The State of State
Washington insiders are
puzzled over Barack Obamaís reported offer of the nationís top diplomatic post
toÖHillary Clinton. The former rivals for the Democratic nomination for
president are an odd match, since both thirsted so for the Oval Office. As
secretary of state, Clinton
would add to her resume, and secure a powerful slot in the Cabinet.
In arguably the countryís most dangerous moment in decades,
our foreign policy will be formulated by a couple of old-school Chicago liberals. And Clintonís alleged transformation from Leftist
to pragmatist/moderate is, I suspect, not who she really is. For Bible prophecy
students, this matters a great deal.
One can scarcely remember a secretary of state who deviated
from the ďJames Baker School of Diplomacy,Ē that is, an anti-Israel stance.
Among the recent chiefs at State: publicity hound Madeleine Albright, who once
famously chased and begged Yasser Arafat to return to the negotiating table;
Condi Rice, the Bush family friend and Soviet expert who supplemented her lack
of knowledge of the Middle East with nasty, behind-the-scenes arm-twisting of
Israeli prime ministers; and the end table, Warren Christopher.
Although the view would be quaintly naÔve (or dangerous) to
secular minds, the lack of biblical discernment among the various secretaries of
state has only made the situation in the Middle East
worse. Itís a given that no one of any consequence in
holds to a biblical view that the Holy Land
belongs to the Jews. On the contrary, even alleged evangelicals like Rice
constantly prop-up the mega-failure of land-for-peace. It boggles the mind that
right up to this moment, the Oslo Delusion/Road Map continues to be peddled by
otherwise smart people.
and attempting to appease the Arabs (which in reality cannot be done),
successive American administrations have actually pushed peace farther back.
Even the great Ronald Reagan agreed to back-door talks with the murderous PLO,
and handed Hezbollah a victory in 1983 by pulling U.S. Marines out of Beirut after the bombing
and murder of 242 of our troops.
For many decades, there has been a cadre of
anti-Israel/anti-Jewish powerbrokers in
Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was instrumental in keeping
Jonathan Pollard in prison. James Baker allegedly made quite a crude remark
about the Jewish vote during the term of Bush 41. In college, I once heard Baker
give an address and marveled that the conservative audience was unaware of
Bakerís anti-semitic leanings.
Hillary Clinton will be no different, despite her veneer of
moderation. Some people will do anything to be president, and the former first
lady cleverly appeared to move to the center, or even to the right at times, in
her bid to become president.
Why do American politicians so routinely get it wrong when
it comes to Israel? Because
they do not have a biblical world view. Praying at the National Cathedral
doesnít bring it. Pandering to evangelical leaders doesnít bring it.
Obamaís membership in the United Church of Christ
guarantees that he doesnít get it. The UCC is one of the nationís most liberal
denominations. And his secretary of state doesnít get it, either.
Raised in Park
Ridge, Illinois, Hillary Clinton was an active
United Methodist. Mentored by a young youth minister, Don Jones, Hillary turned
from her Goldwater leanings to become a member of the New Left, just in time to
protest the Vietnam War.
Jones introduced Hillary and her classmates to the social
gospel and the ideals of the Left. Sadly, they were also exposed to the theology
of people like Paul Tillich, the German scholar who, shall we say, didnít
believe the Bible is the word of God. Tillich was a forerunner of such radical
scholars as Marcus Borg. For them, the Bible was in some sense myth shrouded in
the mystery of legend.
As a result, Hillary grew up enamored of the revolutionary
views of anti-American forces. I doubt she has personal empathy for the
Palestinians, but as it became popular to embrace the land-for-peace concept (so
enthusiastically supported by her husband), the future senator from
New York always supported a two-state solution. Can we
expect her to suddenly truly support Israel once she becomes secretary of
The State Department for decades has been a hotbed of
anti-Israel thought and action. The Arabists who are career diplomats at State
set the tone, not necessarily whoever occupies the top spot. Even if a secretary
of state suddenly reversed course and saw the Arab-Israeli conflict for what it
is, he or she would quickly realize that this ghastly federal bureaucracy would
undermine the Secretary at every turn.
So, there is no reason to believe
Clinton would serve either her own country or
well. If her youthful experiences in liberation theology werenít bad enough, she
has been exposed to the United
Churchís anti-Israel stances ever since. When
Richard Wilke was bishop of Arkansas during the
Clintonís time in the governorís mansion, the good bishop
imparted his own world view to the first lady, no doubt. Wilkeís
Disciple Bible Study is so riddled
with liberal scholarship, it in reality bears little resemblance to a Bible
study. Instead, it is an ode to radical liberal scholarship of the Bible. Jonah
was a legend. The end of the world is nowhere in sight. Genesis isnít real
history. On and sickeningly on.
Hillary Clintonís life experiences guarantee that she will
not be Israelís best
friend from the State Department. But at least sheíll be in familiar company.