Mission seems to have been to reposition the US from dominant superpower to willing business partner.

This article titled “Hillary Clinton: book tells plane truths behind aims as secretary of state” was written by Emma G Keller, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 15th February 2013 17.25 UTC

The enduring question regarding Hillary Clinton’s four years as secretary for state is how she managed to fly a million miles in four years and accomplish a certain amount of diplomacy at the same time. A new account by one of her traveling press corps fills in some of the blanks.

Kim Ghattas knows the kind of detail we want from her book, The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of Power. After all, she travelled in Clinton’s press corps on many of her notorious leg-after-leg journeys. Ghattas tells us how uncomfortable it all was, writing that the sleep deprivation and jet lag could make people either “comatose” or “delirious” with exhaustion. She describes the food panic on the plane when endless unplanned stops were added to trips with no time to bring additional meals on board. (Hillary kindly brought the chocolates from her hotel room and passed them to a ravenous press corps.)

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