I joined Dana Perino on Fox News on Tuesday night (shortly before news of Eric Cantor's downfall came in) to discuss Hillary Rodham Clinton's claim to have restored America's leadership in the world. Strangely enough, I disagreed. You can see the interview here.
Jeff Poor at Breitbart has also posted a few moments from the exchange, complete with somewhat erratic transcription:
In Iraq, the al Qaeda flag flies in Fallujah on buildings American troops built. And as we have just heard, al Qaeda has taken hold of Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, earlier today.
General Musharraf, the State Department called him up and said this is what we need. He said he would go along with it. Now we can't get out of jail in Pakistan the doctor who basically fingered Osama Bin Laden to the Americans. And this administration can't get him out of jail.
It's completely false, completely false to say that she rebuilt American relationships in the world... Look, realistically, she is a 69-year-old woman whose actual accomplishments are extremely minimal. Until she became secretary of state, she had never held any executive position. And she did a terrible job in that executive position.
So her one position of executive authority in that three-score-and-nine was four years at the State Department, in which she presided over an American disengagement with the world - from Eastern Europe to Afghanistan, Araby to India. In my interview with Dana, I talked mostly about America's lack of influence with semi-hostile entities, from Moscow to Islamabad. But with our allies it's even worse: Merkel, Sarkozy and almost every other western leader who overlapped both Bush and Obama far preferred dealing with the former administration.
A soft-focus campaign flopped last time, and hard focus is even less favorable to her this time. She doesn't seem to have figured that out. Which is why, given that it's supposed to be a dry run for Hillary '16!, the launch of her unreadable book is having a very wobbly rollout.
~Speaking of unreadable tomes, for my take on the previous Hillary book launch, see here.
~On Wednesday morning, I'll be starting the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, live on AM640 at 8.30am Eastern.