Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search
 

insta8er

(960 posts)
Fri May 13, 2016, 05:40 PM May 2016

Hillary’s Hawkishness Out of Sync With Women’s Concerns

Hillary Clinton’s “woman’s card” campaign strategy is demeaning to women. She exploits grievance and group-think identity politics to serve her personal and political agendas and sometimes to shield herself from appropriate scrutiny. Not even Nancy Pelosi or Dianne Feinstein focuses on “gender” as cynically as she does.

She seems to assume she speaks for all women. But women, like men, hold diverse opinions. In fact, the views of many of us are completely at odds with hers.

For example, most women yearn for peace and stability. They are not enamored of costly wars that put loved ones at risk while doing nothing to enhance security. For all of our recent military involvements abroad, we do not regard ourselves as more secure.

Hillary thinks women care only about “women’s issues” and are not particularly interested in tax rates, the national debt, fair trade, foreign policy- and accountability from public figures—but she is wrong.

Many women—as well as men— consider Hillary’s leading role in the Benghazi debacle evidence of her poor judgment. According to Obama’s ex-secretary of defense, Robert Gates, Hillary, as secretary of state, pushed a reluctant Obama to bomb Libya. She seemed to take pleasure in the death of Libyan head of state, Muammar Gadaffi, boasting, “We came, we saw, he died,” a quip I find somewhat unseemly in a US Secretary of State.

NATO, at Hillary’s instigation, bombed Libya to rubble. Thousands were forced to flee for their lives across the Mediterranean to Italy. Meanwhile, Libya has become ISIS’s most important stronghold outside of Syria and Iraq.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have already entered Europe, French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian recently estimated there are 800,000 more people waiting to cross over from Libya to Europe right now.

Did Hillary not foresee these disasters when she insisted that Obama approve the bombing of Libya? Did she not understand that jihadi ideology would find fertile ground where people are desperate and have no place to go because their homes and infrastructure have been destroyed?
Although she was responsible for the security of US diplomatic installations and personnel abroad, she allowed our consulate in Benghazi to remain open in an environment so lethal that the British and even the International Committee of the Red Cross pulled out. Her bad judgment resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the US ambassador. Her “what difference, at this point, does it make” testimony at the ensuing congressional hearings into Benghazi showed a shocking disregard of her responsibilities to the deceased and misreading of the gravity of what had taken place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ambassador-faith-whittlesey/hillarys-hawkishness-out_b_9932732.html

5 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Hillary’s Hawkishness Out of Sync With Women’s Concerns (Original Post) insta8er May 2016 OP
It's a good essay -- too bad the author worked in the Reagan Administration. CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #1
Hillary's hawkishness is out of sync with womens concerns Baobab May 2016 #5
today must be berniesandershuffingtonpost.com day lol nt msongs May 2016 #2
Whittlesey speaks for Trump women SharonClark May 2016 #3
This article is nonsense. Written by GOP Justice May 2016 #4

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,631 posts)
1. It's a good essay -- too bad the author worked in the Reagan Administration.
Fri May 13, 2016, 05:53 PM
May 2016

The author's credentials: Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Member of the Senior White House Staff under President Ronald Reagan.



Baobab

(4,667 posts)
5. Hillary's hawkishness is out of sync with womens concerns
Fri May 13, 2016, 06:05 PM
May 2016

Also, she has recently identified herself as a closet Republican.

Latest Discussions»Retired Forums»2016 Postmortem»Hillary’s Hawkishness Out...