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Hillary grows more popular than Obama……

It sure is easier to be in the public’s eye as Secretary of State then as President…..

By any measure — favorability ratings or job approval — Americans by a sizable margin have warmer views of the secretary of state than they do of the president. This is of little use to Clinton beyond bragging rights, but among Hillary ’08 fans there is some satisfaction that the woman Obama once cut down as “likable enough” is now more liked than he is. Depending on the measure and the poll, she leads him by roughly 10 to 25 percentage points.

To understand why, look no further than their calendars for Monday. The president was in Alabama and Mississippi, trying again to change the public perception that his administration has been weak in its response to the oil spill. The secretary of state was in Washington receiving plaudits for being a “passionate leader” and for taking a “resolute and genuine” stand against human trafficking and slavery.

In the ceremonial Ben Franklin Room of the State Department, the passionate and resolute Clinton vowed her commitment “to abolishing this horrible crime” against human dignity. “Traffickers must be brought to justice,” she said.

For a public figure, few issues are as politically safe; the slavery and exploitation lobby, after all, was unlikely to issue a rebuttal. Clinton finished her day Monday with a speech on the need for help in sub-Saharan Africa; no criticism from the keep-Africa-poor movement was heard.

Contrast that with Obama, who had only grim tidings for Gulf Coast residents about the BP oil spill. He spoke to them of a “fear that it could have a long-term impact on a way of life that has been passed on for generations.”

Give Obama points for honesty, but that’s not going to boost his poll numbers.

Previous secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were both more popular than their boss, President George W. Bush. But such a trend is not universal: Warren Christopher didn’t have ratings as high as his boss, President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton helped her situation by sticking to relatively low-profile issues. While the White House drove the divisive policies such as Afghanistan, she has busied herself in quieter corners of the world, enhancing the perception that she’s above the political fray.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 11 Comments

Hillary Clinton talks tough and tries to defuse the two Korea’s brinkmanship

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship. Clinton said there could no longer be “business as usual” in dealing with the matter. ]

The United States Secretary of State is traveling in the Asia region and while she though she would be dealing with other issues…she finds herself trying to take the South Korea’s anger to heart in warning North Korea that the sinking of the South Korea Patrol boat was provocative…..

She must also be carefull not have a shooting war break out between the two Korea’s….

American troops are based in South Korea and any military action could spiral out of control in the region…..

And would quickly pull the United States into it….

Which is not what the US military needs ..right now…..

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday vowed that the United States would not allow North Korea’s apparent deadly attack on a South Korean warship to go “unanswered” in an indication that the increasingly tense standoff on the Korean peninsula is threatening to overshadow her plans to spend the week focusing on U.S. relations with China.

In a blunt statement following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Clinton said that the United States “strongly condemns” the attack and that both countries would push for not simply a regional response to the attack but an international one as well.

“Let me be clear,” Clinton said in her first public comments on the March 26 attack. “This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international — not just a regional — response.

“I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Clinton added. “We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community.”

Clinton’s comments — made on her fifth trip to Asia as secretary of state — came two days after the South Korean government formally accused North Korea of launching a torpedo at one its warships March 26, sparking an explosion that killed 46 sailors and sank the 1,200-ton vessel, the Cheonan. An investigation by South Korean experts assisted by officials from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden concluded that the weapon that destroyed the ship was a North Korean-made torpedo in part because fragments of the weapon “perfectly match” schematics of a product that North Korea has been offering to sell abroad…..

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The challenge for the United States and its partners is to craft a response to the apparent attack that while tough would also not spark a violent response from North Korea. “It’s like the three bears. It has to be strong enough to deter but not too strong to start a war,” said Victor Cha, a former Bush administration official now at Georgetown University. “It has to be just right.”

Although Clinton declined to say exactly what the next steps could be, South Korea has indicated it wants to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action. Both the United States and Japan have said they would back such a move.

However, it is unclear whether China — where Clinton is scheduled to spend five days before heading to South Korea — supports that idea. Beijing’s reaction to the attack was slow; it took China almost a month to express condolences for the loss of life. And Chinese officials have basically demanded incontrovertible proof of North Korean involvement before they would commit to tough action against their old ally…..

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton talks tough and tries to defuse the two Korea's brinkmanship

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship. Clinton said there could no longer be “business as usual” in dealing with the matter. ]

The United States Secretary of State is traveling in the Asia region and while she though she would be dealing with other issues…she finds herself trying to take the South Korea’s anger to heart in warning North Korea that the sinking of the South Korea Patrol boat was provocative…..

She must also be carefull not have a shooting war break out between the two Korea’s….

American troops are based in South Korea and any military action could spiral out of control in the region…..

And would quickly pull the United States into it….

Which is not what the US military needs ..right now…..

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday vowed that the United States would not allow North Korea’s apparent deadly attack on a South Korean warship to go “unanswered” in an indication that the increasingly tense standoff on the Korean peninsula is threatening to overshadow her plans to spend the week focusing on U.S. relations with China.

In a blunt statement following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Clinton said that the United States “strongly condemns” the attack and that both countries would push for not simply a regional response to the attack but an international one as well.

“Let me be clear,” Clinton said in her first public comments on the March 26 attack. “This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international — not just a regional — response.

“I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Clinton added. “We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community.”

Clinton’s comments — made on her fifth trip to Asia as secretary of state — came two days after the South Korean government formally accused North Korea of launching a torpedo at one its warships March 26, sparking an explosion that killed 46 sailors and sank the 1,200-ton vessel, the Cheonan. An investigation by South Korean experts assisted by officials from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden concluded that the weapon that destroyed the ship was a North Korean-made torpedo in part because fragments of the weapon “perfectly match” schematics of a product that North Korea has been offering to sell abroad…..

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The challenge for the United States and its partners is to craft a response to the apparent attack that while tough would also not spark a violent response from North Korea. “It’s like the three bears. It has to be strong enough to deter but not too strong to start a war,” said Victor Cha, a former Bush administration official now at Georgetown University. “It has to be just right.”

Although Clinton declined to say exactly what the next steps could be, South Korea has indicated it wants to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action. Both the United States and Japan have said they would back such a move.

However, it is unclear whether China — where Clinton is scheduled to spend five days before heading to South Korea — supports that idea. Beijing’s reaction to the attack was slow; it took China almost a month to express condolences for the loss of life. And Chinese officials have basically demanded incontrovertible proof of North Korean involvement before they would commit to tough action against their old ally…..

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton weighs in on the Arizona Bill…..

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an interview on “Meet the Press” ]

The bill is going to effect an upcoming state visit by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon to Washington DC……

“Clearly, as I understand the way the law is being explained, if you’re a legal resident, you still have to carry papers,” she ( Clinton ) said. “Well, how is a law enforcement official supposed to know” whether someone might be an illegal visitor, she asked.

The topic was raised in the context of Mexico’s new travel alert to its residents and citizens, which criticizes the “negative” political environment for immigrants, due to the new law. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time,” Mexico’s foreign ministry warned last week.

Arizona last month enacted a law that makes it a crime to be present in the state without legal immigration status, and authorizes police to question people suspected to be illegal immigrants about their status.

The law has become a lightning rod for immigration advocates, who rallied in cities across the country on Saturday, urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling immigration policy.

Clinton said that although there were legitimate concerns about securing the borders, the state of Arizona didn’t have the authority to usurp federal immigration laws and impose its own.

The new law poses some delicate diplomatic issues for Mexico President Felipe Calderon’s upcoming state visit with President Barack Obama. The two sides have been working to combat violent drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We don’t want to make his life any harder,” Clinton said…….

More……..

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Hillary Clinton on a Supreme Court appointment…….

Quote of the Day

“I do not and have never wanted to be a judge.”

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an interview on Meet the Press, shooting down suggestions she could be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Nuff said!

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 6 Comments

The U.S. will send National Defense Officials to meet the Mexicans about Drug Violence……

Secretary Hillary Clinton will lead a high level U.S. National Defense Policy group of officials to meet with the Mexican government today…… to discuss the violence in Mexico and it’s effects on the United States………

A high-level delegation of U.S. officials, including three Cabinet secretaries, will meet with Mexican officials in Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss efforts to disrupt drug cartels as violence increasingly strikes Americans on the border.

The meeting, which will bring together a particularly high-powered group of dignitaries, comes a week after U.S. law enforcement agents fanned out in raids across El Paso to gather intelligence about a Texas gang. The gang is suspected of involvement in the recent killing of a pregnant American consulate officer and her husband, a corrections officer.

The Barrio Azteca gang, whose leader in Juarez is one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives, was formed in a Texas prison and has been linked to brutal episodes on both sides of the border. Investigators are trying to find out the motivation for the deadly attacks near the Juarez consulate, including whether the incident turned on a case of mistaken identity.

Long-running initiatives by the Mexican government to fight drug trafficking have included calls for more U.S. assistance — a focus of the meetings with Mexican officials such as President Felipe Calderón and Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa. The meetings have been scheduled for months but took on new urgency with the recent killings.

A Justice Department delegation — including Gary G. Grindler, acting deputy attorney general; Michele M. Leonhart, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — will accompany Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair; John O. Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism; and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

More…….

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Secretary of State Clinton turns up the heat on Iran’s Government……

Clinton in Dohar, Qatar……should be at home with her tough words about the Iranian regime…..they echo her warning about them from her campaign….The Dog has noticed more and more that the administration of Barack Obama seems to be after the script from Hillary Clinton’s campaign model….That’s too bad…Clinton must at time be pitching herself……Obama has proved himself a better campaigner…but Clinton can find cold comfort in her better technical skills at policy and balls……

Obama was right when he urged her come on board his administration …she WAS needed…….

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Monday that the United States feared Iran was drifting toward a military dictatorship, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps seizing control of large swaths of Iran’s political, military, and economic establishment.

“That is how we see it,” Mrs. Clinton said in a televised town hall meeting of students at the Doha campus of Carnegie Mellon University. “We see that the government in Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the Parliament, is being supplanted and that Iran is moving towards a military dictatorship.”

The United States, she said, was tailoring a new set of tougher United Nations sanctions to target the Revolutionary Guards Corps, which controls Iran’s nuclear program and which she said had increasingly marginalized the country’s clerical and political leadership.

Mrs. Clinton’s remarks were remarkably blunt, given her audience in Qatar, a Persian Gulf emirate with close ties to Iran. But they build on the administration’s recent strategy of branding the corps as an “entitled class” that is the principal menace in Iran.

The United States, Mrs. Clinton said, would protect its allies in the gulf from Iranian aggression — a pledge that echoed the idea of a “security umbrella” that she advanced last summer in Asia. She noted that the United States already supplied defensive weapons to several of these countries, and was prepared to bolster its military assistance if necessary.

“We will always defend ourselves, and we will always defend our friends and allies, and we will certainly defend countries who are in the Gulf who face the greatest immediate nearby threat from Iran,” she said. “We also are talking at length with a lot of our friends in the Gulf about what they need defensively in the event that Iran pursues its nuclear ambitions.”

And there is this……..

Still, as the Obama administration moves from diplomacy to pressure, its policy is edging closer to the hard line toward Iran that Mrs. Clinton advocated as a presidential candidate. At times on this trip, her public comments have sounded a lot like her words on the campaign trail.

More……..

The Dog feels that Iran’s government is pushing for a bomb and suppression of the increasingly evident opposition to it’s iron fisted policies and actions….While increasing it’s rhetoric…the West continue to work by all means to contain and undermine the current rules of Iran……this will move to a showdown sometime in the future…no doubt….

The Government of the United States finally gets tough with this issue…

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Secretary of State Clinton turns up the heat on Iran's Government……

Clinton in Dohar, Qatar……should be at home with her tough words about the Iranian regime…..they echo her warning about them from her campaign….The Dog has noticed more and more that the administration of Barack Obama seems to be after the script from Hillary Clinton’s campaign model….That’s too bad…Clinton must at time be pitching herself……Obama has proved himself a better campaigner…but Clinton can find cold comfort in her better technical skills at policy and balls……

Obama was right when he urged her come on board his administration …she WAS needed…….

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Monday that the United States feared Iran was drifting toward a military dictatorship, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps seizing control of large swaths of Iran’s political, military, and economic establishment.

“That is how we see it,” Mrs. Clinton said in a televised town hall meeting of students at the Doha campus of Carnegie Mellon University. “We see that the government in Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the Parliament, is being supplanted and that Iran is moving towards a military dictatorship.”

The United States, she said, was tailoring a new set of tougher United Nations sanctions to target the Revolutionary Guards Corps, which controls Iran’s nuclear program and which she said had increasingly marginalized the country’s clerical and political leadership.

Mrs. Clinton’s remarks were remarkably blunt, given her audience in Qatar, a Persian Gulf emirate with close ties to Iran. But they build on the administration’s recent strategy of branding the corps as an “entitled class” that is the principal menace in Iran.

The United States, Mrs. Clinton said, would protect its allies in the gulf from Iranian aggression — a pledge that echoed the idea of a “security umbrella” that she advanced last summer in Asia. She noted that the United States already supplied defensive weapons to several of these countries, and was prepared to bolster its military assistance if necessary.

“We will always defend ourselves, and we will always defend our friends and allies, and we will certainly defend countries who are in the Gulf who face the greatest immediate nearby threat from Iran,” she said. “We also are talking at length with a lot of our friends in the Gulf about what they need defensively in the event that Iran pursues its nuclear ambitions.”

And there is this……..

Still, as the Obama administration moves from diplomacy to pressure, its policy is edging closer to the hard line toward Iran that Mrs. Clinton advocated as a presidential candidate. At times on this trip, her public comments have sounded a lot like her words on the campaign trail.

More……..

The Dog feels that Iran’s government is pushing for a bomb and suppression of the increasingly evident opposition to it’s iron fisted policies and actions….While increasing it’s rhetoric…the West continue to work by all means to contain and undermine the current rules of Iran……this will move to a showdown sometime in the future…no doubt….

The Government of the United States finally gets tough with this issue…

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Bill Clinton leaves the Hospital walking after a medical procedure……

Former President Bill Clinton left a New York hospital on Friday morning after undergoing what his cardiologist called a successful procedure to clear a blocked artery.

Mr. Clinton, 63, who has a history of heart trouble, had two stents inserted into one of his coronary arteries after a bypass graft from an operation nearly six years ago became obstructed, Dr. Allan Schwartz, the head of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, said Thursday night at a news conference outside the hospital in Washington Heights. Within two hours of the procedure, Mr. Clinton was up and walking again, and Dr. Schwartz said he planned to send him home on Friday and allow him to return to work on Monday. He was taken to the hospital on Thursday after experiencing chest discomfort.

“I expect President Clinton to resume his very active lifestyle,” Dr. Schwartz said. He said the condition was not a result of the president’s work or eating habits. “President Clinton has really toed the line in terms of diet and exercise,” he said, adding that the president’s cholesterol numbers were “normal.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Hospital with Rep. Anthony Weiner….. visiting her husband….

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton learned of her husband’s procedure shortly before her weekly meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, a senior State Department official said. She went ahead with the meeting and then left for New York. Mrs. Clinton and the couple’s daughter, Chelsea, were with Mr. Clinton on Thursday night, Dr. Schwartz said.

Mrs. Clinton decided to delay her departure for the Persian Gulf to Saturday from Friday to be with her husband. She is to travel to Qatar and then to Saudi Arabia, where she is scheduled to meet King Abdullah.

The ex-President needs to take a easy…he has a lot of work to do for the country and people of Haiti ahead of him…..

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 3 Comments

Hillary Clinton flys below the radar……and all is good………for now…….

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While the basis for this post is about Hillary Clinton’s PBS Special’s interview with Tavis Smiley (who backed her candidacy for President and got lumped by blacks)…..The Dog believes that Hillary being the Secretary of State is a good thing…in the interview the spotlight for the media was that Hillary paused to admit that being the Secretary of State for eight years might not happen……The job is a tough one.…..Most U.S. Secretaries of State are on an airplane two of the four weeks of the month….as is Mrs. Clinton……Your work is done in foreign nations away from all Americans except for her staff and her small traveling media reporters…..the job is lonely and thankless in the eyes of the American political system….

The Dog was for Hillary in the democratic primary for President and has no regrets except that she ran a horrible campaign until Texas and Ohio…..and then it was too late….

The Dog smiles in watching most of Hillary’s positions pop up in the Obama administration……

If you have watched this women move thru her recent career like the Dog has you get a feel for her…..a trooper, who has had probably had some real tough moments alone…..being married to a brilliant, yet flawed man….a serious introspective female …operating in the highest levels of the American political system…..yet carrying the crutch of being an aggressive woman…a private person……forced to open her self to world…..a tough woman who sometimes will fight when a little patience is the best thing…..but above all… a good human being….a mother……and  a 62-year-old woman who sometimes wonders…….

Note…….The dark haired woman who you see traveling with Clinton in most of the clips is Huma Abedin…her personal assistant…who is engaged to New York Congressman Anthony Weiner……

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Family, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 10 Comments