Good Morning America (curses upon them for refusing to allow video embedding) interviewed Secretary of State Clinton yesterday in New Delhi. Secretary Clinton had a fascinating take on several topics, including the manufactured controversy over her alleged “marginalization:”
President Obama's former rival in the Democratic presidential race scoffed at recent reports that she had been marginalized.That blunt response won’t stop roosters from taking credit for crowing up the sunrise, but there it is.
"How can it frustrate me, it's so ridiculous, there's no basis for it," Clinton said when asked whether she is frustrated by reports of marginalization.
"I could not be more satisfied working with the president," she said.
Unlike Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters, Secretary Clinton believes captured American soldier Bowe Bergdahl is worth saving:
Clinton told ABC News the United States is "doing everything we can to locate him and free him."My favorite part of the interview was when Clinton described the new philosophy for dealing with North Korea:
"It's just outrageous," she said. "It's a real sign of desperation and inappropriate criminal behavior on the parts of these terrorist groups, so we are going to do everything we can to get him."
Clinton said she was not free to talk about whether the soldier, Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl, was still in Afghanistan. But she repeated her offer to welcome anyone supporting the Taliban to lay down their arms.
Another major problem the secretary faces is North Korea, which has tested missiles and has been relentless in its pursuit of nuclear weapon capability. Clinton acknowledged that the Obama administration has shifted its approach toward North Korea by not responding to its provocations.Lord knows I’m no diplomat, but this is a refreshing change from the Bush era approach of pretending every tin-horn despot and blustering bully was an existential threat. I’m so glad the grown-ups are back in charge.
"We weren't going to give the North Koreans the satisfaction they were looking for, which was ... to elevate them again to center stage," she told ABC. "What we've seen, constant demand for attention. Maybe it's the mother in me or the experience that I've had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention. Don't give it to them. They don't deserve it. They are acting out to send a message that we're not interested in receiving."
Clinton added that she doesn't know whether North Korea will go ahead and launch a long-range missile but, surprisingly, downplayed any threat from the country.
"We understand their capabilities, which are not all that great frankly, their military doesn't pose a threat to us," she said. "We know our allies -- Japan and South Korea -- are very concerned. They watch what we watch and we know what's really going on there."
[Cross-posted at Rumproast]