Hillary Clinton's Quiet Revolution

David Rothkopf says the Secretary of State is crafting the first meaningful foreign policy doctrine since the end of the Cold War. Columnists say he's way off the mark.

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David Rothkopf, a blogger for Foreign Policy and ex-Clinton administration official, thinks Hillary Clinton is quietly engineering a total transformation of U.S. foreign policy.  How's that? He grandly credits her with "rethinking the very nature of diplomacy," citing new appointments at the State Department and her mission to make India and Brazil "full partners" in global strategy.

But if she's so revolutionary, why is Rothkopf the only foreign policy wonk who's noticed? He thinks sexism has something to do with it: Hillary Clinton, he writes, "has drawn more attention for her moods, looks, outtakes and (of course) relationship with her husband than for, well, her work revamping the nation's foreign policy."

But Rothkopf's peers tell a different story. Some argue that the reason they haven't noticed any revolution at the State Department is that there hasn't been one. In fact, some say they have no idea what he's even talking about.

  • What is David Rothkopf Smoking? asks Christian Brose in Foreign Policy Magazine. "How is it possible for anyone who thinks and writes about foreign policy for a living -- anyone who has not completely and unquestioningly drunk the Obama kool-aid, or who isn't financially obligated to sell it -- to think that Hillary Clinton, or even Barack Obama, is transforming U.S. foreign policy?"
  • What Revolution? asks James Joyner at The Atlantic Council. "Now, it's mighty early to assess Hillary Clinton's imprint on America's foreign policy. Barely seven months in, the new administration still has a whopping 57 percent of its appointments vacant. But, really, how revolutionary is any of this?"
  • Christian Brose Is All 'Wee Wee'd Up,' says David Rothkopf with a shrug. "It should be noted that coincidentally Brose was a speech-writer at State during the Bush administration."
  • Rothkopf Gets It,  writes Taylor Marsh. Clinton's policy on women matters. "Rothkopft's piece outlines what I have titled 'revolutionary' vision at State, which includes Clinton's understanding that and girls can save the world."
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