HILLARY EVADES BRITISH REPORTER’S QUESTION ABOUT AMERICA'S APPROVAL RATINGS PLUMMETING DURING HER TENURE AS SECRETARY OF STATE — GLIBLY STATES IT’S NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST
Former Secretary of State complained that there is an "inherent contradiction ... when America acts in furtherance of our values, our interests, and our security that is not going to be universally popular..." and she also said that sometimes U.S. popularity drops when it refuses to act – Concluding that “... it isn’t a popularity contest...”; she asserted her support of the Obama administration’s abandonment of "Bush's unilateralism"
While Hillary Clinton was spending this American holiday weekend on a two-day book tour in the United Kingdom promoting her new book "Hard Choices," she stopped by the Guardian for what turned out to be a surprisingly tough interview. Friday during a session with the Guardian's Phoebe Greenwood, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about some of the misguided foreign policy initiatives of the Obama administration (See “BRITISH REPORTER CALLS OUT HILLARY: DURING YOUR TENURE, AMERICA'S APPROVAL RATINGS PLUMMETED” by Pam Key, 7/4/14, Breitbart/ TV [http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/07/04/British-Reporter-Calls-Out-Clinton-During-Your-Tenure-Americas-Approval-Ratings-Plummeted]).
The Guardian’s interviewer confronted former Secretary Clinton with this: "You thought that it was absolutely necessary to restore America's standing, its reputation in the world, damaged in the Bush administration and yet according to a Pew Research figures, um, actually during your period, your tenure as Secretary of State some of the approval ratings in countries that were focuses of your foreign policy such as Pakistan, Egypt, China even the UK, approval ratings to the U.S. actually fell."
Clinton was able to evade the question about the drop in U.S. popularity under the Obama Administration. She did this by way of an assertion that there was an "inherent contradiction" — "of course when America acts in furtherance of our values, our interests, and our security that is not going to be universally popular." Whereupon the former Secretary of State defiantly defended Obama’s reversal the Bush Administration's unilateralism. Her most interesting remark might have been the glib – “...It’s not a popularity contest...” (See “Edward Snowden should have right to legal defence in US, says Hillary Clinton” by Phoebe Greenwood, 7/4/14, The Guardian
[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/04/edward-snowden-legal-defence-hillary-clinton-interview] the question by Phoebe Greenwood leading to HC’s protracted but defensive answer appears at the 10:40 min:second mark in the video link contained on this site. Although the rambling answer did call for a follow-up, none was forthcoming from Ms. Greenwood.). Phoebe Greenwood’s print report at the cite above did not mention the part of the interview in which she asked Ms. Clinton about the drop in U.S. popularity in various places around the globe during her tenure as Secretary of State.