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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Remarks with Angela Merkel in Berlin

April 14, 2011

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Transcript:

SECRETARY CLINTON: It is wonderful to be back in Berlin and to have this opportunity to meet with the Chancellor to discuss a number of issues that are of great importance to both of us.

I appreciate that NATO is meeting here in Berlin because Germany is such an essential partner in NATO and the work that was done at the Lisbon Summit to chart the way forward for NATO is going to provide the strategic direction that we are seeking to implement.

We work together in Afghanistan. We are committed to following through to achieve the mutual objective of working toward a world without nuclear weapons. We are also sharing the same goal which is to see the end of the Qadhafi regime in Libya. And we are contributing in many ways in order to see that goal realized. We are very much looking forward to the Chancellor’s visit at President Obama’s invitation to Washington in early June. And she will be receiving our highest civilian honor at that time, the Medal of Freedom.

Chancellor, thank you again for welcoming me back to Berlin. I look forward to welcoming you to Washington. And for all those inquiring minds – the Chancellor and I did not consult on the color of our jackets today, but great minds think alike.

Here are some photos of the NATO meeting after her meeting with Merkel:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets fellow Foreign Ministers as they arrive for an informal NATO Foreign Ministers Meet in Berlin April 14, 2011.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Lulu permalink
    April 14, 2011 12:50 pm

    What “progress” does Secy Clinton see in Afghanistan exactly?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/clinton_predicts_violent_spring_in_afghanistan/2011/04/14/AFb2BdcD_story.html?wprss=rss_world

    You can pretty much ALWAYS argue there is some progress and that if the military leaves then that progress will be lost. But this is a joke. Afghanistan is a disaster in part because Karzai stole the election and is totally corrupt and stealing US taxpayer money. We are building schools and then those schools are getting blown up etc. etc.

    When exactly does this administration think we should leave? Conditions-based withdrawal is a buzz phrase for “never leaving.” 10 years from now they could still say the same BS- “we’ve made progress, but it’s fragile, if we pull out now the insurgents will gain a foothold.” These chicken hawks think we’re stupid.

    Do all these officials own stock in Raytheon, General Electric, McDonell Douglas and Halliburton or something?

  2. Thain permalink
    April 14, 2011 2:12 pm

    It’s called Mission Creep and it infected Iraq and Afghanistan. It also threatens to infect US action in Libya.

    OT: what the hell was Obama thinking?

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/04/pat-tillmans-mom-says-she-wants-general-stanley-mcchrystal-removed-in-abc-news-exclusive.html

    Correct me if I am wrong but in the real world when you f*ck up you pay the price, you don’t fail upwards. Yes, McCrystal resigned but he has a cushy job at Yale, he could get any defense consulting job he wanted, he wasn’t forced out of the military nor did he lose his rank. So Obama makes nice with him and appoints him to the WH commission?

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/04/pat-tillmans-mom-says-she-wants-general-stanley-mcchrystal-removed-in-abc-news-exclusive.html

    Did anyone see ‘The Pat Tillman Story’ by Avi Bar-Lev. It’s infuriating and once you see it you’ll know why it’s such a disgrace that McCrystal didn’t face consequences for covering up Tillman’s death. All these high-ranking dudes are politicians looking out for themselves.

    I have a lot of respect for Pat Tillman’s mom and everything she has done to get to the truth. If we can’t treat soldier’s families as more than photo ops then we’ve really got a problem as a nation. They try to make Tillman’s mom out to be some disgruntled, crazy woman but she’s not. It’s interesting how we treat the mothers of soldiers when they demand accountability from the govt. Look at what happened to Cindy Sheehan.

  3. Thain permalink
    April 14, 2011 2:13 pm

    Sorry didn’t mean to put the same link twice.

  4. Thain permalink
    April 14, 2011 2:20 pm

    OT again: I’m interested in Stacy, Steve or Carolyn’s thoughts on this- Israel stealing our trade, military, industrial secrets, benefiting financially and then insisting we create loopholes and special trade rules for Israel:

    http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2011/03/27/neoconomics%C2%A0conscription-and-war-as-wealth/

    Notice the book was published by the Israel-First think tank The Council on Foreign Relations.

    It also nicely points out how constant military conflict in Israel has made a lot of people very rich.

    It makes one wonder, if the authors of the book think Israel is doing so well economically- and they are- why does Israel still need to get more money from the US than any other nation on earth?

    • Steve permalink
      April 14, 2011 6:30 pm

      No surprises there Thain. Given it’s written by Dan Senor and published by the Council on Foreign Relations it doesn’t surprise me that the book would be biased and whitewash certain inconvenient facts.

      BTW, since we’re on the topic, the LA Times had an incredible commentary written by a Palestinian woman whose village had been cleansed of all Palestinians and turned into a Jewish village. She said her house is still there- they were forced to leave it of course w/o compensation. But here’s the thing- she happened to mention in passing the name of the person who lives in what was her family’s house- guess who? ETHAN BRONNER of the NYT! Un-f*cking believable! So not only does Mr. Objective have a son in the IDF but he lives in the occupied part of Jerusalem in a house taken away from the Palestinians. You can’t make this stuff up. I need to find the link- I saw the story over at Mondoweiss first.

      At what point does the NYT follow the advice of their Public Editor and put Bronner on a different beat- like maybe Asia or something?

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      April 14, 2011 10:46 pm

      Thain, I consider you one of my “tutors” on the subject of Israel, so it makes me feel good that you’d seek my opinion!
      This stood out for me in the article you linked:
      “However, Start-up Nation airbrushes one vital and enduring truth — when Israel faces sovereign barriers to foreign trade routes, weapons, or technology; it tends to break other country’s laws and steal what it thinks it needs…”

      Israel has been corrupted by real
      estate. If Israel is wherever the Torah is being kept, it’s not in the Middle East.

  5. Thain permalink
    April 15, 2011 1:17 pm

    Carolyn said:

    If Israel is wherever the Torah is being kept, it’s not in the Middle East.

    Pardon my ignorance but I don’t know what that means.

    While I agree that Israel’s land grabs are a huge issue, I think what many don’t want to talk about because it’s politically incorrect is how the American Jewish community is undermining Mideast peace efforts by having a knee-jerk response to anything Israel says and does. Everybody knows the Israel Lobby does everything they can to kill any debate about Israel and everyone knows the media enables those efforts, for whatever reason. What Steve said above about Ethan Bronner living in a home cleansed of Palestinians just helps illustrate the shameless bias of our media.

    In today’s WaPo, former US peace negotiator Aaron David Miller talks about how the Palestinians attempts to get a state recognized by the UN will fail. And why will it fail- he doesn’t come out directly and say it, but here’s a big reason for the US caving to every single Israeli demand no matter how self-defeating and contrary to US interests:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-palestinians-mistake-in-seeking-statehood-from-the-un/2011/04/12/AFlWo8eD_story.html?hpid=z4

    To say that the Obama administration won’t risk spending political capital on an international campaign to isolate Israel in the U.N. General Assembly the year before a presidential election is probably the understatement of the century. And if the campaign pressuring Israel gets serious, Congress will be only too ready to restrict critical aid to the Palestinians and perhaps to Egypt as well if it helps lead the effort.

    In other words, this administration and every member of Congress is worried about the so-called Jewish vote. The problem is, every time there is any meaningful push for peace this is what happens- the Jewish community complains, whines and claims anti-Semitism, delegitimization and demands unwavering, unquestioning, blind support for Israel.

    Miller has written a lot about his decades of experience being a US negotiator and he worked with one of the current US negotiators Dennis Ross. Ross is an AIPAC/WINEP shill who makes no secret of the fact that his job is to protect Israel’s interests. In fact, Miller came out and said that he, Ross and the other US negotiators saw their job as being “Israel’s lawyers.” So much for the US being an “honest broker” in the negotiations.

    What Miller is basically saying in the excerpt from the article above, without coming out and saying it because no one is allowed to, is that the Jewish community and Israel Lobby are one of the biggest obstacles to peace in the Middle East. Who is going to call them on that? NOTHING will change if this continues. The irony is that they (really all of us) will be helping Israel to commit suicide and end up a full Apartheid state. Then you know what they’ll do? Demand we not use the word “apartheid” to describe what they do. See how this works?

    The reaction to the Goldstone report is another symptom of all this. Blind, hypocritical support of anything Israel does. It makes no sense and defies reason and logic. I understand the history and the discrimination. But nothing justifies such unthinking, intolerant loyalty. Can you imagine if Americans had to have blind support of their govt? Can you imagine if we were never allowed to criticize it or question it because if we did we’d be called anti-American or America-hating. It’s just so stupid. But Steve said that’s what Jewish kids are taught- blind, unthinkin, self-righteous loyalty to Israel, right or wrong.

    The Hastings College of Law (California) canceled a forum on Palestinian rights you know why? The local Jewish community and the ADL threatened repercussions. WTF? So much for academic freedom and academic debate. So much for liberal values. And that is happening at every college/university in this country. You have to ask yourself what are they so afraid of that it can’t even be discussed.

    • April 15, 2011 2:15 pm

      I’m beyond frustrated with how the US acts during negotiations. You raise some good points and yes, they represent the unspoken Third Rail of American politics.

      As for the media bias, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is so entrenched people hardly notice and so long as people are unaware of the real situation over there nothing will change. Anyone who follows the Israeli-Palestinian issue closely knows that the MSM coverage of events in the region borders on journalistic negligence.

      I’m not alleging some grand conspiracy btw. But the media must feel that there is no benefit to challenging the status quo or proving truly objective coverage. I think the Lobby and some Jewish groups put a lot of pressure on the media to report on Israel in a largely uncritical way. Actually, I KNOW they do. And there is always the threat of being labeled anti-Israel or a “delegitimizer”- Judge Goldstone is only the most recent casualty of such a limited, narrow view. Sometimes it’s not just what the media says, it’s what they don’t say. No one ever thinks to question why the Israeli Palestinian conflict is always told solely from the Israeli perspective. The irony is that the Israeli media is so much better about discussing these issues. The question is, why is it such a taboo to do so here in the US?

      As for Bronner (NYT), I’m done with him. That bit about him living in a home that was taken from a palestinian family is just too much. Bronner is right there in Jerusalem and yet his only source of info. seems to be the Israeli govt. Honestly, I don’t know why they even need a Jerusalem bureau chief. He can write that crap from the NYT headquarters.

      I’ve said this 100 times and I’ll say it again, the people who really care about Israel are the ones willing to speak up trying to get them to move in a more productive direction. The Occupation is inconsistent with Israel’s democratic ideals. The problem is, Israel is becoming more reactionary, more nationalistic and less secular- that also poses a threat to Israel’s democratic ideals. The expectation that the Jewish community show blind, unquestioning loyalty to Israel will result in both collapsing under the weight of their own contradictions.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      April 15, 2011 5:39 pm

      Inscrutable Talmudic saying, meaning, whereevet the laws of the Torah are being observed, lived, honored, kept — there is Israel. That includes all the laws about how to treat one’s fellow men. They sure aren’t being kept in Israel.

  6. January 26, 2013 11:10 am

    No weapons in the world. That would be nice.

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