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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Calls Unprecedented Meeting Today *updated with daily schedule*

January 31, 2011

From HuffPo:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is convening an unprecedented mass meeting of U.S. ambassadors.

The top envoys from nearly all of America’s 260 embassies, consulates and other posts in more than 180 countries will be gathering at the State Department beginning on Monday. Officials say it’s the first such global conference.

The gathering comes at a time of crisis in Egypt that could reshape dynamics in the Middle East, fallout from leaked diplomatic documents and congressional calls for sweeping cuts in foreign aid.

Although the meeting has been called to discuss U.S. foreign policy priorities for 2011, officials say Clinton plans to meet personally with ambassadors from front-line states to hear about developments on the ground. Officials also expect that specific concerns about the WikiLeaks revelations will be raised.

 

UPDATE:

Daily Appointment Schedule

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

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

6:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with NATO Secretary General Rasmussen and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, in Washington DC.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 8:57 am

    Extremely interesting. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date so well!

    By the way, I see that Mubarak has had 6 Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Cairo. I hope Al Jazeera has more journalists there to continue coverage. And I pray Mubarak is not planning a massive attack on the people.

    • Thain permalink
      January 31, 2011 10:21 am

      It will be interesting to see how the administration responds to the crackdown on journalists because Obama and Clinton called on Mubarak to reestablish the internet and communication systems and apparently the internet is still down. Arresting journalists is unacceptable. Al Jazeera is such a huge operation that hopefully more journalists will be able to come in from Qatar, Jordan, etc.

      Stacy- thanks for all the fantastic updates- you’re the bomb!

  2. January 31, 2011 10:50 am

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the meeting with all the diplomats. Interesting it’s not formally on her schedule.

    I think my head is going to explode – Jennifer Rubin is criticizing Hillary again:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/obama_is_still_behind_the_curve_in_egypt.html#more

    Rubin really is a hack. Also notice she takes Tom Friedman to task for daring to suggest Israel should make peace with the Palestinians b/c they would be in a stronger position in the region when these dictatorial allies fall. Notice she pushes the same MSM line that Israel has been the only party willing to concede anything. Clearly she hasn’t read the Palestine Papers. This is why the MSM provided minimal to no coverage of the Papers- b/c it contradicts the theme they’ve been pushing for over a decade- that Israel has no partner for peace and only Israel is being asked to make concessions. The MSM has been shown to be simply a US and Israeli govt echo chamber, irrespective of facts. Can you imagine if the American people knew that there were actually TWO sides to this issue? Perhaps we’d have had a peace agreement by now. Is that what the incredibly biased MSM is afraid of?

    I think if the US openly calls for Mubarak’s ouster then we might be seen as meddling too much. It’s a hard call but I think in fairness to the administration, we should all try to put ourselves in Hillary’s shoes- while public statements of very, very strong support for the protesters and for a govt transition (which is being used as a buzz word for “regime change”) are incredibly important, I’m not so sure we can publicly call outright for Mubarak’s ouster- this has to be about the Egyptian people and not the US despite the fact it obviously has huge implications for us.

    It will be important for the US not to be seen as supporting a transition that merely is a different face but the same dictatorial regime. Clinton said outright that “faux democracy” was not acceptable.

    It’s a really hard call because the US govt has to not appear to be a step behind events but at the same time, we can’t inject ourselves into it in such a way that it feeds into some people’s fears of US and Israeli interference in the region.

    • Tovah permalink
      January 31, 2011 11:41 am

      There is nothing Hillary OR Obama could do that would win praise from Jennifer Rubin.

      I’m actually surprised she’s not making excuses for the administration to support Mubarak since that’s what Israel wants. Rubin’s resume consists almost entirely of writing for publications where she can be the mouthpiece of the Lobby. Speaking of which, MJ Rosenberg was blasting AIPAC on twitter for their support of Mubarak because of Israel. He was pretty funny about it though.

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