In her own words, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “made women a cornerstone of American foreign policy.”
Considering the disgusting levels of abuse so many women take around the world, her message seems like a noble idea. And she certainly sounds good talking about “helping women in the Central African Republic access legal and economic services. We’re improving the collection of medical evidence for the prosecution of gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And… from Iraq and Afghanistan to Sudan to the new transitional democracies in the Middle East and North Africa, we’re expecting our embassies to develop local strategies to empower women politically, economically, and socially.”
But like so many liberal notions, it’s more than likely not going to work out, either in the short-term or the long run. That’s because, just off the top of my head, there are some very big problems with her thinking:
1. Those efforts are going to take money, which the U.S. doesn’t have. This nation is in the middle of a debt crisis that is only getting worse due in large part to short-sighted plan like this one.
2. Depending on how that money is doled out, it could actually end up financing continued violence against women through corrupts regimes and corrupt individuals, both men and women. Much of the foreign aid the U.S. doles out to countries ends up lining despotic bureaucrat’s pockets rather than positively influencing the poor and destitute.
3. These efforts are being spearheaded by a woman who stayed with her husband despite his repeated affairs, multiple instances of sexual harassment against other women, and even an alleged case of rape. So this rather seems like a case of the blind leading the blind, with one major caveat, since the visually-deficient leader willfully impaired herself in the first place.
With that all said, I’m not saying America shouldn’t help out the poor, the destitute and the needy. I’m just saying that government assistance isn’t always the best way to go about it, even when it seems like the easiest way.
There are plenty of worthwhile private enterprises such as International Justice Missions, which works hard to combat the global sex trade, that Americans can donate their time, efforts and money to without sending the nation further into debt.
It’s all well and good that the U.S. wants (or says it wants) to save the world. But if it can’t get itself in order, and soon, it’s not going to be able to save anything, including itself.