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Clinton's Failed Record As Secretary of State

- August 6, 2015

Clinton’s State Department Record “Lacks Clear-Cut Diplomatic Triumphs.” “Gathering questions over Libya also point to one of the central complications of Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination, due to formally launch on Saturday: the fact that she must own a record at the State Department that lacks clear-cut diplomatic triumphs.” (Stephen Collison, “Hillary Clinton’s Real Libya Problem,” CNN, 6/8/15)

Bloomberg Headline: “Why Hillary Can’t Run On Her State Department Record” (Josh Rogin, “Why Hillary Can’t Run On Her State Department Record,” Bloomberg, 6/3/15)

“Running On Clinton’s Signature Diplomatic Initiatives Is Fraught With Risks Because, On Closer Inspection, Most That He Mentioned Don’t Hold Up To Scrutiny.” (Josh Rogin, “Why Hillary Can’t Run On Her State Department Record,” Bloomberg, 6/3/15)

  • Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs: Clinton’s Own Policies “Now Lie In Shambles,” And She May “Want To Walk Away From This Mess, But She Can’t.” “It’s said that the best defense is a good offense. This strategy probably lies behind Hillary Clinton’s recent takedown of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. After all, Clinton was a lead architect of that policy as Secretary of State, and the policies that she espoused until recently now lie in shambles. … Hillary may want to walk away from this mess, but she can’t.” (Jeffrey Sachs, Op-Ed, “Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception,” The Huffington Post, 8/13/14)

Clinton’s State Department Record “Notched No Sweeping Peace Agreements Or Marquee Breakthroughs That Reshaped The International Stage.” “Her State Department record reveals she made progress on several fronts and sought to advance American economic interests, but notched no sweeping peace agreements or marquee breakthroughs that reshaped the international stage.” (Peter Nicholas, Adam Entous, and Carol E. Lee, “Hillary Clinton’s Legacy At State Dept.: A Hawk With Clipped Wings,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/30/14)

  • Boston University’s Andrew Bacevich: “In Terms Of Outcomes, The Grade [Clinton] Probably Deserves Is I For Incomplete…” “‘If she runs, the No. 1 item on her résumé is going to be her term as secretary of state,’ says Andrew Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University. ‘But in terms of outcomes, the grade she probably deserves is I for incomplete, in the sense that it’s difficult to point to some specific achievements, or to some important initiatives, or to some creative idea that we would attribute to her.’” (Peter Nicholas, Adam Entous, and Carol E. Lee, “Hillary Clinton’s Legacy At State Dept.: A Hawk With Clipped Wings,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/30/14)
  • The Washington Post’s David Ignatius: “My Biggest Knock On Clinton Is That She Didn’t Find A Way To Get More Done In Her Role As The President’s Diplomatic Emissary, Broker, And Fixer.” “My biggest knock on Clinton is that she didn’t find a way to get more done in her role as the president’s diplomatic emissary, broker, and fixer.” (David Ignatius, “Debating Hillary,” Foreign Policy, 6/22/12)

The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “What’s [Clinton’s] Biggest Accomplishment As Secretary Of State? We Don’t Really Know That.”  NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: “I think it does get to what Hillary Clinton actually did as Secretary of State, right. Does she have a sort of counter narrative? You know, what’s her biggest accomplishment as Secretary of State? We don’t really know that. And at this point, Benghazi is standing in for her term as Secretary of State.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 1/19/14)

  • Politico Magazine’s Susan Glasser: “[T]he Truth Is That Hillary Clinton Never Did Find A Way To Turn Foggy Bottom Into Her Ticket To History.” “Timing, fate and the White House may have all conspired in it, but the truth is that Hillary Clinton never did find a way to turn Foggy Bottom into her ticket to history.” (Susan B. Glasser, “Was Hillary Clinton A Good Secretary Of State?” Politico Magazine, 12/8/13)

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