Clinton proves she’s not leader we need

I can’t let S. Bear Davis’ letter, "Clinton best positioned to lead coalition against ISIS" (Nov. 17), go unanswered.

Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state from 2009-13, not 2012-14, as Mr. Davis wrote in his letter.

Mrs. Clinton isn’t qualified to be a leader. A leader has two fundamental characteristics: honesty and integrity. These characteristics are essential for a leader’s legitimacy, credibility and the ability to develop trust with their followers.

Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame wrote in "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton" that "she has had a difficult relationship with the truth … since the Arkansas years."

Consider her performance after the Sept. 12, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi. That evening, Mrs. Clinton told her daughter, Chelsea, that it was a terrorist attack. The next day, she repeated the lie to the presidents of Egypt and Libya. For weeks after that, she told the country that it was caused by a spontaneous demonstration against a film that insulted the prophet Mohammed.

What was even worse, she told the same lie to the families of the four brave Americans who died.

In the second Democratic debate, Mrs. Clinton declined to respond directly to a question about whether she thought the president had underestimated ISIS. A true leader would have answered that question even if the answer upset the president.

Carl Schaefer

Amherst