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  • Clinton signals she is not a two-term Secretary of State

    01/27/2010 11:31:43 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 41 replies · 1,201+ views ^ | 1/27/10 | Laura Rozen
    In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term. She also tells Smiley she is "absolutely not interested" in another presidential run.(snip) Clinton previously told the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler much the same thing: "Clinton said she loves being secretary of state, but conceded, 'It is a really hard job . . . a 24-7 job,' and 'I feel the weight of it pretty significantly.' Asked if she would be sitting in the same office for eight years, Clinton...
  • Hillary Clinton to go to Haiti on Saturday (Just another photo-op?)

    01/15/2010 3:55:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 813+ views
    Alertnet ^ | 1/15/10 | Andrew Quinn
    Hillary Clinton to go to Haiti on Saturday15 Jan 2010 23:00:54 GMT Source: Reuters WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will fly to Haiti on Saturday to get a firsthand look at the earthquake relief effort as well as to help evacuate some Americans caught up in the disaster. Clinton, who cut short a trip to the Asia-Pacific region after Tuesday's quake, said on Friday she and U.S. Agency for International Development Director Rajiv Shah would meet Haitian President Rene Preval as well as U.S. relief workers. "We will also be conveying very directly and...
  • How did 'undy bomber' get a visa?

    01/09/2010 2:48:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 970+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Forget about no-fly lists, full-body scanners and air marshals. All the loud recriminations about who should have done what to stop the underwear bomber from boarding a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day miss a more fundamental point: Young, single, rootless foreign Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should never, ever have received a temporary visa into our country in the first place. No visa, no plane ticket. No ticket, no passage to airline jihad. Even absent the intelligence we had on this al Qaeda-trained operative before his fateful trip, Hillary Clinton's State Department was required to know better
  • Did State Department Issue Visa to Pantibomber?

    01/08/2010 12:51:31 PM PST · by hockeyfan · 30 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    /snip/It's just a typo, and in fact, the DNI fixed it on its webpage shortly after sending reporters the statement. But it's an awkward slip-up on the same day the White House admitted that a typo prevented the State Department from realizing it had granted a visa to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Someone spelled his name wrong during a search.)
  • Why Is Hillary’s State Department Getting UndyBomber Pass?

    01/07/2010 11:05:18 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 18 replies · 972+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1-8-2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Why Is Hillary’s State Department Getting UndyBomber Pass? Michelle Malkin Friday, January 08, 2010 Forget about no-fly lists, full-body scanners and air marshals. All the loud recriminations about who should have done what to stop the UndyBomber from boarding a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day miss a more fundamental point: Young, single, rootless foreign Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should never, ever have received a temporary visa into our country in the first place. No visa, no plane ticket. No ticket, no passage to airline jihad. Even absent the intelligence we had on this al-Qaida-trained operative before his fateful trip,...
  • More Christmas Bombing Fallout: Hillary's Visa Problem

    01/07/2010 5:29:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1/7/10 | Richard Grenell
    President Obama came back to work this week after leaving the Presidency for his Hawaiian holiday vacation. Hawaii proved to be a restful retreat for the President, his team and the White House press corps who all took time off from their regular duties to enjoy the Hawaiian sun and ignore their responsibilities. But after 10 days of tropical silence, this week there is a sudden flurry of security reviews, media statements, ass-covering and more misstatements coming out of Washington from the Obama Administration. But we still don’t know why the State Department didn’t revoke the visa of a man...
  • State Department revokes attempted bomber's visa

    01/05/2010 2:30:17 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 889+ views
    State Department revokes attempted bomber's visa 8 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said it had revoked the visa it had given a Nigerian man after his alleged attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day with explosives hidden in his underwear. President Barack Obama on Tuesday said U.S. intelligence agencies had enough information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to have discovered and possibly disrupted the plan to destroy the Detroit-bound airline but "failed to connect those dots." Obama said the intelligence community knew Abdulmutallab had traveled to Yemen and established contact with extremists. The...
  • Source: U.S. embassy closure followed terror threat

    01/04/2010 3:39:34 PM PST · by Phlap · 7 replies · 397+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/04/2010 | CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report
    The United States' decision to close its embassy in Yemen came after intelligence suggested that four al Qaeda operatives may be planning an attack on the compound, a senior administration official said Monday.
  • Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat [Yemen]

    01/03/2010 4:18:45 AM PST · by gandalftb · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | January 03, 2010 | staff
    Press Releases Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. On December 31, the U.S. Embassy sent a warden message to Americans citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to practice enhanced security awareness.
  • U.S. Knew of Airline Terror Plot Before Christmas

    12/30/2009 5:43:40 AM PST · by bergmeid · 23 replies · 1,009+ views
    Associated Press / FOX ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | AP/Fox
    The U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about "a Nigerian" being prepared for a terrorist attack.
  • Kerry Reportedly Files Request to Visit Iran

    12/29/2009 1:40:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 108 replies · 2,522+ views
    Kerry Reportedly Files Request to Visit Iran Sen. John Kerry has filed a formal request to visit Iran, Iranian news agencies reported Tuesday -- news made public in the middle of the government's bloody crackdown on dissidents that has left more than a dozen dead. Sen. John Kerry has filed a formal request to visit Iran, Iranian news agencies reported Tuesday -- news made public in the middle of the government's bloody crackdown on dissidents that has left more than a dozen dead. While representatives for Kerry have so far not confirmed whether he intends to travel to Tehran, a...
  • Kerry of Tehran

    12/26/2009 4:28:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 971+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2009
    John Kerry lost the Secretary of State sweepstakes to Hillary Clinton, but that hasn't lowered his diplomatic ambitions. The Journal reported Thursday that the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is mulling a trip to Iran, and with the blessing of the Obama Administration. If the mullahs had any sense, they'd send him a government plane. Beset by almost daily demonstrations by a democratic opposition that has been growing despite beatings and arrests since the stolen June election, Mr. Kerry would arrive from Washington to show the Iranian people that at least someone still favors the regime. He would be the most...
  • Obama’s Ambassadorial Nominee Receives Heavy Scrutiny

    12/25/2009 7:13:39 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 7 replies · 614+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 12/25/2009 | Personal Liberty Desk
    President Barack Obama has nominated Mari Carmen Aponte to become the next ambassador of El Salvador, a decade after she was forced to withdrawal her name from consideration for a similar post following concerns about alleged ties to Cuba, reports. A former FBI official told Fox News that Aponte’s 1998 nomination by president Clinton began receiving attention after the foreign relations panel questioned her about a past relationship with Roberto Tamayo, who was alleged to have "possible ties to the Cuban government" and made "repeated trips there." Current White House spokesman Tommy Vietor responded, "as has been previously reported,...
  • Meet the Couple Who Crashed Obama’s State Dinner (video)

    11/25/2009 8:30:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 3,291+ views
    TheOasisWedding ^ | Nov. 25, 2009
    NYT: This much is known: About 7:15 Tuesday night, a glittering blonde, decked out in a red and gold sari, holding the hand of her black-tuxedoed escort, swept past the camera crews and reporters camped out to catch the red-carpet arrivals for the first state dinner given by President Obama.
  • Caption: Another Hillary moment (party at the 20th Anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall)

    11/08/2009 10:41:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,912+ views
    Reuters Photos on Yahoo ^ | 11/8/09 | Reuters
    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (R) introduces his partner Michael Mronz (L) to his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton during the Atlantic Council Awards ceremony at the Adlon hotel in Berlin, November 8, 2009, one day ahead of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)
  • State Department daily press briefing

    11/06/2009 3:00:35 PM PST · by don-o · 8 replies · 240+ views
    US State Department ^ | November 6. 2009 | Ian Kelly
    And then I'd like to read a statement on Honduras. Last week, Honduran negotiators came to an accord that spells out a step-by-step process for Honduras to reestablish democratic and constitutional order and move toward national elections with the support of the international community. In the wake of the Verification Commission visit November 3 and 4, the two sides made significant progress toward the formation of a unity government. For that reason, we were particularly disappointed by the unilateral statements made last night, which do not serve the spirit of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord. We urge both sides to act...
  • US State Department on a Roll

    10/17/2009 11:32:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies · 1,074+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 17 Oct 2009 | John Semmens
    A week of hard negotiations between the United States and Russia netted what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton classified as “significant breakthroughs in our two countries’ relationship.” Among the breakthroughs cited by Secretary Clinton—Russia will be allowed to inspect US nuclear weapons sites, Russia retains the right to preemptive, first-strike use of nuclear weapons, and Russia will not assist the United States in seeking sanctions against Iran’s acquisition of nuclear warheads. “By acceding to their demands we are showing them that we do not pose a threat to their interests,” Clinton explained. “A gesture of submission on our part eases...
  • Hillary Clinton Rules Out White House Bid, Says She's 'Totally Secure' in Current Role

    10/12/2009 5:51:19 PM PDT · by curth · 32 replies · 1,431+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/12 | Patricia Murphy
    In the middle of a diplomatic mission through Europe, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines at home this morning when she closed the door on another bid for the presidency. In an interview on the "Today" show, Ann Curry asked if Clinton ever wishes she, rather than Barack Obama, was setting U.S. policy as the commander-in-chief. "I have to tell you," Clinton said, "it never crosses my mind." Curry followed up, "Will you ever run for president again?" "No," Clinton said. "No?" "No, no" Clinton insisted, laughing. "This is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I'm...
  • U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas

    10/12/2009 7:14:51 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 34 replies · 1,346+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2009 | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. and JULIA PRESTON
    DALLAS — Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. Last year alone, 2.9 million foreign visitors on temporary visas like Mr. Smadi’s checked in to the country but never officially checked out, immigration officials said... ...officials said, about 40 percent...
  • U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visa [Approx. 3 Million Visitors Unaccounted For!]

    10/11/2009 10:57:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 2,033+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 11th 2009
    U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. and JULIA PRESTON October 11, 2009 DALLAS — Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi entered the United States legally, but then overstayed his visa. [Pic in URL] New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to...
  • Gay Jewish attorney nominated Kiwi envoy (Obama names homosexual as ambassador to New Zealand)

    10/11/2009 10:57:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,420+ views
    An openly gay Jewish attorney has been nominated by Barack Obama as America’s new ambassador to New Zealand. David Huebner, 49, who is currently based in Shanghai, is Obama’s first gay appointment, and the third openly gay ambassador in American history. Obama’s nomination Wednesday of Huebner, who has also acted as general counsel for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, must be approved by Congress. A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, Huebner will also become the non-resident ambassador to Samoa, where homosexuality is illegal. Huebner is also on a list of Jewish leaders of the homosexual...
  • Obama picks openly gay lawyer for ambassadorship

    10/07/2009 6:54:02 PM PDT · by kingattax · 52 replies · 2,098+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 10-7-09 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he planned to nominate an openly gay lawyer as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. If confirmed by the Senate, David Huebner would become the third openly gay ambassador in U.S. history and the first pick by this administration. In a statement released from the White House, Obama said he looked forward to working with Huebner and is confident he will represent the United States well in the Pacific region.
  • Travel Alert [GERMANY]

    09/27/2009 2:38:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 796+ views
    Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs This information is current as of today, Sun Sep 27 2009 02:36:27 GMT-0700 (PDT). Germany September 23, 2009 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that Al Qaeda has threatened it will conduct terrorist attacks in Germany immediately prior to and following the federal elections on September 27. This Travel Alert expires on November 11, 2009. Al Qaeda recently released a video specifically warning Germany of attacks. German authorities are taking the threat seriously and have taken measures to enhance the level of security throughout the country. The Department of...
  • US embassy would colaborate with paralell government in Honduras

    09/27/2009 1:05:52 PM PDT · by HonCitizen · 60 replies · 2,099+ views
    Today local radio America has spread a version that states that the US embassy in Tegucigalpa would host the paralell govt. of Manuel Zelaya. The version says that the ambassador Hugo Llorenz has ready 6 limousines ready to transport the members of Zelaya's cabinet to the embassy. Some of his top officials are wanted by honduran justice.
  • State Department Backs Off Grants to Kaddafi’s Kids

    09/25/2009 2:00:07 PM PDT · by opentalk · 13 replies · 947+ views
    The Gaggle ^ | September 24, 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    After getting complaints from Congress─and an inquiry from NEWSWEEK─the State Department backed away Thursday from awarding foreign-aid funds to two foundations headed by the children of Libyan dictator Muammar Kaddafi.
  • Hillary Marks End of Ramadan

    09/19/2009 2:15:38 PM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 25 replies · 766+ views
    Hillary Clinton's Blog Word Press ^ | September 19, 2009 | Hillary Clinton In this video, Secretary of State Clinton is wishing everyone happy end of Ramadan.
  • Islamists Plotted to Kill Hillary Clinton in Nairobi

    09/07/2009 1:49:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 2,376+ views ^ | Sept. 7, 2009
    A radical Islamic sect based in Somalia and linked to al-Qaida and based in Somalia plotted to kill US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her trip to Africa last month, according to The Australian newspaper. The plot was to be carried out through a planned series of bomb attacks set to take place in Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya, while Clinton was there - one in the hotel where she was staying. The plot was foiled at the last minute, media reports, citing senior security officials, said. According to yesterday's reports, al-Shabaab, which is viewed as increasing regional...
  • Who Is Harold Koh?

    04/01/2009 6:25:35 AM PDT · by AJMCQ · 15 replies · 721+ views
    Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here. We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened. In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were...
  • Eric Holder’s Hidden Agenda: The investigation isn’t about torture, but about transnationalism.

    08/29/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT · by thouworm · 55 replies · 1,691+ views
    Nice Deb; NRO ^ | 08-28-2009 | Andrew McCarthy
    "I believe the explanation lies in the Obama administration’s fondness for transnationalism, a doctrine of post-sovereign globalism in which America is seen as owing its principal allegiance to the international legal order rather than to our own Constitution and national interests. "Recall that the president chose to install former Yale Law School dean Harold Koh as his State Department’s legal adviser. Koh is the country’s leading proponent of transnationalism. He is now a major player in the administration’s deliberations over international law and cooperation. Naturally, membership in the International Criminal Court, which the United States has resisted joining, is high...
  • Obama's Vatican ambassador arrives in Rome

    08/27/2009 12:44:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,007+ views
    cna ^ | August 27, 2009
    Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2009 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- This morning Dr. Miguel Diaz arrived in Rome with his family to begin serving in his new position as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador-designate Diaz said that he and his family are looking forward to the coming weeks and that he hopes to "deepen and expand upon the special relationship" between the U.S. and the Vatican.Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz, arrived with his family this morning at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport. Prior to leaving the U.S. he was sworn in as ambassador on August...
  • Why so little outcry from Washington on al-Megrahi? (2 possibilities)

    08/23/2009 7:30:44 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 13 replies · 890+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | August 22, 2009 | David Frum
    I smell a rat in the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. Here's what U. S. President Barack Obama had to say about the release. "We thought it was a mistake." In a written statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pronounced herself "deeply disappointed." Does that not seem like strangely mild language to use about the release of a man convicted in the worst international terrorist attack against U. S. citizens before 9/11? Two hundred and fifty-nine people were killed aboard Pan Am Flight 103 by a planted bomb. One hundred and eighty of them were Americans;...
  • US Warns Libyans Not To Make Hero of Lockerbie Figure [Spine of Steel Guy reacts]

    08/20/2009 3:53:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 47 replies · 1,296+ views
    VOA ^ | 8-20-09 | David Gollust
    The United States is warning Libya not to make a hero out of the terminally-ill Libyan, convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing, who was allowed to return home Thursday by Scottish authorities. The Obama administration says the decision to release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was a profound mistake. The United States is expressing deep disappointment and regret over the Scottish decision to release the Lockerbie bombing figure, and it has warned Libya not to make a hero of the convicted terrorist or face unspecified consequences in bilateral relations. The decision by Scottish authorities to release Megrahi, said to be near...
  • Hillary Needs a Time-Out

    08/15/2009 6:41:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1,064+ views ^ | August 14, 2009 | Rich Galen
    During the primary season last year, Hillary Clinton claimed she was more qualified than Barack Obama to be President of the United States because of the skills and knowledge of international affairs she had gained at the side of Bill Clinton. I know there's a domestic affairs joke in there, but I'm passing on it because I want to make my point. We have discussed previously that the Hillary camp made a deal with the Barack camp that they would not blow up the Democratic National Convention if Hillary were to be appointed Secretary of State. Obama's other choice for...
  • The Marginalization of Hillary Clinton

    08/15/2009 9:24:23 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 18 replies · 973+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/15/2009 | Mike Volpe
    We're all now familiar with this viral exchange between Secretary Clinton and a questioner in Africa
  • That '90s Show, Starring the Clintons

    08/11/2009 5:58:30 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 23 replies · 883+ views ^ | 8/11/09 | ROBERT A. GEORGE
    After losing to Barack Obama last year -- and then having to go work for him -- one would have thought that some of Hillary Clinton's fabled anger would have come to the surface before now. But, of course, the lady usually can hold all these things back -- except when it involves Bill Clinton. That truism was on display Monday when the usually unflappable secretary of state just lost it in response to a Congolese student's rather innocent question -- which was actually mistranslated to Secretary Clinton:
  • The Role of the Department of Defense During A Flu Pandemic

    08/10/2009 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Pete · 6 replies · 477+ views
    US Department of State ^ | June 4, 2009 | Congressional Research Service
    excerpt: The types of defense support which would likely be in greatest demand during a flu pandemic are contained in the Implementation Plan and the NRF’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) # 8, Public Health and Medical Response Annex .28 A review of these documents indicates an anticipated demand for the types of support from DOD listed below. Note, however, that DOD’s ability to support these requests would be limited by its national defense and force protection responsibilities. • providing disease surveillance and laboratory diagnostics • transporting response teams, vaccines, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, pharmaceuticals and blood products • treating...
  • Clinton: "We Are Under no Illusions" (Hillary Clinton: I'm No Shrinking Violet)

    08/09/2009 9:10:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 628+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Sun, Aug 9, 2009 | HARRY SIEGEL
    America's chief diplomat sounds off on Iran, North Korea and Team ObamaIn a wide-ranging interview taped while she was in Nairobi last week, Hillary Clinton on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” said that her differences with Obama during the campaign were "maybe [a] difference in degree, not kind," and said she had no worries about foreign policy power moving from the State Department to the White House, noting, "I'm not exactly a shrinking violet." She also defended her husband's mission to North Korea, and dismissed the claim by Bush's ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, that Clinton's trip encouraged hostage-taking and...
  • Is Hillary Revolting?

    08/01/2009 2:57:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 43 replies · 1,337+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 01, 2009 | James Lewis
    Don't answer that. I should have said: "Is Hillary Rebelling?" There. That's it. This is an "exclusive" from the NY Daily News -- a leak from the Clintons' permanent campaign staff. It proclaims that: "Hillary Clinton's camp is election-ready." Whaat? I thought we just had one of those. But no, "Hillary Clinton says running for office isn't on her "radar," but she still has an eight-person political team and sports two overflowing campaign war chests. ... Clinton's failed presidential bid is now $1 million in the black, and her old Senate campaign committee has $2.1 million in the bank, much...
  • Senator (LUGAR) asks Clinton to explain Honduran policy

    07/30/2009 9:12:16 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies · 947+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 30, 2009 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key U.S. senator asked the Obama administration on Thursday to explain in detail its policy on the Honduran political crisis, warning that otherwise Senate confirmation may be delayed for a U.S. diplomatic nominee for Latin America. "The complexity of events that led up to the Honduran crisis has given rise to questions regarding U.S. policy," Senator Richard Lugar, one of the Senate's most respected voices on foreign policy, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The United States has refused to recognize the Honduran government led by Roberto Micheletti, which took over the Central American nation...
  • Cuban-Born Theologian Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

    07/30/2009 6:34:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 697+ views
    (English-language translation) Radio Martí - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by acclamation the nomination of Cuban theologian Miguel Díaz as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, an appointment that must be ratified by the full Senate. If confirmed, 45-year-old Havana native Díaz would be the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador to the Holy See since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984. Díaz, the son of a waiter and a typist, was the first member of his family to earn a university degree. He studied at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Notre Dame, working as professor at...

    07/29/2009 10:13:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 1,765+ views
    Worldwide Caution July 29, 2009 The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world. In some countries, the worldwide recession has contributed to political and economic instability and social unrest. American citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated February 2, 2009 to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide. The Department of State remains concerned about the continued...
  • State Department Daily Press Briefing - July 28, 2009 (Honduran visas revoked!)

    07/28/2009 2:40:15 PM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies · 2,778+ views
    U S State Department ^ | July 28, 2009 | Ian Kellu
    First, I want to make a quick statement that we will also issue. The Department of State is currently reviewing the diplomatic visas or A visas of individuals who are members of the de facto regime in Honduras, as well as the derivative visas for family members of these individuals. We have already revoked diplomatic visas issued to four such individuals. These individuals received their diplomatic visas in connection with positions held prior to June 28th under the Zelaya Administration, but who now serve the de facto regime. And with that – well, I’ll just also there is a press...
  • Many Predict US Financial Collapse in September

    07/27/2009 11:36:55 PM PDT · by FARS · 169 replies · 7,617+ views
    Various Sources ^ | 07/27/09 | Several Sources
    US State Dept has advised embassies worldwide to stock up on a year's worth of the local currency in anticipation of collapse of the US dollar. Look for a temporary banking shutdown timed for around September 2009. As under Roosevelt, some banks won't reopen. 96% of bank reserves are currently held with the Federal Reserve who tells the banks not to loan the money, but rather to save it for further banking acquisition and consolidation. Chapman foresees a bank holiday lasting 4-5 days. Chapman thinks this first bank holiday presages a much more significant bank holiday months to years later...
  • Protest launched over US state department nominee(Robert Hormats, GS exec)

    07/23/2009 6:19:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 351+ views
    FT ^ | 07/23/09 | Greg Farrell and Francesco Guerrera and Daniel Dombey
    Protest launched over US state department nominee By Greg Farrell and Francesco Guerrera in New York and Daniel Dombey in Washington Published: July 23 2009 01:35 | Last updated: July 23 2009 01:35 An advocacy group on Wednesday launched a campaign to derail the nomination of a Goldman Sachs executive to a high position in the US state department because of his past role in raising public funds for a Chinese company linked to Sudan. Public Accountability Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation, said Robert Hormats, whom Barack Obama nominated this week as undersecretary of state for economic affairs, had made misleading...
  • Hilary Clinton says North Korea has no friends as they call her a 'funny schoolgirl'

    07/23/2009 6:12:47 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 27 replies · 883+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 23, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    North Korea shot back today at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently likened the isolated regime to a child demanding attention..... 'We cannot but regard Mrs. Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community.' The ministry added her words 'suggests she is by no means intelligent.' Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping'. The ministry added: "Anyone making misstatements has to pay for them," but did not elaborate.
  • Is Clinton an Invisible Woman in Washington?

    07/23/2009 6:27:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 601+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/23/09
    Is Clinton an Invisible Woman in Washington? /Reuters-Newsis U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a star who is given almost the same treatment as heads of state when she travels abroad, but the former first lady, senator and President Barack Obama's greatest rival during the race to the White House, Clinton is now reportedly being sidelined in Washington. There are rumors that she wields even less influence at home than her predecessors Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland wrote on July 15, "It's President Obama's inner circle, advisers such as chief of staff Rahm Emanuel...
  • State Department - Daily press briefing - July 21, 2009

    07/21/2009 2:50:19 PM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies · 247+ views
    U S State Department ^ | July 21, 2009 | Robert Wood
    QUESTION: On Honduras, I believe Harold Koh and Tom Shannon met with some legislators today, like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to brief them on Honduras. Can you give us a readout of that? MR. WOOD: I don’t. I haven’t spoken to Tom at all today on that issue. But let me just tell you what I do know about what’s going on there. My understanding is that talks are supposed to restart tomorrow. And I also want to reemphasize what we’ve said, and that’s our commending President Arias’ efforts. And we want to call on all the parties in the region to...
  • Hillary's Burqa?

    07/18/2009 4:12:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 899+ views ^ | July 18, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Recently, liberals set off some Bastille Day fireworks. Conservatives have often teased liberals, saying their hearts are really in France. Of course, that was before the Right’s man, Nicolas Sarkozy, waltzed into the Elysée Palace as France’s new President. Then, U.S. conservatives decided perhaps our oldest ally was not so bad after all. Well, Tina Brown, editor of the liberal blog, The Daily Beast, let go with some real cherry bombs. She loudly proclaimed it’s time for President Obama to let Hillary shed her—burqa! Wow! These folks fight fierce. Brown is charging that President Obama has turned Hillary into his...
  • Hillary vs. the White House … Blue on Blue

    07/16/2009 2:58:37 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 3 replies · 359+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 16, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Today’s NY Times carries a story on Hillary’s efforts to regain her stature as Secretary of State after she failed to accompany Obama on his trip to Russia, and talk she was being elbowed aside by the White House. The Times puff piece follows an earlier story in the same vein from AFP via Breitbart. Island Turtle covered the changing relationship between the two in an article last week entitled: Is Secretary of State Clinton on the way out? The Times story describes her speech yesterday to the Council on Foreign Relations as a muscular approach, especially on Iran, and...
  • Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations Hillary Rodham Clinton

    07/16/2009 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 317+ views ^ | July 15, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE IN: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton > What the Secretary Has Been Saying > 2009 Secretary Clinton's Remarks > Remarks by Secretary Clinton: July 2009 Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC July 15, 2009 7/15/09 - Question and Answer Session Thank you very much, Richard, and I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the...