The more I think about Hillary Clinton's appointment as Secretary of State, the more baffled I become. I can't understand what Barack Obama is thinking of. Sure, she is the best known American throughout the world, but her direct foreign policy experience is negligible. That's not necessarily a disqualification for the job is the President is experienced in the area, but Obama isn't.
Secondly, there is little love lost between Clinton and Obama, so to appoint your chief political rival to such a high profile post is brave, if not foolhardy. Why? Because if Hillary Clinton reverts to type, she will try to run her own foreign policy (with husband Bill no doubt advising from behind the scenes), independent of the White House. If she does that there will be huge trouble ahead.
It is so important for America's reputation in the world that US foreign policy is seen to work. The reason the world would have voted for Obama - if it could have done - was because it saw someone who would be the direct antithesis to the Bush/Cheney years, whatever the rights and wrongs of that view are.
It is absolutely vital that Obama and Clinton understand the ground rules of their relationship, and from everybody's perspective, let's hope they were set by Obama, rather than Hillary.