Cabinet Doors Flung Open: First, Hillary Clinton


As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to step down, how will history judge her performance? As the President’s principal advisor on U.S. foreign policy, she carries out the President’s foreign policy through the State Department and Foreign Service of the United States. She is tasked with advising the President on the appointment, recall and dismissal of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls and other diplomats; personally participating in, or directing U.S. representatives to, international conferences, organizations and agencies; ensuring the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property and interest in foreign countries; informing Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. Foreign Relations; and negotiating, interpreting and terminating treaties and agreements, among other things.

Her acceptance of the position was a surprise to many, considering it meant working under the political rival who defeated her in the 2008 Democratic Primary. At the time, Barack Obama disparaged her “lack” of foreign policy experience and castigated the press for its failure to thoroughly investigate her claims to the contrary. There was a general sense that this cabinet appointment was sure to provide a generous amount of tension and fireworks. But those expectations never materialized. Instead, Clinton has proven to be extremely loyal to Obama’s foreign policy vision.

In September of 2010, she created the Global…

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December 2, 2012 · 7:58 pm

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