Here’s an illustrative example.
While the press was focused on the Hillary-Trump debate, Iranian-backed rebels fired two missiles at the USS Mason off Yemen.
That’s how much respect President Barack Obama’s (D) foreign policy has earned us.
[As cited by Richard Fernandez at the above link] “Sending the warships to the area is a message that the primary goal of the Navy is to ensure that shipping continues unimpeded in the strait and the vicinity,” said a US defense official.
Message received. And contemptuously wadded up and tossed back at our feet.
Only yesterday [9 Oct], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Washington of aggression without raising so much as a ripple on Twitter.
This came as Russia, thumbing its nose at us, was moving nuclear-armed missiles into Kaliningrad. This occurred, also, without so much as a bleat from Obama. (Yes, yes, I know the missiles are rated only as nuclear-capable. But nobody moves nuclear-capable missiles anywhere without also moving their nuclear warheads along with them.)
The Philippine defense chief [Delfin Lorenzana] said Friday that he had suspended participation in any joint patrols with the US of the disputed South China Sea, the first concrete sign of a crack in the military alliance following the election of President Rodrigo Duterte.
This is the foreign policy Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants to continue.
Recall, though, her own foray into foreign policy with her Reset button when she was Secretary of State. She was so inept then, or so incompetent, or so…forgetful…that she couldn’t even get a simple translation of a single word, Reset, translated into Russian properly.
Even could a case be made that Obama’s foreign policy was a good idea, Clinton has shown she cannot be relied on from a simple competency perspective to carry it on.