As the foreign policy debacles continue to add up, Hillary Clinton’s barriers to the presidency rise. The last time she tried to distance herself from President Obama she went scrambling back, which is not exactly the sort of resoluteness one wants in a commander in chief. (If a former boss can intimidate her, imagine how she’ll fare with presidential-level push-back.) For now she is lying low, but should she come out of hiding, she needs to answer these questions:
When did the ‘Russian reset’ go wrong? What did you do about it?
In retrospect was the ‘Russian reset’ a success?
Why did your State Department oppose almost to the bitter end the Magnitsky Act that imposes sanctions on human rights abusers?
Has this administration been insufficiently robust in responding to Russian aggression? What would you have done instead?
Iran is now proclaiming its right to enrich, but that is in the interim agreement. Was that unwise, and if so why did you support the deal?
The president rolled back sanctions for reversible of Iran’s illicit weapons program. Would you have done the same?
In light of all the crises around the globe, is our defense budget sufficient? Would you follow the advice of military commanders and increase it?
Egypt and the UAE attacked Libya independently and in violation of the administration’s wishes. Does this reflect the lack of faith our allies now have in the administration?
Reports suggest ISIS grew in strength over a long period of time. Did you ever raise a red flag?
Did the failure to act in Syria abet the rise of ISIS? In retrospect should you have quit like Ambassador Robert Ford to call attention to this grievous error?
You have insisted it wasn’t Obama’s call to remove all troops from Iraq. Just this week he bragged about pulling all the troops out and said it was the “right thing to do.” Which is it?
If Congress doesn’t do what a president wants can he ignore the legislative branch and do whatever he pleases? What limits on the executive would you respect?Are the threats from terrorists now greater and more widespread than when you took office? If so, isn’t this a fundamental national security failure?