John Ransom

It's time for the international game where I pass judgment on the foreign policy accomplishments of Hillary Clinton, and perhaps a few others as if it were a bored game, pun intended.

10) The Russian Reset Button: If you are going to try to reset relations with a foreign power with a makeshift model of the “easy” button, you ought to do the easiest thing you can at least: get the foreign word for “reset” correct. I mean we pay people at the State Department for this type of thing, right? In a $46.2 billion budget can’t they afford to buy the dictionaries of all 57 foreign languages, 58 if you count Hawaii? Anyone hear of Google Translate? Oh, yeah. That’s right. It’s free. Liberals can’t stand free.

9) Destabilizing North Africa: Here’s where the “smart” foreign policy strategy really started paying dividends. I always thought that when they said “smart” that they meant “intelligent.” But it turns out they were talking about the “smart bombs” and “smart missiles” used to aid Al Qaeda operatives against a guy who until recently was an ally, in Libya --more about this for Pakistan. Oh, and then the whole Muslim Brotherhood fiasco in Egypt, when once again the administration took the side of the original Al Qaeda franchise in the Brotherhood against an ally, the Egyptian Army. Since then things have heated up in Mali, Sudan. All of North Africa has turned into an arms depot for the world. Thank God the United States military has better sense and better ties with Egypt than Hillary does. There’s a book in there somewhere.

8) Destabilizing the Middle East: To think, we were just this close to putting more troops into the Middle East, this time in Syria of all places, which is really, really close to Europe by the way. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like Syria; but the time to have taken care of Syria is when we had 250,000 troops in Iraq. And how the heck do you side with ANOTHER Al Qaeda affiliate? That makes: Libya, wrong side; Egypt wrong side; and Syria, wrong side…to be continued.

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John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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