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How Our World Fell Apart
Townhall ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ed Klein

Posted on 07/24/2014 12:55:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
—W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

Wherever we look today—from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East to the post-Cold War frontier in Ukraine to the South China Sea to our border with Mexico— our world appears to be falling apart.

This naturally raises a serious question in the minds of many people: If America, the indispensable nation, had been doing its job of holding the global system together, couldn’t this chaos and anarchy have been avoided?

The simple answer is, yes.

But if you listen to Hillary Clinton, the unraveling of the international order was inevitable under the leadership—or lack of leadership—of Barack Obama. As I reported in my book “Blood Feud,” Hillary places the blame for the sorry state of the world squarely on the man in the Oval Office.

“The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time,” she complained to a group of friends shortly after she left her post as secretary of state. “That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f******g tiller.”

That may be true as far as it goes. But it begs the larger question: what about Hillary herself? Doesn’t she share culpability for our botched foreign policy?

After all, she was our chief diplomat from 2009 to 2013, and as such, she was present at the creation of the Obama foreign policy. She logged nearly a million miles roaming the world as the person in charge of American diplomacy. And now she wants to cash in those frequent flier miles for a trip to the White House in 2016.

In the view of most foreign policy experts to whom I have spoken, Hillary has little or nothing to show for her million-mile sprint as secretary of state.

“The simple consensus about Hillary Clinton’s tenure at state is: Meh,” said Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. “By her own standards she accomplished little, and in the areas she highlighted as most important to her—rights for women and religious minorities, Israeli-Palestinian peace and halting Iran’s nuclear weapons program—she batted zero…. And Iran is now closer to a nuclear weapon than ever before.”

During Hillary’s time at Foggy Bottom, Bill Clinton urged her to create a legacy of major accomplishments, such as brokering a peace settlement between the Palestinians and Israel. However, Hillary is essentially a detail person, not a big thinker, and therefore she never became a strong influence in the strategic management of foreign policy.

What’s more, Hillary had a dysfunctional relationship with the White House. The small cabal around Barack Obama—particularly political strategist David Axelrod and consigliere Valerie Jarrett—weren’t about to let Hillary make grand strategy.

“Obama’s three most important foreign policy advisers were David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism [Brennan has since been appointed director of the CIA]," said Vali Reza Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “…Whenever Hillary went on a trip to, say, Saudi Arabia, Brennan would go along, and the Saudis treated him as the person who really mattered, not Hillary.”

The current triumvirate that runs foreign affairs—Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice, the former U.N. ambassador who is now Obama’s national security adviser, and Secretary of State John Kerry—are widely dismissed as lightweights by foreign policy experts. And yet, these three people are currently calling the shots in Obama’s leading-from-behind style of non-leadership.

Just before Caroline Kennedy took up her post as ambassador to Japan, she invited Bill and Hillary Clinton to lunch at her Park Avenue apartment in New York City. Caroline wanted to know from Hillary, the former secretary of state, what she could expect from the Obama administration.

“Don’t expect to get your real marching orders from State,” Hillary said. “The way the Obama government works, everything important in foreign policy comes from the White House. And Valerie [Jarrett] pretty much runs the show down there. You’ll feel Valerie breathing down your neck all the way to Tokyo. She’s going to have a lot to say about how you represent our country in Japan, and believe me, she won’t be shy about it.”

According to the Clintons, who later described their lunch with friends, Caroline was stunned by this news.

It should come as a sobering wakeup call to the rest of us.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: davidaxelrod; hillary; hillaryclinton; obama; valeriejarrett

1 posted on 07/24/2014 12:55:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time,” she complained to a group of friends shortly after she left her post as secretary of state. “That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f******g tiller.”

Wow, something said by Hillary to which I can actually agree. This also is interesting:

The way the Obama government works, everything important in foreign policy comes from the White House. And Valerie [Jarrett] pretty much runs the show down there. You’ll feel Valerie breathing down your neck all the way to Tokyo.

2 posted on 07/24/2014 1:02:30 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s time for the anti-Christ, spoken of in the Bible, to come on the scene and set up his one-world government.

As far as I’m concerned, that can’t come soon enough, because right after that comes the Messiah of Israel who defeats the anti-Christ and his one-world government and puts the CORRECT one-world government in place (namely “his”) ...

Maranatha!


3 posted on 07/24/2014 1:10:44 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

You may have a long wait.


4 posted on 07/24/2014 1:44:05 AM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“She logged nearly a million miles roaming the world...”
And as we all found out it was an international pub crawl for her. Her primary complaint from all that flying wasn’t jet lag, it was cirrhosis of the liver.

CC


5 posted on 07/24/2014 1:47:16 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Star Traveler

I’m with you. It can’t happen too soon. Maranatha.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 1:58:41 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“No hand on the f******g tiller”.

Hill and Bill go to war but, call a spade a spade. . .

Can I say that?


7 posted on 07/24/2014 2:51:17 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“According to the Clintons, who later described their lunch with friends, Caroline was stunned by this news.”

The dumb twit only then realized she had been used to legitimize the foreign Muslim president, to connect his radicalism to the party of JFK.


8 posted on 07/24/2014 3:54:15 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Star Traveler

Indeed. Look up!


9 posted on 07/24/2014 3:54:46 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If America, the indispensable nation, had been doing its job of holding the global system together, couldn’t this chaos and anarchy have been avoided?

WTF is this guy talking about? Since when is it "America's job" to "hold the global system together?"

10 posted on 07/24/2014 4:30:51 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child

1917.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 4:35:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: kearnyirish2

She’d like us to think that. That and the Ed Klein vision. People will hopefully not have to come to realize the silliness of assuming things abour her.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 5:06:27 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Vendome
"“…Whenever Hillary went on a trip to, say, Saudi Arabia, Brennan would go along, and the Saudis treated him as the person who really mattered, not Hillary.”

and THAT, dear friends is the bottom line

She has no standing, never DID have standing and never will ... she's always been a political whore and the world knows it.


Right or wrong, the world likes qualified players of the game, and part of being a playah is whether the other guys will let you play or not

13 posted on 07/24/2014 6:44:11 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Unam Sanctam
No hand on the f******g tiller.

"You’ll feel Valerie breathing down your neck all the way to Tokyo. She’s going to have a lot to say about how you represent our country in Japan, and believe me, she won’t be shy about it.”

These two statements seem to conflict. Hillary is criticizing her former boss (i.e., Valerie Jarrett) both for not governing and for being too heavy handed.

14 posted on 07/24/2014 12:51:34 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: AZLiberty

I’m not so sure. I think she’s criticizing in the first Obama personnally — he can’t be bothered, is lazy and does not lead. What leadership there is comes from VJ, and she is a shark.


15 posted on 07/24/2014 10:32:21 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: stanne

It doesn’t sound like she’s thrilled with it at all. At some point some of these “celebrity Dems” will realize they are just being used to keep gullible whites voting Democrat while their rights are stripped away...


16 posted on 07/25/2014 3:33:57 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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