December 11, 2012

The Case for Jon Huntsman as Secretary of State

Ian Bremmer, Reuters

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I am not predicting that Huntsman will get the job — just that he is wellequipped to excel in the role. Whoever replaces Clinton is going to follow a remarkably impressive act. There is no question that Clinton was Obama’s most effective appointee, projecting American leadership in a leaderless world. Either Rice or Kerry would both be a fine successor, but if the administration’s calculus makes them untenable, or if they decide to turn away from the conventional depth chart, they should pivot to Asia — and Jon Huntsman Jr.

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TAGGED: Asia, China, Jon Huntsman, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kerry, United States

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