Either I’m crazy or Hillary Clinton’s draft flip-flop is ridiculous. It ultimately undercuts her campaign and feeds into the self-induced perception and liability that she will change any position based upon political expediency. I think it was done in a peculiar attempt to not upset women voters while also shielding her record as a war hawk. Overall, it just accentuates that she has poor political instincts and has a penchant for creating unhelpful political scenarios for herself.
This is Hillary Clinton in 2007 regarding the issue of whether females should have to register with Selective Service, the agency that would implement a draft: “I do think that women should register. I doubt very much that we’ll ever have to go back to a draft. But I think it is fair to call upon every young American.”
Good answer. Women should have to register for the draft. Because men have to. That makes it equal. End of story.
But this is Clinton last week: “I have to think about whether I think it’s necessary to go as far as our military officers are recommending. You know, from my perspective, the all-volunteer military has worked, and we should not do anything that undermines it because it has provided a solid core of people who are willing to serve our country. The idea of having everybody register concerns me a little bit, unless we have a better idea of where that’s going to come out.”
I served in the Army with women. They were equal to men. Granted, 130lb men with no upper body strength who couldn’t lift anything or shoot straight. Besides that, they were equal. Furthermore, the Pentagon recently opened all combat jobs to women and has recommended that women register. A draft is very unlikely. Additionally, even if a woman is drafted, it is does not mean they instantly qualify for combat. Saying that women should register is a pretty harmless political position to take.
In fact, Clinton could have used it to her advantage and trumpet up the fact that she is fighting for equal rights. It is not improbable to hear stump speeches contain phrases such as, “If women can be drafted they deserve equal pay” “If women can be drafted we can have a woman commander-in-chief” and so on and so forth.
However, now she will have to defend the position that women are not always equal to men. A position she shares with Ted Cruz who called the idea “nuts.” Now she will have to fumble the answer to this potentially, “Hillary, do you think, as Senator Cruz does, that drafting women is nuts?”
My hunch is that she does not want parents and females to look further into her disastrous record as a war hawk and realize that on any given day the US bombs seven countries. Yes. Seven.
Hillary flip-flopped again. She usually does because she was originally wrong. This time, just the sign of a poor candidate.