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Currently I see the U.S. Secretary of State as primarily a position of prestige. In past years Sec. of State wielded power and influence.

In recent political history, one of the first signs the Sec. of State was of diminishing power, was the treatment of Sec. Cyrus Vance during the Carter years. Sec. Vance was essentially shut out of Iranian policy when a critical situation developed, a situation Vance was vehemently opposed to. He resigned in protest in April 1980.

Ever since then, it has been the National Security Chief, the president, along with the VP and other close advisors that actually come up with foreign policy. The Sec. of State basically acts as a spokesperson for the White House foreign affairs team. This is the way I see current power structures in the American world of foreign policy. Just my opinion.:)

Would Hillary be satisfied with such a position of limited power and influence?

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Rice would be the one person from the Bush administration that I would like to stay on the Obama administration. I thought she did an admirable job considering the obstacles she had to deal with.

Clinton on the other hand would be a mistake & would be a liability for Obama. For one, the administration would no longer appear nonpartisan & secondly she would be under attack far more for her to do any good. Not to mention I personally don't trust her.

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Currently I see the U.S. Secretary of State as primarily a position of prestige. In past years Sec. of State wielded power and influence.

In recent political history, one of the first signs the Sec. of State was of diminishing power, was the treatment of Sec. Cyrus Vance during the Carter years. Sec. Vance was essentially shut out of Iranian policy when a critical situation developed, a situation Vance was vehemently opposed to. He resigned in protest in April 1980.

Ever since then, it has been the National Security Chief, the president, along with the VP and other close advisors that actually come up with foreign policy. The Sec. of State basically acts as a spokesperson for the White House foreign affairs team. This is the way I see current power structures in the American world of foreign policy. Just my opinion.:)

Would Hillary be satisfied with such a position of limited power and influence?

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Rice would be the one person from the Bush administration that I would like to stay on the Obama administration. I thought she did an admirable job considering the obstacles she had to deal with.

Clinton on the other hand would be a mistake & would be a liability for Obama. For one, the administration would no longer appear nonpartisan & secondly she would be under attack far more for her to do any good. Not to mention I personally don't trust her.

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We mustn't forget the US Sec. of State is very very close to the top of succession to the presidency.

I just wish Sec. of State actually meant something these days. Who was the last Sec. of State to actually wield power and influence? We can remember recent former Secretaries of State Dean Rusk, and Henry Kissinger. But when was the the last time the position ever really meant anything.....

Hillary is way too valuable to put into a position like that. The country needs her in a more meaningful role. (just my 2 cents.:) )

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We mustn't forget the US Sec. of State is very very close to the top of succession to the presidency.

I just wish Sec. of State actually meant something these days. Who was the last Sec. of State to actually wield power and influence? We can remember recent former Secretaries of State Dean Rusk, and Henry Kissinger. But when was the the last time the position ever really meant anything.....

Hillary is way too valuable to put into a position like that. The country needs her in a more meaningful role. (just my 2 cents.:) )

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