Brit Hume's Commentary: Hillary Clinton's tenure
A great secretary of state?
- Duration 2:36
- Date Jan 24, 2013
A great secretary of state?
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-- -- -- -- -- received a lot of praise yesterday for her accomplishments as secretary of state from a number of lawmakers.
Senior political analyst Brit Hume is here with some thoughts on that getting -- Good evening Brett.
The -- -- Williams heaped on Hillary Clinton and those two congressional hearings yesterday illustrates what has become an article of faith in Washington.
Which is that she has been a great secretary of state.
She has certainly try shields a record for number of countries visited a 112.
She is deeply serious and as the hearings demonstrated she does her homework.
Her conduct -- secretary has been free of diplomatic stumbles -- gaffes.
She has worked as one senator noted to the point of exhaustion.
But effort is one thing achievement another the question is what are the achievements it would Mark Kerr is a great secretary.
Are Arabs and Israelis closer to peace today than four years ago.
And the nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea have been halted.
As the celebrated reset -- Russia produced a new cooperative relationship.
Is there a major new treaty or doctrine that bears her name.
The answer -- all these questions is clearly no it's been argued that foreign policy in his administration has been so tightly controlled by the White House.
It has been impossible for the secretary of state to leave much of a mark.
Possibly true -- -- absolved her of blame for many things.
But it hardly adds up to a case for her greatness -- -- thing.
Unless of course it's avoiding blame -- -- heels of that we're certainly in evidence at those hearings yesterday -- Booth there was that one moment where she was really heated -- senator Johnson and -- the question in the back and forth -- played again and again on networks across the line.
Some people said it was her finest moment in that hearing others said not so much politically and we all often look through the prism of politics here.
Politically -- do you think that means for her.
Well for the moment it looks pretty good -- -- officer is leaving office with this very high approval rating people admire her greatly good large majorities do.
What she said yesterday when she said come -- to a question about the misleading information was given to the public about the attack in the aftermath of and it stayed out there for awhile when she said.
What difference does it make.
It was strong it was passionate eventually you know -- is the moment of the hearing.
If we find out and we may not that if we do find out in the months and years ahead.
That this was a deliberate effort to mislead for political reasons and if she had any part in it or could have done something about it that statement won't look so good anymore.
Brit thank you that's.