Tuesday December 7th Public Appointments: SOS Hillary Clinton & Random News
10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Indian Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador S.K. Lambah, at the Department of State.
11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.
2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, at the Department of State.
3:20 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, at the Department of State.
4:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Human Rights Leadership Coalition, at the Department of State.
In other news
~This headline caught my eye from Israel’s Haaretz. Provocative? Yes. Unhelpful? Yes. This is just a reminder that discrimination has long been a staple of ALL the major organized religions. No one needs me to tell them that a major social/cultural/political stumbling block to Mideast peace is religion and different people’s perceptions/interpretations of what is their inalienable right to occupy certain land irrespective of modern laws or common sense. Religious interpretation also undermines Hamas’ violent tendencies (and the criminal tendencies of the settlers). While polls show most in the US support a two state solution, when you delve deeper (and when you look at members of Congress’ actual views on Jerusalem) you see that the idea of “two states” often includes unworkable formulations. Most members of Congress that I have heard speak openly about the issue do not want to see Jerusalem divided while at the same time expressing support for two states. Sorry, that’s a total nonstarter and intellectually dishonest in my view- an attempt to have it both ways so-to-speak, without coming across as extreme.
~Then over at the WaPo, conservative shill Jennifer Rubin pulls out every Dick-Morris-inspired talking point to try to suddenly claim Secretary Clinton’s tenure at State has been a failure. I guess her sky-high approval rating just miffs Rubin. Absent from Ms. Rubin’s brief, factually-impaired analysis is any context or acknowledgment that on many issues, the GOP have successfully played obstructionist. She simply trots out over-simplified bumper-sticker rhetoric about Iran, Israel, Honduras, etc. which may sound good to the neoconservative crowd but which has little basis in reality. Rubin of course was a Bush-Cheney apologist and you know how wonderful that administration was in the area of international diplomacy [/snark]. You see, in neocon world you just jump up and down and scream “we’ll f*cking bomb you back into the stone age” while spending billions of dollars on God knows what and generally making the entire world hate us. I personally think the neocons like being hated- gives ’em another reason to lash out and start disastrous wars which lead to other disastrous wars and you know what the byproduct of that is for certain elites- $$cha-ching!$$.
~It’s becoming obvious that some haters are merely trying to pile on after the WikiLeaks incident. Those that are trying to assign blame to Secretary Clinton are really grasping at straws given it was a member of the armed forces who actually stole the data from a classified file-sharing system between the DoD and other agencies. No one has called on anyone in the military to answer for this or the previous WikiLeaks docudump which dealt almost exclusively with military matters- Afghanistan, Iraq- they even contained explosive material (allegations of a military cover-up of the blackhawk incident where unarmed civilians, including a journalist, were killed knowing full well they were unarmed civilians.) Did anyone call for Secretary Gates’ head? No, they didn’t- not that I saw. So, it’s time for politicos and pundits to stop trying to infer that this WikiLeaks debacle somehow was all Hillary’s fault or that she should, for some unknown reason, fall on her sword. That’s ridiculous and it’s not going to happen.
~And then there is Chris Cillizza who has a tendency to open his mouth but not say much of anything.