Barack Obamaâs disaster in Iraq is so huge that itâs already tearing the Democrat Party in half. Hillary Clinton was always going to have to position herself as a critic of Obamaâs failed presidency in order to run as the âdifferent kind of Democratâ who could be trusted to clean up his mess, but as Iraq spirals into chaos and horror, sheâs pretending she was some sort of silent captive to his horrible policies when she was his Secretary of State. Clinton slipped the knife between Obamaâs shoulder blades during an interview with The Atlantic: President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groupsâlike the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq todayâfrom seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president told me that âwhen you have a professional army âŠ fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflictâthe notion that we could have, in a clean way that didnât commit U.S. military forces, changed the equation on the ground there was never true.â Well, his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, isnât buying it. In an interview with me earlier this week, she used her sharpest language yet to describe the âfailureâ that resulted from the decision to keep the U.S. on the sidelines during the first phase of the Syrian uprising. âThe failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assadâthere were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middleâthe failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,â Clinton said. This would be the same Hillary Clinton that once hailed Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as a âreformer.â The Hillary Clinton who accomplished absolutely nothing during her term as Secretary of State, except racking up frequent flyer miles. Now weâre supposed to believe she was silently fuming over all the obvious mistakes her irresponsible boss was making? Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic says Hillary took care to pat the boy-President on the head by calling him âincredibly intelligentâ and âthoughtful,â but presumably stopped short of praising him as a âmainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,â the way Joe Biden did in 2007. With the faint praise out of the way, Hillary resumed damning her former boss: HILLARY CLINTON: One of the reasons why I worry about whatâs happening in the Middle East right now is because of the breakout capacity of jihadist groups that can affect Europe, can affect the United States. Jihadist groups are governing territory. They will never stay there, though. They are driven to expand. Their raison dâĂȘtre is to be against the West, against the Crusaders, against the fill-in-the-blankâand we all fit into one of these categories. How do we try to contain that? Iâm thinking a lot about containment, deterrence, and defeat. You know, we did a good job in containing the Soviet Union, but we made a lot of mistakes, we supported really nasty guys, we did some things that we are not particularly proud of, from Latin America to Southeast Asia, but we did have a kind of overarching framework about what we were trying to do that did lead to the defeat of the Soviet Union and the collapse of Communism. That was our objective. We achieved it. Now the big mistake was thinking that, okay, the end of history has come upon us, after the fall of the Soviet Union. That was never true, history never stops and nationalisms were going to assert themselves, and then other variations on ideologies were going to claim their space. Obviously, jihadi Islam is the prime example, but not the only exampleâthe effort by Putin to restore his vision of Russian greatness is another. In the world in which we are living right now, vacuums get filled by some pretty unsavory players. JEFFREY GOLDBERG:There doesnât seem to be a domestic constituency for the type of engagement you might symbolize. HRC: Well, thatâs because most Americans think of engagement and go immediately to military engagement. Thatâs why I use the phrase âsmart power.â I did it deliberately because I thought we had to have another way of talking about American engagement, other than unilateralism and the so-called boots on the ground. You know, when youâre down on yourself, and when you are hunkering down and pulling back, youâre not going to make any better decisions than when you were aggressively, belligerently putting yourself forward. One issue is that we donât even tell our own story very well these days. JG: I think that defeating fascism and communism is a pretty big deal. HRC: Thatâs how I feel! Maybe this is old-fashioned. Okay, I feel that this might be an old-fashioned ideaâbut Iâm about to find out, in more ways than one. Great nations need organizing principles, and âDonât do stupid stuffâ is not an organizing principle. It may be a necessary brake on the actions you might take in order to promote a vision. JG: So why do you think the president went out of his way to suggest recently that that this is his foreign policy in a nutshell? HRC: I think he was trying to communicate to the American people that heâs not going to do something crazy. Iâve sat in too many rooms with the president. Heâs thoughtful, heâs incredibly smart, and able to analyze a lot of different factors that are all moving at the same time. I think he is cautious because he knows what he inherited, both the two wars and the economic front, and he has expended a lot of capital and energy trying to pull us out of the hole weâre in. So I think that thatâs a political message. Itâs not his worldview, if that makes sense to you. Well, at least sheâs nice enough to help Obama keep his utterly pathetic âeverything is Bushâs faultâ excuses alive for the rest of his term, but she wants to send signals that she wonât be as much of a whiny teenager if you let her have the Oval Office in 2016. She probably shouldnât be reminding people that sheâs the one who coined the phrase âsmart power,â which is now a joke, a phrase spoken only in mockery of Clinton and Obamaâs inept foreign policy. Also, if she keeps trying to push Obama under the bus, he and his partisans are going to start reminding people that Clinton voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq, while he did not. Hillaryâs crap about positioning herself as a tough Cold Warrior ready to fight Islamism the same way she fought communism and fascism is hilarious. Democrats of her generation were an obstacle to defeating communism. And the long, long, long shadow of Benghazi hangs over Clintonâs claims to be a sharper analyst of the Islamist threat than Obama was. Hillary is defined on foreign policy by her utter inability to perceive the actual situation on the ground in Libya on September 11, 2012. She didnât understand what was actually going on in the state she and Obama ruined (and remember, Obama launched his cowboy unilateral war on Qaddafi largely at her urging.) She was totally on board with Obamaâs agenda to hide the devastation in Libya as much as possible, rather than taking security precautions that would have raised eyebrows while he was running for re-election. The result was four dead Americans, followed by a cover-up Hillary Clinton energetically participated in. Sheâs the one who lied right into the faces of the Benghazi families, promising them sheâd work tirelessly to take down the YouTube video producer who supposedly got their loved ones killed. Sheâs good at picking scapegoats, not detecting global threats. Hillary Clinton hardly has a monopoly on history revisionism. A desperate Barack Obama has taken to pretending that he was on fire to keep American troops in Iraq, but the mean old Iraqi government (created by George Bushâs war, dontcha know!) wouldnât let him. Also, the intelligence community let the President down again â remember how he used to blame them for Benghazi, until congressional hearings made it painfully obvious the White House and Secretary of State were ignoring everything knowledgeable intelligence analysts were saying about Libya? This is such absolute rubbish that even Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, one of the most partisan Democrats in the media, blew her stack during a discussion with Chuck Todd and David Gregory on NBCâs Meet the Press on Sunday. Recap courtesy of the Daily Caller: As American bombs again fall on that country, President Obama responded to criticism that we should have left troops inside Iraq after 2011 by claiming the Iraqi government pushed the U.S. out. âBut, this president ideologically did not want to use more influence to ââ host David Gregory began. âLook, this was not an administration that was eager to tell [Iraqi Prime Minister] Maliki, âOh, you donât want a status-of-forces agreement?ââ Todd agreed, explaining how the White House failed to pursue any agreement that would have left a stabilizing force. âIâve been trying to figure out this manâs doctrine now for six years,â Todd continued. âHe doesnât have one . . . He pushes and pulls between the idea of democracy first and stability first . . . Now heâs trying for stability first, and I think in this case heâs struggling.â Mitchell slammed President Obama for his other excuse â that the sudden collapse of American allies, the Kurds, against Islamic State fighters was an unforeseen surprise. âAnd to say that he didnât have intelligence â this is not a hard target, this is [Kurdish capital] Erbil,â she laughed. âWe have people there.â âThe fact is, there was intelligence,â she declared. âAnd to say that they were shocked by the [Kurdish] Peshmerga [fighters], on Saturday night, being routed is a farce!â Obama supporters are legendary for their ability to forget everything their man said and did more than three days ago, but everyone else will remember Obama proudly boasting of his decision to pull every American out of Iraq. His campaign loudly taunted his 2012 opponent, Mitt Romney, for saying Obama was making a âtragicâ mistake. FACT: President Obama kept his promise to end the war in Iraq. Romney called the decision to bring our troops home âtragic.â â Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 22, 2012 Here was Mitt Romneyâs entirely prescient and accurate warning from the 2012 campaign trail: You probably know that it is my view that the withdrawal of all of our troops from Iraq by the end of this year is an enormous mistake and a failing by the Obama administration. Secretary Panetta and others had indicated they were working to put in place a Status of Forces Agreement to maintain our presence there, so that we could most effectively transition to the Iraqi military and Iraqi security forces providing security for their country. The precipitous withdrawal is unfortunate. Itâs more than unfortunate. I think itâs tragic. It puts at risk many of the victories that were hard-won by the men and women who have served there. I hope the risk is not realized. I hope instead that the Iraqis are able to pick up the baton, and despite the fact that we will have walked away on a too-rapid basis. So donât let either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton weasel out of their past failures or point fingers of blame at anyone else. They were both wrong about Iraq, wrong about Libya, wrong about Syria, wrong about Russia, wrong about the Arab Spring, and probably wrong about a few more geo-political bombs that will blow up in our faces any day now, especially when the bad actors of the world see Obama bogged down fighting a new war in Iraq that he could have prevented. She famously, and accurately, warned Democrat primary voters that Barack Obama wouldnât be ready to take the 3AM phone call from the front lines of a foreign crisis, but Benghazi Clinton is no more capable of handling that phone call â or making wise long-range policies that would prevent the phone call from being necessary. I hope the American electorate has not degenerated enough to buy Hillary Clintonâs pathetic claims to have been a strong but silent critic of the President she fully supported when she was Secretary of State. If nothing else, thatâs exactly the kind of thinking that got us into all of our current messes: short-term political gain over all. If Clinton had spoken up back in the day, sheâd have crippled Obamaâs re-election effort, so what sheâs telling you today is that she thinks Democrat partisan political gain is more important than doing and saying the right thing when it counts. Thatâs exactly the kind of âleadershipâ that turned the world into a madhouse under Obama.