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What they’re saying about Hillary Clinton – 05/02/10

Every week I’m taking a look at some of the more interesting and sometimes off-beat comments the world media has to say about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here are a few choice excerpts for this week’s report –

Hillary Clinton missed off Time’s ‘most influential’ list

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Lady Gaga made Time's most influential list, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not.

Lady Gaga made Time's most influential list, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not.

Women may hold more sway than eve before, but the world’s most powerful female, Hillary Clinton, is not in the same league as Kathryn Bigelow or Lady Gaga.

That, at least, is the stern verdict of Time magazine, which failed to find space for the US Secretary of State among the record 31 members of the fairer sex who feature in its prestigious annual list of the 100 people “whose ideas, innovations and actions are most shaping the world”.

Mrs Clinton’s name was notably absent from the roll-call of 25 “leaders” included in the 100-strong list when it was unveiled, with some fanfare, yesterday afternoon. But space was found for Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and even Hillary’s husband, Bill.

The decision was somewhat perplexing, since she has previously featured on the list five times, and by her own lofty standards is enjoying one of the most successful and high-profile periods of her political career. Already this year, she has made 11 foreign trips, and was an architect of the “Start” nuclear reduction treaty signed by the US and Russia this month.

The Independent 04/30/10

Is Hillary prepping a challenge to Obama?

By Mychal Massie

Hillary wouldn’t be responsible for the socialist agenda Obama has pushed; she hasn’t voted on any piece of legislation; and Bill could always point to the success of his administration – which, such as it was, was due in large part to his taking credit  for Republican initiatives.

Even more insidious, if elected, she would be able to retain most of Obama’s agenda because, to a marginally lesser extent, she and Obama represent the same thing. The difference would be that she would be afforded political cover, because she would neither be pushing his agenda nor implementing it. She would simply be working with the programs she inherited.

And if, as we believe, a substantial turnover occurs in the Congress, she would not be encumbered to the same extent with anti-incumbent sentiment. Obviously I’m only surmising here, but it is worth noting that if I’m thinking about it, someone in camp Clinton is certainly thinking about it. It is also worth noting that few are better at political back-stabbings than the Clintons.

World Net Daily 04/27/10

Newsweek’s ‘Bad Cop’, From Sexist Insults to 3:00 a.m. Ad to WJC

By Taylor Marsh

In the White House, it’s still possible to hear someone dismissing Hillary as a foreign-policy lightweight. “She has no real strategic vision,” says an NSC official. “But she’ll get done what she has to do. She’s the good little Methodist girl. In the end she’ll have her list of the nine or 10 things she has to do and check them off one by one.” – Obama’s Bad Cop

“The good little Methodist girl” spewing from the lips of one NSC “source” must have made Meacham come right out of his chair with excitement. Could it be more condescending to a woman charged with the world diplomatic mission of the United States? No, and that’s why it was offered up. Cover makes brave people out of cowards, a dripping cheap shot easy to utter under the cloak of covert swipes. This anonymous national security official, no doubt, now substituting for what used to be called fairness when people had the spine to talk on the record. That Newsweek enjoys using quotes like these in a story that starts out revealing a moment where Obama and Clinton truly come together is revealing. But both sides gets shots in, anonymous or not, with Newsweek only to happy to divide the Obama and Clinton teams even a year after they’ve begun their work.

Taylor Marsh 04/28/10

Resilience: It’s How You Can Succeed Like Hillary

By John Sylo

Hillary Clinton is the very model of a successful leader, gifted at prospering even in the face of turbulent times. The real question is: Could the same be said about you?

Ask yourself:

* Do I bounce back from challenging situations?
* Do I know how to learn from my mistakes?
* Do I make my words count?
* Do I embrace change and take advantage of new opportunities?

In Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton, leadership expert Rebecca Shambaugh reveals the unique formula of open-mindedness, intense focus, authenticity, and resilience that allows Hillary to answer “yes” to all of these questions and that has led to her historic rise onto the world stage.

Work Bloom 04/28/10

Reflections on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

By Andrew Carroll

Though I disagree with America’s 67th Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on nearly every political issue, Secretary Clinton was perhaps the most engaging speaker I have had the opportunity to interact with during my three years as a McConnell Scholar. Secretary Clinton’s speech, her demeanor, and her responses to questions provided insight into why Secretary Clinton will arguably be remembered as one of the most influential American women in the history of our country.

Secretary Clinton’s speech and her answers to questions revealed not only her strength and knowledge of foreign policy, but also, as Senator McConnell revealed later, her political shrewdness in framing the answers to potentially unfavorable questions in a positive way. Her poise and engaging demeanor when interacting with a crowd revealed her ability to give a powerful speech that impacts nuclear policy around the world one moment, while introducing herself as simply “Hillary” the next.

McConnell Center Blog 04/29/10

Hillary raises objections to Arizona’s immigration law.

On today’s Meet the Press, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about Arizona’s new immigration law. Hillary raised several potential problems with the law and said that as currently written it promotes racial profiling.

Here is the transcript of her exchange with host David Gregory:

QUESTION: Another area that has become a domestic political debate over immigration has also taken on some international ramifications. Mexico, because of the law – the stringent law against – the anti-immigration law passed in Arizona, has issued a pretty unusual alert to its own citizens traveling to Arizona. I’ll put it up on the screen. This is the alert – a travel alert over Arizona immigration law. This is how the USA Today reported it on Wednesday: “The country warned that the state’s adoption of a strict immigration enforcement law has created ‘a negative political environment from migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors.’ ‘It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time,’ according to the foreign ministry.”

The president, President Calderon, with whom you will meet soon, has talked about criminalizing – this law criminalizes a largely social and economic phenomenon of migration. This is a pretty big shot across the bow to America here.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is. And I think if you look at it, again, you have a lot of unanswered questions. This law, which is clearly a result of the frustration that people in Arizona and their elected officials feel about the difficulty of enforcing the law along our border and preventing the continued immigration of people who are not documented, but on the other hand, it is written so broadly that if you were visiting in Arizona and you had an accent and you were a citizen from my state of New York, you could be subjected to the kind of inquiry this law permits.

QUESTION: Do you think it invites profiling, racial profiling?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, because clearly, as I understand the way the law is being explained, if you’re a legal resident, you still have to carry papers. Well, how is a law enforcement official supposed to know? So, again, we have to try to balance the very legitimate concerns that Americans – not just people in Arizona but across the country have about safe and secure borders, about trying to have comprehensive immigration reform, with a law that I think does what a state doesn’t have the authority to do, try to impose their own immigration law that is really the province of the federal government.

QUESTION: That is important. Do you think this law will not stand up legally?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I don’t want to offer a legal opinion. I think I’ll leave that to the Justice Department. But I know the Attorney General of Arizona has raised questions about the legality. And you’re right; we have a visit from President Calderon coming up, a state visit. He’s a very important partner to us on trying to stop illegal activity along our border – the importation of drugs, of arms, of human beings – all of the crime that that’s associated with. And we believe that he has really done the best he can under very difficult circumstances to get this under control. We don’t want to make his life any harder either. We want to try to support him in what has been a courageous campaign against the drug traffickers.

What they’re saying about Hillary Clinton – 04/25/10

Every week I’m taking a look at some of the more interesting and sometimes off-beat comments the world media has to say about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here are a few choice excerpts for this week’s report –

What Hillary Clinton Didn’t Say

By Marjorie Arons-Barron

The premise is important – the idea that, if troubled nations abide by the rule of law and have dynamic economies, they can ameliorate the conditions that terrorists can exploit to advance their causes. Everywhere you turn, even where military action is on-going, the success of United States outcomes depends on how we help others develop their governance and human infrastructure.

This was the theme again and again at the annual State Department briefing held Monday in Washington with a group of editorialists from the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the point person to help Obama make the case for these initiatives in the FY2011 federal budget. Convincing editorial writers from around the country should matter. But, in contrast to her predecessors who for years have shown up annually to field questions and advance their agendas, Madame Secretary stiffed the National Conference of Editorial Writers (including this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Dallas Morning News) without explanation, failing for the second time to show up as scheduled. In doing so, she turned her back on an important opportunity to get the word out about what United States diplomacy is trying to achieve and what’s at stake.

Marjorie Arons-Barron Blog 04/20/10

It’s Not Just the Usual Suspects Taking Potshots at Israel

By Clifford D. May

The cruelest cut in recent days was made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called on Israel to “continue building momentum toward a comprehensive peace by demonstrating respect for the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians, stopping settlement activity, and addressing the humanitarian needs in Gaza.” She implored Israeli leaders “to refrain from unilateral statements and actions that could undermine trust or risk prejudicing the outcome of talks.”

When Clinton was a U.S. senator representing the state of New York, she seemed to appreciate the existential threat Israel faces day after day. When she was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, she seemed to grasp that, as a matter of both principle and policy, the United States needs to stand up to its enemies and stand up for its allies.

But as President Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton has conducted Middle East diplomacy in a way that can be described as, at best, lacking coherence. At worst — borrowing a phrase from scholar Bernard Lewis — she is helping make America appear “harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.” How can any good come of that?

National Review Online 04/22/10

Hillary Clinton again says she’s tired

By Laura Rozen

Hillary Clinton has said several times that while she loves the job, she cannot imagine being Secretary of State beyond one term. Now, she tells Esquire again that she is worn out by the grueling travel schedule of the top envoy job,

“It wears you out,” Clinton told Esquire. “The jet lag, the dry air on planes, the whole ‘If it’s Tuesday, I must be in…’ kind of thing.”

While there have been periodic rumors that Clinton would do everything from run as Obama’s Veep, to head the World Bank to be nominated for SCOTUS, to run for New York governor, if you take her at her word, she may be looking to do what she cares about in promoting women’s and children’s opportunities from private life, perhaps similar to her husband’s role at the Clinton Foundation.

Politico 04/22/10

Obama’s Bad Cop

By Michael Hirsh

Clinton’s played the heavy with Iran, Russia, and even Israel—and her sometimes hawkish views are finding favor with the president.

Clinton is now influencing policy more than she ever has, especially in close partnership with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Subtly yet unmistakably, her somewhat greater hawkishness is beginning to show up in policy. While Obama’s no slouch at showing displeasure himself, he’s depended on Clinton to hammer Iran (which is becoming a “military dictatorship,” she recently declared, setting the administration’s new tough tone), and to harangue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his defiance of U.S. demands for a settlement freeze. She also criticized the Russians in their own backyard over Moscow’s work on an Iranian nuclear-power plant. Clinton politely plays down her role as Obama’s bad cop. “I don’t think there’s anything as formal as that,” she says. “With every tough message that I deliver, it is embedded in a much broader context. It’s not, ‘You’re with us or against us.’ It is, ‘We have a lot of business to do.’?”

Newsweek Online 04/23/10

Hillary Clinton: She stoops to conquer

By Rupert Cornwell

One day, of course, Hillary will no longer be Secretary of State. So what then? The surprising answer may be: not a great deal. Political disclaimers should normally be taken with a generous pinch of salt. But in Hillary’s case there is no reason to disbelieve her when she insists she will not run for president again – and when she says she does not see herself sticking in her present job beyond the end Obama’s first term.

By the time election day 2016 rolls around, she will be 69; only Ronald Reagan was as old when he took office. She maintains that she plans a future of writing and teaching. Enoch Powell once said all political careers end in failure. But in Hillary Clinton’s case the observation is true only in that she failed to crack America’s ultimate glass ceiling. As for the rest: high-powered lawyer, First Lady, senator, Secretary of State – if that’s failure, who needs success?

The Independent 04/25/10

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