In Wednesday night’s big Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC, Hillary Clinton demonstrated she’s totally unfit for office, and Donald Trump demonstrated he doesn’t have a clue about foreign policy. Out of 320 million Americans, these are the ones Democrats and Republicans nominated. One will be president.
George Washington weeps from the grave.
The evening began with Clinton. Putting aside questions about whether she was wearing an earpiece, she looked uncomfortable and bothered from the start. Matt Lauer rightly began by asking her about her “judgment” surrounding her creation of a personal email server. She said she would “make no excuses for it,” then proceeded to make excuses for it – and lie continuously. She said that she had “a lot of experience dealing with classified material,” but that didn’t stop her from distributing it across a private server. She lied that the emails were not marked classified. She acknowledged that she talked on her server about America’s covert drone program. She said there was no evidence her system was hacked, even though FBI Director James Comey said that her email server was less secure than a Gmail account. When a former naval flight officer asked Hillary why he would be imprisoned for the same activities she pursued, she said “I did exactly what I should have done” – minutes after saying she hadn’t.
The disaster didn’t stop there. She said we didn’t lose a single American in Libya, ignoring the death of four Americans in Benghazi. She then stated that the Iran deal did not stop any negative Iranian activity…except for their nuclear program, which German intelligence says continues anyway. She said America would not put ground troops into Iraq “ever again” or Syria. We have ground troops in both. She then tried to blame the rise of ISIS on Trump.
It was a truly egregious performance, made even more egregious by the fact that this was supposed to be Hillary’s area of expertise – she was Secretary of State.
Then came Trump.
He fibbed that he was always against the war in Iraq. He suggested that his trip to Mexico was a success because “the people that arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government. That’s how well we did.” Say what? He ripped American generals: “I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble.” He reiterated that his policy in Iraq was, “shouldn’t be there, but if we’re going to get out, take the oil.” Which makes no sense, given that someone would have to be there in order to assure the flow of oil. He then said his ISIS policy would be to talk with his generals, but different generals than the ones he says are rubble, and maybe his plan would be “a combination of my plan and the generals’ plan, or the generals’ plan, if I like their plan, Matt, I’m not going to call you up and say, ‘Matt, we have a great plan.’” He said that his intelligence briefers didn’t like President Obama and he could tell because “I have pretty good with the body language. I could tell they were not happy.”
And then he talked up the glories of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Repeatedly. “You know, the beautiful part of getting along, Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do. If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work on it together and knock the hell out of ISIS…he does have an 82 percent approval rating, according to the different pollsters.” He denied that Putin had hacked DNC servers (“nobody knows that for a fact”) and then compared Putin to Obama, adding, “I think when he calls me brilliant, I’ll take the compliment, OK?...He is really very much of a leader. I mean you can say, oh, isn’t that a terrible thing – the man has very strong control over a country…he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.”
Finally, he concluded by saying that he’d fight sexual assault in the military by setting up “a court system within the military.” Which already exists.
Another awful performance.
Hillary Clinton says she broke the glass ceiling by winning the Democratic nomination – now girls everywhere can say that they can be president. In truth, America broke the ultimate glass ceiling: children everywhere can say they can be president. Right now.