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April 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton instituted a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The first one was completed in December 2010.

Nearly four years later, AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department Jen Psaki to name one thing that Clinton’s QDDR accomplished. Just one.

She can’t.

LEE: “Off the top of your head, can you name one tangible achievement that the last QDDR resulted in?”
PSAKI: “Well Matt, obviously it’s in an extensive, expansive process.”
LEE: “So no.”
PSAKI: “We’re looking at how it was done last time.”
LEE: “Just one.”
PSAKI: “I know, I’m making an important point here.”
LEE: “OK.”
PSAKI: “The secretary wants it to be focused on a more narrow range of issues. It’s always looking at how we can improve things and we’ll see where we come out at the end.”
LEE: “So off the top of your head can you identify one tangible achievement that resulted from the last QDDR?”
PSAKI: “I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort –”
LEE: “One –”
[CROSSTALK]
PSAKI: “Could point out one.”
LEE: “Since you’ve come on board that you’ve noticed that you can point back to and say wow, the first QDDR identified this as a problem and dealt with it?”
PSAKI: “Well as you know, I’ve only been here since it concluded.”
LEE: “OK”
PSAKI: “So I’m sure there were a range of things that were put into place that I’m not even sure were a result.”
LEE: “I won’t hold my breath.”
PSAKI: “OK.”

Psaki has been at the State Department since February 2013. She’s part of the revolving door from lobbying and campaigns to government — Psaki came to State from the 2012 Obama campaign, a perch from which she attacked Mitt Romney’s foreign policy chops.

Romney turns out to have been right when he called Russia America’s number one geostrategic foe, while Psaki’s boss, Obama, has been proved wrong.

Unfortunately, to most Democrat voters, accomplishments don’t matter and they will support Hillary in 2016 anyway.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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IMO the real story here is an AP reporter who bothered to ask some tough questions about a democrat.

18 weeks ago
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Hilliary's biggest accomplishment is staying out of prison. She is a master criminal.
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Hillary did manage for the first time in 30 years, to get a US ambassador killed.
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Matt Lee is the rarest of the rare..a DC reporter who dares to questions the accomplishments of the "insiders". Good for him, though I think he'll be re-assigned before long, if not meet with an unfortunate accident.
18 weeks ago
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The man now in charge of the BLM should be fired or demoted to a much less important role. His appointment is/was a case of political hanky-panky. Harry Reid would not be in office if it weren't for the Tea Party and its candidate, Angle.
18 weeks ago
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Hillary Clinton traveled a lot but accomplished nothing of importance while she was Secretary of State. Her congressional appearances showed her to be an irascible old woman.
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Hillary's greatest accomplishment through the years is managing to never advance beyond the status of unindicted co-conspirator.

It's not easy balancing an image as the "smartest woman in the world," a de facto co-president with her finger on the pulse of the Clinton White House, with the woman who when confronted with various and sundry ethical transgressions and potentially criminal behavior, didn't know nothin' about nothin'.
18 weeks ago
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She's the perfect politician.
18 weeks ago
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Ah, but they want credit for the work and the noble intentions (the inputs) rather than the outputs (the results). No doubt it's something they learned in grade school where they expected an "A" for effort. And no one is punished or in any way held accountable for failure.

So Hillary's "accomplishment" is that she visited this many countries and traveled that many miles. Kerry's expects credit for making a dozen trips to Jerusalem and Ramallah as part of his peace push. Never mind that those efforts have made things worse.
18 weeks ago
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Romney said Geopolitical not Geostrategic I believe.
18 weeks ago
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When you ask this question on any blog, you are told to google it. When you do and tell them you were unable to find anything, they start calling you names.
18 weeks ago
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Hillary has quite a few accomplishments as SoS. She racked up more airline miles than any other SoS. She help replace are allies with enemies through out the Middle East. She murdered 4 of our people in Benghazi by depraved indifference and lied to the families of her victims and the country. And she said what difference does it make.
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I think Hillary is a terrible person. I despise her.

Just on the basis of its' name the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review looks like the Quadrennial Defense Review.

It would not hurt the average voting American to read, discuss & debate either document.

I would like to see some career diplomats put their John Henry's on a document spelling out what they think, why they think it and what they expect to accomplish carrying out certain policies. As much as I hate campaign contributors getting diplomatic posts since it smacks of cronyism, many career diplomats seem just as hapless.

As pointed out Psaki is involved with promoting her team's policies whatever they are and she trashed talk Romney. Yet here she is looking like the proverbial deer in the head lights. We need to get down in the weeds on everything including the QDDR.
18 weeks ago
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She had arrested and jailed an innocent man, ran a gun operation to Syria outside of America's representative oversight, covered up a massacre at the embassy, watched as China grabbed the seas, Russia grabbed land and Iran built nukes.

For a leftist Democrat that's an MVP career.

On the other hand she kept the bimbo eruptions and felonies to a minimum.
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