The Obama administration's approach to foreign policy is beginning to pay important dividends, Hillary Clinton asserted today, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. "We are advancing America's interests," she said. "Today we can say with confidence that this model of American leadership works, and that it offers our best hope in a dangerous world."
Critics question whether the administration's foreign policy efforts are paying off, given Iran's refusal to negotiate over its nuclear program, continued stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and an uncertain outlook for a successful conclusion to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Clinton's speech was optimistic. "We will seize this new moment of opportunity, this new American Moment," she said. "We are a nation that has always believed we have the power to shape our own destiny."