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  •  What does that even mean? (10+ / 0-)

    So because the left was afraid of Mitt Romney winning, criticism of the President was forbidden during election season (which is 2 years long, btw).  

    Now that the President is elected, criticism of his potential appointments is ALSO forbidden?  

    Should we make like Mitt Romney and only criticize the President (and now, people the President may like!) behind closed doors and with quiet voices?  


    Also, to answer your question (even though you didn't ask me), OF COURSE Clinton was setting foreign policy over the last 4 years.  The President is one man.  There are literally not enough hours in the day for him to set policy for every single department he oversees.  Clinton's JOB is to make decisions for the President.  

    •  Sweet Jesus (4+ / 0-)

      Youthink Clinton was setting foreign policy...okey dokey then.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:46:40 PM PST

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      •  I spell it okie dokie (5+ / 0-)
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        Personal preference thing?

        Anyway, yes.  Is this a crazy thought?  The State Department has close to 50,000 employees, maintains relations with 180 odd some countries, and spends almost 30 billion dollars a year.  

        What I'm saying is that the President literally does not have time to make every decision for the Department of State.  He relies on the people he appoints to make decisions for him.  

        OF COURSE he has ultimate authority over Clinton.  But you really think Clinton runs by every aid program and policy statement by the President?  Do you think the President has so little respect for the people he appoints?  

      •  A president's team (4+ / 0-)
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        influences actions in their area.

        Otherwise, if they were just mindless drones, why the hell would anyone care WHO is appointed.  Of course they have influence.

        And yes, therefore people should advocate for cabinet members who will help craft good policies.

        Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

        by Mindful Nature on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 06:09:59 PM PST

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    •  POLICY v IMPLEMENTATION (2+ / 0-)
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      Vote4Obamain2012, OIL GUY

      Macro decisions are made by the President, especially anybody who has observed this administration. He is fairly hands on regarding foreign policy, to the point of even bringing drone decisions to the White House. Rice will have the micro role, but the idea that she will force Obama into a war is just ridiculous, as ridiculous as suggesting Clinton could.

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