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Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Statement on Libya

March 24, 2011

UPDATE: Here is the video of her statement:

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SOS Hillary Clinton Statement on Libya, posted with vodpod

32 Comments leave one →
  1. Tovah permalink
    March 24, 2011 6:37 pm

    THANK YOU. I had no idea about this. I’m impressed you can do the livestream from the blog.

    What would we do without you? 😉

    • March 24, 2011 6:40 pm

      You’re WELCOME!

      Oh, you’d probably do ok without me 😉

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        March 24, 2011 7:00 pm

        We’d rather not think about it.

  2. PYW permalink
    March 24, 2011 6:41 pm

    did i miss it?

    • March 24, 2011 6:53 pm

      No, she’s running late- so far 25 minutes late. I have on Cenk Uygur on MSNBC in the background to make sure I know we haven’t missed it because he said he will break live to the State Dept. when she starts to speak and so it hasn’t happened yet.

  3. Vcal permalink
    March 24, 2011 6:45 pm

    thank you a lot Stacyx this is great!

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 24, 2011 7:02 pm

    Thanks stacy! So far, things are breaking her way. Lookong forward to her always lucid remarks! And yours, of course.

  5. March 24, 2011 7:04 pm

    It’s on right now!

    Clearly Hillary’s the one explaining our Libya policy because Obama is so ineffective in this regard. He is terrible at discussing foreign policy. On the other hand, she’s brilliant.

  6. March 24, 2011 7:16 pm

    Ok- that was perfect. She is right- it’s important to hand this over to NATO and to prod the Arab League into becoming more involved militarily, diplomatically and politically.

    Some on the political right and even some Democratic hawks may be annoyed that we are handing this over to NATO but this is what NATO is for. We can’t always be the World Cop. We can’t have a third war with no clear endgame and it seems clear that we will continue to be involved militarily with NATO because we obviously have a very strong presence in NATO.

    Some want the US to militarily engage in regime change but that could require boots on the ground and would raise the question of whether we would need/require a formal authorization by Congress rather than mere consultation because regime change seems to go way beyond the UN resolution. There is also the question of stretching the military way to thin if we were to go it largely alone and end up providing ground troops.

    There are times for the US to assert it’s military power, unilaterally if necessary. This is not one of those times.

    • Thain permalink
      March 24, 2011 8:23 pm


      Seen any reaction from the hawks yet?

  7. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 24, 2011 7:19 pm

    Shucks – not loading on my Iphone in Phoenix. Can anyone give the highlights?

    • March 24, 2011 7:29 pm

      Phoenix? Hrmph.

      Basically, the operation will be handed over to NATO with all 28 members agreeing to take on the larger military mission of longer-term civilian protection. Secretary Clinton will be heading to London on Tuesday for a meeting to consult NATO members/allies about this. She made clear this has to be an organized international effort and that the Arab League must play a key role. The UAE was getting involved with military operations today.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        March 24, 2011 10:07 pm

        [Hrmph? If you mean, why am I not boycotting Arizona? Yeah, I thought about it. But had to see the Grand Canyon once in my lifetime!]

        • stacyx permalink*
          March 25, 2011 8:07 am

          No- “hrmph” b/c I’m jealous that you are where it’s warm and sunny and I’m in Boston where it snowed yesterday and a little today.

          • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
            March 25, 2011 12:34 pm

            Oh, lol! Well, if it makes you feel better, it has been low 60’s days and below 40 nights. 

  8. PCFS permalink
    March 24, 2011 7:25 pm

    She was awesome. She should be our President. Sad for me to see her in such high profile and the other no where in site. I guess he watching basketball on TV.

    • March 24, 2011 7:32 pm

      Yeah, can you believe that he’s been MIA during this whole thing? What’s he doing, waiting to see how it all turns out? I try to give him the benefit of the doubt now and again because some folks just seem to hate the guys guts but honestly he’s pathetic. No leadership. He’s terrible at explaining our foreign policy and it seems like he hides from the press, which I can’t STAND. Bush did that and it drove me nuts. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen.

      It’s just as well Hillary’s the one explaining this to the American people and the world because she made it clear as a bell.

      It’s good that it was breaking news on every channel and ran live.

      ps. look out for an instantaneous, strong negative reaction from the neocons who will be really bummed out we’re missing an opportunity to send our battle-weary men and women in uniform into another never-ending, vague war which ends up undermining the very security interests we claim to be protecting. They are always looking for the next Middle Eastern/Muslim country to invade. Maybe they’d like to sign up and give the troops a hand? Or maybe their kids could sign up to go to Helmand or Basra or Bengazi instead of going to Yale?

  9. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 24, 2011 7:40 pm

    Oh well, I’ll catch your video later!
    I hope she gets all the credit she deserves!

    Hey, Ben Smith – how marginalized is she now?

  10. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 24, 2011 7:57 pm

    She’s just awesome — and towards the end there she was not speaking from her notes. Our Prez would have needed a teleprompter.

    I just had the most wonderful fantasy – Obama decides he’s sick of this sh** and announces he will not be seekinghis party’s nomination. And into the void steps…

    • Thain permalink
      March 24, 2011 8:37 pm

      I just had the most wonderful fantasy – Obama decides he’s sick of this sh** and announces he will not be seekinghis party’s nomination. And into the void steps…

      That would take some humility and self awareness on his part and he seems to be lacking in that department.

      I never really bought into the whole Obama is the Great Liberal Hope bullsh*t but I will admit I’m surprised he sucks this much. That whole thing about him leaving a big huge loophole for the use of torture when he first became POTUS made me not trust a single thing he says. Then he rubber stamped indefinite detentions which goes against everything this nation supposedly stand for. We supposedly have kids in prison in Afghanistan, Gitmo etc. who have had no charges brought against them, likely aren’t even terrorists but because we’ve tortured them we don’t want to let them free because we’re afraid they’ll be radicalized. Well duh. Sure they will. Worst. Policy. Ever.

  11. Tovah permalink
    March 24, 2011 8:22 pm

    She did a great job. She manages to explain things very well without sounding like she’s dumbing it down.

    Obama should be embarrassed. Stacy is right it looks like he’s ducking the media and the American people. Doesn’t he think sending our troops into a foreign country to enforce a no fly zone and bomb targets in that country is worthy of a prime time televised address to the nation to explain what’s going on? Apparently not.

    • Rachel permalink
      March 24, 2011 8:30 pm

      President obama has said very little. If he’s not embarrassed then I am embarassed for him.

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      March 24, 2011 8:58 pm

      He’s hiding when the going gets tough and practically making his Secretary of State into his Viceroy in Charge of Unpleasant Aspects of the Presidency. I’m not cool with having no statements from those who were elected to office rather than appointed. Obama needs to make a statement to the nation and to Congress.

  12. Thain permalink
    March 24, 2011 8:31 pm

    OT: has the administration said anything publicly about the torture of these women protesters in Egypt by the Egyptian military?

    I’ve never heard of virginity tests. Do doctors really do that? What about the men who aren’t married and aren’t virgins? I guess that’s not only ok but encouraged.

    Keep in mind the military is still running the show over there so the US may want to you know, tell them that they need to cut this nazi sh*t out. We’ve been a bit too complementary of the Egyptian military during and after the protests and if we don’t speak out about these abuses and they continue the Egyptian people could turn against us.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      March 24, 2011 10:10 pm

      Yes, this is totally disgraceful, along with the military’s degree criminalizing protests. I hope Hillary says something about this soon.

  13. PYW permalink
    March 24, 2011 10:43 pm

    stacy and others, do you think it’s odd that hillary’s doing this instead of gates? isn’t military action more the province of the defense secretary? i’m not complaining because i love seeing hillary front and center, but not only is obama invisible, so is gates.

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      March 25, 2011 12:31 am

      The US tend to have a healthy wariness of a person connected to the military taking control of things. Aslo, politically speaking, this is shaky territory – an appointee looking like they’re running things while the President and VP are nowhere to be seen – and so he’s putting a person out there who got 18 million popular votes in 08 and, in addition to being a popular political figure, is more easily veiwed as somehow more than just a member of the administration. He could be hoping that her popularity will distract us from his silence.

    • stacyx permalink*
      March 25, 2011 8:10 am

      @PYW- Gates seems to be more of a person who likes to be in the background- very different from Rumsfeld under GWB and even Secy Cohen during the Clinton admin. It is a little strange to have just the Secy of State talking about the military operation but I believe Gates may have been in the Middle East yesterday. But then I also read somewhere that he and Hillary would be appearing before Congress soon to discuss Libya.

  14. stacyx permalink*
    March 25, 2011 9:24 am

    Hmmmm….it appears things aren’t as straight forward as they seem. According to this report the US had actually wanted NATO to take responsibility for almost the entire mission at this point, but they were unwilling to do that, preferring a more limited role. This might complicate things for the US:

    I’m a tad confused at this point about what exactly the US will be doing going forward (and when we will cease all operations) and what NATO will be doing

  15. March 25, 2011 9:00 pm

    This blog is the most impressive blog I’ve seen in a long time. Really well done. Congratulations!

    Please excuse the change of conversation. This posting is in attempt to plan US goals and future in Libya. My belief is that smarter organization of democracy in emerging nations can improve chances of success against terror and corruption.

    Please also excuse the shameless promotional tags at the end of the post. If directed, I promise to never include them in future posts.

    Libya (Third Time’s the Charm)

    Two attempts at nation building, Iraq and Afghanistan, have schooled hard lessons for America. Experience is a difficult teacher, but lessons are learned. Success in Libya is not difficult to define. Success is an interim democratic-revolutionary government in opposition to Kaddafi, that survives the democratic revolution, ousts Kaddafi, gains control of Libya governance, and is capable of holding democratic governance in opposition to al-qaeda and other outside autocratic anarchies.

    The US position, once this interim government is organized, is simple. Support and recognize the government, arm it against Kaddafi and al-qaeda, and mentor it to an era of successful democratic governance. Hillary Clinton, if anyone, can accomplish such an ambitious goal and can accomplish it without boots on the ground.

    A mentoring window of opportunity exists as long as the current Kaddafi opposition is in need of outside help and support. Once the democratic government is formed, outside influence on government structure and formation no longer exists. Once the government is formed, America is obliged to deal with it, “weak” or “strong”.

    The most important lesson learned from Iraq and Afghanistan is that emerging democratic governments are extremely fragile, corruptible, and unreliable. For this reason, the interim government must be smartly structured with robust, incorruptible, and reliable institutions.

    The structure of second millennium emerging democratic constitutions must be “smartly” designed. Larger participant numbers are needed in the congress and presidency. This leads to greater popular identification, consensus, and public trust of government.

    A multiple-vote president executive of 5 to 9 presidents “balances” autocratic and corrupt tendencies prevalent in “new” democratic executive branches. Multiple presidents self-monitor internal executive corruptions and election fraud. This is done in simple self-interest of existing elected presidents.

    Large congressional bodies similarly mitigate corruption and election frauds. 26,600 citizens per congressperson is the representation ratio (“quorum”) of the American revolution and America’s first congress. 1776 America was composed mostly of poor and illiterate farmers. The current state of Libya is not far from the state of 1776 America.

    America’s revolutionary “quorum” of 26,666 citizens per congressperson survived the revolution and went on to democratically revolutionize the world. It is egregious to believe that an elected “monarchy” and undersized congress, like exists in Iraq and Afghanistan, will not produce anything but “lukewarm” success as already seen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 26,000 “starter” ratio is very stable and known to work. For example the 352 Afghan assembly, increased to 1055 seats, offers more stable governance and consensus. Karzai style corruption is not possible in a five voting president executive.

    New democracies must be “participant/representative” heavy to overcome the challenges of democratic startup in the form of corruption, instability, and autocratic tyranny.

    Smart emerging democratic structures will survive and succeed better. America must insist on dealing only with “smart”, robust, incorruptible, and reliable emerging democratic governments. This policy greater assures American success in nation building.

    It’s time for elections in Libya (ongoing revolution or not) and formation of a “smart”, robust, incorruptible, and reliable democratic government.

    The shamelessness starts here:
    When service in a restaurant suffers, more waiters are needed. When fire breaks out everywhere, more fire fighters are needed. When crime becomes rampant, more police are needed. When democracy morphs to elected oligarchy and America lacks governance, send help to the few surviving democratic representatives. More representatives are needed. More presidents are needed. Democracy disburses power. The antidote to corruption of power is disbursement of power. Step it up, America. Be proactive. Check out plan-b.

    Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.
    Seeking presidential candidate (for one of 9 elected executive branch presidents) 2016
    twitter: @_marp

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