Hillary suggests that Iran be part of a summit on Afghanistan
Let’s pretend that Bill Richardson had been chosen Secretary of State and made the exact same suggestion. Imagine all the angry right-wing comments that would have resulted. When Hillary was first chosen, I felt it was the worst job for her and the country.
Obama trying to get everyone involved suddenly makes sense to me.
Other changes are Obama personally asking to make peace with those elements of the Taliban who are willing to be peaceful. Again more people would have criticized this if he did not butter up establishment figures by putting them in the cabinet where he could talk them into agreeing with him. He also offered to stop NATO’s explanation in return for Russian help in stopping Iran’s nuke program. I still fear a downsize to this but that’s for a different posting.