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March 18, 2011

FYI: I will be out of town until Sunday afternoon so likely no blogging until then. I’d put Ziggy and Scooter in charge of covering the blog but would mean they’d have to take time out from their busy schedule of napping, playing, knocking plants off the windowsills and fighting. So that’s a no-go.

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  1. Cheryl El-Sabagh permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:46 am


  2. PYW permalink
    March 18, 2011 12:30 pm

    sounds like my cat, lol.

  3. Terry permalink
    March 19, 2011 1:33 am

    While you are gone we will continue to comment on what’s going on in the world.

    Here’s the Libya decision as reported by the NYTIMES.

    If you read the comments area, you will see some of the public will blame Hillary for the outcome of all of this, good or bad. Seems like the president was sort of along for the ride. Isn’t it ultimately his decision? I hope he mans up and owns this.

    I hope those members of the left who are so “pro human rights” but at the same time “anti war”. You can’t have it both ways. I hope they can somehow see the difficulties it creates when they press for us to interfere in other countries. This cannot have been an easy decision for Hillary especially having to break away from Secy Gates but she made it. She is showing real leadership.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      March 19, 2011 10:39 am

      I don’t know, Terry. I read through the comments and while there were the predictable “Hillary’s a warmonger” or “Hillary’s an opportunist” (huh?) remarks, I though the great majority of the comments that mentioned her were laudatory: “I think it’s a brilliant move by Ms Clinton,” “I’d be much, much more comfortable if Hillary were President,” and my personal favorite, endorsed by 90 other readers (making it one of the top four most recommended comments):
      Ms. Clinton has always been the smartest person in whatever room she occupies – I hope history treats her more kindly than any of her contemporaries – her willingness to be Secretary of State under the person who defeated her in the primaries was but one example of someone who has viewed their life as a call to public service – all the rest of that Washington crew, including Obama, can’t hold a candle to her dedication to helping the U.S. – I wish her well in these difficult but exciting times in the world.”

      • Terry permalink
        March 19, 2011 4:27 pm

        I agree with you Carolyn. The NYTimes article shows that Hillary has real power in the administration. Sounds like she came to this conclusion about intervention sooner and not later than Obama did and has had to spend some time persuading him. There is a pattern with him not being able to make quick decisions.

        I just think Hillary’s reputation as SOS will be made if she can reshape the political climate in the Middle East and North Africa and move even a handful of these countries towards democracy. This fits in well with her goals for “women’s rights as human rights” which are not going to be possible in Islamic countries that are not also democracies. The opportunity that has just opened up will probably not be available again for decades. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see how this all turns out. So happy are lady is right in the middle of it.

  4. Thain permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:39 am

    Have a great weekend- see you tomorrow (Sunday). Hope all is well. We need our Hillary photo fix!

  5. Thain permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:47 am

    Terry- I really think people are making too much of all this. We don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes. I think a lot of people supported a no fly zone w/o fully understanding the implications. Right now the people who are really gung-ho for action in Libya are the neocon hawks, who would probably also support boots on the ground. I know a lot of liberals who do NOT support the no fly zone b/c if we support it here, why nit in Sudan, or why don’t we get involved to stop the slaughter if women UN the Congo?

    • March 19, 2011 4:27 pm

      As Germany’s Merkel said, “What is our plan if we create a no-fly zone and it doesn’t work? Do we send in ground troops?” she said. “We have to think this through. Why should we intervene in Libya when we don’t intervene elsewhere?”

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        March 19, 2011 6:08 pm

        I agree with Chancellor Merkel. How do we choose who does and does not get our aid.

        • Rachel permalink
          March 19, 2011 8:31 pm

          I don’t know how we choose,but we cant help everybody,but that doesnt mean we shouldn’t help anyone.

      • tiffy permalink
        March 19, 2011 9:49 pm

        As the chancellor of Germany, merkel knows better when to intervene. Of course, she would intervene when Germany’s national interest is involved.

  6. HillaryFan permalink
    March 19, 2011 12:53 pm

    Dint be gone too long Stacy- I’m addicted to this site and need my fix!

    • vcal permalink
      March 19, 2011 1:16 pm

      I feel the same,I’m addicted to this site! Hillary always has been the smartest person in the room, even when Bill C has been there! Way to go Hillary!You’re the only one who knows what’s the best for this country!

  7. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:01 pm

    Did you catch Hillary’s press conference in Paris? Absolutely masterful. When stacy quits foolin’ around and gets back to work, maybe she’ll put up the link.

    [J/k stacy! Your time off is richly deserved. It’s just the old blog isn’t the same without you.]

  8. Thain permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:23 pm

    @Rachel- I dint think ANYONE here has ever suggested that we should never help anyone. But asking tough questions about things is sort of important, don’t ‘cha think? It’s all well and good for some to run around yelling “do something now!” but usually those people tend to oversimplify and not consider consequences.

    I think this admin. was RIGHT to wait and get lots if international support, mist importantly from the Arab League and I think Hillary probably supported this sort of careful approach b/c if the US went in alone it could backfire big time and end up NOT helping the rebels.

    Also, while some have been complaining this admin. has been “dithering” it’s not like they could just whip together all our assets, targets and move everything into position overnight. I think Obama/Hillary etc. have been planning for this eventuality and getting attack plans ready while we were getting diplomatic support.

    But some just want to turn this into an excuse to either bash Obama or in the alternative, bash Hillary. Everyone seems to project their views onto them.

    One issue is if we step in and help the Libyans, if some other country is victimized by their leader do we have a moral responsibility to act to help them and if the answer is “no” then we should be able to explain why.

  9. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:40 pm

    Thain, you may say I’m a dreamer but:

    Imagine Quaddafi is toppled, like Mubarek and Ben Ali before him.
    Imagine a government broadly representative of the Libyan population is installed.
    Imagine Egypt develops a true democratically elected civilian regime.
    Imagine the world’s attention turns to other corrupt, autocratic regimes in the Middle East and pressure builds from within and without for meaningful economic and political reform.
    Imagine that these momentous changes occur not by violent jihad but mostly peaceful protests.
    Imagine that, eventually, Arabs everywhere recognize that — despite its past support of some of these very same autocratic regimes — the US came through at the critical moment to support the democratic aspirations of the people in the street.
    Imagine that, eventually, people everywhere recognize that even if the US was slow to react to events in Egypt, AlQuaeda was even slower. In fact, that Al Quaeda issued no statements about any of the uprisings until today.
    Imagine violent extremists totally marginalized.
    Imagine that by doing the right thing, the humitarian thing, the moral thing, the US has lessened the threat of terrorist attacks on our home soil.

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      March 19, 2011 11:15 pm

      And imagine…
      In the span of three weeks half a dozen other countries are appealing for our aid in their struggles for democracy all at the same time. How do you choose who is more deserving, if there is such a thing? These countries span the length and breadth of the region – thousands of square miles of airspace. A few of the governments the people want to topple are ones we work and trade substantially with. Some of our other allies who are starting to hear rumblings of regime change are getting nervous about us and whether or not they’ll be next. Opponents of all of this military work say it looks like colonization. It’s draining our strained budget and military capabilities and in certainly isn’t getting anyone hired. Prices for gas and just about every other thing are on the rise to to the large scale destabilization of a decent size portion of the globe.

      Quaddafi has to go, end of story. The No-Fly Zone is a good thing, but military actions even in the name of the purest ideals are better approached with caution. We are not omniscient and can’t be omnipresent. I, too, imagine a more peaceful, democratic world, but what I see is cold, hard reality and all the political, financial, and numerical limitations that that encompasses. I’m not saying that there aren’t things we can do to help people rising up for more egalitarian countries, but I also accept that, barring divine intervention or the existence of comic book super heros, we are constrained by many things, namely the mathematics. We have finite amounts of money and equipment and a finite number of personnel. There is a happy medium somewhere between imagination and accounting and that’s what we have to find.

      Sorry to be a downer.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        March 20, 2011 12:05 am

        Not a downer – just the voice of reality!
        In my dream, we don’t go on to establish no-fly zones over Bahrain or Yemen. We do step up our calls for an immediate end to the violent repression of peaceful protests, along with a growing number of Western and Arab countries. Even Germany gets in on the act, since there’s nothing to lose. And as long as I’m dreaming, gee, maybe even Israel, heretofore the “only viable democracy” in the Middle East, will embrace the flowering of democracy
        in its neighboring
        countries — just as soon as they stop
        bombing Gaza. In my dream, the ruling regimes in Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia aren’t toppled — yet — but they unnerved just enough by the condemnation from without and protests from within, with the whole world watching, that offer some
        reforms. It won’t be much but it’ll be a start. It’ll be more than Iran offered its citizens. Iran will be further isolated, without any military intervention on our part. And presiding over our participation in this historic transformation — Hillary.

        It would be glorious. She’d reconsider her decision to leave the administration. She’d be pressed to run again in 2016. She’d recognize the unparalleled historic opportunities and would graciously accept her party’s nomination. Her campaign
        slogan would be: “She saved the
        world — now let her save our country.”

        She’d win in a landslide. And as the
        first women POTUS, she would galvanize a campaign to make women’s rights a reality worldwide. She’d go down in history as one of our greatest Secretaries of State and Presidents and the single most
        influential woman ever.

        OK, taking my anti-psychotic medication and going to bed…

    • Terry permalink
      March 20, 2011 12:15 pm

      Damn straight we miss you. We are like a ship without a captain here. Hope you enjoyed your weekend and it’s good to get away from it all from time to time.

      • March 20, 2011 4:29 pm

        Oh, it looks like you all are doing just fine on your own, solving all the problems of the world… 😉

        • discourseincsharpminor permalink
          March 20, 2011 4:40 pm

          Well somebody’s got to, right?

    • Terry permalink
      March 20, 2011 12:19 pm

      Very beautifully put. I will always go to the side of hope and do “imagine” a different world.

  10. tiffy permalink
    March 19, 2011 11:51 pm

    I agree we need international support, but we got that a week ago from France, Britain and most importantly the Arab League. But Obama’s still dithering, and yet he kept saying Quaddafi must go. Did he believe words with no action can topple Quaddafi? Did he know by asking Quaddafi to go already interfere with Libya’s internal affair?

  11. stacyx permalink*
    March 20, 2011 11:23 am

    Miss me terribly?

    I’m on the Garden state parkway on my way back to Boston so will be home in a few hours. So I’ll try to catch up with Hillary stuff later this afternoon.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      March 20, 2011 12:19 pm

      Don’t speed but HURRY

  12. HillaryFan permalink
    March 20, 2011 5:26 pm

    Drive safe!

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