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Tough Talk on Israel

Clinton says that her "very strong statement" calling for a settlement freeze helped pave the way for a deal in which "we will end up in a place that no Israeli government has ever gone before."

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Testing Reactions

Clinton says she uses her at-times blunt language to test out certain ideas, pointing to her comment on the possible need to provide a "defense umbrella" to Persian Gulf allies.

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Supporting the President

"You can disagree with the president, you can argue for different policies, but at the end of the day you have to be part of a team."

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Engagement not a Bust

The critics have got it wrong, Clinton argues, saying engagement is an effort to have "some positive outcomes--no guarantees."

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Not Frustrating -- But 'Challenging'

She loves her job but it's a "really hard job," Clinton says, with so many issues on her plate "whose complexity make easy answers unachievable."

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About The Interview

Post reporters Glenn Kessler and Mary Beth Sheridan interview Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sept. 14, 2009.
» Read the Transcript of the full interview.

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