It is well known that Secretary Clinton soon had doubts about Arturo’s instincts – particularly when he continued to advocate the reelection of Jose Miguel Insulza at the OAS, even after Insulza had double-crossed Clinton on a number of issues.
In addition, Arturo’s heart did not seem to be in the bureaucratic mud-wrestling over policy. The NSC Senior Director Dan Restrepo – Valenzuela’s junior in every respect, but a veteran of the Obama campaign – refused to establish a collegial relationship with his State Department colleague. As a result, any meaningful initiatives that Valenzuela had in mind failed to prosper.
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