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Secretary Clinton's Legacy: A World In Chaos

As Hillary Clinton formally becomes the Democrat Party's nominee for President, the choice between Democrats and Republicans is clear: continuing the same failed policies of the last eight years, or a chance to take the country in a new direction. As President Obama's top aide, Hillary Clinton oversaw a foreign policy agenda that has weakened our country’s standing in the world, and made us all less safe. Those policies are the ballot this November.

 

Hillary Clinton's Dangerous Decisions Have Led To A More Dangerous World 

 
As President Obama's Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton Is Equally Responsible For His Failed Foreign Policies
 
As Secretary Of State, Clinton Served As President Obama’s “Principal Adviser On U.S. Foreign Policy (“Duties of Secretary Of The Secretary Of State,” State Department, 1/20/2009)
 
Clinton In 2014: “When Americans Look Around The World Today, We See One Crisis After Another.” CLINTON: “When Americans look around the world today, we see one crisis after another. Russian aggression in Ukraine, extremism and chaos in Iraq and Syria, a deadly epidemic in West Africa, escalating territorial tensions in the East and South China seas, a global economy that still isn’t producing enough growth or shared prosperity — the liberal international order that the United States has worked for generations to build and defend seems to be under pressure from every quarter. It’s no wonder so many Americans express uncertainty and even fear about our role and our future in the world.” (Hillary Clinton, “Hillary Clinton Reviews Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order,’” The Washington Post, 9/4/14)
 
In December 2013, The Leaders Of House And Senate Intelligence Committees, Including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Said That The World Was More Dangerous Than Two Years Earlier. “The lawmakers who lead the House and Senate intelligence committees both said on Sunday that they believe the United States is less safe from a terror attack than it was two years ago. Interviewed on CNN's ‘State of the Union,’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she believed that there are now more terrorists with the technological means to carry out a bombing in the U.S.” (Dave Jamieson, “America Is ‘Less Safe’ Than 2 Years Ago, Intelligence Committee Chairs Say,” The Huffington Post, 12/1/13)
 
The Middle East Is Fraught With Civil War And Terrorism. “In the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant continues to thrive as civil war rages in Syria and Yemen.” (Michael Crowley And Nahal Toosi, “GOP Targets Hillary Clinton's Years At State,” Politico, 4/12/15)
 

Iran's Influence Has Grown Under Clinton's Watch
 
Over The Past Six Years, Iran Has Expanded Its Influence In The Middle East. “Over the past six years, U.S. allies in the Mideast say, Iran has expanded its influence in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Now, they say, Tehran is set to maintain much of its nuclear infrastructure, while scoring an economic windfall. ‘This agreement might backfire,’ said Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, who voiced concern that releasing Iran from sanctions would mean more money flowing into ‘destabilizing activities in the region.’” (Jay Solomon, “Iran Wish List Led Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S.,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/28/15)
  
Wall Street Journal Headline: “U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran” (David Crawford, Richard Boudreaux, Joe Lauria And Jay Solomon, “U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/10)

  • The US Backed Away From A Number Of Tough Measures To Win Support From Russia And China. “The U.S. has backed away from pursuing a number of tough measures against Iran in order to win support from Russia and China for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.” (David Crawford, Richard Boudreaux, Joe Lauria And Jay Solomon, “U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/10)


Clinton “Owns” The Iran Deal And Helped Negotiators Get Started. “Hillary Clinton hailed the deal that the United States and other world powers struck with Iran on Tuesday as an ‘important step in putting a lid on Iran's nuclear program.’ What's bound to draw attention as the agreement's political ramifications come into focus: Clinton owns a piece of it. She helped the negotiations get started.” (Eric Bradner And Dan Merica, “Hillary Clinton's State Department Legacy Tied To Iran Deal,” CNN, 7/14/15)
 

Clinton Routinely Snubbed Our Closest Ally In The Middle East
 
Clinton Only Visited Israel 5 Times During Her Tenure. “But Clinton made only five visits to Israel — the least of any full-term secretary of state since William Rogers, who served in the Nixon administration.” (Glenn Kessler, “Hillary Clinton’s Overseas Diplomacy Versus Other Secretaries,” The Washington Post, 1/4/13)

  • Her Predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, Visited 25 Times. “By contrast, Condoleezza Rice visited Israel 25 times, Warren Christopher 34 times and Henry A. Kissinger 36 times.” (Glenn Kessler, “Hillary Clinton’s Overseas Diplomacy Versus Other Secretaries,” The Washington Post, 1/4/13)

 
Clinton Announced A Worldwide Effort To Fight Terrorism In Istanbul But Left Israel Out. “Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Istanbul to convene a new worldwide forum of countries to share info and help integrate efforts to fight terrorism -- but Israel wasn't invited.” (Josh Rogin, “Why Did The U.S. Exclude Israel From The New Counterterrorism Forum,” Foreign Policy’s The Cable, 6/12/12)

  • During Her Speech, Clinton Listed Countries Plagued By Terrorism Throughout The Middle East And North Africa, And Europe, But Left Israel Out. “Although Clinton mentioned that terrorism is a challenge in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the Maghreb, Turkey, and Europe, she didn't mention Israel or any of the groups that support terrorist attacks against Israeli interests, such as Hamas and Hezbollah.” (Josh Rogin, “Why Did The U.S. Exclude Israel From The New Counterterrorism Forum,” Foreign Policy’s The Cable, 6/12/12)

 
Israel Was Not Invited To A May 2012 NATO Summit In Chicago. “Israel will not be invited to NATO’s May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions.” (“Israel Not Invited To NATO Summit In Chicago,” The Associated Press, 5/1/12)

  • The Anti-Defamation League’s National Director, Abe Foxman, Wrote A Letter To Secretary Clinton Protesting Israel’s Exclusion From the Summit. FOXMAN: “The politicized exclusion of Israel from the summit will potentially have real negative security consequences. It will be noted in Tehran at a critical time for international solidarity to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear capability, the most critical of international security issues today. We respectfully urge you, Madam Secretary, to find a way to enable Israel's participation in the upcoming NATO summit so that Turkey's political dispute with Israel does not detract from the interests of the U.S., NATO, Israel, or the other participants in the Chicago summit.” (Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman, Letter To Secretary Hillary Clinton, 5/3/12)

Clinton Dubbed Herself “The Designated Yeller,” After Berating Israel’s Prime Minister For 45 Minutes. “The phone call between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lasted 45 minutes. For 43 of them, she talked and he listened. The U.S. secretary of state lectured the Israeli leader, accusing him of trying to do an end run around American opposition to settlement-building and embarrassing Vice President Biden during a visit to Israel, according to interviews with people present during the 2010 call or who were briefed on it afterward… ‘I was often the designated yeller,’ Clinton said last year.” (Anna Geeran, “For Hillary and Bibi, a long and sometimes fraught relationship,” Washington Post, 3/1/2015)