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.