Clinton vindicated over UNSC Libya no-fly zone proposal

March 18th, 2011 - 5:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New York, Mar. 18 (ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s who has been pushing President Barack Obama to join the fight to liberate Libya from Muammar Gaddafi, felt vindicated Thursday, when the UN Security Council approved a resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, including a no-fly zone.

Clinton’s persistence in the anti-Gaddafi cause has been such a constant in the White House in recent days that Obama, according to reports, joked about Clinton lobbing rocks through his window during his remarks at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner.

Also, her revelation that she won’t be staying on if there is a second Obama term, has not surprised her friends, who say she’s spending more time considering her post-government options.

Two Clinton friends, who speak with her regularly, told POLITICO she wasn’t trying to send any message to Obama with her interview with Wolf Blitzer Wednesday and she has no plans to leave earlier than the end of the president’s first term.

But they say her Sherman-esque statement reflects a growing sense of crisis fatigue that friends can read in her face, hear in her voice and recognize in her wistful talk about the future.

Moreover, her chat with Blitzer took place during an especially draining week that saw her spokesman, P.J. Crowley, forced out for publicly criticizing the Pentagon over its treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning and during week-long trip to Europe and North Africa, where her triumphant visit to Cairo’s Tahrir Square was tarnished somewhat, by a snub at the hands of some pro-democracy leaders.

“She’s tired - she still likes what she’s doing - but she’s tired,” said one longtime Clinton friend, who noted that Clinton is still regarded as a relative outsider in Obama’s tight-knit inner circle.

In private, Clinton often tells friends she’s looking forward to a new, lower-stress life, which might include writing another autobiography - this one covering her epic 2008 primary campaign loss to Obama and tumultuous tenure as the nation’s top diplomat - teaching, and possibly starting her own foundation which might be focused on promoting international women’s rights.

The former New York senator is considering a “book, speeches, teaching, a foundation - either his or starting her own,” said a Clinton family friend who has spoken to her recently. “The world will be her oyster.”

At the moment, however, the world is offering Clinton precious few pearls. (ANI)

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