Tongue tied in Brussels

I thought the Obama administration is going to improve relations in Europe. From Reuters

Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts’ names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s.

Clinton has set herself a grueling pace on visits to Egypt, Israel and Brussels soon after touring the Far East, attending dozens of meetings and giving speech after speech, with little time worked into her schedule for sleep.

Here we go again, Hillary is sleep deprived. Where did we hear that before? Wasn’t she the one the American people would want when the phone rang at 3 a.m. in the morning? Not if she talks like this in Europe.

A veteran politician, Clinton compared the complex European political environment to that of the two-party U.S. system, before adding:

“I have never understood multiparty democracy.

“It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy.”

The remark provoked much headshaking in the parliament of a bloc that likes to trace back its democratic tradition thousands of years to the days of classical Greece.

One working lunch later with EU leaders, Clinton raised more eyebrows when she referred to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who stood beside her, as “High Representative Solano.”

She also dubbed European Commission External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner as “Benito.”

I mix up names too but I’m not Secretary of State. Nor should I ever hold that position even if I was the only choice a President had.

From the start I thought Hillary’s appointment to be Secretary of State was a head scratcher and not for partisan reasons for things like the Bosnia sniper silliness. What were her qualifications for this job?

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