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SOS Hillary Clinton: July 7th Appointments

July 7, 2010

9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries, at the Department of State.

10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton calls Qatari Crown Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

10:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton calls Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman.

3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama, at the White House.

5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Advisor Jim Jones, at the White House.

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  1. Shamus permalink
    July 7, 2010 6:14 pm

    It’s official, even Israel is saying the Bibi-Obama get together was a photo op. Israel walked away with more assurances we would protect them from international oversight of their nuclear program and we got, uh, we got…a nice smiling photo so that the Congressional NY delegation can sleep easy knowing AIPAC will still throw them money?

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/analysis-obama-trying-carrot-not-stick-on-netanyahu-1.300558

    Obama is probably the weakest president I’ve ever seen. Sudan, China, everyone gets the carrot and carrot approach. There is never a stick. It goes something like this “please do what the US wants but if you don’t, hey, that’s ok too!”

    Does he understand that the international perception is that he caves at the first sign of trouble? Bibi has run circles around him and Obama thinks he has a new friend.

  2. July 7, 2010 6:20 pm

    Hi Shamus-

    I’m not sure I totally agree with you. It’s a bit stereotypical to claim that the whole thing was simply to please the members of Congress from NY. I do think that Democrats *in general* have been nervous that any perceived rift between Israel and the US will hurt them during midterms. The whole rift thing is stupid, it doesn’t exist. Differences of opinion and strategy? Yes. Because Bibi has a far-right coalition in Israel, of course the admin. and Bibi are not going to see things exactly the same way. Bibi has always been opposed to a 2 state solution (until last year) and some (including myself) are not totally convinced he truly believes in the creation of two states. And yet everyone wants to blame the admin. even though they simply have been following longstanding US policy on Mideast peace, settlements etc. But the idea that the US is not TOTALLY supportive of Israel on every front is preposterous and everyone knows it- even those saying otherwise. Politics as usual.

  3. AsherLev permalink
    July 7, 2010 8:56 pm

    If your secretary of state really cared about human rights, she would care about violations in all countries, not just in the ones that the US opposes. If she had the courage of her convictions she would stand up for all oppressed people, not just some. She’s more than willing to cover up all of Israel’s crimes despite rampant torture, IDF killing of protesters, summary detention of pro-Palestinian activists (including Jewish human rights activists) and the imprisonment and torture of Palestinian children as a means of terrorizing the community to provide information on “threats” to Israel. No Jewish Israeli children can be imprisoned but Israeli law states that Palestinians in Israel or Gaza can be imprisoned beginning at age 10.

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/07/01/hillary-clintons-major-global-democracy-address-will-neglect-arrest-and-torture-of-palestinian-activist-ameer-makhoul/

  4. July 7, 2010 9:04 pm

    OT- You know, this Alvin Greene guy is really starting to grow on me. I think if I had to choose between he and Jim DeMint, Al would definitely get my vote. Particularly with his job creation idea of creating Alvin Greene action figures. Clearly he doesn’t realize that it would only create jobs in China, as that’s where all our cheap plastic crap is made. I just hope he’s not truly mentally ill and being duped or taken advantage of (paid to do this) by someone who thinks it’s funny. Because in that case it wouldn’t be funny. I can’t help but wonder where he got the 10K for the filing fee. But hey, if this is really all his own idea, more power to him.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/06/alvin-greene-south-carolina-senate#

  5. Steve permalink
    July 8, 2010 8:05 pm

    So Obama gives a long-overdue speech in Cairo which was meant to send a signal to the Muslim world, which had a HUGE positive effect on how the US is perceived. Then he spends the next year and a half walking back on that and slapping a ‘made in israel’ sticker on his own head. Nice.

    That meeting with Obama and Netanyahu was embarrassing. I was embarrassed to see my President humiliated by a foreign dignitary, embarrassed to see a POTUS grovel and undue the initial good he had done.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/37136/obama-i-have-met-israel-and-it-us

    Obama has now ensured that Bibi will continue to slap the US in the face and undermine the peace process. Why? Because the AIPAC shills have convinced Obama that if he doesn’t kiss Bibi’s pathetic, paranoid ass then not a single Jewish person will vote for the Dems in the midterms or for him in 2012. False. Thanks to his capitulation you can now count on Bibi continuing illegal settlements and treating the entire world like his enemy all the while holding his hand out for Alms from the US. Bibi is just biding his time until the Dems lose control of congress and/or Obama loses in 2012.

    Speaking of 2012, I don’t think I can vote for this loser. Is there anything he says that he actually stands up for or is he just the Capitulator in Chief? Does he have a backbone? Does he ever follow through. I wish he would toss Rahm out because I swear RAhm is behind Obama’s lunging rightward on everything. Oh yeah, but I forgot, Obama’s a socialist. Whatever.

    Oh by the way, the left here in Israel thinks Obama totally caved and that he’s totally weak- they WANT him to stand up to Bibi because Bibi is taking Israel down a very isolated, dangerous path. My wife’s family is asking us what the hell is wrong with Obama?!? My response? He’s a total sell-out wimp.

    • July 8, 2010 8:15 pm

      Wow Steve, you are ticked off.

      I agree that Obama has totally caved and as a result, Bibi’s right wing policies will continue to dictate OUR policies in the Mideast which is a recipe for the maintenance of the status quo, something that we have said is unworkable and unacceptable.

      Lets face it, no President has (other than George Bush the First) or will ever stand up to Israel when they are doing things which are not in our best interest.

      But you know what, until people in THIS country start saying enough is enough, it’s not going to change. We should and will ALWAYS support Israel in myriad ways but to allow a far-right wing Prime Minister to undermine our foreign policy for short term political gain is totally self-defeating. Until people stand up and make clear that criticizing *some* Israeli govt policies is NOT tantamount to being anti-Israel or worse, anti-Semitic, things aren’t going to change. Because right now, groups like AIPAC have the bully pulpit and they define the debate, if you can even call it that (debate implies TWO sides are presented). Unless people have the courage to challenge the status quo on this issue, nothing will change.

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