Clinton talking about Iran in the video. Clinton on Afghanistan, with someone finally mentioning the Quetta shura in southern Afghanistan, looking beyond FATA as we delve into solving the security issues in the Afpak region.
“We’ve made progress going into the tribal areas and North-West Frontier Province against Al Qaeda, but we have not had a counterpart war against the Quetta shura,” said a senior Obama administration official, using the term for the Taliban’s ruling council. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said the Obama administration will adopt a tough love approach to Pakistan: threatening to cut off military aid to Islamabad unless it carries out a crackdown on militants operating throughout the country.
“Pakistan will act against any individuals involved with Al Qaeda or the Taliban about whom we have actionable intelligence,” Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, said in an interview. “The problem is we do not always get actionable intelligence in Quetta in particular. It’s a very messy area.”
Only in this small man’s little mind would Secretary Clinton’s role in the Obama administration be seen as “incredible, shrinking,” and “dissolving under her feet.” The famous toe sucker of D.C. runs down a list of prominent Obama aides somehow coming to the conclusion that because Clinton isn’t in charge of everything she’s less. It’s a feat of rationalizing to make this head Hillary hater feel better about losing his own power base, which now consists of Sean Hannity’s world. After laying out all of Obama’s advisers and their roles, including Biden’s role in Obama’s foreign policy team, Morris makes an astounding assessment:
So where does all this leave Secretary of State Clinton?
While sympathy for Mrs. Clinton is outside the normal fare of these columns, one cannot help but feel that she is surrounded by people who are, at best, strangers and, at worst, enemies. The competition that has historically occupied secretaries of State and national security advisers seems poised to ratchet up to a new level in the current administration.
Therein lies Morris’ real motive. To begin the competition and in-fighting storyline so as to undermine any connection Hillary has with Obama, as well as their relationship, so that the usual suspects can get busy on the gossip angle.
I guess Morris is oblivious to the fact that Holbrooke, Obama’s representative to the Afpak region, which is a bit larger role than simply an “envoy,” was a confirmed Clintonista until Hillary and Barack made full peace, someone who also will report to President Obama through Clinton. This appointment is no small thing, which Clinton explains in this interview.
Morris also forgets that Hillary intends to give State a lot more teeth, taking back what Rummy felt was military work. His ignorance at Clinton’s job mandate comes from his inner little boy who cannot fathom the adult work of diplomacy.
The fact is that Clinton’s knowledge base is beyond the likes of Morris and others of his ilk. She’s in a league of her own talking substance and issues, while the Morrises of the world talk trash.