Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Smart Power": Hillary Clinton Soon to be Secretary of State! Key Points from the Senate Hearings

Hillary Clinton, my first choice for President and candidate for Secretary of State, sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a question and answer hearing today. She was strong, intelligent, confident, respectful, forthright, empathetic and tough. Most believe she will be confirmed Secretary of State this week.
Hillary opened by saying “I am proud to be an American at the dawning of this new American moment.” She said she will help restore confidence in America with a "smart power," a combination of diplomacy and defense.
"America must build a world with more partners and fewer adversaries. We cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America," she said. "I believe American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted."
During the hearing, Hillary spoke at length about:
. Preventing Iran from building nuclear weapons, and not taking any options off the table in dealing with Iran.
. Ending North Korea's nuclear program,
. "Sounding the alarm" about Darfur, Sudan
. Special concerns for the rights of young women and girls around the world and stopping violence/atrocities against women. Hillary said about these atrocities, "“This is not culture, this is not custom, this is criminal."
. Extend the strategic arms reduction agreement with Russia.
. Work more closely with Canada, our largest trading partner, and Mexico, our third largest. Canada and Mexico are also our biggest suppliers of imported energy. More broadly, we must build a deeper partnership with Mexico to address the shared danger arising from drug-trafficking and the challenges of our border, an effort begun this week with a meeting between President-elect Obama and President Calderon.
. Regarding the conflict in the Middle East, Hillary said the situation in Gaza had left Americans "pained by the suffering of Palestinian and Israeli civilians." Some pundits are saying this is a clear sign by the new Administration that Israel will no longer have a free hand and instead, diplomacy will prevail.
. Improve relationship with China
. Questions were asked about disclosure of donations to the Clinton Foundation/library, requesting more transparency. The Clintons have forged an agreement that will allow for more public disclosure of donations and overseas work. This agreement sets a presidence, since no other president has ever been so open in disclosing their contributors. Of course the RNC sent philanderer/corrupt lame duck David Vitter to push to re-open the agreement with quarterly detailed reporting, all of which seemed ridiculous. It is no wonder they sent the likes of Vitter to do this scapegoating. He looked embarrassed and his performance was laughable.
As the Hearing continues, I will update this blog as appropriate.

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11 comments:

The Arizonian said...

Sorry, it's odd to see Hillary and "smart" in the same paragraph....

The Arizonian said...

. Preventing Iran from building nuclear weapons, and not taking any options off the table in dealing with Iran.
. Ending North Korea's nuclear program,
. Work more closely with Canada, our largest trading partner, and Mexico, our third largest. Canada and Mexico are also our biggest suppliers of imported energy. More broadly, we must build a deeper partnership with Mexico to address the shared danger arising from drug-trafficking and the challenges of our border, an effort begun this week with a meeting between President-elect Obama and President Calderon.
. Regarding the conflict in the Middle East, Hillary said the situation in Gaza had left Americans "pained by the suffering of Palestinian and Israeli civilians." Some pundits are saying this is a clear sign by the new Administration that Israel will no longer have a free hand and instead, diplomacy will prevail.


And these haven't been brought up in the last 8 years?

As I said before: Same crappy hotel, different management.

"Sounding the alarm" about Darfur and Sudan

I'm pleased to see that someone is willing to bring up Darfur (which is in Sudan- we don't say Chihuahua and Mexico).

"America must build a world with more partners and fewer adversaries. We cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America," she said. "I believe American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted."

Hmm.... Sounds like more Globalist agenda talking points to me. NAU and NWO?

Vicente Duque said...

Thanks for following Hillary and the Inauguration.

Things are going to be tough with Iraq.

Tom Ricks in Foreign Policy Magazine. Thomas E. Ricks, the former Washington Post military correspondent

"Obama's first year in Iraq is going to be tougher than Bush's last year. Three reasons for that: First, three rounds of elections are scheduled in 2009, and those tend to be violent in Iraq. Second, the easy U.S. troop withdrawals have been made, and the pullouts at the end of this year will be riskier. Finally, none of the basic existential problems facing Iraq have been answered-the power relationships between groups, leadership of the Shiites, the sharing of oil revenue, the status of the disputed city of Kirkuk, to name just the most pressing ones. Compounding the problem will be the incorrect perception of many Americans that the Iraq was all but over when Obama took office.

Despite the conventional wisdom that the war is nearly over, Obama's war in Iraq may last longer than Bush's, which clocks in at a robust 5 years and 10 months. "So now you back in the trap--just that, trapped," to quote Big Boi and Dre. My best guess is that we will have at least 35,000 troops there in 2015, as Obama's likely second term is winding down."


The most Important Historical Event of the Third Millennium is the Iraq War. The outcome of these events and the end results will be the History to be read, in the fourth Millennium.

The Solution will affect all other events of the 21 century.

I am following the articles and gathering all those writers that forecast the future of these Historical Events. Here :

Prophesizing.com

Vicente Duque

Dee said...

Az,
I guess to be technically correct I should have said Darfur region of western Sudan.

Arizonian said...
I'm pleased to see that someone is willing to bring up Darfur (which is in Sudan- we don't say Chihuahua and Mexico).

Dee said...

Az,

I prefer to think it is the return of diplomacy!

Smart Power!


Arizonian said....

America must build a world with more partners and fewer adversaries. We cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America," she said. "I believe American leadership has been wanting, but is still wanted."

Hmm.... Sounds like more Globalist agenda talking points to me. NAU and NWO?

theczech said...

I too liked some of the things she mentioned in this hearing. She actually mentioned addressing the use of rape as a tool of war around the world. Hallelujah!

Dee said...

Vicente,
I agree. Obama's 1st year will be very tough. Our country is very broken due to the actions and mistakes of the last few years.
While the last Administration broke it, the new Administration needs to fix it.

Dee said...

Czech,
I agree. I particularly like when
Hillary said about these atrocities, "“This is not culture, this is not custom, this is criminal.".

The Arizonian said...

Well, Kissinger seems to think Obama is bringing the NWO to a reality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD3BqK-9ZiU

Dee said...

Az,
Wow!
Great info. I think I will write a blog about it.
Thank you!

The Arizonian said...

"The most Important Historical Event of the Third Millennium is the Iraq War."

Third? Try the 6th, at the least:
http://www.hebcal.com/converter/

But I jest....

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