[our Secretary of State]
The Kyrgyz government announced that it is withdrawing permission for the United States to maintain our airbase at Manas in that country. The base is crucial to the American war effort in neighboring Afghanistan.
The base closure announcement came at the same time as the announcement of a new Russian $2.15 billion aid package to Kyrgyzstan. Which is to say the Russians bribed the Kyrgyz government to kick us out. Why didn't the State Department anticipate this and pre-emptively bribe even more or otherwise finagle so as to keep the base?
Mrs. Clinton described the loss of the airbases as "regrettable."
Hint: From Condoleeza Rice to Hillary Clinton is not up. Clinton apparently got out-maneuvered by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in her first major diplomatic challenge. It is a major diplomatic defeat for the United States.
The Clinton appointment was a political deal, doubtless with various objectives in mind. None of which apparently was having an adept Secretary of State to manage our foreign policy.