did not become her operation until August 2010 when the last troops pulled out.
August 18, 2010
4. Speaking of which, Clinton assured us for months that Assad was a “reformer.” She dragged her feet and then was rebuffed three times by the un-reset Russians at the United Nations. She delayed in reaching out to the Syrian rebels and in providing aid. She left a human catastrophe of 70,000 dead Syrians and millions of refugees streaming into Syria’s neighbors.
A. She did not call him a reformer. She was quoting others who had visited Syria.
(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday drew a contrast between Syrian President Bashir Assad and his late father and predecessor, and said U.S. lawmakers who recently have visited Damascus regarded him as a “reformer.”
B. Oh, it is simply too much. Here is the entire archive here on Syria – everything she said, did , and every trip to meetings of Friends of the Syrian People.
C. Hillary Clinton did not kill 70,000 Syrians or displace anyone. Assad’s regime did that.
5. Also among the dead in the Middle East, of course, was Ambassador Chris Stevens ….
Once again, she did not kill her friend Chris Stevens. Her requests for diplomatic security funding were twice cut by the very Tea Party Republicans who attacked her on Benghazi.
October 7, 2012
6. She dispatched George Mitchell as her special envoy for the Middle East, who promptly became persona non grata with both Israelis and Palestinians. Her shrieking about settlements only alientated the administration from both sides. (This approach was renounced by the president in his recent Mideast trip.) She ambushed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of his trip to the White House to tell him, that oh yes, the president would be publicly announcing that U.S. policy was to begin negotiations at “1967 borders” with land swaps.
One of the problems with what Rubin states is the overwhelming absence of any evidence whatsoever. George Mitchell promptly became persona non grata? That would have barred him from entry to the region. So how is it that he visited on a frequent basis with and without Mme. Secretary? These entries refute that claim.
“Shrieking” about settlements? And where is the chapter and verse of Obama’s renunciation? Here is what he said.
Israelis must recognize that continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace, and that an independent Palestine must be viable– that real borders will have to be drawn.
As for those 1967 borders with land swaps that has been U.S. policy through several administrations, there is this.
7. The administration was largely moot during Iran’s Green Revolution in June 2009….
Oh, smh, I did address this in the last post.
… the State Department did what it could in the face of a silent, hesitant President during the Green Revolution. Aware that people in the streets of Tehran and other cities were depending on Twitter to communicate life-and-death information and learning that Twitter intended to close down for maintenance, Hillary Clinton prevailed upon Twitter to leave the lines of communication open. They did, as those of us who spent those weekends retweeting important tweets from Iran can attest.
8. Her reaction to the Egyptian revolution, and indeed to the entire Arab Spring, was incoherent and meek.
Hillary Clinton spoke out to Arab leaders and elders long before these revolutions broke out and to some criticism. No two revolutions were alike. To suggest that there could have been a template that would have addressed them all is naive. The Arab world is no more homogeneous than Latin America is, and no cut-and-paste solutions would have been effective, as P..J. Crowley noted today on Bashir Live with Karen Finney.
Two years ago this week, Hillary engaged in an exhausting week of shuttle diplomacy an finally accomplished an agreement to a no fly zone over Libya.
March 29, 2011
9. She did not restore our “standing in the world,” as she vowed to do.
Once again, no evidence is offered for this sweeping assertion. It would take a boatload of links to counter it, but if you search this blog at your leisure you will find four years’ worth of strategic dialogues, memoranda of understanding, and bilateral and trilateral agreements that attest that she reached out to countries previously neglected.
10. Early in her term she sent a terrible message by informing the Chinese that human rights shouldn’t be allowed to get in the way of relations between the countries.
Right. That is how this happened.
May 2, 2012
She never ceased talking human rights with Chinese officials behind closed doors and stated that numerous times.
Rubin’s war on Hillary Clinton’s State Department legacy is feeble, boring, and redundant. She needs to turn her sights elsewhere. Her attacks are lame with lack of substantiation and a surplus of broad implication that goes unattributed.
Hillary Clinton did better than this and deserves better. Great job, Mme. Secretary! Thank you!
On a related and very heartening note, there was this affirmation of Hillary’s legacy today by Grace Meng (D -NY).
Meng and Clinton during a House hearing. C-SPAN
Rep. Grace Meng announced in a press release this morning that she’s co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill “to prevent another Benghazi,” referring to the attack in Libya that killed four American diplomatic personnel last September.
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