Re "Clinton's stature no guarantee of success," news analysis, Nov. 24
Although concerns regarding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's loyalty to President-elect Barack Obama are legitimate, I question whether Clinton would allow her future ambitions to be quelled by refusing to support a very popular leader. Though Clinton has a fiercely loyal base and considerable power, she cannot afford to pursue a hard-headed foreign policy against her boss' will.
If Obama's popularity wanes, Clinton could assert her own policies and begin to set herself apart, as she did during the campaign, but it would be foolish to appear as the lone dissenter before then.
However, points in the article regarding Vice President-elect Joe Biden's potentially substantial role in foreign policy are justified. Biden has shown that he will likely take a strong stand on relations with Israel, and his position as former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee points to his commitment to issues abroad.