Hilary is back with bang after Asia tour: NYT
New York, July 26 (ANI): After being supposedly sidelined at home due to a broken elbow, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's increased visibility during her recent visit to India and Thailand has brought her back into the political limelight, says a New York Times editorial.
At every stop on her week-long trip, Clinton delivered the same message: "The United States is back," but according to the editorial what she was hinting at that she was back.
Her unexpected statements about Iran, North Korea and Myanmar not only made headlines, but also solidified her position as America's chief diplomat and most reliable celebrity, trailing President Obama only in terms of star power.
Her recent comments on world's most sensitive issues even prompted her aides to issue clarifications. She had warned about nuclear links between North Korea and Myanmar. And she offered a rare glimpse into what the United States might do if Iran did not respond to Washington's diplomatic overture.
In Bangkok, Clinton batted away suggestions that she had been marginalized. She said, it was a canard propagated by the media, which jumped on the fact that her recovery from an elbow injury had forced her to cancel two foreign trips, including one with Obama to Russia.
"I'm not with the president on the trip and all of a sudden everybody goes, 'Oh, where is she? She's gone, disappeared,' " Clinton said in a tone of mock horror on a TV show.
Hilary's interviews in India reveal how she resisted Obama's initial job offer and gave him names of people she thought would be suitable candidates. Obama told her he needed her and his persistence wore her down.
"He gave me an enormous amount of authority as Secretary of State, and really everything I asked for so that I could do the job that he wanted me to do,," she said, "and I was running out of excuses."
Now, back in the business, Clinton seems determined to continue with her breakneck schedule back home. On Friday, she scheduled a full day of meetings, including one with the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. On Sunday, she is to appear live on a "Meet the Press" to discuss various issues.
And next week, she will be the co-chairwoman of a high-level meeting with Chinese officials, along with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. (ANI)
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