Scarborough's Love Letter to Hillary's Foreign Policy Leadership

Joe Scarborough was careful to state for the record that he was "not voting for Hillary Clinton." But everything else he said during a segment on today's Morning Joe was one long love letter to her foreign policy and leadership skills.

Granted, Joe set the bar very low, comparing Hillary's prospective leadership to President Obama's fecklessness. Even so, it was striking to hear Scarborough proclaim "Hillary Clinton does not believe in leading from behind. Hillary Clinton does not believe that you sit back and let the events of the world shape the country. Hillary Clinton does not believe in the type of foreign policy, the don't-do-stupid-stuff foreign policy of Barack Obama." He also claimed that within a week of assuming office, Hillary would build better coalitions around the world and with Congress than Obama ever did.

Let's briefly review some of Hillary's foreign policy record: 1. supported Iran deal; 2. said of ISIS that we should be “trying to understand and empathize with their perspective;” 3. architect of the failed Russian reset; 4. bungled Benghazi then lied about it. Some leadership.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I could be wrong, but [Hillary's foreign policy is] going to be radically different. Hillary Clinton does not believe in leading from behind. Hillary Clinton does not believe that you sit back and let the events of the world shape the country. Hillary Clinton does not believe in the type of foreign policy, the don't-do-stupid-stuff foreign policy of Barack Obama. 

NICOLLE WALLACE: And she doesn't believe nothing is better than something. 

MARK HALPERIN: But can she do a better job than he has done in building coalitions so you can go into places not alone? 

SCARBOROUGH: Can I answer that question, not voting for Hillary Clinton. Yes, yes and yes. Hillary Clinton will build better coalitions on the Hill and build better coalitions the first week around the world than Barack Obama. The man, say what you will about him, doesn't like people, doesn't like dealing with congress -- 

HALPERIN: -- I was asking rhetorically. 

SCARBOROUGH: -- doesn't like talking with foreign leaders. And by the way, we heard that 

WALLACE: Year one. 

SCARBOROUGH: In 2009, foreign leaders and diplomats were coming up saying, what's with your president? He comes to our country, he gives a speech, he leaves. Hillary Clinton: completely opposite of that. 


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