As Clinton Touts Record, Critics Dig For Achilles Heel
“Should we as a country have a commander-in-chief who didn’t provide adequate security in Libya, didn’t send reinforcements and then gave us nothing but spin?” asked Senator Rand Paul, himself a likely 2016 contender.
Clinton devoted an entire chapter to the tragedy in her forthcoming book, and her husband insisted “Hillary did what she should have done” on Benghazi.
Clinton said Wednesday she “worked, cajoled and implored” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas into face-to-face negotiations over a two-state solution.
Republicans counter that the Middle East peace process collapsed, Syria is plagued by civil war and Egypt seethes with unrest.
And poignant criticism came from the Democratic camp, with former president Jimmy Carter saying Clinton “took very little action to bring about peace.”
On Iran, Clinton boasts co-authoring Obama’s strategy of threatening tough economic sanctions while urging negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, culminating in a November preliminary accord.
In 2009 Clinton declared a “reset” with Moscow, but President Vladimir Putin snubbed his nose at Washington and annexed parts of Ukraine.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, another possible presidential candidate, gave Clinton an “F” on foreign policy, saying her diplomacy “has failed everywhere in the world.”
The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist extremists Boko Haram is Clinton’s newest political headache.
While she stands with nations worldwide in efforts to “bring back our girls,” Republicans point to her failure to brand the group a foreign terrorist organization, leaving it to successor John Kerry.
“Had she done so, it would have made it easier to go after them years ago and could have perhaps prevented them from carrying out despicable acts,” Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day said Friday.
Clinton would be the presumptive Democratic frontrunner, but with president George W. Bush’s brother Jeb considering a campaign, the prospect of another Bush-Clinton matchup is stomach-churning for many.
Hillary’s candidacy could also dredge up an unsavory scandal from her days as first lady: Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, who recently broke her silence with a tell-all account in Vanity Fair.
But Clinton pointed to her husband’s successes, saying the 1990s enjoyed “a balanced budget that resulted in surpluses as far as the eye could see.”
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