Clinton: “I think I’ll serve as secretary of state as my last public position”

As noted by the Telegraph’s Nile Gardiner, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has told an audience in Bahrain that the post will likely be her last in public office.

Clinton was speaking at a town hall meeting in Bahrain, where she’s attending a Gulf security summit hosted by Bahrain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies, where Yemen and Iran are expected to dominate the agenda.

“I think I’ll serve as secretary of state as my last public position, and then probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children and particularly around the world,” Clinton, who will begin her third year in the position in January, said at a town hall meeting.

As Nile Gardiner points out

The timing of her statement was highly significant, coming just days after Wikileaks published hundreds of thousands of confidential State Department cables with the aid of several newspapers across the world, including The New York Times. Mrs. Clinton has been given the unenviable task of trying to repair the huge damage which the leaks have inflicted upon the trust America’s allies traditionally place in Washington. She has already been directly in touch with dozens of world leaders in an effort to soften the blow to America’s standing.

Indeed, the Secretary of State has led the US administration’s attack on Wikileaks – and is acting as a firebreak for President Barack Obama.

But having signed off on intelligence directives to US diplomats directing them to, in effect, spy on senior UN staff and delegates, Hillary Clinton may have little choice in the matter.

CBS notes an interesting aside from the US Secretary of State

In addition to personal passions, Clinton also noted the strain of the job of president as a deterrent towards seeking further election.

“Every president, if you watch what they look like when they come into office, you can see their hair turn white because it’s such a hard job,” she said.

And it’s not a magical unicorn fairyland white either.

Of course, when Hillary Clinton goes it’s likely her the US economic envoy will go too.

So best make the most of him while he’s here…