The Roots of Hillary's Infatuation with War

Hillary Clinton at AIPAC 2016. Flickr/Lorie Shaull

An incorrigible belief in the purity of one’s motives is among the most dangerous endowments a politician can possess.

Issue: July-August 2016

IN THE early 1970s, Hillary Clinton was a familiar face in the left-liberal milieu she had cast her lot with: a volunteer for the Yale Law School watchdog committee to monitor fairness in the trial of the Black Panther leader Bobby Seale; a worker for Marian Wright Edelman’s Washington Research Project (the precursor of the Children’s Defense Fund); a member of the legal staff of the Nixon impeachment inquiry. In one cause, however, she was mostly absent and unaccounted for: the protest against the Vietnam War.

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