Canadians come to Clinton’s defense

After Canadians sounded off against Secretary Clinton this weekend, some have now come to her defense. Under the headline, "Hillary Clinton’s ‘fighting words’ a plea to talk," the Toronto Star‘s deputy editorial page editor writes: What was she thinking? And who does she think she is? Forget the fulminations: at least Hillary Clinton knows her ...

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After Canadians sounded off against Secretary Clinton this weekend, some have now come to her defense. Under the headline, "Hillary Clinton's 'fighting words' a plea to talk," the Toronto Star's deputy editorial page editor writes:

After Canadians sounded off against Secretary Clinton this weekend, some have now come to her defense. Under the headline, "Hillary Clinton’s ‘fighting words’ a plea to talk," the Toronto Star‘s deputy editorial page editor writes:

What was she thinking? And who does she think she is?

Forget the fulminations: at least Hillary Clinton knows her own mind. Canada, by contrast, doesn’t quite know what to think about Afghanistan anymore. And doesn’t want to talk about it.

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Clinton’s real motive was to go over the heads of [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper and [Foreign Minister Lawrence] Cannon to the Canadian people — and get us talking about Afghanistan again. These weren’t fighting words, nor even a finger-wagging lecture. This was a plea for straight talk between friends — and among Canadians.

Another Canadian criticizes an April 2 political cartoon in Montreal’s Gazette that accuses Clinton of being "pushy." The letter writer points out: "I hardly think a male politician would be demonized for being ‘pushy’ when he aggressively pursues an agenda he believes in."

Clinton is a gutsy tough-talker; she says what needs to be said.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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