Economy: Hillary stresses importance of US Exports in Shanghai

Update: Politico has a headline piece up on what they call the Gates-Clinton Axis:

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May 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

Obama rejects *ALL* the AfPak war options at today’s national security meeting (8th!), pushes for revisions

Still voting present. I am convinced he is waiting for his peace prize pick-up. This must be why Mullen, Gates and Hillary let it be known today all three of them support the high troop reinforcement option (30k+) as requested by McChrystal.  Trying to move the decision along. (Note- Hillary and the Pentagon had let it be known in September that they supported more troops-it was reported in the UK Times but our media ignored it. Sen Feinstein went on record a few weeks after that supporting more troops to guard the women of Afghanistan against the Taliban AND Al Qaeda. Hillary went on record AGAIN in October flatly stating we MUST stay and WIN in Afghanistan.)

And his response is to dig deeper in indecision and delay.  (Typical Obama, on Veteran’s Day he gives a speech pledging support and then kicks the can on the actual support, a man of NO convictions)

Politico has it:

POTUS will not accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, and instead will push “for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government,” AP is reporting.

Obama held his 8th Afghan meeting today, to discuss how long it would take to implement the various options for troop increases he’s considering. The White House stressed that no decision has been made yet, and that the president is insistent that any new commitment will not be open-ended.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, sent out two classified cables to D.C. in the last week, expressing his concerns about sending more troops there until Prime Minister Hamid Karzai shows that it is willing to take serious steps to tackle corruption and mismanagement….

November 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Armed Forces, Obama Administration, Pentagon, Politics, Terrorism. 4 comments.

Obama Backs Away from Promised Dont Ask Dont Tell Repeal…

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Four Words for those who went on and on and on about this during the Democratic Primaries and blogged on and on AND ON  about how superior TOTUS would be to Big Dawg on this..

I TOLD YOU SO

A change to the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays in the military will be delayed despite promises by the Obama administration to overturn the rule, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

“The president and I feel like we’ve got a lot on our plates right now and let’s push that one down the road a little bit,” Gates told “FOX News Sunday.”

In January, President Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, was asked whether his boss would overturn “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Gibbs’ reply — videotaped for YouTube — was unequivocal.

“You don’t hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it’s ‘Yes,'” Gibbs said.


But Gates now says the Pentagon will continue to enforce the existing policy, which bars service members from proclaiming their sexual orientation and commanding officers from asking about it. However, the policy states that if it becomes known that a service member is gay, he or she is to be removed from the military.

“It continues to be the law and any change in policy would require a change in the law,” Gates said. “We will follow the law, whatever it is.

“That dialogue, though, has really not progressed very far at this point in the administration,” he added.

March 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Hillary SoS official: 10:40 am EST; HRC and Gates

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UPDATE 2: Excellent piece here by Politico, on HRC and Gates’ views based on an exchange b/w the two in 2006 confirmation hearings for Gates, a MUST READ..

Clinton: “Let me ask you, Dr. Gates, that in an oral history of the ’92 Gulf War produced by the PBS program ‘Frontline,’ you made some very definite points about how the military often overstates or even in your words, “’exaggerate the level of forces required to accomplish a specific objective.’ I’m concerned that’s precisely the attitude that we’ve heard from Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld, former Deputy Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz and others with regard to former Army Chief of Staff] Gen. [Eric] Shinseki’s recommendation and many in the uniformed military and civilian experts, who have consistently beat the drum that we don’t have enough troops, we never had enough troops.

“So therefore, how will you take that set of recommendations from your uniformed military on board and figure out how you’re going to assess it, given your previously stated position that it’s often exaggerated when we look at missions to accomplish?”

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November 30, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics. 9 comments.

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