Josh Earnest, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, was asked by Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry to name two or three of Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments during her four years as Secretary of State in the first Obama administration.
Josh Earnest actually said this: “So in terms of important foreign policy accomplishments for which Secretary Clinton can rightly claim her share of the credit, I would put ending the war in Iraq, responsibly winding down the war in Afghanistan, and decimating and destroying core al Qaeda — that those are a handful of accomplishments that certainly this President and this Commander-in-Chief are proud of, but it’s one that — those are the kinds of accomplishments that Secretary Clinton can justifiably be proud of as well.”
As the most vicious Al Qaeda jihadis in the world rampage through Iraq and as Al Qaeda grows in strength in numbers, we can look to Hillary for this success.
Check it out at the White House Press Office or see the excerpts below:
Q Two quick ones Secretary Clinton with the book coming out. I want to ask you, though, not about the book but specific policy issues that she talked about. She was asked last night on ABC about how, when she was Secretary of State, there were no major peace agreements, no major achievements that she could point to, and she responded, “We’ve had Presidents” — saying over the years — “who have made tough calls, hard choices” — “some of which have worked out, some of which have not.” Since she actually served under this President, can you name two or three accomplishments that she and the President had in the first term on foreign policy?
MR. EARNEST: Feels a little like a pop quiz, but I’ve got a couple of ideas. Let’s start with what I think the President would describe as one of his most important national security priorities, which is ending the war in Iraq and winding down in responsible fashion the war in Afghanistan, and doing that after the success of our efforts to dismantle and destroy al Qaeda core that had established a base of operations in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is a significant foreign policy accomplishment, and that was an accomplishment that is due in no small part to the bravery of our men and women in uniform. But there was also a very important role to be played by other members of our national security team, including intelligence officers, including diplomatic officers, and some civilian employees of the federal government who have played an important role in trying to build up civil institutions in Afghanistan so that Afghanistan could never again be used as a base of operations for al Qaeda core or other extremists that seek to do harm to the United States of America and our allies.
So in terms of important foreign policy accomplishments for which Secretary Clinton can rightly claim her share of the credit, I would put ending the war in Iraq, responsibly winding down the war in Afghanistan, and decimating and destroying core al Qaeda — that those are a handful of accomplishments that certainly this President and this Commander-in-Chief are proud of, but it’s one that — those are the kinds of accomplishments that Secretary Clinton can justifiably be proud of as well.
Mrs. Clinton has had a very difficult time articulating any accomplishments as Secretary of State outside of Benghazi.
Hillary Clinton attended the fifth annual Women in the World Summit April 2014 in New York’s Lincoln Center. It’s a summit for far-left women. It’s not likely Sarah Palin would ever get in the door.
Hillary Clinton was asked to recount her accomplishments as Secretary of State by a smiling, almost adoring interviewer. What are you most proud of and what do you feel was unfinished and would like to have another crack at one day, the interviewer asked.
Her answer or should I say non-answer was bad. It was the kind of interview that makes you want to answer the question for the person because it’s so painful to watch.
It didn’t seem to bother her, however, that she couldn’t come up with one accomplishment.
She began by saying that she sees her role in a democracy as a relay race. She probably doesn’t realize the United States is a Republic, not a democracy. Either that or she is nudging us into believing we are a democracy.
These are her accomplishments as she lists them – and I’m not kidding – this is what she said:
- In the relay race, she “ran the best race she could” and “passed the baton.” “Some of what hasn’t been finished, may go on to be finished.” [Mr. Obama will pass the baton to her. Is that what Americans want?]
- When she became Secretary of State, it was the “worst economic depression since the Great Depression,” we had “two wars,” “continuing threats from all kinds of corners around the world”, it was a “perilous time frankly,” she lamented. President Obama said “he had to take care of the economic situation at home” (That’s going swimmingly. We have 4 million fewer jobs since he took office and half the jobs created last month were part-time jobs), and he said “he wanted her to go out and represent us around the world.” It was “a good division of labor”, she said, “because we needed to make it clear to the rest of the world we were going to get our house in order. We’re going to stimulate, and grow, and get back to positive growth, and work with our friends and partners, so I think we did that.” (We did? When? Where? Did you see it?)
- She is proud of the “stabilization” (whatever that means) and “really solid leadership that the administration provided”, that “leads us now to be able to deal with problems like Ukraine because we’re not so worried about massive collapse in Europe and China trying to figure out what to do with their bond holdings, and all the problems we were obsessed with”. (She really said that, no joke).
- She thinks they “restored American leadership in the best sense.” “Once again people began to rely on us,” she said with a straight face, “to look at us at setting the values, setting the standards.” (Tell that to Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Russian, China, all of South and Central America, Mexico…). She made sure to say she didn’t want to lose that because we have a dysfunctional political situation in Washington. (It’s unclear as to how this answers the question about her accomplishments as Secretary of State).
- “And then of course a lot of particulars,” but she is “finishing her book and you will be able to read all about it.” You will have to read her book if you want to find out about her successes because she sure didn’t tell us in this interview.
Do we really want her answering that 3 a.m. phone call?
Oh well, what difference at this point does it make?
She didn’t accomplish anything during her short stint as NY senator either. She has one small bill, that was it.
She did apparently take Egypt on as an accomplishment as well. If not for the leadership she and Barack showed, you might have seen a different outcome there:
A vote for Hillary for President is a vote for a third term of Obama.