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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 18, 2008 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Clinton as Secretary of State isn't so Hillary-ous

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President-elect Obama is considering appointing Sen. Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State.

Henry Kissinger, who was Richard Nixon's Secretary of State, thinks this would be a good idea:

"I believe it would be an outstanding appointment," Mr. Kissinger said when asked about the rumor at the World Economic Forum in India over the weekend. "If it is true, it shows a number of things, including great courage on the part of the President-Elect.

"To appoint a very strong personality into a prominent cabinet position requires a great deal of courage." (Henry should know.)

Marty Peretz, editor in chief of the influential liberal magazine The New Republic, thinks it would be a bad idea:

"Hillary is not a person of principle. She is a person of shifting position. The best you can say of her, then, is that she is flexible, endlessly flexible." Mr. Peretz said.

The ideological flexibility Mr. Peretz deplores is really an asset, argued New York Times columnist Gail Collins.

"I know, my little Obama hyper-partisans," she wrote Saturday. "You spent a year of your lives trying to keep Hillary out of the White House because she voted to let the Bush administration invade Iraq. And now, your man is talking about letting her be the point person on foreign policy. What happened to transformative change?

"We've been all through this before. Candidates who promise to bring everyone together are talking about meeting in the middle. The only people who think Barack Obama is a radical are you and Joe the Plumber," she wrote.

Perhaps because I share Joe the Plumber's concerns about the president-elect, Ms. Collins' reasoning appeals to me. Since Mr. Obama is most unlikely to pick the candidate I prefer -- former UN Ambassador John Bolton -- my attitude is, why not Hillary?

This isn't because I think Sen. Clinton would perform particularly well as Secretary of State. I don't. But Sen. Clinton and her qualifications cannot be judged in isolation. They have to be judged in comparison with those of the likely alternatives. Besides hers, the names most frequently bruited about have been Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

One of the criticisms Mr. Peretz makes of her -- "She is not a committed leftist at all" -- is one of the reasons why I prefer Hillary to these two. Hillary Clinton will say anything, promise anything, do anything to get what she wants, but she is, as Mr. Peretz notes, "a committed situationalist." She is more likely than an ideologue to let reality intrude in her decisionmaking. And she is smart enough to recognize reality when it sticks its ugly snout under the tent. Sen. Kerry, I fear, really believes the left-wing drivel he spouts.

Ms. Collins, who also tends to believe that left wing drivel, sees another problem: "Although Kerry has many excellent qualities and his children appear to be very fond of him, if there is a contest for Senator You Would Least Want to Have a Cup of Coffee With, he would be a good bet for top 10," Ms. Collins wrote. "Politicians often brag that they never forget a name, but Kerry is one of those guys who can't even remember a face."

Bill Richardson has as a fine a resume as one could ask for in a candidate for Secretary of State: a long time member of Congress who served as UN Ambassador and Energy Secretary before being elected governor.

But, as Joe Biden painfully reminds us, it is, alas, possible to hold a lot of important jobs in politics without performing any of them well, and Gov. Richardson has a tendency to say nutty things. Mr. Peretz described him as "very much a light-weight," a description I am inclined to agree with. Whatever criticisms one might make of Hillary Clinton, a light-weight she isn't.

It could be politically useful for Mr. Obama, a gesture of party unity, to pick Sen. Clinton. He may in the end decide she brings too much baggage (Hil comes with Bill). But the mere fact he's considering her shows Sen. Obama has learned from the flap over his failure to vet Sen. Clinton to be his running mate.

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