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Monday Appointments: SOS Clinton

November 15, 2010

Check out Secretary Clinton and Secretary “Yoda” Gates Op-Ed in the Washington Post today about the need to ratify the new START Treaty.

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

11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, at the Department of State.

1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.

3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, at the Department of State.

4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

6:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a reception to celebrate the passage of the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty, hosted by Assistant Secretary Shapiro, at the Department of State.

7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton presents an award to Ela Bhat, founder of SEWA, at the Global Fairness Initiative Awards, at the Kennedy Center.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    November 15, 2010 3:01 pm

    Wow, a joint WaPo editorial with Yoda. It seems like lately these two are connected at the hip No wonder the Beltway is abuzz with talk of her possibly being the next Secy of Defense😦.

    I’m going to only refer to Secy Gates as Yoda now, even though I don’t think he deserves the title of the great Jedi Master😉. I don’t think Yoda would have gone to war in Iraq because Darth Vader wasn’t in Iraq! If we wanted to go after the masterminds of 9/11 – you know the people who fuel violent extremism and radical Islam, the home of almost all of the 9/11 hijackers, the place that promotes virulent antisemitism, treats women horribly and are ruled by dictatorial autocrats, then we probably should have bombed Saudi Arabia.

  2. Steve permalink
    November 15, 2010 3:28 pm

    OT: Sorry, but this is a must-read for anyone scratching their heads about the goodie bag delivered to Israel last week in return for a possible 90 day partial moratorium on some settlements.

    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/11/15/not_one_cent_for_tribute_obamas_embarrassing_gift_to_israel

    I know there has been talk about how Secy Clinton’s inner foreign policy circle (ie. her top staff) are incredibly hawkish on Israel and so I googled her main Foreign Policy guy from the Senate who is now one of her her key guys at State with respect to defense/Israel issues. He’s the poster boy for the Israel Lobby, even worked at AIPAC’s sister organization WINEP. Here’s his bio:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_J._Shapiro

    Stacy posted something in the comments over the weekend from Steve Clemons’ website that basically said that when it comes to Mideast Peace Secretary Clinton would do well to widen her circle. I agree. I am not trying to be overly critical but it seems that after decades of failed attempts, we’d bring in some new blood with some new ideas. Dennis Ross is a key player in all of this too and he’s another guy that seems confused about what his role in all of this is- he acts more like Israel’s protector than a mediator/negotiator.

    I’m not saying that these hawkish, unquestioningly pro-Israel types have no place in the discussion- they do- but the problem is that they seem to be the only ones at the table- there seems to be no opposing viewpoints and no balance- it’s AIPAC’s way or the highway. It would be one thing if pandering to Israel on every single thing had brought us great results in the past, but it hasn’t. In fact, it may actually have made this round of negotiations harder.

    Just food for thought.

    • November 15, 2010 4:20 pm

      That article is pretty devastating but I have to say, I agree. No surprise there.

      Then there is this:

      http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/11/15/what_if_they_dont_solve_israeli_palestinian_borders_in_90_days

      It’s a little less pointedly critical but brings up the fact that everyone is ignoring the 800lb gorilla in the room- Hamas.

      It would seem that what is driving our strategy in these negotiations is our own domestic politics and I think that’s the case each time. Unfortunately, as many have said over and over again here and everywhere else, unless Congress actually steps up to the plate and supports Obama/Clinton/Mitchell’s efforts (as opposed to just doing the same knee-jerk defense of Israel), nothing is going to change. And then of course there is AIPAC etc. It’s like climbing Everest with no rope and one hand tied behind your back.

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