foreignaffairsmagazine:

How will history judge Hillary Clinton, the soft-power secretary of state? http://fam.ag/YZeFht 
The diplomatic world keeps pining for the next George Kennan, someone who might sum up the country’s overall mission in a strategic concept as simple as containment. But Kennan, in truth, had things relatively easy compared with today’s policymakers. He faced a bipolar world consisting of two utterly opposed ideological systems and an adversary whose strengths and weaknesses could be analyzed in a static way. Twenty-first-century strategists confront a far more complex and multidimensional world, one in which a lone terrorist or hacker can threaten a superpower.
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Despite the lack of a singular triumph to her name, however, there is a case to be made that the impact Clinton had on U.S. foreign policy will be felt long after she has left office… Asked what she most enjoyed about the job, she replied, “A lot of it is not the headline stuff. It’s the slow and steady progress that I think provides a much firmer footing for us.”
Slow and steady progress is not necessarily the stuff of greatness. But it is valuable nonetheless, and it may be what, in the end, the world will remember most about Clinton’s tenure as the country’s top diplomat.

foreignaffairsmagazine:

How will history judge Hillary Clinton, the soft-power secretary of state? http://fam.ag/YZeFht

The diplomatic world keeps pining for the next George Kennan, someone who might sum up the country’s overall mission in a strategic concept as simple as containment. But Kennan, in truth, had things relatively easy compared with today’s policymakers. He faced a bipolar world consisting of two utterly opposed ideological systems and an adversary whose strengths and weaknesses could be analyzed in a static way. Twenty-first-century strategists confront a far more complex and multidimensional world, one in which a lone terrorist or hacker can threaten a superpower.

Despite the lack of a singular triumph to her name, however, there is a case to be made that the impact Clinton had on U.S. foreign policy will be felt long after she has left office… Asked what she most enjoyed about the job, she replied, “A lot of it is not the headline stuff. It’s the slow and steady progress that I think provides a much firmer footing for us.”

Slow and steady progress is not necessarily the stuff of greatness. But it is valuable nonetheless, and it may be what, in the end, the world will remember most about Clinton’s tenure as the country’s top diplomat.

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nprfreshair:

Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day as Secretary of State.
Here is Clinton in every country she has been in. (HT Ben Smith)
ericmortensen:

Hillary Clinton spent 2084 hours traveling 957,000 miles during her tenure as the most traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.
Number of countries visited: 112 - Slideshow

nprfreshair:

Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day as Secretary of State.

Here is Clinton in every country she has been in. (HT Ben Smith)

ericmortensen:

Hillary Clinton spent 2084 hours traveling 957,000 miles during her tenure as the most traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.

Number of countries visited: 112 - Slideshow

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An official excerpt from today’s State Department press conference about Andrew WK’s Middle East party mission

How on earth did I miss this? The State Dept almost sent Andrew W.K. to Bahrain?

pol102:

Q: And then secondly — and this is a really kind of bizarre — there’s an entertainer who goes by the name of Andrew W.K. who says that he has been named or appointed by the State Department to be a cultural ambassador to appear at some event in Bahrain. Do you know anything about this?

MS. NULAND: And here I thought we were going to get through this whole briefing without that point coming up.

Q: Oh, you do — you do. Is it — is it true? You have something?

MS. NULAND: I do have a little something on this. So we had a Bahraini entity that approached the embassy about co-sponsoring a visit by this guy, who I take it is pretty popular there in Bahrain. That was initially approved, and then when more senior management at the embassy took a look at this, the conclusion was that this was not an appropriate use of U.S. government funds.

Q: Is that — is that — did — would they — the government would have paid for his trip over there had it — (inaudible) —

MS. NULAND: I don’t know what the details of our sponsorship were — (inaudible) —

Q: Can you explain why it was — was it — I mean, his — (chuckles) — that the — was it — was the — it was decided that it was inappropriate to send someone over there to Bahrain to represent the United States whose hits include, you know, “Party ‘Til You Puke” and things like that? (Laughter.) Is that — is that why it was — is that why it was decided it was inappropriate?

MS. NULAND: Thank you for sharing that. I think —

Q: No, is that — is that why?

MS. NULAND: I think the conclusion was when they looked at the body of his work that we didn’t need to be part of this invitation. I’ll leave —

Q: (Inaudible) — and just hold on — just to make clear, it was — the invitation was actually never extended to him?

MS. NULAND: Frankly, I don’t have the details. There may have been some preliminary conversations with him. But he is not going to be going to Bahrain on the U.S. government’s dime.

Q: All right.

This doesn’t mean Secretary Clinton doesn’t like to party though:

(Source: twitlonger.com)

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inothernews:

GOT THE MOVES LIKE CLINTON  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hits the dance floor at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia.  (Photo: AFP-Getty via the New York Post)

inothernews:

GOT THE MOVES LIKE CLINTON  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hits the dance floor at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia.  (Photo: AFP-Getty via the New York Post)

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