Oh Hillary, that hairstyle just doesn't cut it: Mrs Clinton prepares for huge UN meeting with lank locks

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:59 PM on 20th September 2010

  • Iran's President Ahmadinejad arrives at UN headquarters in New York today
  • He insists Iran does not want atomic bomb
Hillary Clinton has been telling everyone that organising her daughter Chelsea's wedding was the most stressful thing she'd done in some time.
But with that happy event out of the way, most observers would expect her to be back at the top of her game in time to take on Iran's President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
With two of the three American hikers still being held by the Tehran regime and Sakineh Ashtiani still facing death by stoning, a mighty war of words is expected in New York.
But if her plan of action seemed to be in place as she attacked Ahmadinejad's 'flawed election' to a second term, her hair wasn't.
She's got the blues: United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen during a meetingat UN HQ in New York yesterday ahead of the General Assembly
She's got the blues: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen during a meeting at UN HQ in New York yesterday ahead of the General Assembly
The normally perfect bouffant was gone, to be replaced by what came to be known on Kate Moss at least as the Croydon Facelift.
Mrs Clinton's hair was scraped back and clipped on top of her head, but looked lank and in need of some love and understanding.
She wore a brilliant blue suit but that served only to make her features stand out more sharply as she met delegates - including the UK's International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell - at UN HQ last night.
With minimal make-up, Mrs Clinton's 63 years came into sharp focus as she moved neatly from urging Pakistan to mend its reputation to an attempt to undermine Mr Ahmadinejad within his own country.
She urged the people of Iran to reject what she says is an expansion of the Iranian military's role and power.
Clinton said Washington was increasingly concerned about the rise of military power in Iran, the main U.S. adversary in the Middle East.
Scraped up: Mrs Clinton's hairstyle appears to have been done in a rush
In an interview for broadcast on Sunday on ABC's This Week, Clinton said many Iranians are also worried and she hopes they find a way to head off the military drift.
Clinton said she has 'grave disagreements' with the Iranian Revolution.
'But the early advocates of it said this would be a republic. It would be an Islamic republic, but it would be a republic. Then we saw a very flawed election and we've seen the elected officials turn for the military to enforce their power,' she said.
She said that many Iranians, even those who were originally sympathetic to the revolution are starting to have serious second thoughts about the direction their government has taken.

Without elaborating she said, 'I can only hope that there will be some effort inside Iran, by responsible civil and religious leaders, to take hold of the apparatus of the state.'
On the question of Iran's controversial nuclear ambitions, Clinton said no meetings with Iranian officials were planned but that she would be discussing the matter next week as leaders from around the world gather in New York for the Millennium Development Goals Summit.
U.S. President Barack Obama, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and President Ahmadinejad are among the leaders who will put forward rival plans to get the badly behind schedule MDG back on track.
Clinton also expressed 'great relief' for the release of Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers held for more than a year in an Iranian prison.
Hillary Clinton greets Andrew Mitchell, the UK's International Development Secretaryin New York
Shourd arrived in the United States yesterday, but the other two - her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal - remain jailed in Tehran.
'I just can't even imagine how painful the experience that they themselves have had inside prison,' Clinton said.
Clinton, who has met with the mothers of the hikers, said she hoped to see Bauer and Fattal released as well.
The three were detained by Iranian security forces in July 2009 near the Iraqi border and accused of being American spies.
However, Ahmadinejad built up his own head of steam as he flew into the States.
Campaigning: Sarah Shourd (centre), the American hiker released from detention in Iran after 410 days poses with the mothers of Shane Bauer and Laura Fattal, who are still held in Iran
Campaigning: Sarah Shourd (centre), the American hiker released from detention in Iran after 410 days poses with the mothers of Shane Bauer and Laura Fattal, who are still held in Iran
He said that the future belongs to Iran, and challenged the US to accept that his country has a major role in the world.
Ahmadinejad insisted that his government did not want an atomic bomb and that Iran was only seeking peace and a nuclear-weapons-free world.
He sidestepped questions on when Iran would resume talks on its disputed nuclear programme and he said anti-nuclear sanctions against his government would have no effect.
Iran's leader also deflected questions about his government's harsh suppression of opposition forces after last year's disputed election that returned him to a second term.
'The United States' administrations ... must recognise that Iran is a big power,' he said.
President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Welcome: President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greets the delegation from Kuwait at the start of the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the UN headquarters in New York today

President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Seat of power: Ahmadinejad takes his seat at the summit, which is being held in conjunction with the General Debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly later this week
'Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country.
'Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless.'
He did not acknowledge that the leaders of the political opposition in Iran have been harassed and that government opponents risk violence and arrest if they try to stage protests.
He did concede that there have been some judicial 'mistakes'.
Ahmadinejad argued that the opposition Green Movement, which has largely been forced underground, continues to enjoys rights in Iran but said that in the end it must respect 'majority rule'.
Not welcome: Demonstrators gather to show their opposition to the Iranian president's arrival in New York
Not welcome: Demonstrators gather to show their opposition to the Iranian president's arrival in New York
He did not mention that many newspapers have been closed down and that prominent opposition figures were put in prison and then tried after tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets claiming that the election that put him back in power in 2010 was stolen.
Ahmadinejad said international nuclear regulators had never found proof that Iran is pursuing an atomic bomb.
'We are not afraid of nuclear weapons. The point is that if we had in fact wanted to build a nuclear bomb, we are brave enough to say that we want it. But we never do that. We are saying that the arsenal of nuclear bombs (worldwide) have to be destroyed as well,' he said.
The US accuses Iran of hiding plans to build a nuclear bomb; Iran denies that and says it's working only toward building nuclear power plants.