- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2015

Carly Fiorina, in delivering a major foreign policy address at the Reagan Library in California on Monday, sounded as if she is already running against Hillary Rodham Clinton instead of being one of 17 Republicans competing for the party’s presidential nomination.

Vowing to use technology she knows to attract young people to the Republican fold, Mrs. Fiorina, who once headed the largest technology company in the world, made fun of what she implied is Mrs. Clinton’s flimsy understanding of technology and cybersecurity.

“Our former secretary of state told us her private server was protected from hacking because she had two Secret Service agents guarding it.

“We weren’t worried about your server being stolen, Mrs. Clinton,” she said. “We were worried about it being hacked — or worse, used as a back door to hack into the State Department system, which is exactly what appears to have happened at [the White House Office of Personnel Management].”

Not letting up on her portrayal of Mrs. Clinton as clueless, Mrs. Fiorina warned that the “next president must understand technology. She must understand both how to use it to harness the power of our citizenry to challenge the status quo of Washington and to protect and defend our nation.”

Although she won rave reviews on the right Monday night from her live audience and those watching and listing on the Internet, her name is not yet a household word; she may not stand high enough in the polls to qualify to participate in next month’s first nationally televised GOP presidential debate.

She hammered President Obama and Mrs. Clinton as weak, indecisive and imprecise on foreign policy, and clearly sought to establish herself as the toughest proponent of military might standing behind a renewed U.S. leadership role in the world.

“As president, I will not wait until things have reached the crisis level,” Mrs. Fiorina said. “And I will not shy away from the most important challenges facing our world today. Because without American leadership, we face two choices: regional hegemonies who challenge America or global chaos.”

As commander in chief, she vowed, she would begin immediately making the U.S. military “the strongest on the face of the planet and everyone has to know it.”

Shouting and sustained applause greeted her vow.

Carly Fiorina hit it out of the ball park and touched all the bases,” said veteran conservative strategist Richard Viguerie. “I can envision Ronald Reagan leading the cheers from above. She channeled Reagan on foreign policy better than any other presidential candidate to date.”

Robert Schadler, a foreign policy official in the Reagan and first-Bush administrations, said Mrs. Fiorina was engaging in “something of a straw man” because “whatever the many failures of the Obama administration, it still seems pretty clear that the U.S. military is already the strongest in the world.”

But, he added, Mrs. Fiorina was right in arguing that “projecting strength is something Obama deliberately fails to do — and it is important. But the United States has to do far more than that — it must project leadership that is intelligible and plausible.”

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said that “Fiorina came off like a combination of an outsider taking on conventional politics and a thinker who can actually solve problems.”

Her speech Monday “clearly was meant to show she can connect to conservatives upset with Washington and help them imagine a new course for America and for the leadership it once showed abroad.”

Mrs. Fiorina accused Mrs. Clinton of hypocrisy in claiming to be a champion of human rights.

“As Mrs. Clinton now runs for president, she likes to talk about her support of human rights, women’s rights and democracy,” she said. “Her actions conflict with her words.”

Mrs. Fiorina noted that during Mrs. Clinton’s “first trip to Asia as secretary of state in February 2009, she told us we couldn’t let human rights get in the way of our other goals. China responded. They cracked down on American companies, charitable organizations and free speech.”

She noted that the communist government in Beijing has “thrown Nobel Peace Prize winners in jail. Trafficking and domestic violence continue. Forced abortions and death by exposure have ended the lives of countless millions and millions of female infants.”

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