Friday, June 3, 2016

What She Said

You can watch the whole speech that Hillary Clinton gave yesterday in San Diego yesterday here and read the transcript here.

Here’s the quote that sums it all up.

I remember being in the Situation Room with President Obama, debating the potential Bin Laden operation. The President’s advisors were divided. The intelligence was compelling but far from definitive. The risks of failure were daunting. The stakes were significant for our battle against al Qaeda and our relationship with Pakistan. Most of all, the lives of those brave SEALs and helicopter pilots hung in the balance.

It was a decision only the President could make. And when he did, it was as crisp and courageous a display of leadership as I’ve ever seen.

Now imagine Donald Trump sitting in the Situation Room, making life-or-death decisions on behalf of the United States. Imagine him deciding whether to send your spouses or children into battle. Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he’s angry, but America’s entire arsenal.

Do we want him making those calls – someone thin-skinned and quick to anger, who lashes out at the smallest criticism? Do we want his finger anywhere near the button?

Making an election about national security and dealing with the rest of the world has always been a Republican strong suit; it was their mantra in every election since 1948, and just ask Michael Dukakis how they made his ride in a tank a punch line.

Now the boot, as it were, is on the other foot, and Hillary Clinton is turning the defense of the country and our “exceptionalism” into a campaign pitch for her candidacy.  I think it’s safe to say that not a lot of people — especially Republicans — were expecting that.

Charlie Pierce wants more than that.

He, Trump is a leap in the dark on every issue known to man. Pointing this out in regards to foreign policy is the rough equivalent of saying that the heads on Mount Rushmore seem to be out of scale. I’m glad that her style is sharpening, and that she’s becoming better at spotting fat pitches coming right down Broadway. But the speech doesn’t do anything to assuage the concerns of people who wonder if she might be a tad too hawkish herself.

Stay tuned.

One bark on “What She Said

  1. Hillary Clinton is definitely more hawkish than I’d like. I’m not sure what she learned from our experience in Iraq about the use of American power beyond “that vote was a mistake.” But I trust her with the nuclear codes infinitely more than I trust The Donald.

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