Hillary Clinton has some explaining to do. But first, a profound apology is in order. If she wants to fulfill her dream of becoming one of the oldest world leaders in history, Hillary must accept responsiblity for the widespread geopolitical chaos that has erupted since she quit her job at the State Department.
The American people, and every citizen of the world, deserve to know why Clinton chose to deprive them of her stalwart leadership as Secretary of State, just so she could make millions of dollars speaking to financial executives and wear muumuus in the Hamptons with her guide dog.
Why did Clinton, who claims to be predisposed to public service, reject the president’s request for her to stay on as Secretary of State, when quite clearly it was her steady hand, and her ability to make “hard choices,” that was the only thing preventing President Obama from fulfilling his own dream of weakening America’s influence in the world?
As Secretary of State, Clinton served as a much-needed check against some of Obama’s worst instincts—American is just another country, using chemical weapons against your own people is fine as long as you promise not to do it again, maybe we should negotiate with terrorists, tyrants like Vladimir Putin will back down in the face of strongly worded expressions of concern, and so on—with respect to foreign policy. As Clinton rightly summed it up in an interview with the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”