[Washington, D.C.; January 13. Image via Getty]

US Secretary of State designate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) smiles as she begins her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2009. Clinton Tuesday promised a new era of 'smart' US military and diplomatic power under president-elect Barack Obama, saying American global leadership would no longer be found wanting. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)