As U.S. liberals and some leftists are pulling up their sleeves in anticipation of a prolonged battle for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, the tussle becomes particularly ugly whenever the candidates' foreign policy agendas are evoked.

Of the two main contenders, Hillary Clinton is the obvious target. She is an interventionist, uncompromisingly, and her term as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 is a testament to her role in sustaining the country's foreign policy agenda under George W. Bush (as a senator, she had voted for the Iraq War in 2002) and advocating regime change in her own right. Her aggressive foreign policy hit rock bottom in her infamous statement upon learning of the news that Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, was captured and killed in a most savage way.

"We came; we saw; he died," Clinton rejoiced during a TV interview, once the news of Gadhafi's grisly murder was announced on Oct. 20, 2011. True to form, Clinton used intervention in the now broken-up and warring country for her own personal gains, as indicated in her email records that were later released. In one email, her personal adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, congratulated her on her effort that led to the "realizing" of "a historic moment," — overthrowing Gadhafi — urging her to "make a public statement before the cameras (and to) establish yourself as in the historical record at this moment." She agreed, but suggested that she needed to wait until "Gadhafi goes, which will make it more dramatic."