A Very Serious Secretary of State

“Mrs. Clinton is a serious person.”
Thomas Friedman, in a New York Times column dated November 19, 2008

I’ve been trying to largely keep out of the cabinet speculation, but when Tom Friedman uses the word “serious” in relation to anyone’s foreign policy credentials, that should be a very bad sign. Remember, Friedman’s idea of a serious foreign doctrine involves telling sovereign nations to “suck on this.”

Given Senator Clinton’s initial support of the Iraq War, her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, and the fact that during the primary she suggested all sorts of things that Iran could suck on, one can imagine that in Friedman’s estimation she is, indeed, highly serious.

2 Responses

  1. This was the last nail in the coffin for me on whether I should read Friedman. The New Yorker had a profile of him a little while ago but it was damn boring but then again it’s The New Yorker and they’re usually very good about highlighting interesting people so I was still considering reading him. Not anymore.

  2. […] horribly wrong about the worst foreign policy fuckup in American history. Hillary Clinton’s breathtaking genius for international politics isn’t exactly worth these kinds of […]

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