I'm Not Marginalized, I Delegate: Clinton

Obama's Peace Prize is deserved, but won't sway war policy, she says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2009 12:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton would rather you view her apparent absence from big foreign policy issues like Iran and Afghanistan as an example of “delegating power” and not marginalization. Ann Curry used a variant of that word in an interview on MSNBC, which Clinton finds "absurd." “I would be irresponsible and negligent were I to say, ‘Oh, no. Everything must come to me,’” said the secretary of state. “Maybe I'm totally secure and feel absolutely no need to go running around in order for people to see what I’m doing.”

Clinton also denied a future presidential run—“This is a great job. It is a 24/7 job. And I’m looking forward to retirement at some point”—and said that President Obama won his Nobel because of his “attitude toward America’s role in the world.” But, says Clinton, make no mistake: The peace prize won’t affect war policy. “The president makes each decision on the merits;" the prize is “not going to influence” the call he makes in Afghanistan.