Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hillary for Shadow Commander-in-Chief

Oh please God, oh please: I want Hillary to be Secretary of State, because then America will finally have a Commander-in-Chief for the next four years.

I think it would be great for people like me to have Sen. Clinton firmly planted in swampy environs of Foggy Bottom, namely because she’ll drive a deep and sharp stake into Obama’s side.

Forget policy here; let’s have a round of applause for clashing egos!

This is such a bad idea for Obama, and I can’t tell whether he came up with this clunker all on his own (…’Team of Rivals’, my tush!), or he’s being played for a fool by the Bill-n’-Hillary gang he’s hired to work for him, or rather to work around him.

This is almost as bad for him as hiring Bill ‘Drama Queen’ Richardson for the job!

It will also drive Biden further into borderline insanity, since he thought he was supposed to be the one bringing foreign policy gravitas to the Obama administration. We all know he’s sitting somewhere with a pen and paper trying to decide on whether he should go with the ‘Biden Initiative’ or the ‘Biden Doctrine’ as a title for whatever new grand theory may come to him later, and with Hillary blocking his way to gravitas-dom, his job will be reduced to that of court jester, providing comic relief for late night show hosts the world over.

This is so wonderful on so many levels. Even if she doesn’t take the job, then the most fanatic of Obama’s supporters would have already started to question his judgment for considering her in the first place, and if she does, then the bureaucrats at State will have to deal with a CEO accepted and (secretly) championed by the neocons, even more so than they approve of Condi (…ahhhm, actually they don’t approve of Condi at all).

In a crisis, all eyes will be on Hillary to lead the way; Obama will recede to the background.

20 Comments:

Blogger Anand said...

I am impressed Nibras. It is true that the neocons like Hillary better than Condi--who isn't after all one of them.

Bush also likes Hillary. Hillary is the most hawkish prominent American politicians . . . she will strike fear into the hearts of Takfiris everywhere.

But the relationship between Hillary and Obama would be something to watch, as you said. Nibras, how would Obama and Hillary manage Bill? We know Hillary can't manage Bill? Could Obama do any better?

1:26 PM, November 18, 2008

 
Blogger Anand said...

Off topic, why is Khamenei seeming to publicly support the new SOFA agreement?

1:26 PM, November 18, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anand,

Regarding Khamenei, I think Iran's policy has been for some time to spread disinformation about their supposed influence over Iraqi affairs, disinformation that is readily believed in some corners. It is in Iran's benefit to overstate their clout in Iraq, since that gives them bargaining power.

So in this respect, Khamen'i's statement makes it seem as if Iran is fine with SOFA; that it got what it wanted.

I think this is BS. Iranian influence is steadily diminishing, the same goes for American influence over Iraqi affairs. In both cases, these are good developments for Iraq's future.

Best,

Nibras

1:43 PM, November 18, 2008

 
Blogger Anand said...

"Iranian influence is steadily diminishing, the same goes for American influence over Iraqi affairs. In both cases, these are good developments for Iraq's future."

I agree completely with this Nibras. I am glad that Iraq is becoming increasingly self reliant. Just in time too. American and other international assets need to be redeployed to deal with Pakistan/Afghanistan.

Nibras, is there a way to touch base via e-mail?

2:38 PM, November 18, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anand,

My e-mail is nibraska@yahoo.com

Best,

Nibras

4:12 PM, November 18, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

I'm convinced that Hillary's team "leaked" the possibility of her being chosen. It puts Obama in a tough position. Now, if he doesn't choose her, it'll be read as Obama REJECTING Hillary. In effect, Obama is getting played for a fool.

There are many reasons why it's a bad idea to pick her, but it's fun to see conservatives rooting for her. You're right though that she certainly will "drive a deep and sharp stake into Obama's side." I hope Obama makes the right decision and doesn't pick her. But more importantly, if he does pick her, I hope he's man enough to keep her and Bill in a box. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that he's up for the challenge....

Another question: Don't the risks outweigh the benefits of this pick!?!?

5:32 PM, November 18, 2008

 
Anonymous gj said...

"In a crisis, all eyes will be on Hillary to lead the way" ...

When the phone rings at 3am in the White House isn't it usually the Sec of State MAKING the call?

5:46 PM, November 19, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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January 20, 2009, Groundhog Day!!

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6:52 PM, November 19, 2008

 
Anonymous Kafir said...

Nibras,

I heard the SOS job for Hillary was Obama's way of killing two birds with one stone.

First, it keeps her from becoming Senate majority leader in the new Congress.

Second, it pretty much keeps her out of the 2012 election (As his SECSTATE, she could hardly run on opposing his policies).

7:02 AM, November 20, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Box her in.

Regardless, I still feel like the risks greatly outweigh the benefits, and I think it'd be a dumb move by Obama.

Her ego is too big for an Obama administration. The Clintons have always been in it for themselves and that'll never change.

7:20 AM, November 20, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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crude analysis @ 7:20 AM

box her in??

lol.. i heard at least 31 of Obama's 47 appointments have gone to Clintonistas so far, go figure..

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7:36 AM, November 20, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

Change has come to America!!!

Let the Clinton plotting and the Obama selling out begin.....

1:27 PM, November 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is an inexperienced wimp. He is intimidated by the Clintons and is backing down to them. I'm disgusted by it. I thought that the Democrats will move beyond this bullshit.

2:43 PM, November 20, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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HOPE!! CHANGE!!

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HOPE!! CHANGE!!

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting different results."


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2:53 PM, November 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Readonly said...

Maybe Hillary's price for leaving the primary campaign was the promise of Secy of State job????

6:14 AM, November 21, 2008

 
Blogger Iron Chef Kosher! said...

I like your thinking on this (it's the same as mine, haha!)

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