Presidential Election Campaigns: Substance or Entertainment?
By Edmond Y. Azadian
We are more than a year away from the presidential election in the US, but the campaign is already in full blast.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton began her campaign when she left Foggy Bottom as secretary of state. Some pundits even believe that she never quit campaigning after she ceded the Democratic nomination grudgingly to Barack Obama. Perhaps that was also the reason that her early campaign hit some turbulence; her use of a private server for her official emails continues to haunt her to this day. Her mishandling of the Libya fiasco and her support of the Iraq war have dented her popularity and have undermined her trustworthiness.
As far as her hawkish stand regarding foreign policy is concerned, she can hardly be distinguished from Sen. John McCain. She seems to be completely beholden to the military industrial complex. Even more worrisome is that she seems beholden to the polls rather than genuine ideals.
Should she win her bid for the White House, the Middle East will not enjoy any peace and the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, which President Obama is trying to seal before his term is up, will suffer a setback for another four or even eight years.