Monday, February 25, 2008

Why I can't support Hillary Clinton in the Texas primary

By Nancy Jane Moore

I just heard NPR report that, in a speech in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton criticized Barack Obama for saying that he would be willing to talk to nations like Cuba or Iran.

That, coupled with Clinton's vote for the Iraq War and her unwillingness to admit she was wrong to do so, is why I can't vote for her in the Texas Democratic Primary. I am afraid that, as president, she would not change the incredibly wrong-headed foreign policy put in place by Bush.

That is, I'm voting for Obama because it's way past time for the U.S. to stop acting unilaterally in our foreign policy, and way past time we talked to both our friends and our enemies.

Both Obama and Clinton have good domestic policy proposals and electing either would shake up the white male power structure of this country, which needs shaking up. But that's not the only thing that needs shaking up, and when it comes to dealing with the rest of the world, I believe Obama will make the radical shifts that are needed. Clinton, I fear, will give us business as usual.

Of course, if Clinton does get the Democratic nomination, I'll vote for her without reservations. Her policy ideas are good and she is certainly more moderate in her foreign policy outlook than John McCain, who is trying to convince voters that the US is "winning" the Iraq War and suggesting that the US should stay there another 50 or 100 years. That's truly scary foreign policy.


jo said...

Hillary dose not say that she will not talk to our enemies as Barack is fond of spouting. She simply said there would need to be certain agreed upon cognition. As there should be.
When Barack fist said he would talk to even enemies of the U.S. he said he would do so with no preconceived notions or conditions. Now he says he understand there will be a need for what he terms as preparation. I believe in reality he NOW knows you simply can not sit down with certain people with out conditions. And although it only took him a few month to learn this can we really afford to give the next president the time to learn what is feasible and what is not.
I am sorry but I have not seen or heard anything from Barack that would give me the confidence we absolutely need to have in a president.

Anonymous said...

Sen. Clinton's only major public policy initiative failed ignominiously back in the early 1990s. Sen. Obama has never run anything more complicated than a campaign for the United States Senate, and that in the famously corrupt venue of the Land of Lincoln.
Both promise higher taxes, weaker defense, a foreign policy of appeasement, open borders and a socialized medical system to rival that of Cuba.
Set over against those prospects, we have a guy whose primary qualification is having been slapped around by the North Vietnamese for a few years.
Regardless of how this turns out, I plan a serious return to gardening, when I'm not drinking heavily.