Hillary Clinton – Palo Alto, California: Analysis

Stanford University welcomed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, on March 23 to speak on behalf of counterterrorism, following the Brussels bombings. It was held at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at 11:40 AM and was 30 minutes long.

Clinton started her speech with praising Stanford and recognizing the university for its superb understanding on national security.

Courtesy: New York Times

Courtesy: New York Times

Following this introduction, Clinton immediately switched gears when transitioning on to the topic of ISIS. Her tone of voice and rhetoric adapted to the message she was about to present.

She opened her speech up with imagery and facts about what happened when Brussels was attacked. Phrases such as, ‘Men and women hurrying to catch a plane, train, or to meet a loved one.’ She then stated facts about what occurred in Brussels. Stating there were more then 30 people dead, as well as three Mormon missionaries from Utah. In addition, a U.S Air Force officer and his family wounded. Later to find out that the wife of the Air Force solider had died from her injuries.

Clinton claims ISIS is targeting religious groups and ethnic minorities, as well as torturing and raping women and children. She believes the only way to contain ISIS is to defeat them.

Courtesy: Christian Today

Courtesy: Christian Today

She then continues to paint a picture by stating, “Our new commander in chief will walk into the Oval Office and find a world of hard choices and complex problems. That president will sit down at the desk and start making decisions that will affect the lives and lively hoods of every American and people around the world.”

The rest of the speech consists of her three part plan to end ISIS.

  1. Defeat ISIS on their homeland
  2. Reinforce alliances
  3. End online propaganda

According to Clinton’s website, she has stood by her three step plan. Back in January, Clinton gave a speech in Iowa claiming she is the only candidate to provide the Americans with a specific plan, which is false. Many of the candidates have given plans on how they would go about defeating ISIS.

Clinton believes working with the Silicon Valley will allow for America to stay head of technological advances, making a statement against Donald Trump saying, “When other candidates talk about building walls around America, I want to ask them how high does the wall have to be to keep the internet out?” Clinton claims this problem will be solved if the government and the tech community can stop being enemies.

This  may actually be worthy because of research done on the relationship between technology and ISIS.

According to an article from LexisNexis, ISIS users try to create a community around a potential recruit and then can be detected through social media analysis, for instance measuring interactions sent by known ISIS recruiters and examining how many ISIS supporters a target follows.”

Courtesy: LexisNexis

Courtesy: LexisNexis

Ironically, it’s weird to see Clinton optimistic about technology and encryption when she believed Edward Snowden should have faced charges for leaking national security databases. In addition, Clinton quotes in her email scandal, “If I had not asked for my emails all to be made public, none of this would have been in the public arena.” This is actually false when a reporter filed a law suit under the Freedom of Information Act to the State Department because they were not responding quickly enough with Clinton’s emails. Clinton also falsely stated she put out all her emails, but in fact she has still withheld over 30,000 emails from the public.

Clinton changed her rhetoric into a personal anecdote stating when she served as a senator, 9/11 was a horror for her. Indeed, since the 9/11 attacks Clinton continues to be a strong advocate for the people who sacrificed their health to help save the victims of the attacks.

One of the main points Clinton highlighted was making America’s alliances stronger. She put into effect the United States – European Agreement on Passenger Name Records in 2012. This agreement increased the government’s ability to track who was coming into the country. Homeland security was provided with with every passengers name flying in and out of Europe.

Courtesy: Hillaryclinton.com

Courtesy: Hillaryclinton.com

She also stated that NATO is one of the best investments America has ever made. Clinton is a strong supporter of the NATO and believes we should maintain that relationship. Again,  she throws Trump under the bus saying he wants to pull the U.S out of the NATO. Trump actually used the words ‘reform or restructure’ when referring to this organization because he thinks were spending too much money. He does not necessarily want to pull the U.S completely out of the agreement.

Back to figurative language, Clinton compared having Trump as president to a Christmas in the Kremlin.

In the New Hampshire debate, Clinton states, “He is becoming the best ISIS recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

This may seem like a good hit against Trump, but this quote by Clinton is actually false. After intensive research, there were no evidence of videos or statements of this.

Clinton emphasized on consulting with Israel and revoking passports and visas. Clinton has in fact made it a priority to strengthen the ties between Israel and the U.S. Clinton stated at a speech in Nevada that not one Republican candidate is supporting a path to citizenship, but this is false. During this presidential election there have been seven candidates to express support for citizenship.

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Clinton finalized her speech with the importance of not shunning out Muslims and demonizing them stating, “They are more likely to recognize the warning signs of radicals, when Republican candidates like Ted Cruz treated Muslims like criminals. It’s wrong, it’s counterproductive, and it’s dangerous.”

Using the comparison to ‘criminals’ could be argued, but Clinton has a point when calling out Cruz for antagonizing Muslims. Through his entire campaign, he has called Muslims terrorists, does not have a strong support for citizenship, and now in light of the Brussels attacks wants surveillance on Muslim communities.

Courtesy: Identities.mic

Courtesy: Identities.mic

Clinton also claims that torture is counterproductive. Based on evidence, using torture makes the prisoner say false information in order to get the punishment to stop. This makes Clinton’s statement true.

In closing, she used a quote from John McCain and positive crowd rhetoric about American leadership saying, “If we lead, we will succeed”.

Overall, Clinton has proven herself to be mostly truthful. However, she likes to make false claims on other candidates. Her speech contained smooth rhetoric throughout, as well as ‘we’ statements and a quote to put the icing on the cake.


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