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Hawkish Hillary Clinton Prefers the Big Stick

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The ugliest, meanest, primary-caucus season in modern history, is over.

History will record the ending came when Republican champion Donald Trump swept five states in Tuesday's primaries while Democratic winner Hillary Clinton won four out of five primaries.

Other primaries will continue through June 7, but the winners have been chosen: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the insult bully and the Israel Lobby's favorite war hawk, will face off in the General Election, November 8.

Our Hillary a war hawk? How can this be?

Her record is out there. Her preference for military solutions was never more obvious than in the New York primary debate, Thursday, April 14.

Asked about his earlier statement that Israel had a "disproportionate response" to Palestinian rocket fire against Gaza, Bernie Sanders responded on behalf of an embattled people under occupation.

Clinton's response, in sharp contrast, was pure AIPAC, a perspective that merges her pro-Zionism with her militarism.

Below are 10 minutes of the debate in which Clinton emphasizes Israel's "need" for military force in its relationship to Palestinians, in both the West Bank and Gaza.

She tries to bolster her case by using long-refuted Israeli lies, including Israel's "departure from Gaza," and Yasir Arafat's rejection of a non-existent "offer on the table" from Israel.

Clinton also refers to Hamas as a terrorist group, rather than as the political party which won a monitored 2006 election against Fatah, a Palestinian party backed by Israel and the U.S.

She encourages her image as a hawk. Her campaign team monitors her media exposure tightly, so it was hardly a coincidence that the Sunday before the New York primary, The New York Times magazine featured a cover story by Mark Landler under the title, "How Hillary Became a Hawk."

Landler writes:

"As Hillary Clinton makes another run for president, it can be tempting to view her hard-edged rhetoric about the world less as deeply felt core principle than as calculated political maneuver. But Clinton's foreign-policy instincts are bred in the bone -- grounded in cold realism about human nature and what one aide calls 'a textbook view of American exceptionalism.'"

If her focus on military power is not clear enough, Landler emphasizes her contrast with Barack Obama, the president she served for four years.

"It set her apart from her rival-turned-boss, Barack Obama, who avoided military entanglements and tried to reconcile Americans to a world in which the United States was no longer the undisputed hegemon."

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