The US President-elect, Barack Obama has named Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in his new administration. Stephen Hess, a veteran political expert says the former First Lady will hold the prestige but she will not have the last word on policy: “I think Hillary Clinton understands very clearly, she is the ‘vicar of foreign policy’, but there are other players, and she will be an important voice, but when the decision is ultimately made, she has to go along with it,” says Hess, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Governance Studies, Brookings Institute:
With Clinton, a harder line can be expected in some foreign policy areas than that promised during her boss’s presidential campaign. They agree on most points. But regarding Iraq, for example, Clinton has made it clear she is less in favour of a rapid troop pullout.
Throughout her campaigning, she repeated stressed that she was in the White House with “Bill for all his eight years as president.’ If there was a hot dossier, she had access to it, and she rubbed shoulders with the other heads of state and government.
Her husband’s personal fortune, gleaned since he left the highest office, and his charity fundraising activities were a liability for his wife, as the vetting sleuths picked through the potential conflict of interest risks.
Yet insiders say Bill will put all his pots on the back burner to let Hillary get cooking. Lanny Davis former White House counsel: “Bill Clinton will do whatever is necessary, whatever the president elect wants him to do in order to support his wife.”
The pundits say this resting in the shadows for Bill will be essential, while Hillary paces the halls of power. So many burning issues to handle… Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, the Middle East, China… and bridges with Europe to rebuild.