Greg Craig worked in the Clinton White House and saw what went down. He now supports Obama. Here’s why:
There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton played an important domestic policy role when she was First Lady. It is well known, for example, that she led the failed effort to pass universal health insurance. There is no reason to believe, however, that she was a key player in foreign policy at any time during the Clinton Administration. She did not sit in on National Security Council meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the Situation Room. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy, nor did she have her own national security staff. She did not do any heavy-lifting with foreign governments, whether they were friendly or not. She never managed a foreign policy crisis, and there is no evidence to suggest that she participated in the decision-making that occurred in connection with any such crisis. As far as the record shows, Senator Clinton never answered the phone either to make a decision on any pressing national security issue â€“ not at 3 AM or at any other time of day.
So what about Obama? Well, the key here is he hasn’t made the suggestion that it’s about a laundry list of experience. He thinks you need to be a good decision maker and that will lead you in the right direction.
On the other hand, Hillary has claimed that you also need “experience” and has used that against Obama. The distinction here is important if you want to understand why people are hammering her for the noticeable lack of the thing she claims she has the most of.
Here’s more on Hillary’s claims of experience…
Going down the list of international hotspots from the Clinton years, Craig writes that it is “a gross overstatement of the facts for her to claim even partial credit for bringing peace to Northern Ireland.” Her claim to a role in bringing peace to Bosnia is also unfounded, Craig says. Her claim to have negotiated the flight of refugees from Kosovo “is not true,” according to Craig, who quotes Bill Clinton’s top envoy to the Balkans as saying, “I cannot recall any involvement by Senator Clinton in this issue.” And on Rwanda, where Bill and Hillary Clinton have said that she pressed him to intervene with U.S. troops, Craig writes, “There is no evidenceâ€¦to suggest that this ever happened.”
Who’s the one peddling “false hope” again?