Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that America has not become safer, or more secure, or more popular, or more relevant during Secretary Clinton’s tenure. In fact, the opposite appears to be the case. When all is said and done, she has done little of lasting significance. She can rightly say that she worked hard and tried her best. She can pass off her mediocre record of accomplishment as the result of constraints set by the President, or by history. But none of these possible rationales would make for a good campaign slogan in 2016. She is not going to win the White House amid chants of “Vote for Hillary! It could have been worse!”

If Hillary decides to run for President in 2016, there may be sound reasons to support her. Her record as Secretary of State will not be one of them.