If the candidate's foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.
A poll determined 84 percent of American Jews would favor -- either strongly or somewhat -- a deal with Iran that would relax tough sanctions on the Iranian economy in exchange for the country's agreement to limit its nuclear program to civilian purposes and accept inspectors at its nuclear facilities.
A damning 49-page report says the Israel Defense Forces acted with "callous indifference" to civilians in airstrikes that destroyed entire families in homes during the recent war in Gaza.
The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place -- while Hamas observes it -- until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called "mowing the lawn" in Israeli parlance.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to slash government expenditures by 2 percent to offset the $2.5 billion cost of his administration's 50 day military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Much of the money will come out of the nation's education budget.
"That, ladies and gentlemen," The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald writes, "is your inspiring left-wing icon of the Democratic Party."
For the last eight years, Israel and the U.S. had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.
At U.N schools-cum-shelters for displaced Gazans, exhausted refugees speak of grief, anger -- and some -- appreciable pride for the resolve with which fighters led by Hamas respond violently to Israel's blockade against the movement of people and supplies in and out of the territory and the assault of the past month.
According to a spokesman, the Israel Defense Forces are being "redeployed" to "defensive positions" at Gaza's border after a four-week operation that has left thousands of Palestinians dead, wounded and displaced.