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Secretary Clinton Reaches Out To European Foreign Ministers Regarding Iran

June 23, 2009

gal_obama_11Secretary Clinton was working from home today and according to her spokesman, she contacted the Foreign Minsters of France, Germany and the UK:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the situation in Iran in telephone conversations with her French, British and German counterparts, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

The top US diplomat, who withdrew from the upcoming G8 summit in Trieste after breaking her arm, called British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier on Monday, Kelly told reporters at a press conference.

“She spoke with (French) Foreign Minister (Bernard) Kouchner today,” he added.

Kelly did not provide details on the conversations, but a senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the talks focused on Iran.

“There will be a foreign ministerial-level meeting on Iran” on the sidelines of the G8 summit, the official said.

In Clinton’s absence, the State Department’s number three diplomat William Burns will represent the United States at the meeting.

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the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy — will use a meeting originally scheduled to discuss the Balkans for talks on Iran.

The senior State Department official said that demonstrations over the disputed June 12 Iranian presidential election would be at the center of the discussions.

“It would be impossible not to discuss current events at this meeting and just stick to broader nuclear agendas, as if nothing had changed,” he said.

While many have criticized the administration’s posture towards the events unfolding in Iran, I personally believe they have largely been prudent in not taking Ahmadinejad’s bait so that he could use the US [and Israel] as his propaganda straw-man in hopes of increasing his support not only in Iran, but in other parts of the Muslim world. It would seem that those in the GOP (and some Democrats) who favor hawkish, self-serving anti-Ahmadinejad grandstanding, have forgotten their history, but you can be damn sure the Iranians and their neighbors haven’t. And no, this isn’t another Cold War, no matter how hard the likes of Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton try to make it appear to be.

I personally think this is an issue that should not be politicized by either political party. After all, if we really think it’s a true pro-democracy revolution we have to acknowledge that at it’s core, it is ultimately about the Iranian people, and not about what the United States stands to gain.

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  1. June 24, 2009 12:33 pm

    What if Hillary were to do a Bobby Kennedy in 2012..?

    RFK was Attorney General, and when President Johnson’s popularity started to slip, Kennedy turned on him… opposed him on the Vietnam War… then ran for President against him in the 1968 primaries.

    Anyone telling you today that the Democrats wouldn’t run a serious primary challenge against Obama in 2012 -which I have heard often- clearly has no idea what they’re talking about.

    The hiring of Blumenthal is interesting, to say the least- he’s about as loyal a Clintonite Rottweiler as one could imagine… brought on right as Obama’s poll numbers begin to slip. Hmmm.

    Barack Obama’s sort of personality defects and misguided decision-making are the kinds of things that one’s political opponents tend to take notice -and full advantage- of.

    You can be sure that the Clintons have- and have planned accordingly.

  2. stacyx permalink*
    June 24, 2009 4:37 pm

    Thanks for your comment.

    The hiring of Blumenthal is interesting and because no one is really coming out an explaining why he’s coming on board and why *now*, we are all left to read between the lines and perhaps come up with paranoid plots which require Clinton to marshal her forces together. Given the recent Politico article alleging her “diminished power” in Obama’s foreign policy circle, I can’t help but wonder if someone is trying to start trouble for her.

    As a Hillary fan, this is, of course, frustrating to me because she has (in my view) done a great job at the State Dept despite the media having such low expectations and believing she would butt heads with Obama and that there would be constant conflict and power-struggles. So far, the media has largely been disappointed that that storyline hasn’t played out and given she has an approval rating much higher than that of the president, they have been forced to admit she’s very popular across party lines as SOS and that she’s been a great asset to Obama in regards to delivering the admin’s foreign policy message to the world.

    I believe [and hope] that she will run for President again but at this stage, I am not sure if it would be in 2012, but I realize that’s a possibility and if she did, she could count on my support.

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