Published DateTo the editor,
President Obama says Secretary Clinton has been one of our country's finest Secretaries of State. Huh? Is the president now smoking something other than cigarettes?
Is the world safer, more peaceful, are threats reduced, is our country more respected around the world, are people more free than they were when Hillary took over as Secretary of State? No, no, no, no and no!
The Middle East is in turmoil and the power of radical Muslims is increasing (with our help!). Non-aggressive governments in Egypt and Libya have been replaced, with Hillary's and Obama's help, with anti-American governments that want to destroy Israel. The Obama administration armed al Queda affiliates in Libya and Syria.
There has been no progress in creating a peaceful Iran. It still threatens its neighbors, arms terrorists, and is four years closer to having a nuclear bomb.
There has been no improvement in relations with nuclear armed North Korea which just tested a missile it says was created to attack the U.S.
Our enemies in Afghanistan are becoming more successful and our influence in Iraq is being replaced by Iran. Gains in personal freedom are being lost. This administration couldn't even negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement to protect our soldiers.
Russia is becoming more repressive, aggressive, and widening its world-wide influence. Chavez has increased his anti-freedom influence in South and Central America.
Hillary inadequately protected our people and then falsely blamed a movie for the Benghazi attack. Hillary and President Obama used our tax money to inform millions of Muslims about the anti-Islam movie that they otherwise would never have heard about.
One has to search hard for any international situation where our country is better off than before four years of Secretary of State Clinton. Surveys indicate that respect for our country is less now than during the Bush years.
Only by using strange criteria can you consider Secretary Clinton one of our finest Secretaries of State. If you desire antagonisms where there was peace, if you want hostile countries to become more dangerous to us, if you want to arm terrorist groups who are a threat to our country and/or our allies, if you want oppression of Christians and Jews where there was at least toleration, if want less personal freedom, if you want to reduce America's influence for good in the world, if you want our country to be less respected around the world, then, yes, you could rightly conclude that Secretary Clinton, with the full backing of President Obama, has been one of our finest Secretaries of State.