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   Hillary In La La Land As She Heads to Latin America

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3/1/2010 7:35 pm

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Christian Whiton

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FOX News

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Opinion

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Entered 3/1/2010, Updated 3/1/2010

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As Secretary of State Clinton departs for Latin America this week her aim seems to be to reinforce her boss’s unprincipled and ineffective approach to the region. While there, she appears set to do everything but “sell democracy.” Remember those bumper stickers informing us that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”? According to Hillary Clinton, that is only true when a Republican occupies the White House. At least that is the implication of an exchange our Secretary of State had with a senator during testimony on Capitol Hill last week. As Mrs. Clinton departs this week for Latin America to kibbutz primarily with leftist governments, she has expressed her view that the minority party’s lack of eagerness for President Obama’s domestic agenda is problematic. The exchange began when Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) leadingly asked if the president has lost “stature and power” abroad due to his inability to get major legislation passed by Congress. Mrs. Clinton responded that “there is certainly a perception that I encounter in representing our country around the world that supports your characterization.” She also said: “People don’t understand the way our system operates. They just don’t get it… [I]t does color whether the United States is in a position…to demonstrate the kind of unity and strength and effectiveness that I think we have to in this very complex and dangerous world.” If the foreign leaders with whom Mrs. Clinton interacts “don’t get” how the U.S. government works—even though our government is the most closely observed and analyzed of any in the world—then it is incumbent on our chief diplomat to provide an explanation rather than bemoan deliberative democracy. There are many governments around the world that could benefit from adopting our government’s checks and balances. Furthermore, there is no evidence that “unity” around a president’s domestic agenda affects his power abroad.


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