First it was her angry outburst in Africa to a students question - an outburst that she later apologized for, because for one, the translation was inaccurate (a translator made a mistake). And before that, you had her outbursts towards then Presidential candidate Barack Obama (which should have been a red flag). This kind of temper is inappropriate for a Secretary of State....someone who should be even-tempered, calm, cool and collected. Add to that the fact that she isn't a trained diplomat, and has no real background in international affairs, and you have a recipe for all sorts of problems.
Add Hillary Clinton's trip to Pakistan this past week to the list of blunders. While there, she showed the problems of having a non-diplomat as Secretary of State at such a sensitive time in U.S. relations with the rest of the World. During one of her press conferences she stated the following:
"I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn't get to them if they really wanted to.”
The comment shows that she doesn't seem to be aware of the current situation in Pakistan. She seems to be stuck in the World that existed 18 months ago. The statement might have been correct had Pervez Musharraf been in power. But he's long gone now. Her comment doesn't show that she recognizes the shift that Pakistan has taken and continues to take. There may be a few rogue elements in Pakistans government. But the comment seemed to be off-base, and could harm relations between the two Countries.
Attention Hillary Clinton, there is a new regime in Pakistan. President Asif Zardari
would have no reason to want to protect Osama Bin Laden or his Lt's. They killed his wife!!!
In one trip, Clinton may have set back relations with one of the few genuine allies that the U.S. has in the region, or as genuine an ally that we could hope for there.
I continue to believe (and i'm becoming more convinced with time) that Hillary Clinton's appointment to be the face of America was a mistake by Obama. In contrast, figures like John Kerry, handle themselves much more responsibly, and are more keen to the nuances of the job and the skill and patience required in such an important position. Hillary Clinton's behavior so far has only served to support and vindicate comments I made in response to her appointment. She's proving me right every day.
She is not the person you want handling diplomacy in a crisis, whether it's dealing with Russia, the Middle East, or anywhere else. You don't want to leave the responsibility of negotiating a cease fire (when a cease fire might be crucial to saving lives and preventing wider conflicts) to someone with her temperament.
In another sign that she doesn't understand diplomacy.... she balked at Pakistan's suggestion that the Kashmir issue be mediated and dealt with in order deal with the problem of extremism. Although Kashmir is not necessarily linked to the recent violence in Pakistan, it is one of the root causes of extremism there, particularly in the ideological war and land battle between India and Pakistan. She also doesn't seem to understand that occupation is a root cause for violence in the Middle East, in the Israeli Palestinian conflict, as she has made similar comments on that issue. Clueless!