Hillary Clinton had just finished detailing the dangers of terrorism, recalling tough calls in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican rivals for threatening the safety of Americans.
But when an Iowa man broke into her riff with a question about how the country could confront a new wave of hate and fear, her response sounded less like that of a commander in chief than of a soothing self-help guru. "We've got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness," she told a crowd of several hundred.
The lovey-dovey message seems surprising coming from a Washington veteran so battle-hardened that she often cites Eleanor Roosevelt's mantra about women in public life needing "skin like a rhinoceros." But as she grapples with Donald Trump's prominence in the Republican race, she's embraced a little love and kindness as a near-constant refrain.
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This sounds strange coming from someone who had a hand in many of the US caused massacres of the past 22 years.
I don't believe her. This is just a stratagem to counter Trump, not a plan to fight terrorism.
I'm not suggesting that we shouldn't love and show kindness to each other. But I am saying that no amount of love is going to stop ISIS or other terrorist groups from doing their foul deeds.
And that's where the Christian dilemma comes in. Obey Jesus and you're going to be spit on, slapped, kicked, and possibly killed in return. Are you ready for that? I sincerely doubt Hillary is.