Four weeks from publication of her new memoir, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday robustly defended her record as secretary of state and navigator of hot-button crises like Iran’s nuclear drive and elusive Mideast peace.
The book, “Hard Choices,” is set for a June 10 release and offers Clinton a framework for criss-crossing the country to boost her public standing as she mulls a possible run for the White House in 2016.
Clinton told a Washington meeting of the American Jewish Committee that said she spent months holed up in her attic in upstate New York penning her memoir about the pitfalls and progress of conducting diplomacy in more than 110 countries.
The book – “a light summer read,” Clinton quipped – highlights what she described as the “endless set of tough calls” she faced in her four years as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state.
But while hailed as a trailblazer by fellow Democrats, Republicans say Clinton blew many of those calls, arguing that she oversaw a failed “reset” with Russia and ultimately did little to slow Tehran’s march toward nuclear capability.
Republican lawmakers also insist Clinton should take the blame for the administration’s response to the deadly terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, a tragedy she has labelled her darkest time as secretary of state.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, himself a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, recently gave Clinton an “F” for her tenure at the State Department.
But she insisted Wednesday her record was a positive one.
“There are always choices that we later regret, consequences that we do not foresee, alternative paths we wish we had taken, but hopefully we get it more right than wrong,” she said in her speech.
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