Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:20:38 +0000 – By Andrea TantarosRepublican Political Commentator/FOXNews.com Contributor
The best thing to happen to Hillary is an economic crisis. The calamities have pushed foreign policy headlines off page one and eclipsed her many gaffes since becoming secretary of state -- from mispronouncing the names of dignitaries to giving the Russians a bright red reset button as a "symbol of starting fresh" not the obvious connotation of a device that will set off nukes that would destroy us.
Imagine if Hillary were your attorney -- "Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, it's my client's fault."
Today, however, Clinton finds herself thrust above the fold after telling Mexico that it'sAmerica's faultfor the escalating troubles in their country because of our "demand for illegal narcotics and the U.S. arms export market" that were partly to blame.
"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians ... I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility," Clinton said.
Does Secretary Clinton think that apologizing on foreign soil will alleviate the violence of the powerful Mexican drug cartels? The Obama - Clinton foreign policy team is showing weakness. Clinton's job is to protect the United States' interests abroad, not concede our liabilities. Itemizing the wrongs of the nation is not presidential, or even wise.
Imagine if Hillary were your attorney? "Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, it's my client's fault."
What happened to "Hillary the Hun"? The tough talking, no nonsense Clinton seems to have been left behind with her former self. Now, she's n appeaser who is more concerned with political correctness than the correct move for the U.S. Her boss, President Obama is the same way: determined to win a global popularity contest at all costs. The administration recently announced that the War on Terror would now be called the "Overseas Contingency Operation" and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano insisted terrorist attacks are really "man made disasters."
The only man made disaster I can see is Obama's cabinet appointments.
The Obama administration is simply trying to give terrorists -- from Hezbollah to Al Qaeda to foreign drug lords -- the respect that they do not deserve. If they want to fight about spreading democracy abroad, that's another fight. We are in a war with people who want to kill us, a war between two moralities: one that celebrates murder, one that finds it repugnant.
With all of our fiscal challenges and the reality that developing countries are buying the lion's share of our debt, now is the worst possible time to go soft. Let's stand firm and leave the apologizing up to Congress and AIG.