Clinton heads to Pacific, but no American Samoa stop planned

Amid talk that the US intends “pivot” or “rebalance” its military forces to Asia and the Pacific, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jets off this weekend to the Cook Islands en route to East Asia.

Clinton embarked on a similar trip to Asia in late 2010 under similar pretenses. She wrapped up the visit by making a brief stop in American Samoa, a territory she won in her failed bid for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President. However, It doesn’t look like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be stopping in American Samoa this time around. Continue reading