Is Hillary incompetent?

The early questions about her role in Middle East politics — would she be as hawkishly pro-Israel as she was in the Senate — haven’t really been answered, and her actual views remain unclear. But in this most delicate, closely parsed of diplomatic arenas, her inexperience as a diplomat, and her tendency toward incautious statements (disguised by a campaign image of “competence”) has really turned into a liability for the administration.