WASHINGTON — Even before taking office, Hillary Rodham Clinton
is seeking to build a more powerful State Department, with a bigger
budget, high-profile special envoys to trouble spots and an expanded
role in dealing with global economic issues at a time of crisis.
Mrs. Clinton is recruiting Jacob J. Lew, the budget director under President Bill Clinton, as one of two deputies, according to people close to the Obama transition team. Mr. Lew’s focus, they said, will be on increasing the share of financing that goes to the diplomatic corps. He and James B. Steinberg, a deputy national security adviser in the Clinton administration, are to be Mrs. Clinton’s chief lieutenants.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Before we start let's finds out the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State, is the President's principal foreign policy advisor, though other officials or individuals may have more influence on their foreign policy decisions. The Department advances U.S. objectives and interests in the world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President's foreign policy.
The Department also supports the foreign affairs activities of other U.S. Government entities including the United States Department of Commerce and the U.S. Agency for International Development. It also provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to visit or immigrate to the U.S.
Why do you think Barack Obama selected Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. So she will be so busy that she can't run against him in 2012? Or will Obama use Hillary as a scape goat for not ending the Iraq occupation?
As he moves closer to the White House, President-elect Obama is making clearer than ever that tens of thousands of American troops will be left behind in Iraq, even if he can make good on his campaign promise to pull all combat forces out within 16 months.
That status-of-forces agreement remains subject to change, by mutual agreement, and Army planners acknowledge privately that they are examining projections that could see the number of Americans hovering between 30,000 and 50,000 — and some say as high as 70,000 — for a substantial time even beyond 2011. At the end of the Bush Administration there will be a 140,000 troop level.
Now the far left will be upset. Here is a blog entry in Democrats.com unity. "President-Elect Barack Obama pledged to end the occupation of Iraq during his campaign and this should be his number one priority. The occupation of Iraq has cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars, lasted longer then World War II, and displaced millions of Iraqis from their homes, while destabilizing the entire region."
So now it looks like Barack will put the whole Iraq war in Hillary lap.
At the beginning of her campaign Hillary refused to commit to draw U.S. troops out of Iraq.Then she jump on the Obama band wagon.
In her speech, she unequivocally proclaimed, "The most important part of my plan is the first step: to end our military engagement in Iraq's civil war and immediately start bringing our troops home as quickly and carefully as possible.
Now President-elect Obama can say, "You see not only I but also Hillary Clinton wanted to with draw all of our troops out of Iraq. But Hillary and I have found out that President George Bush did such a lousy job in Iraq that we will have to stay there longer.'
Just wait and see.
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