Politically Speaking – May 30, 2016
In the news last week:
• Obama says world leaders are “rattled” by Trump
• Clinton’s willful disregard for the rules
• Former Clinton Foundation board member under federal investigation
First up, Obama said last week that the world leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump and “for good reason.” During a press conference in Japan, Obama said the American presidential election is being “very” closely watched overseas, and gave as the reason that a lot of the proposals Trump has made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude.
Sorry, folks, this comment made me take a couple steps backwards. These words are coming out of the mouth of a man who was a freshman senator when he took office in the White House, who had not an ounce of foreign policy experience with the exception of sitting on the foreign relations committee as a freshman senator. Nor did he have an ounce of business experience. This is a man that has held office for seven years and has gone against some of our greatest allies, e.g. Israel, among others. He and John Kerry negotiated an agreement with Iran that was a total joke, as well as leaving behind Americans who were being held in Iranian prisons, without even trying to negotiate for their release. This is a man that has total disregard for our standing in the world. Unbelievable!
The world at large absolutely doesn’t have a high opinion of America after Obama’s two terms, and if you don’t believe me, ask any foreigner, pay attention to world news or travel abroad.
My mind flashes back to France after the bombings, when many world leaders gathered together to support France except Obama, and after the bombing of Brussels when Obama was in Cuba salsa dancing. I could go on and on. It’s not that I’m defending Trump. It’s just that any negative coming out of Obama’s mouth I find distasteful. In my opinion, he will go down in history as the worst leader on foreign policy this country has ever had. In my mind, there could only be one as bad, and maybe worse, and that’s Hillary Clinton.
As for Trump’s standing in the world, at least he’s not a pushover. I’ll assure you that had he made the deal with Iran it would have been in our favor, and every single American would have been released or there would have been no deal.
Will we be perceived around the world differently with Trump? I can only hope so, because Barack Obama has not contributed one positive thing to our standing in the world.
And speaking of Trump, last Friday he hit the magic number of delegates required for nomination, leaving him the definite Republican nominee. Trump passed the 1,237 mark after unbound delegates from North Dakota, Colorado and Pennsylvania pledged their support for him.
On to Hillary Clinton’s willful disregard for the rules. Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 has been criticized as an error of judgement. But what the new report from the State Department Inspector General makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight. Make no mistake, Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cyber security risks. What did Clinton do? She ignored them.
Keep in mind that during her tenure she and other state department employees were told to follow the rule. To make matters worse, on March 11, 2011 an assistant secretary sent a memorandum on cyber security threats directly to Ms. Clinton, noting a “dramatic increase” in attempts to compromise personal email accounts, possibly for spying or blackmail. That still didn’t stop her!
Her excuse now is I’m not the only one. But keep in mind there was an 83 page report that declared that beginning in late 2005 the department revised its foreign affairs manual and issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use department systems.
The fact remains Ms. Clinton didn’t follow the rules, and that was a total willful disregard of the rules, in my opinion, putting this country at risk. Yet Obama would go after Trump.
Keep in mind Clinton supporters will always have an excuse for her doing what she does. But folks, the facts are the facts. As for the Clintons, they live by their rules and to hell with everything else.
While all this is going on another breaking news story last week was former Clinton Foundation board member Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is now under federal investigation. Ladies and gentlemen, I was taught early on where there’s smoke there’s fire, and there’s plenty of smoke around the Clintons.
Until next week!