I am heartened to see that, in Hillary Clinton, we have a Secretary of State with the backbone to put Jimmy Carter in his place after his outrageous trip to North Korea:
Former President Jimmy Carter and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari were hoping to visit the State Department this week to brief officials on their recent trip to North Korea, but nobody at the State Department was available to meet with them…
It’s no secret at all that the Elders’ trip to North Korea was viewed as extremely unhelpful by the governments both in Washington and Seoul. Chris Nelson reported on April 29 that Clinton reacted strongly when asked in a morning meeting if she wanted to meet with Carter. . . .
“‘Do you want to meet with Carter?’ Clinton is looking at papers, and just says ‘No.’ Then she pauses, looks up and adds, ‘HELL no!!!’”
And that, combined with the delicious snub of “Sorry, no one is available to meet with you,” is the appropriate response after Carter, while in North Korea, accused the U. S. and South Korea of violating human rights. (No, you do not want to get me started on that outrage.)
I would be engaging in Anglican understatement if I were to say I have never been a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. But I have to admit she has now earned my respect.