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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Tahrir Square *updated*

March 16, 2011

It was very exciting and moving for me to go to Tahrir Square and to have some sense of what those amazing days must have been like here in Cairo.

I’m so looking forward to helping in any way that we can in this transformation and all the work that needs to be done.

I was just saying to one of the ministers that we have an expression: It’s like drinking from a fire hose. There is so much to be done. But the United States stands ready to help in every way possible to translate what happened in Tahrir Square into the new reality for Egypt.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses for a photograph with members of the USMC "FAST Marines", a quick response team from Norfolk, Virginia, on duty at the US Embassy in Cairo, on March 16, 2011.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with US Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scoby, at the US Embassy in Cairo on March 16, 2011.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by the chief of Egypt's powerful Armed Forces Supreme Council, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures as she takes an unannounced walk through Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 18 days of protests that overthrew long time ally Hosni Mubarak, on March 16, 2011, during her visit to Cairo where she also met the new Egyptian leaders.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she walks through Tahrir Square during her visit in Cairo March 16, 2011.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    March 16, 2011 9:17 am

    Those are great photos.

    OT: our tax dollars at work in Pakistan- blood money to set a private contractor/CIA asset (?) free after murdering some people:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/16/raymond-davis-freed-cia-c_n_836400.html

    This BS is getting annoying.

    For some people, crime pays. I don’t know whether Davis was justified in shooting those people or not, but clearly there is a different system of justice for special ops/private contractors than there is for the rest of us.

    Schools are holding bake sales to buy books for their libraries and the war machine keeps humming along with as much money as it needs, all the while the private contractors help ensure that most of We the People will never have to lift a finger for any of our foreign wars- it’s so much easier to sell war with Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan if most of us can not be inconvenienced in the slightest, let alone have our kids killed- except for the tiny number of military families who are sacrificed by our govt for the military industrial complex, access to war, and the so-called war on terror.

    • March 16, 2011 10:02 am

      Americans don’t understand why Pakistanis are ungrateful to Americans, although we send billions in aid. The VAST majority of that aid never reaches the people. It stops in the hands of the corrupt and/or the Army.

      I read in Steve Coll’s “On the Grand Trunk Road” US classification bureaucrats in DC are more paranoid about releasing documents (going back to the 1960s) related to Pakistan than about any other country, besides Israel. US public may have a short memory. Pakistanis know US has been involved in their country for decades…

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        March 16, 2011 3:53 pm

        And that aid money is supposed to buy the CIA the right to shoot whoever they please with or without justification?

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        March 16, 2011 4:18 pm

        Sorry, SA, I misread you comment. I’m not picking an argument. I just reread what you said and agree. I have a friend who is from Bangladesh and she said the same thing. She talked about two bridges near where her relatives live. The one that was funded with US government aid money is all rickety and the absolute least that could be done and the one funded by an NGO (Unicef, Oxfam, one of those) is far better because the charity has an established presence in the country and our government just writes checks.

        • March 16, 2011 10:31 pm

          No problem. I was just saying that it’s not a black and white situation. I don’t agree with GOP that we should end all foreign aid (except Israel), but it seems like often it’s used to pay off rulers rather than benefit people, and people aren’t stupid:)

  2. Steve permalink
    March 16, 2011 9:19 am

    Sorry, typo- I meant “access to oil” in the last sentence, not access to war.

    I don’t mean to be negative about all of this but it seems like things are getting out of control. Patreaus testified to congress yesterday and naturally he paints a rosy picture for staying and a dire picture if we leave.

  3. PYW permalink
    March 16, 2011 4:33 pm

    OT: There are stories linked on the right saying Hillary won’t serve as SoS in Obama’s second term (should there be one), but that’s nothing new. She’s said that before numerous times. When was the last time anyone served in that role more than four years? Especially in recent years, with all the travel an SoS does. Hillary is incredibly energetic for a woman in her early 60s, but the job must be unbelievably grueling.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      March 16, 2011 7:18 pm

      Just read her interview yesterday wIth Wolf Blitzer and I must say there was no ambiguity whatsoever in her replies. It was no, no, and no again. It kills me, but it does sound like she means it.

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