Secretary Clinton isn’t pausing long enough for the media to catch its breath; she’s got a job to do and mindlessly offensive editorials at the Boston Globe or elsewhere won’t deter her. The Globe editorial board is among those in the media who haven’t figured out yet that when your country’s track record includes torture, rendition, and unleashing sexism and misogyny against its first viable female presidential candidate, you are in no position to lecture China or any other country on human rights.
And let us not forget Obama’s head speechwriter, Jon Favreau. That’s the young man who was photographed with one of his drunken pals sexually molesting a cardboard cutout of the newly appointed secretary of state. Favreau’s Facebook photo, circulated worldwide on the Internet, told the world just how little America respects women.
In the meantime, Madam Secretary will set off on March 1 for the Middle East and Europe.
Clinton will visit Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank to examine prospects for charting a "new path" in the region, U.S. officials say.
On March 2, in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, U.S. officials have said Clinton will make a U.S. pledge of some $900 million to contribute to rebuilding Gaza in the aftermath of its recent war with Israel. Palestinian official are hopeful total donations will cover their estimate of some $3 billion in total damage.
Envoys from some 80 countries will attend the Gaza donors conference. George Mitchell, the Obama administration's special envoy for Mideast peace, will accompany Clinton.
Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza, will not be there. The Palestinians will instead by represented by President Mahmud Abbas, who is expected to meet with Clinton when she later visits the West Bank.
From the Middle East, Clinton will fly to meetings in Brussels with NATO and European Union officials. The she heads to Geneva for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on arms control and Afghanistan.