Now we know what the First Lady's pilgrimage through South Asia and its timing are about. On this quasi-state visit, Hillary Rodham Clinton is having a first-hand look at the governance of major countries, providing an insightful link to the president that no ambassador could convey. With two traditional societies governed by woman prime ministers, it is natural for "women's issues" to arise in discussions. Important issues they are.
And we are sure these impressions will not be wasted on the First Lady's traveling companion. If Chelsea Clinton does not write the best essay in Sidwell Friends School's sophomore class on what she did over spring break, that will not be the fault of her mother, or the nation's taxpayers, or Pakistan's.