Hillary Forges Diplomatic Revolution

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2009 5:22 AM CDT
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes a seat as she waits next to the President's desk during a meeting between President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton isn't answering the White House crisis calls predicted in her famous campaign commercials. But as secretary of state, she's "quietly begun rethinking the very nature of diplomacy and translating that vision into a revitalized State Department, one that approaches US allies and rivals in ways that challenge long-held traditions," writes David Rothkopf in the Washington Post. Obsessed with sexist concerns about her mood and clothes, observers are "missing the forest for the pantsuits," he notes.

Clinton is "overseeing what may be the most profound changes in US foreign policy in two decades," Rothkopf writes. As the US recognizes the "indispensability of collaborating with others," Clinton is shifting focus from the G8 to forging alliances with emerging global powers including China, India, Turkey and Brazil through a kind of worldwide "community organizing," notes Rothkopf. It's a goal Clinton shares with her boss, leaving the "State-Pentagon relationship in its best shape in decades," he adds.