Special Election Edition: On Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy

Hillary Clinton’s vision for the role of the United States on the world stage is optimistic but pragmatic, forceful but diplomatic and watchful but confident. As president, she has vowed to stand taller with our international allies and be more forceful in our combating of terrorism overseas. The former first lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State understands better than perhaps anyone else in our nation’s history how important it is for us to project a strong and intelligent image of American power for the rest of the world. She understands the complexities of international relations. She is respected and supported by our allies abroad. Beyond all of her qualifications is the fact that her opponent, Donald Trump, is temperamentally unfit to be the President of the United States. 

At the core of Secretary Clinton’s plans for our national security is her steadfast commitment to fostering an America that is stronger together. She understands that in order for us to be able to project strength around the world, we must take care of our economy by improving our infrastructure and education system while fostering the uniquely American innovation that has long helped us lead the world culturally and militarily.

Hillary Clinton has a long track record of employing diplomacy effectively to secure the best results for the American people, and she would continue this as president. She also understands the importance of military force and has the temperament and judgement necessary to be the Commander-in-Chief of the American armed forces. Secretary Clinton understands that because of effective diplomacy, Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon. She is right to support the current administration’s efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran and has pledged to vigorously enforce the agreement as president. She also understands when to use military force, as she supported and was instrumental in the decision to kill Osama Bin-Laden during her tenure as Secretary of State. 

In addition to the fact that Hillary Clinton’s record of strength and positive influence goes back many years before her leadership in President Obama’s administration, the complete lack of competence and ability to lead put forward by the Republican presidential nominee deserves attention in this election. Donald Trump has argued that America needs more “unpredictability” on the topic of nuclear weapons. Make no mistake, this sort of language is reckless, dangerous and should be frightening for any American hoping for a safe and prosperous future for themselves and their family. Donald Trump suggests that he has a secret plan to fight ISIS, but in reality he has no grasp of what it takes to confront and defeat terrorism abroad. This says nothing of the fact that he has proposed banning a religion of more than a billion people from entering our country, in clear violation of our constitution, or that he has stated that he “knows more about ISIS than the generals.”

As Secretary Clinton has said, “loose cannons tend to misfire.” We cannot afford a president that is unfit to serve. Luckily, we have a candidate who is more than qualified to be our president, one who has the proper judgement and skills necessary to lead America forward. On foreign policy and so many other issues, the choice is clear: Hillary Clinton for president.