Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Not Your Night, Kid

For a candidate running in large part on her foreign policy experience (she was secretary of state for four years, in addition to running a private email server), Hillary did not shine in last night’s debate. She bumbled and stumbled through key questions about ISIS and the Middle East. And forget comparisons to her competitors Sanders and O’Malley. Neither of them has a good shot at the White House and Hillary, sadly, does.

Things started roughly for Clinton. “I don’t think any sensible person would disagree that invasion of Iraq led to the level of instability we’re seeing now, it was one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of the United States,” Bernie Sanders said. His remark was important — Clinton has her talking points in hand about her vote for war in 2003, but was unprepared to talk about the secondary effects.

Clinton responded saying that she’s since acknowledged that the decision to invade Iraq was based on bad intelligence. “I have said the invasion of Iraq is a mistake,” the former secretary of State said. “But if we’re really going to tackle the problems posed by jihadi extreme terrorism, we need to understand it and continue to be vigilant about it.”

Ouch.

First, most sentient people now understand the 2003 invasion of Iraq was largely a scam pulled off by the neo-conservatives surrounding George W. Bush, and Clinton still trying to brush off her support for it as nothing more than “bad intelligence” is weak. But she had little to say about not learning her lesson, going on to still support her own role in the U.S. attacks on Libya in 2011, which turned that once-stable nation into a failed/failing state as bad or worse than Iraq. Clinton mumbled about elections that were held in Libya, as if those mattered, ever.

Not content with how deep the hole she dug was, Clinton went on to repeat the pat version of recent Iraqi history: that the U.S. left Iraq in 2011 with a well-trained, professional army and then Prime Minister Maliki (who was supported in office by both Bush and Obama) ruined it in the span of mere months. That is, to be technical, bullshit. The Iraqi Army was never a real fighting force, not in 2011 and not in 2015. Maliki was never a good prime minister, not when the U.S. pushed him into power in 2006 and not when the U.S. pushed him out of power in 2014.

Sorry Hillary, you’re gonna have to do better. If you thought the questions last night were hard, wait until you’re in the White House, kid.