Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#61/ The Commander In Chief

"We came, we saw, he died!" - Hillary Rodham Clinton

The New York Times ran an article yesterday, February 29, 2016, that describes Hillary Clinton's most significant foreign policy initiative, during the time she was Secretary of State. The subhead on the article is phrased as follows: "Qaddafi's Ouster, at First a Vindication for Clinton, Opened a Path to Chaos." 

The article just referenced is, apparently, the first part of a three-part series. The overall series is called "The Libya Gamble." Here's where you can find Part II. As I write this post, Part III is yet to come. 

The quote under Hillary Clinton's photograph, above, precedes a description of a "ticktock," prepared by her staff, this being a timeline document outlining her "starring role" in the death of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, the despotic and disreputable Libyan dictator who was killed during an intervention and uprising orchestrated by the United States. This "ticktock," according to The Times, "demonstrated Mrs. Clinton's leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country's Libya policy from start to finish."

That policy was a policy based on the idea that targeting and assassinating people whom the United States has unilaterally decided are "bad guys" is the way to maintain that "New World Order," the enforcement of which our political leaders seem to assume is the responsibility of the United States. 

The newspaper points out, pragmatically, that this kind of foreign policy isn't actually very good. 

It is also just wrong!

Drone attacks are another manifestation of this arrogant idea that the government of the United States should be able to kill people whom the President thinks are doing bad things, or who may do bad things in the future, even if the people targeted for death by the President are in no position to do anything at all, certainly not directly, to threaten or harm people living in our country.

I don't want a Commander in Chief who glories in assassination, who boasts of being able to put in motion events that result in a dictator being "dragged from the sewer pipe where he was hiding, tossed around by frenzied rebel soldiers, beaten bloody and sodomized with a bayonet."

Shame on America if we brag about doing that!

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