Wow, 70 replies between having posted this and being able to return to it. Interesting discussion, thank you all for participating.
All right, so it seems like what Hillary is doing is understandable, as a pre-candidate. They all do it; it's politics.
But no, there is no guarantee that she would have done any better, or that even at this very specific issue, her idea would have worked. So, she seems just as clueless.
Indeed, if we only have H. Clinton and Jeb Bush to run in 2016, we are in bad shape, since it would be more of the same that we've seen over the last 16 years or even longer if we think of Bill and Bush Sr. and these dynasties have largely been ineffective and wrong in so many foreign policy issues (although I do think that Bill Clinton was the least bad of the bunch).
On the other hand, I see perplexity from all sides. Given the long string of historical blunders by our last several presidents, the world is in such a mess that both hawks and doves may not know what to do next, and will be posturing for partisan advantage but neither side seems to have a solution for the mess.
I've been thinking that the presidential system and the de-facto bipartisan system are what is dooming our nation. A multi-party, parliamentary system with a prime minister subject to political compromise and consensus and also subjected to being demoted when his/her administration is ineffective maybe would have prevented the blunders of executive action by a president who is basically almost unaccountable for either four or eight years, and the paralysis of a divided Congress left with two opposing parties that can never agree on anything and are always trying to engage in political games to undermine the other party, rather than taking care of the nation's business and global interests.
We're doomed, my friends. Doomed. And by "us" I mean not only the United States, but also the entire world. Things are not going well in the 21st century.