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Heard Around the Hillary-Sphere: Short Links

March 3, 2010

Here are some stories I ran across today:

Argentina: Taylor Marsh calls out right-wing tool and Dick Morris wannabe, Nile Gardiner, for his histrionics about Secretary Clinton’s audacity at urging Argentina and Britain to resolve the issue over the FalklandsMalvinas, themselves. You know, like grownups. Her primary crime seems to be that she didn’t insult her Argentinian hosts while a guest in their country by jumping up and down and objecting to the use of the term “Malvinas” (instead of Falklands) by a journalist when asked about the US’ position. Oh, the outrage! I guess she should have just screamed at the journalist “it’s the Falkland Islands, not the Malvinas, you idiot!” despite the fact that that would have been terribly rude. Gardiner sees this as yet another slap in the face to The British Empire from the Obama administration. I’m not exactly sure what other slaps he’s referring to because despite some of the usual bumps in the road (Lockerbie bomber) the relations between the two continue to be outstanding and always will be. Apparently he didn’t read the vogue article by Jonathan Van Meter or he would know that relations between the US and Britain are just fine. As I said, Gardiner is a tool. But it’s not just Gardiner- apparently some British bloggers have joined in the outrage party and as Joshua Keating over at Foreign Policy notes, it’s largely much ado about nothing.

Sudan: Josh Rogin highlights the ongoing [alleged] rifts between the Special Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration and pretty much everybody. I’ll admit I’m not a big Gration fan and I think he has really done a lot more harm than good. In fact, despite reading about our Sudan policy at the end of the day, I’m at a loss to articulate it other than “Carrot and sticks” minus sticks. There seems to be a lot of disagreement about the policy both behind the scenes and in the human rights community and that’s not really good with such a potentially explosive issue.

Latin America and the U.S.: Here is a pretty interesting article arguing that the U.S. has much less sway over Latin America than it did in the past and points out that economically-strong countries like Brazil probably don’t like being lectured by the U.S. about their “responsibilities” as an emerging world power. The article does point out, however, that ignoring Latin America and not strengthening our ties in the region would be a big mistake. One thing has become clear and that is that Latin America has expressed frustration with the Obama administration claiming that his posture towards the region really hasn’t been that much different than Bush’s and issues such as the U.S. response to the coup in Honduras, our super-cozy military relationship with Colombia and our continued refusal to change our Cold War policies towards Cuba, seems to have complicated matters- at least from their perspective. And since it takes two to tango, their perspective matters. UPDATE: I just ran across this commentary about U.S.-Latin America relations and its worth a read for those interested.

Liz Cheney goes dumpster-diving and comes up with a video. Ok, this has nothing to do with SOS Clinton or the State Dept. but I have to say, I didn’t think someone could stoop so low- at least not lower than Dick Cheney. Apparently I was wrong.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. PYW permalink
    March 3, 2010 6:22 pm

    Stacy, That ridiculous Gardiner article is linked in the right-hand side of the page. Maybe you’d like to remove it. ūüôā

    • March 3, 2010 6:27 pm

      I know, but those stories are via a news reader that just pick up any articles with “hillary clinton” in them- I don’t choose them. I don’t think I can delete just one of the stories- it’s all or nothing, I either get rid of the whole feeder or leave it and accept that negative news stories are going to pop up to. Actually, I don’t mind the neg. stories coming up because that way I know what’s out there to rebut it.

  2. HillaryFan permalink
    March 3, 2010 9:13 pm

    I have to say, I am impressed with the time you spend providing background information and your willingness to look at things from all sides. I always feel like I learn something here.

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