Sober Up on Hillary

by Andrew C. McCarthy

At Powerline, Paul Mirengoff bursts the balloon Max Boot has gone up in over Obama’s foreign policy team:

Boot thinks Clinton will be a powerful voice for “neo-liberalism” which, he adds, is not so different in many respects from “neo-conservativism”. Both, Boot notes, “support humanitarian interventions in places like Darfur and Bosnia.”

Yet for most conservatives I know, including neo-conservatives, Darfur and Bosnia are not issues the handling of which makes us happy or unhappy with the general course of U.S. foreign policy. And labeling Hillary Clinton a “neo-liberal” provides litte comfort that she is sound on the issues that make the most difference to many of us. Foremost among these issues are the willingness of the U.S. to project power in order to protect our interests without being constrained by the international community and, more generally, our willingness to stand up to attempts by the international community to restrict our right to self-government through various treaties and other entanglements.

There is plenty of reason to fear that Hillary Clinton is unsound on these issues. In fact, Citizens for Global Solutions, a leftist, “one-world” style organization, gave Hillary Clinton an “A” grade based on her Senate record. Chuck Schumer received only a B+. Obama also got an A. The only A+ grades went to Senators Boxer, Feinstein, Durbin, Kennedy, and Menendez. Our friends Orrin Hatch and John Cornyn both picked up Fs. So did John McCain.

To be sure, Clinton voted for the resolution that authorized military action against Iraq. But so did John Kerry. It’s also true that during the 2008 campaign, Clinton opposed negotiating with Iran without preconditions. But this tells us little about the kind of deal she might ultimately be willing to strike with Iran.

I don’t mean to suggest that conservatives should be distraught based on things the Obama-Clinton team might do but have not yet even proposed. But neither should we be sanguine about the direction in which U.S. foreign policy is likely to evolve under Obama-Clinton….  Obama seems quite serious about the importance of moving the U.S. into the international mainstream. There is no reason to suppose that Clinton, friend of Citizens for Global Solutions, will serve as a counterweight to this desire which, to most conservatives, is a recipe for great mischief and possibly for disaster.

ME:  Amen.  That things could be worse doesn’t make them good.

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