Hillary the Credulous?
by Manic Lawyer, Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 01:55:35 PM EST
Most of the public (including myself) believed that Hillary Clinton was qualified to be president, according to polls, so I can't imagine that they will oppose her nomination for secretary of state. If she could have been commander in chief, there's no reason not to put her in charge of the nation's diplomacy.
Yes, Hillary engaged in color-aroused politics during the primaries, which caused me to oppose her presidential candidacy. Now, I'm in a forgiving mood with respect to Hillary, if only because she did a lot to help get Obama elected, and she didn't do any of the many outrageous things she COULD have done to PREVENT President Obama from being elected, once his nomination was secured.
I'll tell you one thing, though: I don't accept her excuse for voting for the war in Iraq and I will not accept any future excuse that "I went along with a treacherous policy/invasion because the CIA told me it was a good idea."
If Hillary's got any Bay of Pigs invasions in her future, then she should step down and not accept the nomination for secretary of state.
I am going to assume that Hillary is at least as smart as I am, so I will expect her to be at least as incredulous and skeptical as I would be under similar circumstances. Obviously, there are some people working in agencies within the US Government whose word should NEVER, EVER be taken at face value. Hillary must know that, and she must behave at all times like she knows that.
With Bill Richardson as a very compelling alternative for the nomination, Hillary will have to work hard to validate the decision to nominate her instead of Gov. Bill Richardson. Hillary should not be nominated, and should not accept the nomination if it is offered, unless she plans to be at least as incredulous as the most informed members of the general public. No one should be secretary of state unless their overarching goal is to help achieve and maintain peace and prosperity.
As the anti-Vietnam war song said, "I get down on my knees and pray: We won't be fooled again!" Clearly, anyone who advocates military action in the future should be looked upon with greater skepticism than has been the case in the past, and their burden of proof should be very high - much higher.
With that enormously important caveat, I think Hillary would make a great secretary of state and we would all be proud of her and of the Obama Administration.