On Friday, John Heilprin of the AP reported that the Security Council voted unanimously (!) to “withdraw up to 2,000 peacekeeping troops [from the Congo] and redefine the remaining force as a ‘stabilization’ mission to coincide with [the celebration of the state’s] 50th anniversary of independence.” What there is to celebrate, it is hard to discern. And, as it happens, there isn’t much to stabilize either. The meaning of the unanimous vote, however, is very clear, despite the long and bitter behind-the-scenes argument that preceded it.
November 18, 2009
Obama and Hillary, both equipped with an arch sense of humor, must have been stifling giggles at this: China returned the effusiveness in its music selection at a state dinner for Obama on Tuesday night. The People's Liberation Army serenaded him and other U.S. officials with "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "In the Mood" and "We Are the World," as Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sat on either side of the Chinese president over a steak dinner. What, no "Yesterday"?
Hillary Gets Tough; Will it Work?
October 30, 2009
This is pretty great. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Thursday over Pakistan's failure to locate top al-Qaeda leaders in the eight years since they escaped over the border from Afghanistan, telling a group of Pakistani journalists that she found "it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn't get them if they really wanted to." "So far as we know," she said, "they're in Pakistan." It's interesting to see Hillary finally getting her "hands dirty," so to speak, in a front-line crisis zone; until now her priority has seemed to be majo
Dept Of What Ifs
May 08, 2008
Time's Tumulty on Hillary's five big mistakes is a good read. But let me offer a candidate for number six: Standing by her Iraq vote. Hillary made it clear that, knowing what she knows now, she would not have voted to authorize the war in October 2002. But she never flat-out apologized for her vote.
Tina Does Hillary
March 10, 2008
Hillary gets the Tina Brown treatment in Newsweek. It's an entertaining read for several reasons--maybe none more so than Brown's horror at encountering, for the first time apparently, the sheer drudgery of reporting on a campaign; in Brown's words, "It's like being trapped in a moving bathysphere." (And how many writers has she sent to live in that bathysphere over the years?) But the point of Brown's article, so far as I can tell, is to paint Hillary as the champion of the "Invisible Woman": It's a revolt that has been overdue for a while and has now found its focus in Clinton's candidacy.
In Hopes Of Mccain V. Obama
January 30, 2008
Now that it seems as if John McCain may actually win the Republican presidential nomination most of the Democrats who wouldn't in a million years vote for Hillary are heaving big sighs of relief, even pleasure. They could actually vote for McCain, some would do so while viewing him as the lesser of two evils, many more with contentment that he is a centered and honest person, which in this hokey age is a big thing. As some of you have detected, I am pleased to be an Obama supporter. He's who I'll vote for in the Masachusetts primary next Tuesday. And who'd I'd vote for in November.
And The Cry Went Out, 'who Lost Richardson?!'
December 21, 2007
If I'm Hillary, the biggest sign that my campaign's in trouble isn't my declining poll numbers, it's the fact that Bill Richardson is attacking me. From the NYT's Patrick Healy: MUSCATINE, Iowa — I just got a phone call — unprompted — from Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a Democratic candidate for president, blasting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for saying she would withdraw nearly all American troops from Iraq within a year of beginning redeployment.
The Military Hillary, Cont'd
April 10, 2007
There's been some more discussion at National Review about Hillary's strange 1975 visit to a Marine recruiting station. "She's almost certainly lying," JPod declares. Jonah Goldberg is also incredulous. In fact, despite what I (forgetfully) wrote yesterday , there are some corroborating accounts of this episode. They come from a 1994 Washington Post story written at the time Hillary first disclosed it.