Clin­ton has ex­pe­ri­ence fight­ing ter­ror­ism, all right: As a fail­ure

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

She re­ally should stick to ly­ing. Des­per­ately try­ing to snatch at­ten­tion away from Don­ald Trump, Hillary Clin­ton took a stab at some un­var­nished “straight talk” Mon­day and ac­cused the real es­tate mogul of “giv­ing aid and com­fort” to Amer­ica’s en­e­mies. In other words, “trea­son.”

Ap­par­ently, in her ad­dled mind, want­ing to se­cure our bor­ders and ag­gres­sively vet peo­ple com­ing from known hot spots of vir­u­lent ter­ror­ism is a form of “giv­ing aid and com­fort” to rad­i­cal Is­lamists. Okay. Se­ri­ously?

This from a woman who has been a cor­ner­stone of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s for­eign pol­icy who failed to de­velop even the slight­est strat­egy for fight­ing ter­ror­ism or, at the very least, keep­ing it off of Amer­ica’s shores.

Good peo­ple can have all kinds of de­bates about the vig­or­ous strate­gies for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush de­ployed in the fight against ter­ror­ism. But no one can dis­pute that it was in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive.

As the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion un­flinch­ingly de­clared again and again, we kill them over there so we don’t have to kill them over here. To­day, they are here. And they are killing far more of us than we are of them.

And, no, Pres­i­dent Obama. This is NOT a “war of nar­ra­tives.” It is a war of blood and bul­lets, dag­gers and slaugh­ter­ing knives. It is a war of burn­ing cages and drown­ing pens. It is a war of ex­plo­sives and pres­sure cook­ers loaded with rusty nails.

Yet, some­how, ac­cord­ing to Mrs. Clin­ton, it is Mr. Trump who has com­mit­ted trea­son, an ex­tra­or­di­nary leap, even for her.

Con­sider the twisted logic of her ac­cu­sa­tion. Who ex­actly is be­ing be­trayed here by Mr. Trump’s in­sis­tence on seal­ing the bor­der and vet­ting peo­ple who come from coun­tries where Is­lamist ter­ror­ism seethes? Cer­tainly not lawabid­ing, free­dom-lov­ing Amer­i­cans.

No, in fact, in­no­cent Amer­i­cans are only be­ing hurt — maimed, killed, slaugh­tered and fright­ened — in the ab­sence of Mr. Trump’s tough poli­cies. If any­one is be­hav­ing trea­sonously against the Amer­i­can peo­ple right now, it is Mrs. Clin­ton and the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Un­less, of course, Mrs. Clin­ton was blow­ing an­other one of her dog whis­tles in her des­per­ado po­lit­i­cal cam­paign to say that Mr. Trump is com­mit­ting trea­son against the in­fil­trat­ing rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ists.

In­creased scru­tiny on peo­ple trav­el­ing from places such as — oh, I don’t know — Pak­istan and Afghanistan might have net­ted some­one such as — oh, I don’t know — Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami.

In Mrs. Clin­ton’s mind, one must as­sume, it would be trea­sonous to in­con­ve­nience or cause slight em­bar­rass­ment for Mr. Ra­hami — even if it would have pre­vented the ter­ror­iz­ing of mil­lions of free­dom-lov­ing, law-abid­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zens liv­ing in New York and New Jer­sey this week.

Mean­while, Mrs. Clin­ton’s re­sponse to the planted pres­sure cooker bombs? Vote for me. I have more ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with ter­ror­ism.

Fi­nally, the lady stum­bles upon the hon­est-to-God truth. She does have more ex­pe­ri­ence. And all of her ex­pe­ri­ence has cul­mi­nated in but one thing: ut­ter and to­tal fail­ure.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com; fol­low him on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.

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