Team of Rivals, Indeed
By Al Kamen
Should Sen. Hillary R. Clinton (D-N.Y.) get the nod to be Secretary of State, she's likely to get a friendly reception on the Hill, especially given all the wonderful things Republicans have been saying about her (and her supporters) in recent months. But should anyone need fodder for an old-fashioned grilling at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, they can get all they need in a blistering memo Obama campaign aide Greg Craig, oft-mentioned as a possible deputy secretary of state, put out on March 11.
After a passing shot at her "failed effort" on health insurance, Craig, who was a State Department official under President Clinton, argued that the senator's "claims of foreign policy experience are exaggerated." He then delivered a claim-by-claim rebuttal of Clinton's stated achievements, from her record on Northern Ireland -- "gross exaggeration" -- to opening Kosovo's borders, to urging President Clinton to intervene in Rwanda and so on, including that sniper fire thing in Bosnia.
In contrast, Obama, Craig wrote, "does not use false charges and exaggerated claims to play politics with national security."
Yikes. Well, this was all in the heat of battle. And besides, there's always a chance for something at the National Security Council.
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November 15, 2008; 12:29 PM ET
Categories: Cabinet , Cast of Characters , Hillary Rodham Clinton , In the Loop
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