The dictionary defines a maniac as someone with an ungovernable enthusiasm for just about anything from investing in tulip bulbs, playing video games, collecting dead butterflies, or classic cars, even, heaven forfend, Star Trek memorabilia. A drive to world conquest, ala certain Roman Emperors, Napoleon, and most infamously from the last century, Adolph Hitler, is, of course, megalomania. Which brings me to Hillary Clinton. I know, it's hard not to chuckle when thinking of Hillary Clinton in the same breath as, oh, say, Julius Ceasar, or Bonaparte, but despite the ostensible differences, there is just something about H.R.C. that smacks of those megalomaniacal despots of yore.
Perhaps it is her penchant to utterly abandon moral scruple in the form of her comment that the U.S. "could totally obilterate Iran," that draws me to such uneasy comparisons. It would be simple to dismiss Hillary Clinton's statement as merely pandering to the Israel lobby- she was pandering- but her comment is just plain disturbing removed from that context altogether. When asked on CNN to clarify her words, she admitted "it was a terrible thing to say", but offered that she meant it as a deterrent. At best that was disingenuous, and given who is meant to be deterred, one can hardly be sure her words won't instead act as a severe provocation.
Perhaps I have grown disgusted and a tad alarmed by the seemingly cavalier manner in which some of our elected officals bring up the subject of obliterating others with our over stretched but still fearsome military. And for me, Mrs. Clinton's profile suffers in that some of the worst examples of her take no prisoners/scorched earth campaign have dovetailed too closely in time to her remarks about obliterating Iran. I sense not just something hard and ruthless in her nature, but something that smacks of bloodlust. But then manias have a way of causing us to abandon decency as we get lost in the haze of desire. And while certain voices are always very quick to remind us that a race for President isn't tea time, those same voices forget to note that history's better leaders, whether they were democratically elected or installed by other means, generally eschew the sort of talk that Hillary Clinton has engaged in. Those who possess real strength and are wise, know they needn't brandish their sabers and threaten mayhem, that is a game for, dare I say it, the maniac.