Monday, November 2, 2009

Experience . . .

She's supposed to be the competent one of this administration:

"Hillary Clinton's voice has not been heard all that often in the Mideast peace process, but she has provoked crises with almost every word.

Administration officials hold Clinton largely responsible for entrenching an unsuccessful focus on settlements in thesprint, when she -- responding to a question -- insisted on a complete "freeze" of Israeli settlement activity, including "natural growth," turning what had been a U.S. negotiating position into a public principle, and putting Palestinian leaders in a difficult position when the U.S. reached a compromise with the Israelis on a partial freeze."

"The early questions about her role in Middle East politics -- would she be as hawkishly pro-Israel as she was in the Senate -- haven't really been answered, and her actual views remain unclear. But in this most delicate, closely parsed of diplomatic arenas, her inexperience as a diplomat, and her tendency toward incautious statements (disguised by a campaign image of "competence") has really turned into a liability for the administration."

Read it all here.

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