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Thursday May 19th 2011 Daily Appointments: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

May 19, 2011

Today President Obama is giving a big foreign policy speech at the State Department (see below). We’ve been talking a bit about it in the comment section of various recent posts.


9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries of the regional bureaus, at the Department of State.

11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers introductory remarks for President Obama’s speech on the events in the Middle East and North Africa, and U.S. policy in the region, at the Department of State.

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

3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Administrator Shah, Counselor Mills and the development team, at the Department of State.

7:35 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at an event honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), at the National Gallery of Art.

I’m curious to see if he offers up a real vision for Mideast peace- I have read that he is not going to focus much on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which in my view is a missed opportunity. He is expected to discuss broad principles regarding the U.S. position on the Arab Spring and he will likely address what many see as inconsistencies in how the U.S. responds to the protest movements spreading across the region.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    May 19, 2011 8:22 am

    Get a load of Ethan Bronner’s idea of Bibi’s concessions and Obama’s speech:

    Bibi is going to lay out a plan he knows the Palestinians can’t and SHOULDN’T accept. Why don’t we just come out and say it-we’ll let the Palestinians have some bantustans, no contiguous borders, limited sovereignty, no military, no control over their resources, yadda yadda yadda. Yay! Apartheid! But Bronner tries to make it sound like Bibi may be some sort of peacemaker. Please. All Bibi is trying to do is undermine the US administration, gobble up more real estate and play the perpetual victim- an act he has down pat. And Congress will eat it up. Traitors.

    Dennis Ross doesn’t want Obama to do anything that might force the Israelis to actually show they are serious about peace. Here’s an idea- why doesn’t Dennis Ross, who has Israeli citizenship and lives in Jerusalem, go work for Bibi instead? Because that’s pretty much what he’s doing now, just under the guise of being a good faith negotiator. Honestly, the guy is a walking stereotype.

    Apparently Obama won’t even commit to starting negotiations at 1967 borders which is actually backsliding from the Bush administration Road Map/Annapolis. Nice. So much for the Cairo speech. If Obama doesn’t come out and mention 1967 borders he’s not getting my vote in 2012- I’ll write in a candidate.

    • stacyx permalink*
      May 19, 2011 8:47 am

      I agree, it is frustrating to watch Bibi manipulate the whole process and to watch this administration appear so weak. I mean, which country is the superpower? The US has every right to set the tone for negotiations given we give both parties tons of money and support and because we have a security stake in the outcome.

      All week I have been reading stories about the WH and the State Dept. have been in constant contact with the Israelis- we make no pretense at being anything other than Israel’s protector and yet then we expect the Arab world to swallow the idea that we are some kind of honest broker in the region. Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.

      Even if Obama doesn’t want to present a bold plan for Mideast peace, he could at least send a message to both parties to the conflict about certain parameters – 1967 borders to start, renunciation of violence, the expectation that a just solution to the crisis will increase Israel’s security by normalizing relations with their Arab neighbors- something which won’t happen so long as Israel is an occupying power. But this admin. is so friggin’ weak that it won’t even come out and say we expect negotiations to start at ’67 borders. Of course, anyone who read the Palestine Papers knows that for whatever reason, the US wouldn’t even pressure Israel in light of HUGE Palestinian concessions.

      So at this point, I don’t even know what this administration thinks an ultimate peace deal would look like, which means the rest of the world doesn’t either. They’ve offered no guidance, just vague talking points about “realizing the region’s legitimate aspirations” and Israel’s right “to live in peace and security”- empty words.

      • Zion permalink
        May 19, 2011 9:07 am

        You hate Israel and are an antisemite. The Obama administration is always pandering to the Arabs while throwing Israel to the wolves. Netanyahu knows that Obama and Hillary can’t be trusted- we used to be able to trust Hillary, who was an ardent Zionist before she joined this pro-terrorist administration.

        Obama demands Israel make concessions but not the Palestinians. How fair is that?

        Israel must stand strong against all those that hope to destroy it and they know Obama will not help them.

        • Seamus permalink
          May 19, 2011 9:18 am

          You sound brainwashed. Seriously.

          Your entire comment has no basis in fact, it’s just dribble.

          How is it that Israel will be destroyed when she has a huge nuclear arsenal and biological and chemical weapons and one of the most advanced military in the world? Stop using the fear card. If you want Israel to be secure, end the occupation and usher in peace with the neighbors.

          How can Israel expect to be viewed in a positive light when it engaged, and continues to engage, in the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians?

          But Bibi and some Americans want us all to believe millions just up and left their homes all at once- that they weren’t forced out. Israel has created it’s own version of history- a version that conveniently erases it’s crimes much like US history books erase the murder of millions of native Americans by the early settlers. Just more proof history is told by the victors (ie. oppressors). We know something about that here in N. Ireland.

  2. stacyx permalink*
    May 19, 2011 9:46 am

    @Zion- I don’t mind that you don’t agree with me on policy, but your personal attacks are a cop-out.

    If you want to discuss or debate something, feel free- I don’t mind criticism. But you seem to stop by here every once and a while for the sole purpose of calling people antisemitic. I am not antisemitic nor am I anti-Israel. I am pro-Israel but believe that enabling the occupation to continue will actually HURT israel’s security and isolate it further. Additionally, the occupation harms US national security interests. The notion that people should unquestioningly support ANYTHING, let alone a foreign govt is preposterous.

    Americans don’t blindly support our own govt because such blind trust/loyalty is practically undemocratic. We believe in accountability. So why would I blindly support a foreign leader irrespective of their policies?

    This admin. has given more economic, diplomatic, trade and military support to Israel than any other in admin history. The whole “Obama admin. hates Israel” line is not only getting old, it’s factually untrue. It’s really rather pathetic that simply because this admin. tried to get Israel to stop illegal settlements, the Zionists have branded them as anti-Israel. No nation is above international law- not the US, not Israel. Also, what has Israel done lately for the U.S.? All they have done under Bibi is try to triangulate and undermine the President. And for that they should be rewarded? Spare me. We wouldn’t tolerate that from any other country, why should we tolerate it from Israel?

    Relationships are based on give and take. Israel has the “take” part down, now it’s time to give a little.

  3. January 24, 2013 7:47 pm

    I always love to see her smile. I dunno what it is she just has a great smile.

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