Madam Secretary

Highlights from Hillary’s opening statement

By most measures, this a strong opening statement from Hillary. A few highlights so far: “America cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America.” “I believe American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted.” “The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to Israel’s ...

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By most measures, this a strong opening statement from Hillary. A few highlights so far:

  • “America cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America.”
  • “I believe American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted.”
  • “The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to Israel’s desire to defend itself under the current conditions, and to be free of shelling by Hamas rockets.”
  • “I don’t get up every morning thinking only about the threats…[but] the possibilities in front of us.”
  • “…Obama is committed to responsibly ending the war in Iraq.”
  • “We must use what has been called ‘smart power,’ the full range of tools at our disposal. With ‘smart power,’ diplomacy will be the vanguard of foreign policy.”
  • Quoting a Roman poet on diplomacy: “‘In every endeavor, the seemly course for wise men is to try persuasion first.’ The same truth binds women as well.”

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