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Wednesday May 18th Public Appointments: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

May 18, 2011


9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the senior management team, at the Department of State.

11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Chinese General Chen Bingde, at the Department of State.

1:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the opening of the exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Operations Center, at the Department of State.

2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer, at the Department of State.

3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Icelandic Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson, at the Department of State.

4:45 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 dinner for the Brookings Latin American Leaders Forum, at the Department of State.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. stacyx permalink*
    May 18, 2011 7:13 am

    OT: MJ Rosenberg is right- the squeaky wheel gets the grease when it comes to political power:

    Obama will be speaking at AIPAC this week and it will be rather embarrassing for him and his administration as conference attendees give PM Netanyahu a rousing welcome and standing ovation, while offering up only a golf clap for Obama.

    Obama is giving his foreign policy speech tomorrow at the State Dept. and he has decided to ignore George Mitchell’s advice and go with the advice of Israel-Firster Dennis Ross- he won’t be discussing Israel-Palestine hardly at all and he will not be offering up any vision of a US led peace effort. And why? Because Bibi and the Lobby don’t want him to and elections are coming up and, well, you know.

    For those of us who care about the future of Israel and Palestine, we have to write members of Congress, the WH and the media to let them know that AIPAC and the status-quo, pro-Occupation lobby do not represent the only view on Israel-Palestine.
    We have to tell them that support for Israel means more than rubber-stamping the latest AIPAC press release and draft legislation. Recent events in the Middle East make it all the more imperative that the US be a good-faith, honest broker in the Mideast peace negotiations. Israel’s security, America’s security and the universal human rights of the Palestinians depend on it.

    • Steve permalink
      May 18, 2011 7:54 am

      Thanks for the link, I like Rosenberg and having worked for AIPAC, he’s got an insider’s knowledge of how they operate.

      That bit about his meeting with Obama is telling.

  2. Thain permalink
    May 18, 2011 8:27 am

    Honestly, I’m sort of glad that Hillary isn’t speaking this year at AIPAC. She’s been far too good to Bibi and he’s done nothing to show any appreciation for what she’s done. She spent 5+ hours in a hotel room with him trying to work out a deal and he ultimately turned it down. Let Obama take the heat.

    I heard Dennis Ross is having a hand in writing his speech. If all Ross cares about is making sure Israel doesn’t have to make any real concessions, why is he the primary negotiator? He’s not negotiating in good faith, nor is he an honest broker. Even his fellow negotiators said he saw himself as “Israel’s lawyer” and he bragged in a speech that he was able to get the Palestinians to the negotiating table during the Clinton years without having the Israelis stop settlements.

    How would the Israelis, or American Jewish community, feel if we had a Palestinian American heading up the American negotiating team? It would NEVER happen! That person would be considered too biased for no other reason than that they were Palestinian.

  3. Seamus permalink
    May 18, 2011 11:55 am

    Rock on Hillary!

    With regards to what you folks were discussing above. Is this guy joking?

    At the same time, Mr. Netanyahu showed more willingness to yield territory than he had before, strongly implying that he would give up the vast majority of the West Bank for a demilitarized Palestinian state. He said Israel needed to hold onto all of Jerusalem and the large settlement blocs in the West Bank, thereby suggesting that he would yield the rest.

    The other principles he enumerated included Palestinian recognition of Israel as the home of the Jewish people, an agreement to end the conflict, resolving the refugee problem only within the new state of Palestine and an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley.

    I read an article that excerpted most of Netanyahu’s speech to Parliament and I don’t see how the writer of this article concludes he was willing to yield more territory than before. This is more propaganda to make it sound like Bibi is interested in peace by making it sound like he has some sort of mythological generous offer up his sleeve. The West Bank should go to the Palestinians, not Israel.

    I don’t understand the United States. Your govt has tacitly allowed the settlement enterprise to continue and is going to reward Israel for violating international law by allowing them to keep the land they grabbed over the years? Incredible. If you really wanted the settlements to stop all your president would have to say is “they are illegal, they violate our policy and so if you continue to build that is your problem because you will just have to dismantle them later.” THAT is how approach it. You don’t reward them- why on earth would they stop building if the US makes it clear they can keep all the land they stole? Am I missing something about your political situation?

  4. Seamus permalink
    May 18, 2011 12:01 pm

    One more thing- get a load of Glenn Beck’s new stunt:

    Abe Foxman must have told him how he can make up for his antisemitic remarks of late.

    • May 18, 2011 12:08 pm

      The sad thing about that is, it’s not about Israel for Beck- it’s about Beck. The guy is one big walking ego trip.

      Like Jerusalem doesn’t have enough problems without that guy showing up. But hey, Fox News will cover it!

  5. Steve permalink
    May 18, 2011 1:04 pm

    Senator Kerry seems to be being a bit too overzealous in his attempts to be the next SOS. It turns out the State Dept. and the WH don’t seem to pleased with his ego-driven need to be at the center for their foreign policy with Pakistan:

    If this is true, he just might have scuttled his chances for the job.

    • Bea permalink
      May 18, 2011 2:00 pm

      Kerry has always been a pompous blowhard. He thinks quite highly of himself. Remember when he suggested to Hillary which books to read during her confirmation proceedings?

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      May 18, 2011 5:38 pm

      He’s insufferable. Really had to hold my nose when I voted for him in 2004. Looooooossser.

  6. January 24, 2013 7:48 pm

    I wonder what she ate for dinner?

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