If you had told me at the beginning of this year that as the year drew to a close, I would be warming to the idea of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, I would have laughed in your face. But, now that President-elect Barack Obama has been floating the idea, well, I kind of like it.
It’s not that I think she’ll be a diplomat of the caliber of the greatest and most successful Secretary of State in the past quarter-century, George P. Shultz. But, she would certainly be a better choice than most of the mediocrities and incompetents who followed the man who helped the Gipper win the Cold War.
HIllary has a keener intellect and shown more flexibility in thought than her husband’s two choices for that position (the incompetents identified above). During the Democratic primaries, she demonstrated an understanding of the threats facing our nation. She may well be the best we could get from her rival for her party’s nomination.
To be sure, I would prefer John Bolton as our nation’s chief diplomat. But, there’s no chance the president-elect would appoint that good man. And Hillary would be a much better choice than the Democrat campaigning the most aggressively for the post.