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Once again, Hillary has been named among the most influential by Time Magazine.  Her entry was penned by Malala Yousafzai who also was named and celebrated by Gabrielle Giffords.

 

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton TIME 100
Larry Marano—Getty Images

The advocate for women leaders

Hillary Clinton is a symbol of strength for women across the world. It was she who famously said, “Women’s rights are human rights.” She not only spoke those words, but also dedicated her life to empowering women around the world through politics and philanthropy. She has been a source of strength for many women leaders, including myself, my family and those who stood by me after I was attacked. “Continue your mission, be strong, we believe in you” is what she said to me, my father and the rest of the Malala Fund team when we met her last year at the Clinton Global Initiative awards. Her life and leadership show women what we can achieve if we believe in our own strength and if we channel our inner creativity, compassion and determination. A world with more women leaders will be a better world, and Hillary Clinton is helping make that possible.

Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who defied the Taliban to attend school and is a co-founder of the Malala Fund

Chelsea Clinton wrote the entry about her friend Jason Collins who was named to the list.

 

Jason Collins

Jason Collins TIME 100
Paola Kudacki for TIME

The NBA player who went first

I met Jason Collins when we were freshmen at Stanford. Not surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was his height. The second thing I noticed was his kindness off the court — and his fierceness on it. Kindness to his friends, his family and fans. Fierceness in his drive to win. Jason has always been focused on others, on what’s right for those he loves, and on helping those whose jersey is the same as his.

When Jason called to talk about his forthcoming Sports Illustrated cover story, “The Gay Athlete,” I realized at some point that I wasn’t surprised we were having the conversation we were. Not because I knew what we were going to talk about when I answered the phone. Rather, because it made eminent sense that it would be Jason becoming the first openly gay, still active pro athlete in a major U.S. sports league.

Jason’s kindness and fierceness alike derive from that word too often bandied about and too rarely true: integrity. Jason has always maintained he’s first a basketball player. He is. But he’s also a leader and an inspiration. For Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon and others whose names we may never know. And also for those of us lucky enough to be fans — or to call him our friend.

Hillary wrote the tribute for her successor at the State Department, John Kerry.

 

John Kerry

John Kerry TIME 100
The Secretary of State visiting Riyadh in January to discuss the conflict in Syria. Brendan Smialowski—The New York Times/Redux

The relentless negotiator

Diplomacy is in John Kerry’s blood. As the son of a foreign-service officer, he grew up understanding that America’s destiny is entwined with that of the wider world.

Diplomacy takes stamina, passion and perspective, and John embodies these traits. He is relentless in the face of the most persistent obstacles — keeping alive the dream of peace in the Middle East, standing up to Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, negotiating the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and signing an interim nuclear deal with Iran. And his work on climate change exemplifies these qualities. Addressing the dangers posed by global warming has long been a personal commitment for him. I know from experience just how hard this is. There’s nobody better suited to carry the cause forward than John Kerry. The people of the United States can be proud he’s representing America and its interests abroad. I know I am.

Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State

 

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Aside from all the obsessive polling and GOP strategizing over a candidacy that remains undeclared,  Hillary is making news rather than always having news made up about her.  While day one of her latest swing through California yielded not even a single twitpic (that I could find), it has caused something of a stir.

As a former secretary of state, she is expected to comment on current events and foreign policy from time to time.   When Secretary Kerry was forging his Iran deal, she remained silent while media folk clamored for a comment.  She has proven far less reticent on the unfolding situation in Ukraine and specifically more recently in Crimea.

Last week, at a conference in Orlando, she responded to a question about Putin’s plans and actions in Ukraine.  Apparently yesterday,  at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser in Long Beach, she elaborated a bit on Putin’s latest moves in Crimea causing the ripple effect we see in today’s headers.

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In early June, 2012, referring to the “avalanche” of news leaks that may or may not have originated in the White House, Dianne Feinstein used the word “Anchluss.”   Yesterday in California,  Hillary did not use that word,  but unmistakably was comparing Putin’s behavior toward Ukraine, specifically the autonomous republic of Crimea,  and conceivably his plans for other former SSRs  (keep an eye on Georgia and Moldova) to Hitler’s absorption of Austria (the Anschluss of 1938) and subsequent annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938.

Hillary did not compare Putin to Hitler.  She compared his behavior to Hitler’s in 1938.  It is an important distinction.  She was comparing tactics and their bases not personalities.

Report: Hillary Clinton Says Putin Behaving Like Adolf Hitler

Putin has justified the Russian incursion into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea by saying that ethnic Russians there need to be protected from attacks.

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An attendee at the fundraiser, Harry Saltzgaver, a newspaper executive, told Buzzfeed that Clinton clarified that “while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”

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Putin “believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” Clinton said, according to the report. “When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”

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It is unremarkable that a retired secretary of state might comment on a situation in which she has insight and familiarity.  That these remarks should have incited a flurry of mocking tweets is a concern since there is historical accuracy in what Hillary said, even if she used neither of the A-words.  We all knew (or should have) what she was talking about, and she is right.  It makes people nervous.

On a bright note, I thought I would share this little gem from HuffPo excerpted from Lisa Rogak’s “Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words.”   It has wonderful quotes and is illustrated with some cute and amusing pics and gifs.  Enjoy!

The Hillary Clinton Guide To Being An Empowered Woman

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Hillary honored two men who were very special to her, Richard Holbrooke and Tom Lantos, flew to South Africa with the Obamas and Bushes to pay final respects to Nelson Mandela, and tweeted birthday wishes to John Kerry.

As the year was closing, Barbara Walters named Hillary the most fascinating person of 2013 and of the 20 years she had been doing her Most Fascinating People show.  We are all pretty confident that Hillary will continue to fascinate even though Barbara is retiring and will no longer be doing the show.

12/03/13 New York NY

Museum of Natural History

Women for Women Internationsl20TH Anniversary Gala Celebration2013 Chamption of Peace Award

12/03/13

New York NY

Best Buy Theater Times Square

Global Impact Award Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

12/04/13

New York NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Inauguration of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum

12/06/13

Washington DC

Lantos Foundation Human Rights Prize

12/10/13

Johannesburg SA

FNB Stadium

Memorial for Nelson Mandela

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Archives for December 2013 may be accessed here.

Happy New Year to all.  Best wishes for health and happiness in 2014 to Hillary,  her family,  and all who visit here!

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What a busy month November was!  There were many honors, awards, and public appearances.

11/01/13

Philadelphia PA

Philadelphia Convention Center

Keynote: Philadelphia Conference for Women

11/06/13

Detroit MI

Westin Book Cadillac hotel

Beaumont Society dinner fundraiser

11/08/13

Santa Monica CA

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

International Medical Corps Award

11/08/13

Los Angeles CA

Panel Discussions w/ Producers Guild of America Re: Inclusion of early childhood development & voluntary service initiatives in productions

11/09/13

Los Angeles CA

USC

MALI (Mexican American Leadership Initiative) Award Brunch

11/09/13

San Francisco CA

Moscone Center

National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo

Regency Ballroom

Millennium Network Event (Clinton Foundation)

11/11/13 New York NY

The Jazz

Malaria No More 2013 Honor

11/11/13 New York NY

East Harlem School Gala

11/11/13 New York NY

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

11/12/13 New York NY

Modern Museum of Art

Premiere of White Gold anti-poaching documentary narrated by HRC

11/14/13

Washington DC

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

American Patriot Award

11/15/13

Washington DC

Georgetown University

Symposium on the future for Afghan women with John Kerry and Laura Bush

11/18/13

Naples FL

The Ritz-Carlton.

Global Financial Leadership Conference

11/18/13

Orlando FL

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center.

Keynote at 2013 Press Ganey National Client Conference.

11/19/13

New York NY

Waldorf Astoria

Present World Jewish Congress Theodor Herzl Award to Elie and Marion Wiesel

11/19/13

New york NY

Waldorf Astoria

Honored at Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2013 Gold Medal Gala

11/20/13

Washington DC

Brookings Institution

Speech on Early Childhood Development

11/20/13

Washington DC

White House

Arlington National Cemetery

Medal of Freedom Ceremony

Wreath Laying at the Grave of John F. Kennedy with Former President Clinton and President & Mrs. Obama

11/20/13

Washington DC

Kennedy Center

Host Screening of Mandela

11/20/13

Washington DC

Smithsonian

Medal of Freedom Honorees Dinner

11/21/13 Philadelphia PA

Liacouras Center, Temple University

Keynote at the U.S.Greenbuilding Council

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Archives for November 2013 may be accessed here.

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It is routine for news outlets that are less than objective to grasp at thoughtless remarks by centrists and loose canons on the other side of the political aisle.  That Newsmax swooped down on this ridiculous comment like a Spring robin on a worm is not surprising.  It is infuriating and reprehensible, however, that Zbigniew Brzezinski provided this fictional ammunition to those who are always at the ready to denigrate anything and everything Hillary Clinton does, has done,  or sets out to do.

Brzezinski: Hillary May Have Been Focused on 2016 as Sec. of State

Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 10:56 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have been too focused on a potential run for president in 2016 to have effectively negotiated the recent peace deal with Iran or other matters, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski suggested Thursday.

“You can’t help but wonder, was she more cautious because she thought, would she have been comfortable negotiating the Iran deal going into 2016?” Brzezinski said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“My point is, [if] she’s being cautious because she’s thinking of 2016, then she’s thinking about the wrong things while being secretary of state,” the former adviser to President Jimmy Carter added.

While there have been many times when it has been necessary to mount a defense here against right-wing and Tea Party operatives,  it is unusual to have to defend Hillary’s record against someone supposedly on her side of the divide.  If this were coming from Jennifer Rubin (see refutation of her assessment of Hillary’s legacy here), for example, I might have shrugged it off at this point since, like The Ancient Mariner, she continues repeating the same refrain ad nauseam.  It comes, however, from someone who should know better, has some credibility in some quarters, and therefore requires correction.

Hillary Clinton was never a shrinking violet on issues relating to Iran, not on their nuclear aspirations and not on their human rights record.  Here are some links that support this statement dating back to 2009.

Video: Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on Iran

September 24, 2009

Secretary Clinton: Further Remarks on Iran

September 26, 2009

Video: Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on Armenia, Iran, and Honduras

March 6, 2010

Three video shorts: Hillary Clinton in Estonia on Iran, Kyrgyzstan, and Syria

April 25, 2010

Videos: Hillary Clinton’s Remarks on North Korea and Iran

May 25, 2010

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on the Anniversary of Iran’s Disputed Presidential Election

June 12, 2010

Secretary Clinton’s Statement on Passage of Iran Sanctions Legislation

June 25, 2010

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out For Sakineh, Gays, and Greens in Iran

August 10, 2010

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out Against Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iran

August 12, 2010

Secretary Clinton’s Statement on Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Iran

February 24, 2011

Video: Secretary Clinton Announces Changes to Iranian Student Visa Validity

May 20, 2011

Secretary Clinton’s Statement: Repression in Iran and Syria

June 14, 2011

Secretaries Clinton & Geithner: Joint Statement on Iran Sanctions

June 23, 2011

Secretary Clinton Commends IAEA Resolution on Iran

November 20, 2011

Secretary Clinton: Measures to Increase Pressure on Iran **Video**

November 21, 2011

Hillary Clinton: Significant Reductions of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases

June 11, 2012

China and Singapore Earn Clinton Credit on Reducing Iranian Crude Imports

June 28, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s Statement on Iran

September 14, 2012

Clearly,  Hillary Clinton leaned hard on Iran throughout her tenure at the State Department.  To suggest that she was pussy-footing flies in the face of the record.  To say that as Secretary of State she calibrated her actions according to a distant future campaign that remains imaginary to this day badly insults her strong performance on many fronts, not just Iran.  That this comes from a voice perceived to be within her own camp and the party in power as she carried out these policies is treacherous and dangerous in that the audience receiving this message is inimical to the progress of the administration she represented in this position.

A last, and important factor that Brzezinski failed to address is the transfer of power within Iran since Hillary stepped down.  She was dealing with Ahmedinejad.   Secretary Kerry inherited the groundwork she laid with a hard line on sanctions (that worked) and a new, reform leader whose openness to a kind of glasnost was apparent from the beginning.

It is facile and pointless to compare the performances of these two secretaries of state.  It borders on slander to design a scenario wherein Hillary Clinton was operating not out of loyalty to her oath but rather out of a political ambition imagined by someone purportedly on her own side of the fence.

Brzezinski is dead wrong on this.  He is wrong about the facts, and he is wrong to have invented a back story the intent of which only could have been to tarnish the record of a fine public servant who deserves our thanks for her very dedicated, selfless work for all of us.  These were graceless remarks.  He should retract them and apologize for misrepresenting Hillary Clinton based on no fact and no knowledge whatsoever.

Hillary!  We’ve got your back!

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Wishing my good friend the 68th a Very Happy 70th Birthday.

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Really?  Really????

On Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton Is In The Hiding

(Tuesday, November 26th, 2013)

Top Democrats have all chimed in over the interim deal reached by Iran, with some cautiously supporting the deal as a first step or publicly opposing it.

One voice has not been heard yet, the voice of the Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ….

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But since the deal was reached Saturday night, Hillary has not yet endorsed the deal or opposed it.

Hillary, who’s exploring a WH run following President Obama’s second term in office, is in a difficult situation. Nevertheless, a voice needed to be heard.

But since the deal was reached Saturday night, Hillary has not yet endorsed the deal or opposed it.

Hillary, who’s exploring a WH run following President Obama’s second term in office, is in a difficult situation. Nevertheless, a voice needed to be heard.

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On Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton Is In The Hiding

(Tuesday, November 26th, 2013)

Top Democrats have all chimed in over the interim deal reached by Iran, with some cautiously supporting the deal as a first step or publicly opposing it.

One voice has not been heard yet, the voice of the Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

– See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/203064/on-iran-deal-hillary-clinton-is-in-the-hiding.html#sthash.JC02kOwY.dpuf

On Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton Is In The Hiding

(Tuesday, November 26th, 2013)

Top Democrats have all chimed in over the interim deal reached by Iran, with some cautiously supporting the deal as a first step or publicly opposing it.

One voice has not been heard yet, the voice of the Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

– See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/203064/on-iran-deal-hillary-clinton-is-in-the-hiding.html#sthash.JC02kOwY.dpuf

On Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton Is In The Hiding

(Tuesday, November 26th, 2013)

Top Democrats have all chimed in over the interim deal reached by Iran, with some cautiously supporting the deal as a first step or publicly opposing it.

One voice has not been heard yet, the voice of the Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

– See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/203064/on-iran-deal-hillary-clinton-is-in-the-hiding.html#sthash.JC02kOwY.dpuf

On Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton Is In The Hiding

(Tuesday, November 26th, 2013)

Top Democrats have all chimed in over the interim deal reached by Iran, with some cautiously supporting the deal as a first step or publicly opposing it.

One voice has not been heard yet, the voice of the Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

– See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/203064/on-iran-deal-hillary-clinton-is-in-the-hiding.html#sthash.JC02kOwY.dpuf

Then there is this follow-up from Jennifer Rubin.

Right Turn

On Iran, what say you Hillary?

By Jennifer Rubin November 25Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has another problem: What to say about Iran? The conservative America Rising is already taunting her with a “Hillary In Hiding” attack, noting that for one of the greatest secretaries of state in history (isn’t that what President Obama said?), she is depriving us of her wisdom on the single most important national security issue of our time– the potential for a nuclear-armed Iran.

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First, she has made it clear that she will  begin giving the very personal campaign decision serious consideration next year.   Clear?

Second, I am sure Hillary is simply overwhelmed by Jennifer Rubin’s sudden appreciation of  her wisdom.  *Fanning Hillary’s face while holding smelling salts under her nose to revive her from a dead faint at this flattery from such unlikely quarters*

Third, back in early 2009, when she first arrived at the State Department,  there was gossip talk of Hillary being kept shrouded, in the shadows, in a burkha promoted by the likes of Dick Morris and Tina Brown among others.  The truth was that she was doing her typical Hillary thing, getting acquainted with her new environment, the people, the responsibilities, and the details.  I kept saying that she was devouring briefs, memos, and treaties,  and when she emerged from her cocoon she was eminently well-versed in all she had studied and decided to reorganize departmental and agency interactions via her Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) which assessors of her legacy at the department have chosen to ignore.

Now we see the return of the Hillary in Hiding meme which went all viral today.  Just a quick reminder:  Hillary Rodham Clinton is a private citizen now and not obliged to comment on anything in particular unless she personally decides she wants to.   While she was Secretary of State, she had plenty to say about Iran.  The press would do well to delve into these archives and see what groundwork she laid for Secretary Kerry.

This archive contains some of what she had to say about Iran while she was Secretary of State.

Since she is under no further obligation to respond to the Iran deal as a private citizen,  she should be permitted the liberty all private citizens have to enjoy her Thanksgiving holiday with her family and not be pressured by unreasonable demands from the press.  Happy Thanksgiving, Mme. Secretary.  Have a lovely holiday and a relaxing weekend!

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