By Pepe Escobar and cross-posted from Counterpunch.org
The “milestone” is barely behind us, but it’s already time to go beyond “history made” and “no [glass] ceiling too hard to break”. From soccer – and security – moms to NASCAR dads, from the “it’s the economy, stupid” armies to the NOTA (None of the Above) legions in the US, extending all across global latitudes from South America to Siberia and all points Africa to the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs, the world as we know it is slowly coming to grips with the fact that Hillary Clinton may be a – protracted – heartbeat away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
And the world as we know it has every reason to be on edge.
It was only a few days ago when, flanked by 19 American flags, Hillary Clinton embarked on a foreign policy magna opus that essentially broke down to dissing Donald Trump – portrayed as a major threat to decades of sound, bipartisan US diplomacy.
The money quote – for the whole world to mull – could not be more explicit; the United States “is exceptional – the last best hope on earth.” As in accept our hegemony – or else.
Every sentient being remotely familiar with Hillary Clinton’s record knows by now that, if elected, she will preside over a Warfare State – which, incidentally, is bound to further bankrupt Washington. Spending on the defense/security/surveillance complex will balloon way beyond the current $850 billion a year. We’re not talking about landing under sniper fire in Bosnia here; this is the exceptionalist meat of the matter.
Hillary Clinton’s record shows that she fully supported Bubba’s military adventures in the Balkans, Dubya’s disastrous wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and Obama’s Afghan surge. But her masterpiece as Secretary of State was of course the destruction of Libya – followed by her enthusiastic support for weaponizing “moderate rebels”, a.k.a hardcore jihadis, in Syria.
R2P (“responsibility to protect”) would have remained no more than a hollow smart power-related concept without the Three Harpies (Hillary, Samantha Power and Susan Rice) lobbying non-stop for its implementation in Libya. Libya was the battling ground supposed to gloriously elevate the Clinton Doctrine to the apex of foreign policy smartness.
R2P – as in humanitarian imperialism deployed towards regime change – should have been duly paraded throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. But alas, even with We Came, We Saw, He Died the descent of Libya into a militia hell scotched all those elaborate plans. It was – and remains – more of a case of I came, I Saw and I Got Tangled Up in Benghazi.
As it stands, the Obama administration is taking no prisoners to somewhat salvage Hillary Clinton’s signature menu as Secretary of State; after all some sort of success in Libya must still be paraded in the campaign trail to counterpunch Trump’s Benghazi-related offensive.
The White House game is to try to put all the weaponized Libyan cats in the same bag, hoping they won’t tear the bag – a.k.a “unity government” – apart. Yet it’s actually worse than it sounds, as the weaponized Libyan cats couldn’t give a damn about a ratty US/UN-manufactured bag.
Those Terrifying Words
If the prospect of seeing the whole world turned into a giant Libya was not enough, public opinion all across the Global South must also get to grips with what arguably will become the most terrifying words in the English language: Secretary of State Victoria Nuland…