The terrorist attacks in Paris have reshaped the race for the White House, diminishing the prospects of several leading candidates. Hillary Clinton suffered the most serious damage because the global reach of ISIS demonstrates the failure of administration policies she helped put in place. Just hours before the explosion of terror in France, the president boasted that ISIS had been “contained.”
Secretary Clinton can’t disassociate herself too strongly from his embarrassing performance without alienating the die-hard Obama loyalists she will need to win primaries. Ben Carson and Donald Trump also look less credible as commanders-in-chief: Carson because of his shocking lack of national security perspective, revealed in several interviews, and Trump because the ISIS challenge requires a response more sophisticated than “I’ll bomb the BLEEP out of them and take their oil.”
At this time of crisis, the public has the right to demand a candidate who speaks coherently, knowledgeably and passionately about the challenges we face.