Celebrated Ronald Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan said Sunday that Hillary Clinton is trying to prove she mattered in her tenure as President Obama’s first secretary of state.
Clinton’s book, which is due in June, will reportedly focus on her tenure running the State Department. Prior to that she served as first lady during President Bill Clinton’s administration and as a U.S. senator from New York State.
Noonan noted that Clinton must counter a popular impression that she was a placeholder secretary during a less-than-exemplary period for American statecraft.
Noonan’s fellow panelists speculated that getting more credit for policy-making could be a monkey’s-paw achievement for Clinton, noting that her time at State saw the deadly conquest of the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya by Islamic militants and controversial secret negotiations with Iran, and that she has been criticized by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.