Hillary Clinton is testifying at a hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations of the U.S. Senate. Hillary Clinton’s testimony as nominee for Secretary of State may be viewed on-line at C-Span [HERE]. The hearing is scheduled to last for one day. A vote by the Committee is scheduled for Thursday.
Thus far Hillary is her typical wonderful self. In a just world , it is Hillary that would ask the questions for the Senators to answer. Unlike Obama, Kerry and Dodd Hillary Clinton is more than qualified to do all their jobs so we are sure she will perform admirably, again.
In her opening statement Hillary Clinton vowed to employ “smart power” which she defines as a mix of diplomacy and defense. Hillary Clinton also promised to strengthen U. S. alliances.
Hillary Clinton is already on the job. Hillary Clinton is putting together a strong team to guide the United States through a dangerous world. Barack Obama is out of his league but Hillary is in clover. Hopefully Barack will not sabotage Hillary as has happened in earlier administrations when the White House and the State Department feuded.
Clinton’s team includes many veterans of the White House and State Department when Bill Clinton was president. James Steinberg and Jacob Lew, both veterans of the Clinton administration, are being nominated to the two posts of deputy secretary of state, Steinberg for policy and Lew for management and budget issues.
Clinton also plans to name former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke, known for his sharp bureaucratic elbows, as a special envoy to oversee policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Former Middle East peace envoy Dennis Ross is expected to oversee diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict and to deal with Iran. Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt, is a leading candidate to be assistant secretary of state for the Near East.
Wendy Sherman, who was a top aide to Clinton’s second secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, is rumored for a job overseeing North Korea policy.
We do hope Hillary is thoroughly questioned about Barack Obama’s “naive” views and statements on foreign policy. The Senate should explore fully how unqualified Barack Obama is to be president. Hillary of course is supremely qualified. It is Hillary we trust to answer the 3:00 a.m. emergency call[s] when it comes.
Hillary should make it clear that Obama will not interfere with his harebrained schemes and plots in foreign policy. Hillary Clinton should make it clear that Obama will be too busy making a mess in the U.S. to get in her way.
Hillary should be questioned and assure us that Susan Rice at the United Nations will not shoot her mouth off without direction from the State Department and Hillary Clinton.
John Kerry, who wanted to be Secretary of State, should disclose any resentments towards Hillary Clinton and his own financial entanglements before questioning Hillary. Kerry should explain what he meant when he said the following:
In an interview, Kerry said it is not his goal to hold the Obama administration’s feet to the fire. “On the other hand, I don’t work for them,” Kerry said. “The committee is an independent branch . . . and where necessary, we’re obviously going to push and cajole and prod and try to hold accountable. But we’ll do it in a way that I hope is entirely constructive and in partnership wherever possible.”
Unlike Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden continue to work and do not flick off responsibility. Even as she works to prepare to be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to work as a powerful and intelligent and productive Senator.
Two bills promoting equal pay for women could end up being the final legislative achievement for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton while she awaits confirmation as secretary of state.
Clinton is reintroducing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, both of which failed to pass the Senate in the last Congress, spokesman Philippe Reines said. [snip]
With a larger Democratic majority in the Senate this year, both bills could pass next week with Clinton casting her final – or almost final – votes as a senator.
The Senate also may pass health-care legislation to expand coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which would give Clinton a chance to vote on another of her pet causes as her last hurrah as a lawmaker. That bill, which was vetoed by President George W. Bush, would extend government-financed health-care services to 4 million low-income children who are not covered now.
Hillary Clinton has and will do America proud.