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Today, I write about Hillary Clinton and Boko Haram:

The slowness of the State Department’s designation of Boko Haram, no doubt, reflects Foggy Bottom’s general reflex toward passivity and its taste for otherworldly arguments. But the designation fiasco is nonetheless a sign of how Clinton’s lackluster tenure as secretary of state will dog her. She can’t even hit Boko Haram without it becoming an argument about how she had no tangible successes. As President Barack Obama’s top foreign-policy official, she logged nearly a million miles of travel but was otherwise an appendage of a strategy of retreat.

Dean Acheson’s memoir of his time as secretary of state was called “Present at the Creation.” Hillary Clinton’s should be called, simply, “Present.”

 



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