New York Senator Hilary Clinton set a new tone of using “smart power” in American foreign policy as she seeks to be the next U.S. Secretary of State.“We must use what has been called smart power, the full range of tools at our disposal. Diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural, picking the right tool or combination of tools for each situation. With smart power, diplomacy will be the vanguard of our foreign policy.” (MSNBC)
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Many news organizations and political blogs provided up to the minute coverage of Clinton’s confirmation hearing in Washington D.C.
We’re tracking perspectives on the hearings from FOX News, The New York Times’ Politics Blog, Politico.com, PBS NewsHour and others.
FOX News broke away from the hearings to give some immediate analysis on former President Bill Clinton’s foundation.
The foundation and its donors have been cited as a possible conflict of interest for Senator Clinton.“In the name of transparency, to clear all this up, Bill Clinton has said he would do, he’s already done more than any previous presidents, and he will do in the future far more.
Because the secretary of state Clinton is far more important for the world than what transparency issues might exist for Bill Clinton. And I am quoting him. He will do whatever it takes.” (FOX News)
PBS Newshour Online provided a link to Bill Clinton’s donor list on their Twitter.com newsfeed.
The former President’s charity has received more than $25 million from some donors.
Among the major contributors are some high-profile international organizations and foreign governments. (William J. Clinton Foundation)
Political blogs followed Senator Clinton’s hearings and provided minute-by-minute reporting on her testimony.
The New York Times’ political blog gave an update forty-five minutes into the hearings of Senator Clinton’s position on Iran.
“Senator Clinton stresses, that the incoming administration is not “taking any option off the table at all.” Pressed about UN sanctions and whether they would work, she asserted that Mr. Obama and the administration would “do everything we can to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapon state.” (NYT Politics Blog)
During the Democratic Primary, Clinton attacked then Primary rival Barack Obama heavily on his foreign policy credentials, raising questions as to how she would operate within an Obama administration.
Politico’s live blog from the hearings reminisced on Clinton’s rocky relationship with competing nations.
“Very little has been said about Hillary Rodham Clinton's sometimes testy relationship with America's biggest potential rivals, China and Russia. Especially during 2007-2008, when she positioned herself as a wily hawk to Barack Obama's helplessly naive dove.” (Politico)
Huffington Post readers injected some of their opinions into the debate with comments on Clinton.
One reader said:“She is extremely polarizing, no matter what she does. That is what is going to jeopardize Barack Obama's performance.”
A Clinton supporter objects:“Clinton is just remarkable. Not one area of weakness. On point and prepared and knowledgeable.”
And another user replied:“No sleep last night, she brought her baggage with her.”(Huffington Post)
What do you think about Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State? Does the Clinton name have too much baggage? What were you thoughts on her theory of “smart power’??