Bon voyage, Hillary Clinton

Clinton at Brookings

Clinton: Israel shows “lack of generosity, lack of empathy” toward Palestine

Hillary Clinton expressed a desire to leave her post as secretary of state at the close of Obama’s first term in January. Given her remarks at the Brookings Institution on Friday, I say, “Bon voyage, and don’t let the screen door hit you in the derriere on the way out.”

Before we get to her Friday speech, a brief rundown of events that went down earlier in the week is in order.

On Wednesday, President Obama described Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as “extraordinary” and said he “couldn’t be prouder of the job she’s done.”

The next day, Rice demonstrated just how “extraordinary” she is by dealing a huge blow to both the United States and Israel. On Thursday, the United Nations, Rice’s domain, passed a resolution elevating Palestine’s status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state.” By recognizing Palestine as a “state,” Palestinians hope to receive new leverage in their dealings with Israel.

UN vote on Palestine

UN vote granting Palestine statehood

The U.N. membership voted on Palestinian statehood with a resounding 138 “yes” votes to nine “no” votes. Rice couldn’t even get two of America’s closest and most important allies to vote with us. Lacking the courage to vote either way, Great Britain and Germany pulled an Obama and abstained.

Clinton immediately criticized the vote as “unfortunate and counterproductive.” I agree wholeheartedly.

In her keynote address at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution Friday evening, Clinton pulled an abrupt about-face when discussing the U.N. vote.

“So, look, I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion,” Clinton said, according to “So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds, and they want to figure out, within the bounds of security and a Jewish democratic state, what can be accomplished.”

Hamas soldiers

Hamas soldiers

To the secretary of state, I can only say it’s difficult to express empathy toward an entity constantly hurling a barrage of rockets your way. It’s difficult to express generosity toward a people who express a desire for nothing less than your complete obliteration from the face of the earth. It’s difficult to be understanding toward the Palestinians when they have stated repeatedly they will never recognize the legitimacy of Israel as an independent state.

I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge Hillary fan, but I always thought she exhibited a toughness born out of a sense of reality. I confess I grudgingly admired that. No more. Although I wish her no ill, Clinton can collect her gold watch upon retirement and fade from our memory.


6 thoughts on “Bon voyage, Hillary Clinton

  1. KB Cook says:

    and may she find a new hobby that doesn't include public office or cabinet-level appointments. Retire from public service, please. enough is enough

  2. Ron Jackson says:

    I believe that the UN just started WWIII and as for me I will fight with Israel to reclaim their homelands, all that God gave them is and will be their homeland.

    1. Ron Jackson says:

      As far as Hilary Clinton is concerned she like all of the Obama administration including Obama and especially Susan Rice are Liars as big as they get, not a speck of decency in any of them including the leading democrats in congress.

  3. Kori Bristow says:

    Hillary Clinton is not slipping into obscurity. Rather, she will be preparing for a run for President in 2016. That has been known for some time.

  4. maryfitt says:

    do you think this is the end of Hillary? I do not think so. there is another election in 4 years you know? the people that voted for OB will vote for Hillary, Americans need to plan a new stratagy

  5. Bill F says:

    She will not be leaving….I would wager that she will be running for Prez in 2016 unless the current cast of Democrates amend the Constitution to allow BO another term. Which is worse?

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