Former U.S Secretary of State and possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has an interesting idea on how America should handle their enemies: empathy and respect.

During a speech at Georgetown University in December Clinton said that America should have a new approach to handling its enemies, something she has deemed "smart power." This so called "smart power" includes, "leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view."

While Clinton pontificates her noble approach to dealing with enemies, the question has to be asked, did the terrorists in Benghazi utilize "smart power?" Was Ambassador Chris Stevens shown empathy and respect when he was killed? What about U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, or the CIA operatives Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty? It sure didn't seem like they were being shown respect when their pictures were blasted across the internet. In fact, Clinton didn't even show those fallen Americans or their families respect or empathy during the Benghazi hearings. If you will recall she said, "What difference does it make?" When asked about their killings. Well, it makes a big difference when you're suddenly suggesting America start respecting and empathizing with the likes of those terrorists.

Of course, in Clinton's mind Benghazi is probably old news. So, instead the question has to be asked, does she really expect America to "empathize" and show "respect" to ISIS? How exactly is America supposed to respect an oppressive terrorist faction that has beheaded multiple unarmed Americans and is raping women and placing them into sex slavery? Clinton, a prominent and outspoken feminist, should be suggesting that America get ISIS, the perpetrators of the real war on women, to show respect to our military might. Nothing gets respect like the payload of B-1 bomber or the business end of an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.

Oliver North, a former Marine Lieutenant Colonel, said to Fox News, "I can’t think of a presidential candidate who would have said those kinds of things . . . Think about December 7, 1941 and then FDR going to the Congress of the United States the next day saying, ‘We need to have more empathy for Japan.'"

North's comments were on point. If Clinton is to run for president, she needs to learn to respect America, not its enemies. How can someone truly run a country, and run it well when they show more respect for its enemies than for the men and women protecting it?

 

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