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To me, Hillary is fairly obvious.  On domestic policy, she's basically Obama.  Well to the left of how her husband governed, although Bill was obviously severely hindered by governing in the immediate aftermath of the takeover of the Reagan Coalition, whereas Obama's governing at that coalition's twilight.

On foreign policy, by her own words and by all inside accounts of her time in the Obama administration, she's much more hawkish than Obama.  Obama's made what I think are some boneheaded moves with the Arab Spring, but his cautiousness has, I think, helped ensure those boneheaded mistakes haven't resulted in us getting sucked into quagmires.

(He's made some good moves too, of course:  Normalizing with Cuba, reaching out to Iran, etc.)

She also seems to be much more comfortable with our traditional role of supporting Israel, babysitting our Arab "allies," and generally screwing around in the Middle East.

Whereas Obama has made it pretty clear that he hates the Israeli leadership (and been perfectly happy to let Bibi slowly turn Israel into a partisan issue), doesn't see any of the Arab regimes as allies (in fact openly jokes about it with regard to the Saudis), and would really rather focus on building alliances with emerging countries in Asia instead of dealing with all the crazy the Mid-East comes with thanks very much.

She's not Bob Rubin in a pantsuit.  She's Barack Obama with Madeleine Albright's foreign policy.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 01:32:05 PM EST
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