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Wednesday
Jan192011

Clinton on Cheney’s Terror Comments: 'Unfortunate Language'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Almost biting her tongue, Hillary Clinton told ABC News Wednesday that Dick Cheney should not worry about President Obama’s “absolute commitment” to fighting terrorism.

“I was certainly taken aback by it. I don't know how anyone who was in the White House, before or now, could doubt any president's absolute commitment to stopping the terrorists from attacking us,” the secretary of state said.

In an interview with NBC News the former vice president said he hopes Obama has the same level of commitment to preventing another 9/11 as the Bush administration did, but “we might never find out until there's actually another attack."

Clinton said she “completely” rejected Cheney’s “unfortunate language,” adding that President Obama’s “entire team is single-mindedly focused” on preventing another terror attack.

“We've had some successes in preventing terrorists from you know, wreaking havoc on our country and working with our friends and allies around the world.  I don't think it's useful to make such a statement,” she said.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

China a Friend or Foe? Question Better Answered in Future, Clinton Says

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A new ABC News/Washington Post poll out Wednesday morning shows that 69 percent of Americans consider China an economic threat, and they’re divided on the question of whether China is a friend or foe.

When asked whether China is on the United States' side, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News, “We think that we'll be able better to answer such a question as we move forward.”

"My hope is that we have a normal relationship, a very positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship where in some areas we are going to compete, there's no doubt about that,” she added.  “But in many areas we're going to cooperate.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer accused China of seeking an unfair economic advantage by manipulating their currency and has proposed legislation that would sanction the country unless they stop.

Clinton agreed that the friendly yet competitive relationship should not include China having “their thumb or their fist on the scale.”

“That's why we continue to raise issues of currency…of the failure to protect intellectual property...I think it's important to realize that we're going to stand up for our values and our interest and our security; they're going to stand up for theirs as they see it,” she said.

Clinton called it an “ongoing discussion” and, despite the high profile state visit, said the U.S. will not “be able to change [China’s] behavior overnight.”

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Tuesday
Dec142010

Taliban and al Qaeda Safe Havens in Pakistan Remain a Major Problem, and Other Af-Pak Review Issues

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton started Tuesday's Af-Pak Review meeting by talking about Richard Holbrooke and how much it meant to the family that the president spoke to them.

The president remarked on how much the team will miss him.

But then they got on with the review in a tone that was described by one attendee as “business-like."

President Obama will make a statement about the Af-Pak review on Thursday, one year after his speech at West Point announcing a new way forward. The review has been two months in the making, headed up by National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

The review will report some good news:

    * Progress in halting Taliban and insurgent momentum, especially around Kandahar and Helmand Provinces;
    * Success degrading senior al Qaeda leadership – and though the White House won’t say this aloud, administration sources say this has been accomplished through drone strikes in Pakistan; and
    * Improvement working with Pakistani government in civilian/military/intelligence areas.

But the new cooperation with Pakistan has only gone so far, which leads us to the continued challenges the report describes:

    * Insurgents/Taliban/al Qaeda are still finding safe havens in Pakistan, mainly in the FATA region – the tribal areas in the northwest of Pakistan;
    * Creating a stable and non-corrupt Afghan government – especially in the sub-national level, as in Marja – is a challenge;
    * Training and retaining Afghan forces that are capable of taking control from the U.S. remains difficult.

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Tuesday
Nov302010

Christine O'Donnell: I Would Vote for Hillary Clinton

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell wants Hillary Clinton to challenge President Obama -- and she's willing to help.

“I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary. You know, I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary,” she told ABC News.

O’Donnell praised Clinton via Twitter Monday for her handling of the WikiLeaks release.

“You Go Girl!!” she wrote. “She’s no Reagan yet her verbal lashing against wikileak is tough- watch out Obama!”

So is O’Donnell pushing a Clinton candidacy because she thinks Clinton would be easier to beat in the general election?

“No. It’s because right now I think that anybody is better than Obama,” O’Donnell said.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Newt Gingrich: Hillary Clinton Would Be 'Terrific' Defense Secretary

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- If President Obama decides to move Hillary Clinton to the Pentagon as part of a mid-term shake-up, he can count on some unlikely support -- from Newt Gingrich.

“She is knowledgeable, she is tough, I think that she’d be a very aggressive defender of the military in terms of what it needs, its budgets and its concerns,” Gingrich told ABC News on Tuesday.

There has been speculation for some time that Clinton could move to the Pentagon -- but the secretary of state told ABC News that she has “made it clear that I love the job I have.”

Gingrich, a former House speaker, said he was impressed with Clinton when they served together on the Transformation Advisory Group for the Joint Forces Command.

“If she would take it she would be terrific,” he told ABC News.

“I’m not sure she would have quite as much fun,” Gingrich added. “I think she probably would have an even better time as secretary of state.”

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Clinton and Gates: Washington's Most Powerful Odd Couple

Photo Courtesy - Scott J. Ferrell/ Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- You could call them the power couple of United States foreign policy, or perhaps, the odd couple.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is a Republican insider who has served eight presidents, but shuns politics.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a Democrat and one-half of perhaps the most political couple on earth.  Historically, the country's secretary of state and secretary of defense have often been at each other's throats, competing for budgets, political turf and influence.  Clinton and Gates say their experience has been the opposite.

"We didn't get the memo about how we were supposed to be diametrically opposite on everything," Clinton said, as she and Gates sat down with Nightline's Cynthia McFadden, the only joint television interview the two have ever granted abroad.

Clinton and Gates have formed a rare and powerful alliance.  They've joined forces to become two of President Obama's most trusted advisors.  In Bob Woodward's recent book, Obama's Wars, they are referred to as two of the "blocks of granite" -- standing firm in their push for the president to add more troops in Afghanistan.  This week found the pair meeting with officials in Melbourne, Australia.  It's their fourth trip together this year.

Before they began working together, they didn't really know each other.

"All I knew of Hillary was what I'd seen on TV," Gates said.

Clinton knew Gates from his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which Clinton served on while in the Senate.  Gates, she said, was a change from his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld.  "This secretary would actually answer questions. He would express his opinion," she said.

Today, the two like to share laughs about being older members of the administration.  "We have what we call the Old Folks Caucus," Gates said.  "We're the only ones that kind of pick up on our cultural allusions and our jokes and things like that."

For Gates, old age jokes belie serious questions about his retirement.  He confirmed to Nightline that he plans to leave his post "sometime next year."

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Monday
Nov082010

Hillary Clinton Claims Progress in Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - US State Dept.(MELBOURNE, Victoria) -- The nation’s top diplomatic envoy contends that important gains are being made in the Afghanistan war despite 2010 being the deadliest year for coalition forces.

Speaking Sunday at a forum at Australia's Melbourne University, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We are seeing progress I mean again sometimes it gets lost in the headlines of everything that can and does go wrong.”

Clinton acknowledged that Australia has remained one of America’s strongest allies, particularly since the 9/11 attacks, providing soldiers for both the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The former first lady also reaffirmed the U.S. goal to start a gradual drawdown of forces by July 2011, maintaining, “We don't want to abandon the people of Afghanistan so we will take this step by step.”

She added that the new composition of Congress, with Republicans taking over the House next January, shouldn’t affect the administration’s plans.

As for the Afghan government wish to take over security responsibilities by 2014, Clinton admitted Washington will have to straddle a fine line between withdrawing forces and allowing the Afghans to take over the fight against the Taliban.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

GOP Strategist: Credit Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin with Surge Among GOP Women

Photo Courtesy - U.S. State Department | Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With the Tea Party movement headlined by a group of female candidates who have risen to national prominence this election cycle, an odd coupling of 2008 candidates may be the reason why, Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace told ABC News Tuesday.

“I think you've got to give Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin some of the credit,” said Wallace, who worked for Palin in her vice presidential run and served as communications director in the George W. Bush White House.

“I think despite their unsuccessful outcomes of their candidacies in 2008, they got a whole lot of attention,” said Wallace. “I think that it's encouraging that, despite the fact that a double standard was applied to both women in different ways and at different times, women are still undeterred and they're stepping into the arena in greater numbers.”

Wallace is the author of a new novel, Eighteen Acres, that focuses on the re-election campaign of the first female president.

In the wake of 2008, Wallace has clashed publicly with both Palin and adherents of the Tea Party movement. She explores similar themes in her novel.

“The Tea Party movement is as much about holding Washington...in such low regard that they no longer feel it's important to have experience in politics to do a good job in Washington. They kind of look at Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle and say, 'What are they going to do? Screw it up?' ”

The Tea Party, Wallace said, “is the most simple explanation for the enthusiasm gap,” and Republicans should be thankful for that energy. It's real impact, however, may not be felt until the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination kicks off in earnest.

Asked what the future first female president is doing now, Wallace quipped, “I mean, I think she's out there. I don't think she knows she's the first female president but I think these things -- look, who would've thought...I think our cycles are so accelerated that it's not a matter of generations that have to pass....”

“I absolutely think she's out there,” Wallace added. “In all our lifetimes, I think we'll see a couple. The greater fantasy of Eighteen Acres is probably that she's a moderate. You know I think we're probably much further away from electing a moderate to national office.”

“And you know, she ends up running on a unity ticket. That's something that certainly captured a lot of our imaginations on the McCain campaign. I think we're probably further away, I think because of Obama, because of the hardening of our politics over the past few years. I think those are some of the things that are more farcical and fictional than a woman president.”

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