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Monday, January 19, 2009

Wapo’s Walter Pincus Reviews Details of SoS Clinton’s Goals

After hitting it out of the park during her confirmation hearing, Hillary Clinton does it again with her written responses to questions.


Walter Pincus, the Washington Post’s national security and intelligence reporter reviews Clinton’s introductory statement and 79-page written answers to questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


Pincus writes:

“While Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke primarily in generalities during her four-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, her formal introductory statement and her 79-page written answers to questions for the record laid out some specific programs and goals that offer clues and insight on the incoming administration's foreign policy.

“In the battle of ideas, she said, the United States would go on the offensive implementing President-elect Barack Obama's pledges to open "America Houses" in cities across the Arab world. These facilities, fashioned after a Cold War-era program, would have Internet libraries, English lessons and stories about Muslims in America. An initiative labeled "America's Voice Corps" would recruit young Americans with language and public diplomacy skills to speak with and listen to people in the area. Completing the package would be a Global Education Fund to provide $2 billion for primary education around the world. But, she said, there would not be a return of the independent U.S. Information Agency.”


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