Was Clinton too verbally hard on Pakistan?

Hillary Clinton, April 22, 2009 Over at FP‘s Shadow Government blog (“notes from the loyal opposition”), some people think Secretary Clinton laid the smack down too hard: Peter Feaver thinks that when Clinton said the Pakistani government was “abdicating” to the Taliban, she stated her views “undiplomatically.” My colleague Christian Brose thinks Clinton should be holding her ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill April 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before the committee for her first appearance before the House as Secretary of State to discuss the nation's foreign polity. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Over at FP's Shadow Government blog ("notes from the loyal opposition"), some people think Secretary Clinton laid the smack down too hard:

Peter Feaver thinks that when Clinton said the Pakistani government was "abdicating" to the Taliban, she stated her views "undiplomatically."
My colleague Christian Brose thinks Clinton should be holding her tongue when it comes to publicly criticizing Pakistan.

Hillary Clinton, April 22, 2009

Hillary Clinton, April 22, 2009

Over at FP‘s Shadow Government blog (“notes from the loyal opposition”), some people think Secretary Clinton laid the smack down too hard:

  • Peter Feaver thinks that when Clinton said the Pakistani government was “abdicating” to the Taliban, she stated her views “undiplomatically.”
  • My colleague Christian Brose thinks Clinton should be holding her tongue when it comes to publicly criticizing Pakistan.

As a woman, does Clinton feel pressure to come on hard and tough? If she hadn’t spoken out when the Taliban were a mere 60 miles from the Pakistani capital, would some have perceived her as too soft?

I’m pressed for time today, unfortunately, so here’s one more link and Secretary Clinton’s schedule:

  • “Obama-Clinton proves a winning team” (CNN.com)

11:30 a.m. Signing Ceremony with His Excellency Cristian Diaconescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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