Hillary Clinton’s Legacy

One great American political tradition is to evaluate major public officials when they depart from the political scene.  Presidential scholars have transformed  this issue into an art.  One of them–Professor David Barber of Duke University–even developed categories of “presidential types.”  Secretaries of State and Defense receive quite a bit of assessment and evaluation when their terms end.  Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day in office as America’s Secretary of State, thus an evaluation of her career as America’s chief diplomat is timely.  The uppermost question is what kind of a Secretary of State was she?  The US media is also paying a lot of attention to her because she is expected to remain a major presidential candidate for the presidential election in 2016. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton’s Legacy”