Six weeks into the job, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting to roll out the Obama administration’s approach to the most prickly foreign policy challenges from Arab-Israeli peace to Russia.
In her second foreign trip, which ended early on Sunday, Clinton dipped into Middle East peacemaking and promised to work for a “comprehensive” Arab-Israeli peace. She tried to charm European institutions in Brussels and literally hit the “reset” button in strained U.S.-Russia ties during a dinner with Moscow’s foreign minister in Geneva, and then went to Turkey.
Clinton also took first steps to deal directly with traditional enemies, “testing the waters,” she said, of a campaign promise of President Barack Obama to engage rather than isolate protagonists as the Bush administration had done.
In Israel, Clinton announced two U.S. envoys would be in Syria this weekend to explore better ties and as part of a U.S. bid to get a more comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.
While at NATO headquarters in Brussels, she made the new administration’s first public overtures toward Iran by inviting Tehran to a conference on Afghanistan, possibly at the end of this month.
Let’s invite the Ayatollah’s pet crocodile and his murderous hench-persons to the table to talk about peace. Which of the two groups the crocs divide the rest of us into, do you suppose Hillary belongs? Will they simply kill her, or kill her and eat her?
And better ties with Syria? Will somebody please explain to me why we would want that? Syria has NEVER had any interest in peace with the West. Why would anyone actually believe they have suddenly come to Jesus?
She was criticized by Palestinians for not being tough on Israel . . .
Of course she was. I mean, heck, She’s an AMERICAN!
But in Israel, where hawkish prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to form a government, Clinton faced a tougher challenge in trying to push for Palestinian statehood, which Netanyahu opposes.
I expect Netanyahu is none too enamored of Clinton’s badgering interference in his attempts to form a government under crisis conditions that make ours look like ripples on the waters.
At an aid conference for Gaza in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, she continued the Bush administration’s harsh language over Hamas, saying not one dime of a U.S. aid pledge of $900 million would go to the militant group that runs Gaza.
Great. Nothing wrong with that, on its face. However,
Clinton’s rhetoric on Hamas was so similar to that of her predecessor Condoleezza Rice that the Palestinian newspaper al Quds ran a story with the headline “Condoleezza Clinton.”
I think that here is where the rubber meets the road. Clinton is no Condoleezza Rice. Doctor Rice had a handle on the issues, and also had the respect of both Israel and a grudging Hamas. It is quite evident that Clinton not only does NOT have that respect, but, having struggled to do so during her husband’s administration, has demonstrated to us that she still can’t find the handle.
Probably, to qualify for what she is failing miserably at doing now, she should have paid more attention to her Political Science classes at Wellesley, than to her initiation into Wellesley’s Alternative Sexual Orientation indoctrination.
Put the mail on, Hillary. Before the crocodiles decide we’re all like you.