Clinton was the strongest voice within the Administration inner circle for a more activist US military role in regime change operations across the region, as the NYT reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/politics/in-behind-scene-blows-and-triumphs-sense-of-clinton-future.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
The disclosures about Mrs. Clintons behind-the-scenes role in Syria and Myanmar one a setback, the other a success offer a window into her time as a member of Mr. Obamas cabinet. They may also be a guide to her thinking as she ponders a future run for the presidency with favorability ratings that are the highest of her career, even after her last months at the State Department were marred by the deadly attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Secretary Clinton has dramatically changed the face of U.S. foreign policy globally for the good, said Richard L. Armitage, deputy secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration. But I wish she had been unleashed more by the White House.
In an administration often faulted for its timidity abroad, Clinton wanted to lead from the front, not from behind, said Vali R. Nasr, a former State Department adviser on Afghanistan and Pakistan who is now the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.