Secretary of state designate Hillary Clinton Tuesday promised a "smart" blend of U.S. military and diplomatic power projection under Barack Obama, and said America must never give up on Middle East peace.
In the latest twist to her trail-blazing political career,
She also previewed an "aggressive" bid to halt
"I believe American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted," said Clinton, who narrowly lost her campaign against Obama for the Democratic nomination last year, ending her bid to be the first woman president.
"We must use what has been called smart power, the full range of tools at our disposal,"
In a dig at the Bush administration,
But, Clinton, who is expected to cruise towards confirmation, warned that military power "will sometimes be necessary ... as a last resort."
She said the Obama administration, which takes office January 20, will try a "new approach" by using diplomacy towards
Touching on the
"The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to
The former first lady also promised a "comprehensive" terrorism strategy to root out al Qaeda, and like the Bush administration, warned the greatest threat to
She said the Obama administration would seek to reduce global nuclear stockpiles and proliferation.
Clinton, who spoke scathingly of
"We want a positive and cooperative relationship with
"But this is not a one-way effort -- much of what we will do depends on the choices
She also said Obama wanted a cooperative relationship with
The only note of discord came in a courteous but forceful warning from Republican Senator Richard Lugar, who wanted more steps taken to avoid conflicts of interests between
The nonprofit foundation, which works on HIV/AIDS, climate change and poverty, has accepted more than 131 million dollars from foreign governments, including
Senator John Kerry, the committee chairman and 2004 Democratic presidential hopeful who reportedly lobbied Obama for the secretary of state position, said that he hoped to vote on