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Con­trary to its self-styled la­bel, the US is not the “leader of the free world”. But it is a lead­ing su­per­power which blazed a trail by elect­ing Barack Obama as pres­i­dent. Now that Hil­lary Clin­ton has won the gru­elling pri­mary to be­come the Democrats’ pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee, the White House is in sight.

A fe­male pres­i­dent, not a First Lady, will strike one up for equal­ity and gen­der em­pow­er­ment. Clin­ton is a sea­soned politi­cian and a demo­crat. And, re­ally, she trumps Trump, the racist who has his sights on the seat of Western power. While his­toric, the world will be anx­ious about which Hil­lary gets into of­fice. Her his­tory is of a drone-sup­port­ing hawk who voted for the ill-ad­vised war on Iraq, sup­ported the de­ploy­ment of thou­sands of troops to Afghanistan and boxed with Rus­sia. She does not have to con­tinue along this path. Dif­fi­cult as it was for Obama, she must aim to re­duce US en­tan­gle­ment in wars glob­ally. We hope her peace­mak­ing in­stincts will be sharp­ened should she en­ter the White House.

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