After reading about and seeing clips of last night’s Democratic debate, the foreign policy segment got to me for two reasons. First, it would be nice, though it will never happen, if Democratic and Republican candidates were to admit there are no good options in Syriaqistan and that vehement language in that situation just makes you look like a clown.
Second, I’m becoming increasingly disturbed, not to mention disgusted, with the spectacle of watching so many Democrats essentially giving Clinton a pass on supporting the worst foreign policy debacle in the last few decades (the Iraq War). Even if you give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume her intentions were noble (I don’t–she was my senator at the time and it seemed pretty clear this was craven political posturing), there are so many people for whom this isn’t something they can just shrug off. It’s not just a checkmark to be placed in the demerit column.
Aside: Yes, this would disqualify about half of Democratic politicians and pundits, and most Republican politicians and pundits. That would be a good start.