The Hell with Hillary Rodham Clinton
There, I said it, and here's why, she has failed the same test Colin Powell did*. The test of maintaining personal integrity over being a team-player. I thought she had more backbone and I am ashamed to admit that I donated the max to her primary campaign. Live and learn.
Some may say she couldn't do anything, trapped in a gilded cage, blah, blah, fucking blah. All that shows is how little she DID do prior to Obama going "all in" with his generals.
Either way, she is a loser. If she agrees with Obama, she is dumb and/or disinterested and/or for the kind of Empire America everyone (including me) hoped she was against, but feared she was for. In other words, no different at all from Obama. If she doesn't agree with Obama, she has no influence as Secretary of State and is also too weak-willed to admit it and leave. If as Secretary of State you can't influence the decision to continue or end a fucking war, what are you sticking around for?
What I would have respected her for saying:
Mr. President, as you know I have argued strongly against taking drastic actions which would escalate this conflict as I believe there are far, far superior alternatives to solving this very difficult problem. I believe the prospect of ratcheting up this war by sending a very large number of additional US soldiers to Afghanistan for an unknown period of time is unsustainable either militarily, politically or economically. I am so firm in this belief and realize this decision is so critical to the future of the United States and indeed the world, that should you decide to escalate this conflict in this manner and at this time, I do not believe I am capable of publicly defending that course of action with the rigor and energy you would require. I understand this will be your decision, and do not wish to unduly influence it, so for that reason I humbly submit my resignation as Secretary of State for your approval, as I serve at your pleasure. Should you accept my resignation, I give you my word that I will, as a private citizen, continue to provide all of the support I can to you, to your presidency and to the United State of America and the principles we all share as Americans.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
This was the letter not written, but see how easy that is/would have been? How would the world have been different had Colin Powell written something similar to GWB and acted on it?
*UPDATE: I should have added from the start rather than as a qualifier in the text that if she agrees with this policy that is equally bad, if not worse. Same with Colin Powell. He says he was "mislead" on the WMD, and though he disagreed went along as a team player. Either way, he was wrong, and either way their legacies are tarnished. That's in my eyes, but YMMV.