Different Strokes

Hey, look who’s feeling better!

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work Monday for the first time since she was sidelined by illness, a concussion and a blood clot, according to a schedule released by the State Department.

According to the department’s weekly schedule, Clinton is slated to attend a meeting with assistant secretaries of state at 9:15 a.m. ET Monday. On Tuesday she’ll meet with outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon at the White House before attending meetings with ambassadors at the State Department. On Friday Clinton will participate in events surrounding Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington.

On Friday, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland described Clinton’s condition after her release as “upbeat” and “raring to go” and said Clinton was planning to return to work at the State Department this week.

Nuland was asked earlier in the week how Clinton’s illness might affect her plans to testify on Capitol Hill about the deadly September terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Nuland did not directly say whether Clinton would appear.

“She has said that she is open to going up to the Hill. We are working with them now on their schedule because there’s also a question of when they are going to be in, and we will let you know when we have something to share,” Nuland said.

Now, don’t go rushing into anything, Madame Secretary. Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith died only four months ago (this Friday). Our questions have waited this long, and, well, they’re not going to get any more or less dead.

I’m also worried that one pointed question, and she’s going to hemorrhage.

PS: There’s something bizarre about this whole thing. Not that she faked a blood clot—I remain agnostic on that. But she’s been teasing us with her departure for months now. Wouldn’t this have been the ideal time to make it official, when she’s laid up in a hospital bed? It would seem so to me. What is she waiting for?

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