In a recent speech before the American Legion, Clinton took a hawkish stance that shows she is committed to U.S. intervention throughout the world, and is a strong defender of American exceptionalism.
|Justin Raimondo, who describes himself as a "conservative-paleo-libertarian" and is editor of antiwar.com, has a long article analyzing and commenting on her speech.|
If there’s one core belief that has guided and inspired me every step of the way, it is this. The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln’s last, best hope of Earth. We’re still Reagan’s shining city on a hill. We’re still Robert Kennedy’s great, unselfish, compassionate country.This surely could not be the country that dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, that carpet bombed and used napalm on Vietnam, that had black sites, and runs Guantanamo, or sells arms to Saudi Arabia just to cite a few items that seem to contradict Clinton.
“And part of what makes America an exceptional nation, is that we are also an indispensable nation. In fact, we are the indispensable nation. People all over the world look to us and follow our lead...Now all of this may seem evident, especially to men and women who have worn the uniform. You may wonder how anyone could disagree. ”
This nonsense about our “unparalleled ability to be a force for peace and progress” demonstrates either ignorance of history, or else contempt for it. The British Empire imagined itself playing an identical role — and where are they now?All empires portray themselves in glowing moral terms including that of the former Soviet Union.
But we cannot impose arbitrary limits on something as important as our military. That makes no sense at all. The sequester makes our country less secure. Let’s end it and get a budget deal that supports America’s military, our families, and our country.You can expect more foreign intervention under Clinton and more military spending to pay for it. Raimondo points out that the American public is getting tired of paying for all these foreign adventures and would prefer to put America first even if this meant "isolationism".