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As for her foreign policy proclivities, she is simply following the standard Dem line of not allowing themselves to be outflanked by the Republicans on the right.  Obama did that by promising to escalate Afghanistan to compensate for withdrawing from Iraq.  It didn't stop him from being considerably less hawkish than Bush or McCain would have been in practice.  

It's a fool's errand expecting the US to be anything but hawkish in world affairs so long as it has untrammelled military superiority, is effectively above international law, and has a lot of multi-national companies interests to protect. That's the price you pay for a unipolar world, arguably preferable to the threat of Mutually assured destruction in a bipolar one, and less likely to lead to a world war than the multi-polar ones we had which resulted in two world wars.

In international relations everything is relative and the bar is set pretty low. In the late 1980's we had a brief period led by Gorbachev which resulted in a de-escalation of tensions and a winding down of a lot of colonial wars with only Israel a major blot on the horizon and some largely internally generated genocides in "developing countries". The more usual pattern is for there to be several major wars at the same time, a "normality" the US has been eager to reassert in more recent times. Syria is unique only insofar it is too close for European comfort...

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