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Analysis: Hillary's Speech Had Little to Do With Foreign Policy

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By    |   Friday, 03 Jun 2016 10:51 AM

Hillary Clinton's speech Thursday in San Diego, billed as a major foreign policy address, was light on expertise and specifics but, rather, heavy on bashing Donald Trump.

In other words, the speech was a bait and switch.

"The speech was supposed to unveil Clinton's foreign policy, but really it unveiled how she plans to go after Donald Trump in the general election," wrote The Federalist.

"Although her campaign had described the speech as a major foreign policy address, Mrs. Clinton spent more time ridiculing and dismantling Mr. Trump's statements than she did elucidating her positions," wrote The New York Times.

For a foreign policy speech, the following topics were conspicuous in their avoidance by Clinton, the Times wrote:
  • Syria no-fly zone: Yes in the past; no mention of it in her speech.
  • Vladimir Putin: Nothing about her counter to aggression in the Ukraine.
  • Libya: Not a word.
  • ISIS: Mentioned her plan from November in how she would defeat them.
  • North Korea: No policy mentioned.
Clinton is trying to position herself as the foreign policy expert, compared to Trump, with vast experience that shows she's most fit to be commander in chief. However, some of that track record that she touts as secretary of state is fraught with peril. See Benghazi and the Russian "reset," writes The Federalist.

"But both of these major accomplishments turned out to be disasters," writes The Federalist. "In yesterday's speech, she tried to discuss foreign policy without getting into too much discussion of her own errors."

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