Hillary Clinton has been gone from her perch at the State Department for six months now. But with Mrs. Clinton, it's never out of sight out of mind with die-hard Democrats. The new W-MUR New Hampshire poll of likely primary voters, has the former First Lady beating the rest of the potential 2016 presidential field by a mile. Poor Joe Biden.
When the president bid farewell to Mrs. Clinton in late January on 60 Minutes it was quite the send off. But forget party politics for a moment, was Mrs. Clinton, objectively speaking, REALLY a great Secretary of State?
It's glaringly apparent that our relationship with Russia is in tatters, which she began by botching the translation of the word "reset" on a button she handed her Russian counterpart in 2009. After giving Russia what it wanted on the Eastern European missile defense shield, Russia repaid us by continuing to help the despotic Syrian regime and cruelly banned American adoptions.
As for China -- her last visit there was a disaster. She was met with unbridled hostility in Beijing, and the president's recent meetings also produced nothing. Meanwhile, China continues to amass more wealth and more geopolitical influence and power.
In the Middle East -- despite all the promise of the Clinton magic, the Secretary of State came up empty, initially offending the Israelis with our shabby treatment of Netanyahu, and then not taking any lead role in getting the parties together. In Iran -- zero progress in halting Iran's nuclear program. In Egypt -- we turned our back on a longtime ally Hosni Mubarak and gained a new volatile player -- Mohammed Morsi -- who lasted all of 12 months before being ousted in a coup that we won't call a coup.
As for the Arab Spring, Mrs. Clinton was quick to praise its promise without understanding how the coming volatility would adversely affect religious minorities and neighboring countries like our ally Jordan or Saudi Arabia.
And last but not least, there was Benghazi. Four dead Americans on her watch, yet the Secretary of State can't be bothered to be interviewed by the Accountability Review Board. And why was Ambassador Susan Rice sent out to tell the tall-tale regarding the non-existent protest of the video? Why didn't Mrs. Clinton herself make all those Sunday Show appearances? What difference does it make?
All of this should make a lot of difference to anyone interested in objectively assessing her tenure as Secretary of State. And let's hope whoever wins the Republican primary will be able to cite these failures and dismantle Hillary's record on foreign policy -- I know I certainly could.