In terms of the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton is definitely better than her opponents. She could bomb the rest of the debates and tell Democrats that Barack Obama is a mediocre president and still handily win the Democratic presidential nomination. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are that terrible of candidates. That isn’t to say that the Democratic debates aren’t serving a useful purpose. They’re giving the GOP presidential nominee tons of material for ads and debates. A check of the transcript of Saturday night’s debate gives people a worthwhile perspective.
Early in the debate, moderator John Dickerson asked Mrs. Clinton “Hours before the attacks, President Obama said, “I don’t think ISIS is gaining strength.” Seventy-two percent of Americans think the fight against ISIS is going badly. Won’t the legacy of this administration, which you were a part of, won’t that legacy be that it underestimated the threat from ISIS?” Mrs. Clinton knew she was in a difficult position so she gave a totally incoherent answer, saying “Well, John, I think that we have to look at ISIS as the leading threat of an international terror network. It cannot be contained, it must be defeated.” Later, Mrs. Clinton said “That is why we have troops in Iraq that are helping to train and build back up the Iraqi military, why we have special operators in Syria working with the Kurds and Arabs, so that we can be supportive. But this cannot be an American fight.”
Showing his first signs of political life of this campaign, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley distanced himself from Mrs. Clinton, saying “This actually is America’s fight. It cannot solely be America’s fight. America is best when we work in collaboration with our allies. America is best when we are actually standing up to evil in this world. And ISIS, make no mistake about it, is an evil in this world.”
Gov. O’Malley is right. Thinking that ISIS isn’t putting a mass-casualty terrorist attack together that will hit the US is foolish. Less than 2 years ago, President Obama called ISIS a JV team. That summer, they captured key cities like Ramadi in Iraq’s Anbar Province. That’s when they established their oil-rich caliphate. Then they beheaded half a dozen journalists, including some American journalists. A year later, they pulled off a mass-casualty coordinated attack in Paris. Skeptical people might think that there’s a disturbing pattern developing. Those skeptics would be right.
Juan Williams thought that Secretary Clinton sounded hawkish during the debate. It’d be interesting to hear him explain away that statement. It sounded more like a statement designed to give listeners intellectual whiplash than assurance that Mrs. Clinton is up to the job of being the next commander-in-chief.
How can you say that ISIS has to be defeated, then say that this can’t be an American fight, especially considering the indisputable fact that the US has the most powerful military in the history of the planet. Though that was the most telling moment of the night in terms of the general election, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave Republicans something to laugh about when he said “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re going to see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they’re going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops ask you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict.”
Someone should tell Sen. Sanders that the terrorists aren’t attacking Paris over water rights. They’re attacking Western Civilization because they think westerners are infidels. This doesn’t have anything to do with anything other than religious ideology.
It’s nice noticing that Rich Lowry noticed how outrageous the Democrats are:
None of the candidates would say “radical Islam,” which is [a] verboten phrase for Democrats just like “all lives matter.”
There can’t be any doubt but that, after Saturday night’s debate, this is President Obama’s political party.