When she was 6, my youngest daughter overhead the grownups discussing a news story about judicial corruption. She asked and we explained the issues of the news story, and the problem of the erosion of ethics in the different areas of government. Her solution: "I think that every judge, every lawyer, every leader of every country should HAVE A MOTHER!"
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has raised eyebrows and broke with tradition just as she did when she spoke up about a looming Health Care disaster while being just a wife of a President. In her profile published on August 6, 2009, The New York Times wrote: "On her first trip as secretary, Mrs. Clinton traveled in February 2009 to Seoul, where she warned that a succession battle in North Korea could complicate nuclear negotiations with that country's government. With it, she broke an informal taboo: Diplomats do not talk publicly about what comes after Kim Jong-il, the convalescing dictator who turned his isolated country into a nuclear rogue state.
The question is whether Mrs. Clinton made a beginner's error that could upset other players in the negotiations, like China. Or whether she showed refreshing candor -- the kind of approach that could shake loose what has been a diplomatic quagmire for the last eight years."
In October of 2009, Hillary paid a visit to Pakistan. She took a lot of heat for scolding the Pakistan government for not rounding up more of the Al Queda militants known to be hiding out in that country. She told the Pakistan leadership that it was "failing to do all it could to track down Al Qaeda."
Clinton told a group of journalists in Lahore that she found it "hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn't get them if they really wanted to." Al Qaeda, she said, "has had a safe haven in Pakistan since 2002."
Just as when she warned of the pressing need for Health Care Reform back in 1993, everyone in the U.S. media gasped, and said, "ohhhh...she shouldn't say that. She's out of line. She's being bossy and will offend our allies." But maybe those guys needed a scolding from a woman! Because guess what....in the past week, Pakistani authorities have arrested nine top Al Qaeda leaders.
Maybe her title should be changed to Mama Hillary, and maybe she should pack a paddle?