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Secretary Clinton in Guam

October 29, 2010

I was hoping the State Dept. was going to release a video of Secretary Clinton’s speech to the troops at her brief stop-over in Guam but so far, nada. So this is all I could find- a brief clip. There are photos of her Guam visit a couple of posts down below. Also, she arrived in Vietnam this morning (our time) and it’s late night there because of the time change so by now she’s probably getting some zzzzzzzzzzzz’s. Hopefully some info. will dribble out soon. Sorry that this is sort of getting out of order.

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  1. Daniel Thiberg permalink
    October 29, 2010 2:35 pm

    I love this site- come here multiple times a day. Thanks for all the updates particularly when she travels also thanks for tweeting and facebooking all the Secy Clinton news- much appreciated. I tell all my Hillary friends to visit this site too.

    • Vcal permalink
      October 29, 2010 4:47 pm

      agree 100% with you! I come several times a day, too!

  2. Thain permalink
    October 29, 2010 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the video. I’d like to see the whole speech.

    Hope everyone is having a good Friday!

  3. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    October 30, 2010 5:17 am

    Thought I’d share this post by David Rothkopf, that discusses current attempts to ban wolfwhistle in NYC and the administration’s revelation that the entire intelligence community has an annual budget of US$ 80-B. The money quotes:

    “What next indeed. In a world without wolf whistles on New York City streets, and a world where someone shines light on some of the unnecessarily dark corners of the U.S. government, I suppose the next thing you are going to tell me is that voters are going to learn their lessons and finally do what they should have done in the United States two years ago — electing as president a tough, intelligent, experienced 63-year-old woman — who has a political record of real accomplishment , balancing progressive ideals and fiscal responsibility — to lead a country that is gaining an ever more important global role and enjoying unprecedented economic expansion.

    “You are? Oh, I see, but the country isn’t the United States — it’s Brazil. Combined with the rest of these unexpected developments — kidding aside — there are certainly signs of progress: overdue developments that suggest in some areas it may not actually require audacity to remain hopeful.”

    • October 30, 2010 9:13 am

      Ah, thanks for that. I like Rothkopf- don’t always agree with him but he always gets me thinking. He’s right about Brazil. It’s amazing how women in South America have risen to the top in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and here in the US we still have yet to have a woman President. Also interesting is the US has a rocky relationship with those countries because they are left-leaning. Apparently we don’t mind corrupt, right-wing dictators so long as they are open to allowing our corporate (and military) interests in there. We sort of try to bully those countries into following our foreign policy and when they don’t, we snub them.

      Regarding the defense budget- it’s absolutely obscene. So much of it is shrouded in secrecy they could be burning money for all we know.

      • October 30, 2010 9:29 am

        Another interesting factoid- both Brazil’s soon-to-be president Dilma Rousseff and Chile’s former president Michele Bachelet were imprisoned and tortured by right wing governments during their earlier years. Both are pro-choice and pro-women’s rights in a part of the world where Catholicism reigns supreme. Talk about tough women! Surviving torture and going on to become President! The US over the years has had a tendency to support the very people doing the torturing so long as it suited our military/corporate agenda. Sad, really.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        October 30, 2010 12:11 pm

        Hillary has survived torture of a subtler variety for 20 years. All her life, really, because her father was no picnic.

  4. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    October 30, 2010 9:52 am

    Re Dilma Rousseff and Michele Bachelet, I’m so glad to see these two women rise to the top of their respective countries’ politics, and that Bachelet now heads the new UN body on gender equality. I hope it will advance further the discourse of women’s rights in Latin America. Speaking of the region, regardless of one thinks about Argentina’s first couple, the recently demised former Pres. Kirchner deserves a lot of kudos for standing up to the IMF almost a decade ago when he insisted on a moratorium on debt servicing in order to save Argentina’s economy. It was a brave act and proved to other highly indebted developing countries that it’s better to take risks than continue having your people suffer while keeping the IMF, the creditor-banks and orthodox economists happy. Argentina was able to save its currency and stabilize the economy — of course, there are still problems, but look at Spain, Greece and even the US weighed down by such debilitating debt burdens.

  5. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    October 30, 2010 10:18 am

    By the way, Stacy, on Ian Welsh’s blog, he’s got an article on France announcing a drawdown from Afghanistan, and he expects Britain will not be far behind. He’s also got a short piece that says China’s entire military budget is equivalent only to the US intelligence budget.

    • October 30, 2010 10:43 am

      He did a great job with Argentina’s economy and it helped them weather the economic crisis. He took a big gamble that paid off.

  6. Thain permalink
    October 30, 2010 12:53 pm

    @Carolyn- with all due respect, I don’t think the situations even compare. From what I have read Hillary had a distant, tough father and of course there are probably things we don’t know. I don’t want to belittle that but to compare that to being imprisoned and tortured by the likes of Augusto Pinochet’s thugs doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Can’t we just give Rousseff and Bachelet some well-deserved kudos for overcoming imprisonment and torture and rising up to become Presidents? It takes nothing away from Hillary.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      October 30, 2010 3:56 pm

      Of course! I didn’t mean to trivialize the real torture endured by Rousseff and Bachelet, and wasn’t comparing Hillary’s experience with theirs so much as commenting on some of the sources of her own toughness. As an admirer who has winced with every vicious, contemptuous, sexist barb slung her way
      over the past 20 years, I can only imagine the strength of character it has taken for her to endure that and keep going. Can you name any other politician in the public eye who has weathered as much unfair ridicule over such a long period of time? Nixon? Palin? Not even
      close. You’re right — it’s not in the same ballpark as what those two women endured — but I still admire Hillary for
      her seeming invulnerability to it.

      • October 30, 2010 8:41 pm

        I don’t think there has been a politician, other than perhaps Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky/Whitewater/Troopergate etc. period, who has been maligned as much as Hillary and it started as soon as she got into the WH because she didn’t conform to everybody’s idea of what a First Lady looked, acted, or sounded like. I would think you’d have to develop very thick skin after constantly being a target because some of the criticism isn’t even criticism- it’s nasty, mean-spirited, sexist, hate-mongering (the whole “Hillary killed Vince Foster” nonsense comes to mind).

        Regarding Bachelet- I am so glad she was selected to work on gender equality at the UN- she’s an excellent choice- her life story is inspiring. I remember when Hillary met with her after the earthquake in Chile- there seemed to be genuine warmth and respect between the two women.

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