Yesterday Hillary Clinton delivered a major foreign policy speech in San Diego. It was certainly a speech that Bernie Sanders, crybaby Donnie Trump and yes, Barack Obama would not have given. Although the press picked up all of her criticisms of Donnie Trump, what was really important was her full throated endorsement of American exceptionalism and the internationalist foreign policy our country has engaged in since the late 1940's.
Her words included such phrases as "And if America doesn't lead, we leave a vacuum," (so much for leading from behind) "Stick with our allies," and "Israel's security is non-negotiable." She also bashed those who would start a trade war with China. Not a bad speech, and one one that former Defense Secretary and CIA Chief Bob Gates could have delivered along with several of the also ran Republican candidates for president.
Of course she didn't, and couldn't, go into the foreign policy failures of the Obama Administration in which she played a major role. Nevertheless she made an important start towards both a general election and governing strategy. Let's hope she keeps it up.