“Much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia,” Hillary declared on October 28, 2010.
It would be a lie to commend everything she does. And it would be impossible to do any justice to this exercise by even thinking of praising or defending everything she has done which has been commendable.
So, I will simply highlight the points previously made in a 12/23/2010 article featured in none other than (iinm) THE ORIGINAL mass audience popular Conservative publication founded by the legendary, William F. Buckley, National Review.
Before I do, I ask that you consider the individual nations of South East Asia.
Saying the names of each nation aloud evokes a completely separate set of conditions and people and governments. And each one of them is a potential opportunity for global turmoil and catastrophe or a golden mutually rewarding joint partnership. And every one of those relationships then must be connected to a plan to protect the interests of America and our allies and trading partners, maintain the freedom of the seas for safe passage by ALL nations and to keep the bad guys from forcing the USA to make strategic and tactical errors in policies dealing with every possible hot button topic, from climate change to human rights to nuclear non proliferation to global trade to territorial rights to economic development and more.
And in addition to those ASEAN member states, also consider the governments of Australia, New Zealand, North and South Korea, Japan, India, China and Russia.
As Secretary of State in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013, Hillary Clinton was responsible for implementing or initiating a great number of diplomatic policies.
But, I will focus on the period of her tenure as SOS up to and including December 2010.
In one year’s time Hillary Clinton helped achieve the following things:
(1) established a new defense framework with Indonesia;
(2) announced the resumption of military exchanges with the Indonesian special forces;
(3) led multinational peacekeeping exercises in Cambodia;
(4) conducted the first joint U.S.-Vietnam military drills since the 1975 fall of Saigon;
(5) launched a high-level defense dialogue with the Vietnamese government;
(6) obtained membership in the East Asia Summit;
(7) tightened financial sanctions against North Korea;
(8) bolstered the U.S. alliance with South Korea — and sent a blunt message to Pyongyang and Beijing — through a series of large-scale war games;
(9) completed (albeit after much unnecessary haggling) a U.S.-Korea free-trade deal; (10) formalized a new strategic partnership with New Zealand;
(11) expanded defense cooperation with Australia;
(12) signed a raft of bilateral economic agreements with India while also relaxing curbs on U.S. high-tech exports to the South Asian giant;
(13) endorsed a permanent Indian seat on the United Nations Security Council; and (14) held trilateral talks with Tokyo and Seoul.
“…after a Sino-Japanese maritime incident near the Senkaku Islands (located in the East China Sea and claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo), Clinton angered the Chinese by assuring Japanese foreign minster Seiji Maehara that the Senkakus were protected under the 1960 U.S.-Japan defense treaty. She reiterated that pledge during her October 27 press conference with Maehara in Honolulu. As an Economist correspondent noted, “This drove Chinese diplomats slightly up the wall.””
On North Korea, the Obama administration has actually been “more hardline, more conditional, more neoconservative than Bush was during the last four years of his term,” former CIA analyst Bruce Klinger said recently.
“Clinton should be applauded for her diplomatic spadework, which reflects a tough-minded realism. … All the more reason to commend her achievements.”