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No More Texts from Hillary. Until 2016…?

Hillary Clinton Texts from Hillary

Hillary Clinton bids adieu to public life today, making way for John Kerry, who will replace Clinton as the secretary of state.  At least we’ll always have the memories of Texts from Hillary.

Let’s take a look of Hillary’s s.o.s journey:

After failing to get the Democratic nomination, Obama appointed Clinton as secretary of state, a plum job, but not quite the one she was expecting desperately wanting. But after four years as Obama’s secretary of state and America’s ambassador to the world, has left an overall positive mark on American foreign policy and has achieved sky high approval ratings.

Clinton devoted time to signatures issues, such as empowerment of women and girls, gay rights, third world development, health and Internet freedoms and lent her support to a wide range of new projects and organizations. She also oversaw a diplomatic opening to Burma and the difficult creation of the world’s newest country, South Sudan.

While certainly important causes, one could argue that the toughest foreign policy issues of the day — Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arab-Israeli standoff — weren’t resolved during the four years. In fact, some got a lot worse. Although this is directly linked to Clinton, the lack of major diplomatic breakthroughs a la Kissinger or Marshall may limit her legacy.

One of the lowest moments in her diplomatic career, according to Clinton herself, was the attack in Benghazi, Libya, over which she has received harsh (and excessive) criticism from Republicans. The Benghazi incident also squashed the chances of Obama’s first choice for Clinton’s replacement, Susan Rice. The ambassador to the United Nations withdrew as a candidate after her comments regarding the Benghazi attack were widely criticized.

And now it’s John Kerry’s time to shine. Kerry was confirmed as secretary of state and Tuesday and has suggested that he would try to make some headway in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On top of that, Kerry gets to deal with the conflict in Syria, the turmoil on Egypt and deteriorating relations with Russia. Have fun with that… Maybe he’ll get a text from Hillary to help him out.

Via: The Washington Post

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Obama is Loving the White Males

Does a quick summary of Obama’s top picks for his second term reveal his penchant for white males?

John Kerry SOSJohn Kerry

Appointment: Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton.

Reaction: After kicking up a huge fuss over front-runner U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (you can’t have two black women named Rice as Secretary of State!), Republicans seem relatively satisfied with John Kerry. Although perhaps their ultimate plan is to have him bore Obama to death with his long monotonous speeches….

HagelChuck Hagel

Appointment: Secretary of Defense, replacing Leon Panetta.

Reaction: Despite being a former Republican Senator, Chuck Hagel has Republicans up in arms over his recent appointment. Too soft on Iran, too hard on Israel, and anti-agressively gay. Wait, THAT’S what Republicans are upset about? We know they love war and Jews, but gay people? And not just gay – aggressively gay.

BrennanJohn Brennan

Appointment: Director of the CIA, replacing (not technically) David Petraeus

Reaction: With a nickname like “Mr. Drone” and a perpetual angry face, you know there’s going to be some liberal backlash. The nomination of Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor and top architect of the controversial drone campaign has sparked outrage among activists and concern over civil liberties.

Lew2Jacob Lew

Appointment: Treasury Secretary, replacing Tim Geithner

Reaction: If confirmed by the Senate, the White House Chief of Staff and former budget director will be put to the test with the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations. Despite a prominent role in the budget fights and his reputation as a fiscal progressive, Republicans have not expressed overwhelming opposition to Lew as they have with other nominees (minus his unfortunate signature). Perhaps because he’s thought to be soft on Wall Street regulations?

Pragmatic choices? Yes – it certainly seems like a new, more cautious era of foreign policy. I doubt the U.S will be rushing into Iran guns ablaze, instead opting to steer away from anything resembling a large-scale Iraqi mess.

But given the sea of white male faces, perhaps Obama should borrow Romney’s Binders of Women?

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