Hillary tells her gullible audiences that of all the Democrat candidates, she has "the most experience." In fact, Sen. Barack Obama has held elected office longer than Hillary has. But she is "the most experienced candidate," says James Taranto of the Wall St. Journal, "only if you give her credit for proximity, for the eight years when she lived in the White House while her husband was president."
As Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly reminded voters, Hillary has "never run a city, a state or a business." And as most people know, of the few things she did run during her tenure as First Lady - healthcare reform being the most glaring example - she failed miserably.
In fact, since her 2000 election, she has never even chaired a Senate committee! But as Deroy Murdock points out, "Clinton has presided over something. She commanded the Wellesley College Republicans in 1965, and then became student-government president."
The "experience" question is clearly bothersome to the Clinton campaign, which is why the former president, when interviewed on Bloomberg TV, took great pains to tout his wife's fitness for office and to cite the differences between himself (who was 46 when he first took the oath of office, a year younger than Obama would be in January 2009) from the Illinois senator. "Obama has the added difficulty that the international situation is more complicated today, with the threat of terrorism and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1992," Clinton said. "...We didn't have the terror threat..."
Taranto is clearly incredulous! I repeat here how he refuted this completely bogus claim: By the time Clinton was elected, the following acts had already occurred:"
- The November 1979 invasion of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the holding of hostages, who were not released until Inauguration Day 1981.
- Hezbollah's 1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241.
- The holding of American hostages, and murder of some, in Beirut throughout the 1980s.
- The 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.
- The 1985 bombing of a Madrid restaurant frequented by American soldiers.
- The 1985 Hezbollah hijacking of TWA flight 847 and murder of a U.S. Navy flier on board.
- The 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship, in which an American passenger was murdered.
- The 1986 bombing of TWA flight 840, which killed four Americans.
- The 1986 bombing of a disco in Berlin, which prompted a retaliatory strike on Libyan targets.
- The 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270.
Clinton had been in office barely a month when terrorists first tried to destroy the World Trade Center, killing six. His term saw the following attacks on American interests overseas:
- The 1995 car bombing of U.S. military headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing five servicemen.
- The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, killing 19 Americans.
- The 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224.
- The 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, less than a month before the election of Mr. Clinton's successor, killing 17 American sailors.
"Then of course," Taranto writes, "came 9/11, less than eight months after Mr. Clinton left office. How can anyone, looking back in 2007, claim, `we didn't have the terror threat' in 1992?"
"Experience," Taranto says, "is valuable only if we are able to learn from it. At the next debate, someone should ask Mrs. Clinton if she agrees with her husband that in 1992 'we didn't have the terror threat.'"
Â "The rise and fall of nations and empires very often hinges on the decisions, or indecisions, of one person," writes Raymond Kraft. Hillary is "hostile to the use of America's force for ideological reasons, hostile to the idea of American exceptionalism, and therefore she is very likely - if not certain -Â to do grave andÂ irreparable harm to the future of the United States and to the future of free societies around the world."
In addition, Kraft continues, she is "ambivalent about America's destiny to be the beacon of liberty...and ambivalent (at best) about using the combined moral, economic, political, and military forces of America to carry out that mission. Any Democrat government at this juncture in history will dissipate America's momentum in a morass of multiculturalism and moral equivalence; in approval-seeking from foreign governments that share little or nothing of America's ideals; and in moral and political timidity and myopia."
Few people can fathom what drives Hillary's ambition - an ambition so ferocious that it compels her to speak out of both sides of her mouth, flip-flop incessantly on matters of national security, militate against our victory in Iraq, accept dirty campaign money from criminals and terrorists, and embrace leftwing, anti-American organizations while simultaneously smearing our military.
Clearly, Hillary Clinton is unfit to be President of the United States.