On Saturday, just one day after Paris suffered a series of orchestrated terrorist attacks, 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton stood before the world and, when asked directly, claimed that the U.S. was not at war with radical Islam.
Since that time, she has grandstanded and maintained the Democrat stance that Americans are obliged to turn a blind eye to the dangers that lurk within the Islamic world and accept tens-of-thousands of Syrian refugees who largely sympathize with the terrorist efforts of ISIS.
But what about 2001 Hillary Clinton? Did she hold this “head in the sand” attitude? Or, like every other one of her policy platforms, is she just now saying whatever she thinks will get her elected?
In the days after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, then-Senator Hillary Clinton joined ABC News’ Sam Donaldson to discuss the tragedy and offered her opinion on policies that must be adopted going forward to help stop these kinds of events.
In the exchange, Clinton refused to rule-out adopting policies of racial profiling- a nasty term that has been politicized but, in reality, has tremendous benefits for law enforcement and the detection of terrorist activity.
“Let’s talk about American life now, though,” said Donaldson. “What happens in the future from the standpoint of the question of security versus relaxation or giving up some of the freedoms that we’ve enjoyed in this country? How far do we go, for instance, on airline security?”
“Well, I think everyone recognizes we have to tighten security. We have to do whatever it takes to keep our people safe,” Clinton replied.
Donaldson pounced, “Including profiling, senator?”
“I think we have to do whatever it takes, Sam. And I believe that, you know, Tuesday changed everything. Tuesday was a day that America has never, ever had to experience. And I hope to heaven that we never have to again. But we are in a war situation, and we’re going to have to do things people do in times of war. I just heard your interview with the mayor, and I think he’s right to look at examples in history like the Battle of Britain. Many of us have been studying what others did to carry on. And we know that we have to make tradeoffs in convenience, in our freedom of movement, without undercutting or losing our way of life and our values, which I really want to make America special and great. And we can’t ever let anyone undermine that.”
Where did that Hillary go?
Of course, a proper balance must be struck to keep Americans both free and safe. However, perhaps out of sheer spite, the left is consistently backing-away from the very basics of commonsense geopolitical understandings.
The Muslim world largely hates the Western world. Even the so-called “moderate” factions of Muslim militants hate us. Knowing that they cannot win going tank-to-tank with the Western world, adherents of radical Islam are dedicated to an” any means necessary” kind of war that centers on an exploitation of hippy-dippy idealism, naiveté, globalist worldviews and good ol’ fashioned left-wing anti-American sentiment.