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TGIF: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Daily Appointments for January 28th 2011

January 28, 2011

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

9:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, at the Department of State.

10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Dr. Slaughter, at the Department of State.

11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón, at the Department of State.

2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Deputy Director of Policy Planning Derek Chollet, at the Department of State.

3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

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  1. Lulu permalink
    January 28, 2011 8:40 am

    I don’t think it’s fair to blame Hillary for our long term US foreign policy of backing Egypt’s Mubarak (as Stacey said yesterday in her post) but this author makes a good point. When the US wants a country that receives massive economic and military aid to do something, we let them know there will be consequences. This admin. threatened to stop funds to the Palestinian Authority if they held democratic elections. So could the US do the same in Egypt?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/hillary-could-do-more-to-_b_815216.html

    I don’t know if it’s feasible. Could we do the same with Israel when it comes to settlements? Why all these double standards? Nations are sovereign but that doesn’t mean they have a god-given right to billions of taxpayer dollars and security assistance!

  2. Thain permalink
    January 28, 2011 9:56 am

    I think what’s making this worse is that this all comes on the heels of some of the stuff exposed in WikiLeaks and then the Palestine Papers.

    Then Joe Biden last night in an interview apparently said that Mubarak wasn’t a dictator?!? The administration is really flailing. From what I could tell (I read about it today) the reason good ‘ole Joe doesn’t think he’s a dictator is because he’s an ally and Egypt plays well with Israel. If our standard is going to be that oppressive autocrats who are corrupt and who never hold elections and who we like aren’t dictators, we’re in big trouble. Apparently our credibility in the Middle East is at the lowest point ever and that’s saying something!

    I agree with what Stacy and other folks said here yesterday that we need to be more consistent and more honest in our approach in the region. The info. about us threatening to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if they allowed democratic elections is really devastating but THANK GOODNESS the Israel First MSM hasn’t really said too much about that because then US policy in the region and with respect to Israel would finally be shown to be a farce that threatens our national security and democracy in general. And we can’t have THAT!

    • January 28, 2011 10:08 am

      Agreed.

      I think that of all the people in the administration though Hillary has been the only one really out in front dealing with this, to her credit. As I noted yesterday in my post, she had just said this recently in Doha:

      The top U.S. diplomat said if leaders do not offer young people “meaningful ways to contribute,” then others are ready to fill the void.

      Clinton said extremists and terrorist groups “who would prey on desperation and poverty” are already appealing for influence.

      She also called for an end to corruption and for increased economic opportunities for women and minorities.

      Clinton said the “new and dynamic Middle East” needs a firmer foundation in order to grow.

      She clearly saw the writing on the wall but I don’t think anyone realized how quickly it would take place and I think many in the administration (and all over the world) still don’t “get” how social networking and the internet are helping to fuel these movements. 20 years ago these protests likely wouldn’t have happened this way because there was no facebook or twitter to organize people in real-time.

      Today Mubarak has shut down the internet, cell phones and is even jamming satellite phones (but not land lines).

      The damage of the Palestine Papers is that behind the scenes we were stifling attempts at building democratic institutions because we preferred dealing with Abu Mazen and Fayyad.

      I’m a bit perplexed as to why the administration thinks it has no responsibility to answer questions about what is contained in the Palestine Papers- PJ Crowley kept saying yesterday “we won’t discuss what’s in the Papers because they aren’t our papers”- And? That’s a big cop-out in my view. During WikiLeaks they said “we won’t discuss anything in the leaked documents” even though those documents WERE U.S. in origin. So I guess the only subjects this administration will speak to are those it wants to speak to- the irony is that it demonstrates a lack of transparency that makes people more likely than not to believe such leaks are necessary to get to the real truth. The Papers reveal that the US and the media were pushing a narrative that wasn’t actually based in fact and the US wasn’t really acting as an honest broker. We the People should be able to know the truth.

  3. GeorgeS permalink
    January 28, 2011 10:37 am

    Oh look, the Zionists have come out to ensure that Israel continues to be our welfare state all the while average middle class americans are going to get screwed by all kinds of budget cuts now and in the future:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-democrats-and-pro-israel-lobbies-slam-republican-senator-s-call-to-halt-israel-aid-1.339662

    It’s nice to know where Congress’ priorities are. Do these particular members of Congress have some confusion about which country they represent?

    Not a word from the Jewish community about the Palestine Papers but as son as someone mentions aid to Israel they all come out and kvetch.

    • January 28, 2011 10:54 am

      Good for Rand Paul. Of course, we won’t reduce our aid in the near term. But it’s still important to confront and publicize the aid we give Israel (and Egypt).

      And Biden is revealing the hypocrisy of Obama’s administration in matters of democracy and dictators. To go on the Lehrer Newshour and state that Mubarak should not step down and to claim he is not a dictator, at the very time that the people of Egypt in huge numbers are nonviolently demanding their freedom. That is beyond appalling.

      Biden responded: “Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.”

      http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2011/0127/Joe-Biden-says-Egypt-s-Mubarak-no-dictator-he-shouldn-t-step-down

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