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Response to Patrick Smith's:
It is urgent that she’s stopped: Hillary Clinton’s
nightmare neoliberalism and American exceptionalism makes the world a
I fullly agree with Smith's diagnosis. The prescription
however remains unsettled.
Face it: we are confronted with two evils. And Trump, or Cruz, or Kasich --
all hell-bent on a new Cold War and US hegemony -- represent the greater
Bernie Sanders could deliver us from these evils, but let's get real -- he's
a very long shot at best.
So if we are faced with Clinton vs. Trump, what to do?
My choice is a nose-plug vote for Clinton, following which the struggle
First via a popular movement, in the streets if necessary. Let's not forget
that public protests ended the Viet Nam War.
Second, we enlist the international "coalition of the fed-up." As few
Americans realize, we are not universally admired abroad. Quite the
contrary, a recent International Gallup Poll found that most of the
industrialized world regards the US as the greatest threat to world peace.
There are indications that, post-Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc., our
erstwhile "allies" are getting restless under our "hegemony," and might soon
be ready to bolt.
Witness the Minsk accords, worked out by Germany, France, Ukraine and
Russia, with the US conspicuously uninvited. All seem well aware that the
origin of Ukraine crisis was primarily in Washington, not Moscow.
So imagine President Hillary faced with a European consensus (sans England):
"You want a cold war with Russia? If so, count us out. We're with Russia on
this." Then expect some radical re-thinking.
Seventy-Five years ago, the United States (and the Soviet Union, don't
forget!), rescued Europe. Perhaps the time will soon arrive for Europe to
return the favor.
Putin put it well: "We want to be partners with the Americans; the Americans
expect us to be their vassals." The Russians, a proud and determined people,
will not accept this.
Has Hillary Clinton every heard of "Stalingrad"?