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Thursday Daily Appointment Schedule: SOS Hillary Clinton

February 17, 2011


SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

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

11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in a classified briefing for members of the Senate, on Capitol Hill.

1:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton officiates at a Swearing-In Ceremony for Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, at the Department of State.

2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting with President Obama at the White House.

3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, at the Department of State.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.

6:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a reception honoring the National Council of International Visitors during its 50th anniversary year, at the Department of State.

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  1. Steve permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:13 am

    Thanks for posting the schedule. She’s got a loooooong day.

    OT: The US has been pressuring the Palestinians over their efforts to bring a vote at the Security Council for a resolution condemning settlements. The US will be the only veto on the council- it will be the first time the admin has used its veto power on the council since taking office. Figures it would be over protecting Israel’s illegal actions.

    At the last minute the US tried to broker a deal with the Palestinians where instead of a resolution, a “statement” would be issued and the US would sign on- a statement isn’t binding and unlike the resolution it doesn’t call the settlements “illegal”- more proof that our policy of viewing the settlements as illegal has gone down the toilet thanks to the lobby.

    So, the US will veto a resolution that supposedly reflects it’s own long-standing policy. What does that tell you?

    As for the much weaker statement offered by the US (supposedly rejected by the PA), Weiner, Schumer and every other Israel Firster is going nuts saying how TERRIBLE it is for the Obama admin. to even OFFER such a thing.

    So more proof of the Lobby’s self defeating influence on our foreign policy. If you wonder why nothing ever changes, you can thank Congress, the Lobby and the Christian Zionist and Jewish groups which help ensure the occupation never ends.

    The mideast peace process is dead- the US government, with the help of the Firsters, killed it.

    • February 17, 2011 9:49 am

      I know, I saw that. The lobby is being very clever. They are making it sound like what the admin. is doing is some big break from precedent and they are making it sound like a simple statement from the Council is the same as a resolution, which of course it’s not. They are trying to claim the admin. is being anti-Israel- this is what they do to send the message that any such official actions, no matter how utterly meaningless (a statement that does nothing) will not be tolerated by the lobby and those they represent. Israeli officials have clearly been on the phone with their protectors in Congress.

      Basically, despite saying we support a two state solution and oppose settlements, we aren’t able to turn that into any constructive policy or constructive pressure so in effect, we don’t really believe in any just resolution of the peace process, which sort of makes this all a big joke. For Congress to publicly support ongoing illegal settlements in occupied territory is tantamount to saying “Israel should never have to give one inch of land to the Palestinians” and you can forget about a solution that involves East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

      The Palestine Papers show that despite HUGE concessions on all of the above, the US and Israel still wouldn’t have any of it so I am not sure exactly what it is the US and Israel really want. It would be nice if they’d tell us.

      For my part, despite being hopeful two years ago, I can’t support such a biased process where the supposed mediator (the US) is incapable of being an honest, objective broker. Instead, as Aaron David Miller (former US peace negotiator) has said, we see ourselves solely as “Israel’s lawyers.”

  2. February 17, 2011 10:28 am

    The situation in Bahrain is getting ugly. Most notable about Bahrain, for US purposes, is it is the location of the all-important Fifth Fleet (Navy):

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/02/clinton-called-bahrain-a-model-partner-in-december-foreign-minister-touted-freedoms-in-january.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Support_Activity_Bahrain

    Here’s the thing- is it fair to punish this admin. or any administration for decades of questionable foreign policy where we traded our democratic ideals for the false flag of stability and political expedience (and regional hegemony)? I’m not making excuses, but the US media is playing “gotcha” right now and digging back into every statement Hillary ever made regarding these countries. Couldn’t they also do that with Condi or Powell or hey, why not Kissinger too?

    What matters is now is not what the admin. has said in the past but whether they are willing to be visionaries for the future- our fopo in the region has to change somewhat to deal with these new realities and the fact that these dictatorships are not as stable as we [incorrectly] thought. And of course, continuing to prop them up only increases anti-American sentiment in the region.

    We need a new approach but the question is, is the admin. willing to think outside the box or are they going to rely on the same voices that ensured the foreign policy status quo never changes?

    • Tovah permalink
      February 17, 2011 10:51 am

      Thanks Steve for the info. on the status of the UN resolution. I had been wondering about that.

      And thanks Stacy for the info. on Bahrain. I agree that the media are trying too hard to find fault with this current administration’s words when they aren’t putting it in the larger context.

      It seems like Secy Clinton tries to balance measured criticism of these countries while she is traveling with positive reinforcement- praising them for whatever incremental changes they have made.

      I guess the question is what do we do when time goes by and they don’t ease up on things like freedoms and human rights abuses? Do we ignore it, do we say their will be consequences and if so, what? We need them and so we are afraid to make waves. It’s a tough situation.

    • February 17, 2011 12:16 pm

      The situation in Bahrain took a tragic and brutal turn last night. I agree the current US administration is not any more to blame than any other past administration. That is assuming that there is not more going on behind the scenes than we know and that we did not in some way encourage this brutality… Sorry, but I have zero faith in Obama in any matters.

      It is not discussed in the US media but the lands in Saudi Arabia where most oil is located are inhabited by an oppressed Shi’ite population. The Saudi power is all in Sunni hands. So I’m sure they are worried that their own Shi’ite population may rise up as the Bahraini are.

  3. February 17, 2011 10:59 am

    Is it me or is the MSM largely ignoring this HUGE Curveball story about the fake Iraq intelligence?

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/17/colin-powell-demands-answers-over-false-iraq-intel-reports/

    I’m sorry, but a lot of people on the left were calling bullsh*t on Curveball a long, long, long time ago.

    Our leaders who voted for the war still claim the intelligence they saw justified the invasion. I sincerely doubt that. There were huge red flags all over the place.

    • SirJohn permalink
      February 17, 2011 11:02 am

      Yeah, good point. But here’s what you leave out- only six senators read the highly-classified NIE on Iraq which apparently showed that Iraq clearly wasn’t the threat Bush & Co. were making it out to be. But despite so many members of Congress saying the Iraq War vote was the most important vote of their lives, they couldn’t be bothered to read the NIE, and that INCLUDED Hillary Clinton. All those that said their staff must have read it were lying because their staffs were NOT allowed access to the NIE. I guess that was some screwed up attempt at plausible deniability. How do you vote for a war w/o first reading the NIE?

      http://mydd.com/users/jamesboyce/posts/the-iran-nie-the-iraq-nie-and-accountability-for-all

  4. Thain permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:16 pm

    Clinton called the FM of Bahrain today because of the government violence there:

    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/17/2662279/us-urges-restraint-by-authorities.html#storylink=rss

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      February 17, 2011 1:28 pm

      And meanwhile, back at the White House, “On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama declined to comment on Bahrain when asked.”

      Hillary must have been successful in getting Obama to muzzle Ben Rhodes, Samanatha Power, and Denis McDonough. Where’s your rift, NY Times?

  5. February 17, 2011 1:42 pm

    And another interesting story is the situation in Wisconsin. I avoid our MSM, so maybe they are covering this and I am just unaware of that.

    Do you all know about the new GOP governor’s attempt to take away rights from state workers and the protests that have been held by state workers and WI residents?

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/02/17-2

    • rachel permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:17 pm

      It’s horrible I am work for milwaukee area technical college and am about to loose 450 a month because of Governor Scott walker. That means I will take home less than 1000 dollars a pay peroid. I am tired of unions beign labeled as blood suckers living off tax payers. We are the tax payers the government taxes money out of my check just like everyone else. Scott Walker screwed the county now hes moving on to screw the whole state. Its not just teachers unions its all the unions here in Wisconsin. Don’t know what I am gonna do barely have a dollar to spare. Not much to do since Wisconsin went blood red.

      • rachel permalink
        February 17, 2011 2:19 pm

        Forgot to add and the cherry on top is not only a kick in the paycheck but no right to bargin for work place rules and conditions.

      • February 17, 2011 3:40 pm

        I’m sorry to hear that, @Rachel. I hope a few WI GOP state senators will come to their senses enough to vote against the bill and that it will not pass.

        • rachel permalink
          February 18, 2011 10:35 am

          Thanks not one Gop state senator has come to their senses if anything they are getting more arrogant.

      • February 18, 2011 7:50 am

        I’m sorry to hear that Rachel. I totally support the tens of thousands of workers that took to the streets yesterday. It’s a sad day when our political leaders wage war on American workers while protecting the Wall Street tycoons who tanked the global economy.

        • rachel permalink
          February 18, 2011 10:37 am

          It is pretty sad Stacy. Scott walker has split the state in two making it unions vs tax payers as if union memebers don’t pay taxes.

  6. February 22, 2013 4:20 pm

    50th year anniversary. Sounds fun.

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