Secretary Clinton Answers Southeast Asian Youth’s Questions via Video
This is a great video.
I know some of the beltway bubble insiders like Aaron David Miller, Leslie Gelb etc. are constantly bemoaning the fact that Hillary Clinton isn’t James Baker or Henry Kissinger (I say THANK God she’s not!), but when I see her outreach efforts I think some of the critics have it all wrong. Would Baker, Kissinger or even Rice have done something like this? No. Should they have. Yes, I think so. Props to Secretary Clinton for her outreach efforts.
There is more to diplomacy than having the U.S. point our finger in everyone else’s face and telling them how we want them to live and govern. After eight years of cowboy diplomacy which did little more than make most of the world hate us, thus further jeopardizing our short and long-term security, it’s reassuring that Secretary Clinton understands that interacting with average folks across the globe does more to engender cross-cultural understanding and improve global relations with the U.S. than dropping bombs and threatening people ever will. Some righties have claimed that this administration is wrong to admit past mistakes and to speak honestly about our own struggles (for example balancing civil liberties vs. security in the war on terror), but that is nonsense. Eight years of testosterone-fueled foreign policy which made no effort at using “soft power” did little other than sow the seeds of resentment, particularly in the Muslim world. And we are still paying the price.