The months are winding down to the close of Hillary as America’s top diplomat, Pres. Obama’s smartest appointment. On Thursday we’ll get a glimpse of the man who could have the job next. Since I’ve interviewed and even worked for one of Sen. John Kerry’s endeavors, The Patriot Project, which took on the swiftboating of Democrats after Republicans successful hit job on Kerry, I’m biased and believe there is no one better suited for the job, because he’s also earned it.
Kerry’s prime-time spot — he speaks shortly before Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination — comes as rumors abound that he is in the running for Hillary Clinton’s job as secretary of state. Clinton has said she won’t stay on if Obama wins reelection, and Kerry is said to have long coveted the position. [The Hill]
Secretary Clinton’s fight for the foreign service and to upgrade the State Department, after it was decimated by the Bush administration, as well as her efforts to reinvigorate the place and clout of diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy, will be her greatest legacy.
Clinton has had to fight the Pentagon to get well needed dollars through the budget, but the State Department and diplomacy remains a step child to the military industrial complex. From Steve Clemons recently:
She essentially acknowledges that war-time efficacy resulted in the Department of Defense aggrandizing budgets to do development in crisis areas. She implies that this was a mistake that needed correction. Clinton also said that the State Department needed to become much more “operational and expeditionary” in the field. And lastly and most importantly, Clinton reminds that the State Department, not the Pentagon, holds the statutory lead in crises — and is “demanding” respect of that role in order to make “this civilian-military partnership something more than a phrase.”
[...] Hillary Clinton has been a constructive partner with the Department of Defense and worked out a good relationship with the Pentagon under Gates — but from both an authorization and appropriations perspective, the Pentagon has continued to clobber the State Department, not necessarily of its own volition but in part because a Republican-dominated House prefers to under resource diplomacy and development and over resource military action.
Secretary Clinton broke the travel record in July 2012, traveling to more countries than any other secretary of state in U.S. history.
Tonight Secy. Clinton’s husband delivers the speech of the convention, coming after a tremendous opening night for Democrats. Bill Clinton will compete with the football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. It’s fitting. Reports are also saying he will appear during the game as well.
Somewhere, some how Hillary will be watching.