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Wednesday Travel Schedule: SOS Hillary Clinton

October 27, 2010

Keep in mind the time difference:

Secretary Clinton departs for foreign travel to the Asia Pacific region.

5:00 p.m. LOCAL (EDT -6 hours) Secretary Clinton meets with Pacific Command Commander Admiral Robert Willard, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

5:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, in the Waialae Room of the Kahala Hotel and Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii.

6:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara hold a joint press availability, in the Maile Ballroom of the Kahala Hotel and Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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  1. Deborah permalink
    October 27, 2010 7:17 am

    Wow, she didn’t get much of a birthday break, did she?

    OT: did you see this article? Floating the possibility of using Bill Clinton in Mideast negoatiations?

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/1010/On_the_Mideast_waiting_for_superman.html?showall

    I think the sad fact is that Americans and Israelis don’t much care about peace negotiations right now. Israel just confiscated 1,000 acres of Palestinian land last week for “security” reasons and not a peep from anyone, not a mention in the American media. Sadly, the status quo has made it possible for Israel to have it’s cake and eat it too and who is going to stand up to them? The Democrats? They have been encouraging settlements for years. Bill Clinton might just be the right person to make people see the light.

    • October 27, 2010 8:06 am

      Thanks for the link!

      Interesting idea. Of course Bill would be a diplomatic asset to the mideast negotiations because he is respected by both sides. That said, I wouldn’t want it to be perceived as diminishing Hillary’s role at all- I’m not saying it would, but you KNOW how the media would spin it. That said, Hillary seems open to having Big Dawg play a role in diplomacy- she clearly understands he’s an asset. The question is, will Obama and his ego allow Bill to step in and possibly save the day?

      I also think in addition to a negotiating team that has some folks with good prior experience in mideast issues, a new perspective is needed. There is a conventional wisdom in the Beltway that I think gets in the way of framing this issue and being able to try new things- basically political pressure from interest groups helps ensure the status quo stays just that- the status quo. We see a lot of the same people year after year trying the same things (Dennis Ross comes to mind). I’d love to see more input at some level from people like Steve Clemons and Israeli Mideast expert and former Israeli negotiator Daniel Levy- even if only in an informal capacity.

  2. TroyPenderton permalink
    October 27, 2010 10:57 am

    Keep dreaming Staceyx and keep pandering for the power-hungry Clintons. What will you do when she becomes Secretary of Defense, you being the good librul that you are? She’ll never become President- Obama’s got her right where he wants her- in the shadows.

    What has she accomplished in two years? Nada. Mideast peace is a joke, the START treaty is dead in the water and nuclear proliferation continues unabated in part because we let our friends proliferate (Israel, Pakistan, India) while not allowing others to. Sudan? Now they say the State Dept. is going to engage in direct negotiations with war criminal bashir. China? She’s done nothing but kiss their ass and talk cheap about “internet freedom.” The Congo? Rape, rape rape ongoing but what is she urging the US to do? Honduras? They are killing trade unionists, raping women, outlawing abortion and killing gay rights activists but Hillary’s former aides went down there and made sure the coup government would prevail and Hillary totally supported the overthrow of the duly elected President. Oh, and she and Bill have always been huge free trade toadies even though it means slave labor, the death of manufacturing and expanding corporate influence. Remember all the hilarious stuff Hillary said during the campaign about China, NAFTA, Sudan? One thing she did say that I believe, she wouldn’t hesitate to “annihilate” Iran on behalf of Israel (so much for women and children).

    • October 27, 2010 11:55 am

      Ummm, you do realize she is part of a larger administration and that she is not the only one setting policy?

      Just a few comments-

      Mideast peace- while it doesn’t look promising it’s a little early to throw in the towel. The process has only been going on formally for several months. I’m not sure it’s fair to blame the break-down on Hillary. Actually, I KNOW it’s not fair. If you want some pressure on Israel, write Congress- they are a major force preventing this admin. from being more objective and reigning in that jerk Netanyahu.

      NAFTA- Obama is the one who flip-flopped on free trade once in office, most recently regarding Colombia.

      Srategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)- You do realize that Hillary was very successful in this regard and it was signed by Obama and Dimitri Medvedev. Unfortunately, it needs Senate ratification and the GOP has decided that sitting around doing nothing with the thumbs up their arses is better than giving this administration any “victories.”

      Sudan- I’m not thrilled with our Sudan policy but do you have a better plan? I’m all ears. Also, I’d like you to provide a link saying that the State Dept. will be engaging in direct negotiations with Bashir. Absent that, I’m not inclined to believe it.

      Congo- She’s the first SOS to give a damn about the issue in any meaningful way. Once again though, you unfairly fault the actions of a sovereign nation (DRC) on Hillary alone. These problems are a bit more complex than you would have anyone believe. Unfortunately, if anyone has dropped the ball it’s the UN. We also need more many, many peacekeeping forces who are actually empowered to do something about what is going on. The US can’t do it alone.

      Your rant about the Clintons and free trade is just that- a rant. It’s not worth responding to. And once again, you ignore that Obama has become, as you say “a free trade toadie…” and totally flip-flopped since getting in office.

      China- I’ve made my thoughts clear on this issue many times on this blog. Just plug in “China” in the search box- I’m not going to waste my time repeating myself.

      • HillaryFan permalink
        October 27, 2010 12:19 pm

        You go girl!

        I love how the anti-Clintonites try to blame every foreign policy problem on Hillary. Mideast peace hasn’t been achieved since, oh, Israel’s founding but she’s supposed to come up with a magic solution in a couple of months? Stacy is right- if people want to support the SOS on this they should contact members of Congress.

        I also agree with everything else. Good responses. Especially about the role of the GOP in arms reduction.

  3. Thain permalink
    October 27, 2010 12:26 pm

    Mwaaaaah!

    Nice try Troy Penderton (is that a real name?) but you can’t come here and just spout angry nonsense and expect not to get called on it. And you were called on it.

    Who said Hillary is going to be Secy of Defense anyway? You can’t believe everything you read.

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