Was Clinton too verbally hard on Pakistan?

Hillary Clinton, April 22, 2009

Over at FP's Shadow Government blog ("notes from the loyal opposition"), some people think Secretary Clinton laid the smack down too hard:

  • Peter Feaver thinks that when Clinton said the Pakistani government was "abdicating" to the Taliban, she stated her views "undiplomatically."
  • My colleague Christian Brose thinks Clinton should be holding her tongue when it comes to publicly criticizing Pakistan.

As a woman, does Clinton feel pressure to come on hard and tough? If she hadn't spoken out when the Taliban were a mere 60 miles from the Pakistani capital, would some have perceived her as too soft?

I'm pressed for time today, unfortunately, so here's one more link and Secretary Clinton's schedule:

  • "Obama-Clinton proves a winning team" (CNN.com)

11:30 a.m. Signing Ceremony with His Excellency Cristian Diaconescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

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