Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that the incoming Obama administration will seek to engage directly with Iran in an effort to persuade it to abandon its nuclear program and become “a constructive regional actor,” underscoring a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy from the Bush administration.
By Glenn Kessler
The Washington Post
In prepared testimony and remarks during her confirmation hearing — which were supplemented by 79 pages of formal answers to questions posed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — Clinton was careful not to tip her hand on specific plans or policies that the new administration might pursue. But she struck a consistent theme of active engagement and unyielding diplomacy, a sharp contrast to President Bush‘s policy of refusing to deal with countries that did not first meet conditions set by the United States.
“I don’t get up every morning thinking only about the threats and dangers we face,” Clinton said. “With every challenge comes an opportunity to find promise and possibility in the face of adversity and complexity.”
Clinton also pledged greater involvement in the quest for Middle East peace but was not drawn into specific questions about how the incoming administration might handle Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip.