CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 28, 2015 – And the winner for best picture in 2015-2016 is “American Snipers,” produced by the American political presidential campaign.
With so many candidates, the present state of the political silly season looks very much like a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) free-for-all match where star studded headliners rip every other contender within reach until the last person is standing.
Now it is Mike Huckabee’s turn. Who knows who will follow? The former Republican governor of Arkansas has attacked Hillary Clinton right between the eyes over her handling of American foreign policy as secretary of state. Needless to say, Ms. Clinton fought back from Iowa.
Not only did Huckabee challenge Clinton, he also took on the Obama administration, which, in its own way, was a double slap at Hillary.
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” said Huckabee.
To which Clinton, while donning her best politically correct face, replied, “Comments like these are offensive and they have no place in our political dialogue. I am disappointed and I’m really offended personally. I know Gov. Huckabee. I have a cordial relationship with him. He served as the governor of Arkansas. But I find this kind of inflammatory rhetoric totally unacceptable.”
Understand that such statements are only acceptable when Democratic candidates use them. Tactics like Huckabee’s are legitimate only when Hillary incorporates them into her strategy, but they are off-limits for Republicans.
Mr. Huckabee could have toned down the rhetoric a bit. Using the phrase “march them to the oven door” was a powerful reference. On the other hand, it potentially contains an element of truth, and, if it is the necessary guideline that it frequently takes something controversial or bordering on the edge of acceptability to make people pay attention, then so be it.
Hillary Clinton has been living in the muck of a flawed reputation for far too long. Her credentials, though impressive to read, are abominable in terms of accomplishments. Barack Obama supplied her with a huge jet and a global assignment just to get her out of his rapidly graying hair, and Clinton obliged by going on a four-year hiatus in which a scandalous White House made her appear to be a rock-star diplomat.
Clinton was anything but a stateswomen of extraordinary skills. Benghazi proved that in the waning days of her tenure. Now Mike Huckabee has exploited her weaknesses with a strong statement about the disastrous Obama foreign policies that have been a hallmark of his administration.
For all intents, Hillary Clinton is caught between “Barack and a hard place.” By being a good soldier for the president, she must now distance herself from policies that have made Obama so unpopular while trying to establish herself with a “kinder gentler” image. It is a difficult task for a woman who could spend a lifetime studying at Miss Porter’s Finishing School and still come off as a cold, dispassionate phony.
Asked Huckabee, “How many times will Iran’s leaders call for Israel’s annihilation before Hillary wakes up to this existential threat? How many murdered Israelis will it take for Hillary to express as much outrage at Iran as she did at my defense of Israel? The policy of my administration will be ‘never again’ and when the phone rings at 3 a.m. I won’t tell the American people ‘what difference does it make?’ I will stand with Israel against Iranian evil.”
By and large the Jewish community has accepted Huckabee’s comments because, though the words referred to the Holocaust during World War II, they were intended to point out the horrors of Adolf Hitler’s actions and the glaring need to prevent such an eventuality again.
The Iranian nuclear arms deal is just the most recent example of Barack Obama’s self-initiated efforts to demonstrate that he is the smartest man on the planet.
Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton believes she is Obama’s female counterpart as the most brilliant woman in the world.
Both have been reading their positive press clippings far too long. Both live in an idealistic dream world where politics is nothing more than a game for personal fame, enhancement and glorification. Both will step on the “little people” at a moment’s notice if it offers individual gain.
Perhaps Mike Huckabee is following the trend that appears to be have been established by Donald Trump. If it succeeds, don’t be surprised to see much more of the same in the coming months.
At the very least, it will make this political campaign season far more interesting than usual.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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