U.S. Department of State and Social Media: Tell Us What You Think

July 17, 2008
The State Department and Social Media

About the Author: Heath Kern Gibson is the Editor-in-Chief of DipNote.

Secretary Rice has called the Internet "…possibly one of the greatest tools for democratization and individual freedom that we've ever seen." We are seeing this when people blog from Cuba and Iran and other societies in which restrictions are placed upon their personal freedoms.

Last year, along with the creation of the Department's own YouTube Channel, this blog signified the Department's foray into social media. Since then, the Department has created a Flickr photos profile, began microblogging using Twitter, distributed audio and video podcasts to iTunes and others using ten RSS feeds, and last week, launched the Department's first official Facebook page. We encourage you to explore these products and let us know how we can better utilize them.

There have been many books and articles written on the relationship between traditional media and foreign policy, with the question often asked as to what degree the news media influences foreign policymakers and vice versa. What has not been discussed as much is the impact of social media on policymaking and the foreign affairs community.

It may not be quite clear yet as to what impact social media will have exactly on foreign policymaking. What is evident, though, is that foreign policy does not operate in a vacuum, and it must incorporate or respond to changes in communications. We are interested in your thoughts on how social media -- how these changes in communication -- will affect foreign policymaking in the years ahead.

Comments

Comments

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
July 26, 2008

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

How is social media going to change foreign policymaking?

Events will be filtered through a medium more immediate than even the 24 hour cable television news cycle. Diplomats may be called upon to provide information in actual real time. The public won't have to wait for reporters to write stories...on a side note, journalists' stories might contain more analysis and context than real reporting, a trend we're already seeing in the news magazines...because the public will be able to access information directly, immediately. Diplomats will be able to blog or twitter moments after a meeting or summit. But will that happen? I think the UK Foreign Minister's blog is an example of what we'll be seeing more of in the future.

I'm also curious as to whether this will create burdens on diplomats representing democractic countries. Will their publics come to expect such immediate information, information that their counterparts from non-democratic nations will not be expected to provide? Will this shape the outcome of sensitive negotiations? Or, will it create a greater burden on those diplomats representing non-democratic countries? Will their peoples, through access to the Internet and other sources, come to expect them to be as transparent as those diplomats representing democracies? I think, eventually, the greater burden will be on those governments' diplomats who do not provide information to their publics, and the Internet will indeed prove to be a force for democratization.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 26, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Kirk,

Interesting analogy, but I have to disagree that when circumstance arise compelling national interest priorities overrule Constitutional law.

The Constitution is an adaptive document just as species of animals adapt to survive....thus the many ammendments therein.

In actuality, our national interests have remained very consistant with the values premised by our laws.

The misconception that US foreign policy is somehow amoral in conception is my basic problem with Zharkov's continuous misinterpretations of US intent.

John
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Greece
July 28, 2008

John in Greece writes:

@ Zharkov

Your "Against the Blog Oriented Conspiracy" hit is childish and (according to my opinion) anti-patriotic, although you introduce yourself as "too American" (2).

(Let's call it -- such hits -- 2ABOC from now on).

I would prefer you to use the word "American TOO (2)!!!", if you believe so much in the States, but, anyway, this is your right to use your own words and to express your views.

If you were in Burma, China, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Iran etc. and you wrote -- although they have no democratic forums there -- that the official Blog of the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs treats my "thoughts" unfair, you would be??

Here, in U.S.A., you write that: THEY DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO POST "SOME THINGS", BUT, as we see, it's obvious that they treat you right- THE "GUYS of the BLOG" ALLOW YOU TO SAY -- and they DO post your comment -- THAT "THEY DID NOT ALLOW YOU" TO POST SOME THINGS???.

(I hope my English make sense)

Z (s)trange argument -- Z, especially if you count your posts!

Kirk
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Kentucky, USA
July 26, 2008

Kirk in Kentucky writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico

You have a good point. To be honest, I was speaking rather rhetorically, but, I will say that while the nation as a whole stays pretty close to the intent of our Constitution, especially because of the number of people who shape policy, in and out of the government, who have studied the articles and insist we adhere to them, there are still those who, while attempting to follow national interests, break those laws. I'm thinking of Reagan's Iran-Contra affair in this case, but there are others. Was he following the aims of our national interest? Yes. But he did it in a decidedly shady manner.

As for Zharkov's pessimistic view of the morality of our foreign policy, I think that once a person has opinion set about such things, they only see the facts that fit the premise and tend to down play the ones that contradict it. We all do the same thing, but realizing the extent of which we do it helps to counter the effects. To lean too far one way, that the government is eternally in the right, or the other, that it is always wrong, are both dangerous tenets. We have to hold in the sphere all the facts that both demonstrate the good will of our nation and always enumerate the ones that point to less than ethical behavior.

I think the advent of new communication technologies like this blog here, and instant inter/intra-national interaction, will enable us to do both in real time.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
July 28, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

27 July 08

I believe that the United Nations could be doing more to help those in Africa. Sending food will not be the cure for what those people need. They could use farm equipment, seed, fertilizer, plus the ability to water the crops. First step should be with education to farm in schools. Continue sending them food and you will never get ahead. Giving them some food to survive sure. However, it should be a complex forthcomings of giving them what they need. If you give money to the wrong person in life they might not spend it the way you think they will.

How many people in Sudan alone have perished because of lack of food, lack of training, lack of security, or the fact that they do not have oil? The world takes a blind eye to those poor people.

I also think that with the right equipment, the right management and training if you did send them and made those African countries rich with planting, farming, they would be blessed and would allow them to build more homes, more hospitals, and have a better education for its people.

The problem in the world is too many people who receive big donations don't always do right by them. Then the people end up with nothing. The world is in a food crisis. We all have to get smarter and be positive about the future. Even in the bible it mentions about plagues, food shortages, but even with God when the people of Israel made it to the promise land still was fed with Mania. Which means there is always hope for people who go hungry, if they Prayed and God hears the prayer!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 28, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Kirk, we are talking exceptions to the rule in the case of Iran/contra.

I think if you have read the documents in the links below, you got a sense of the context and a good look inside US policy making, and what I get from it is that there is a lot of consistancy through the years in general respect to cold war policies throughout decades of dysfunctional international relations during the cold war, and the methodologies used to combat Soviet influence globally.

I don't downplay the mistakes made in foreign policy, I just accept the fact that the US gov. has learned from them, and has gone beyond them to arrive at better policies that work for both us and the rest of the world...with the exception of those we are at war with today...who are hating it immensely, being on the losing end of US foreign policy.

When you consider Iraq and Afghanistan....the leaving of Saddam in power in 91.....and the failure to help stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan to come full circle, after the Soviets were driven out...

It's quite obvious in both cases that not only have we had to go back a decade or so later to get the job done right, but in doing so America has taken concrete steps to correct past mistakes of foreign policy.

None of this happened in a vacume, nor was the foreign policy of other nations in any way perfect or even admirable. The Oil for food scandle being just one such example.

One thing we have learned for sure is that hostile intent cannot be changed with a few cruise missiles, as were sent as a message to both Saddam and bin Laden by Pes. Clinton in '98. Total regime change is the only permanent solution. Thus when I hear talk of some kind of limited strike on Iran's nuclear program, I realize some analysts and politicians still have a fundemental lesson to learn about effectively dealing with extremism.

This is not in the past Kirk, and whether I'm right in my estimation of the current Iranian government's intent or not, I am constantly amazed at how consistantly the Iranian gov. supplies the words to prove my case that they wish to have a military confrontation with us.

It is almost Persian tradition to pose as the victim in international affairs. But that is far from the case in actuality.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 28, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Correction to post:

Links are on topic thread-

http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/entires/policy_toward_iran

For those wondering what links I was talking about.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
July 29, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

28 July 08

What is the International symbol for peace?

An olive branch

All great Nations on earth need to find peace in their hearts! Do we all agree on everything in life? Impossible

"We will never agree that one style, one religon, one sex, one race, or one power will control or dominate the world? what we can agree is that God is the creator, the Alpha and the Omega, which is the begining and the end."

We can agree to disagree on issues. We can agree that peace on earth should be a top prioity for people who want to live without fear, live with a Government that stands by you and not against you. We all should work together and pray in our own languages, in our own faith, for Peace, love and happiness around the world, celebrations marking Peace, ending wars, making new friends, shaking hands with strangers you never met before, When is the last time you just gave someone a hug. Sharing ideas, faith, and beliefs to enrich our lives. Stay in a positive light and blessings grow. Stay in darkness and nothing grows.

In war it's like darkness because many unknowns exist. We all should find a light to represent the good in people.

I believe all countries around the world should light a Torch and display a freedom flag along with the Peace Symbol (An olive branch) to represent they want to live in peace. Finding that one part in their lives that is missing, to love thy neighbor which is quoted from the bible. "We are all neighbors to one another on earth." We are all brothers and sisters under God. Maybe its time we all acted like good neighbors, good custodians of Peace and light the Torch so everyone in the world knows you have found eternal Peace and Happiness!

May God Bless and in hope we all can share the vision of Peace, prosperty, love and Happiness on earth!

Zharkov
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United States
July 29, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Eric of New Mexico tells us "Total regime change is the only permanent solution. Thus when I hear talk of some kind of limited strike on Iran's nuclear program, I realize some analysts and politicians still have a fundemental lesson to learn about effectively dealing with extremism."

The choice all nations face today is whether we shall demand to keep our culture, our nation, and our sovereignty, or whether we will do nothing and thereby fail to resist the utopian agenda to merge nations into a "global community" under a world government in which democracy is just a buzz word -- a label attached to a new system of state feudalism or a "New World Order".

The unique middle eastern culture is unassimilated and incompatible with the globalist agenda and you can draw your own conclusions about what will be done about it.

An invasion of Iran is certain to occur eventually. It may be only a matter of timing but America will be further economically devastated in the aftermath. Wars destroy more than the enemy -- they also destroy the public finance of the winner -- and this is why the Roman Empire levied heavy taxes upon conquered nations; Rome could not afford wars and occupation without a global tax.

It is also apparent that there is a government blackout as to what is happening on the international level and how it affects our sovereignty and Constitution. International meetings occur at an ever-increasing rate between governments and the public is often told very little about what agreements were reached and why.

The battle today is not Republican vs. Democrat or Left vs. Right, but Nationalist vs. Globalist. One necessarily must choose sides and global government is clearly the wrong side. The internet provides the evidence for all to see. The ability of governments to lie to their people is coming to an end. Our government officials had better get accustomed to telling the truth the first time without waiting to be called on the lie. The internet records all lies and they continue to haunt governments that disregard the truth. This should drastically change the way that the federal government does business if it wishes to retain any credibility.

John
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Greece
July 30, 2008

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald in Virginia

I really like what you write; believe in God too, and I wish that all these could become reality someday. However, many problems on earth begin and continue with this faith of populations in different "Gods", even between people that believe in the same God, but with different perspectives or egoistic aims -- an example is Shi'a and Sunni. There are many others too.

Mark Twain has described this "human religious conflict" in the best way. I will attempt to give you the meaning of his words, using my words, because I do not have in my hands the English prototype.

"We have transformed the planet into a huge cemetery, because many people believe that they have discovered the one and only God. Then, they feel the need to prepare the ground for paradise for the rest of the people on earth.".

That's why I personally think that the classical American declaration "In God we trust" -- generally and without any scope for proselytism -- is so pure, sophisticated and honest.

(If anyone has the original Twain's text please contribute)

wiseman
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Syria
August 4, 2008

Wiseman in Syria writes:

I think the best of State Department involvement in social networking was its ability for the first time to hear voices never heard before due to some Lebanese and Jordanians' passion of possession which lead the situation to the worst scenario today.

@ Susan in Florida -- "You think Americans are ignorant?!! Take a good look at home first. "

Do you think we are???

If you do then you are.

To the best of my knowledge, Syria was the first democracy in the whole middle east 2 years earlier before the state of Israel was born, Syrian American political & economical relation was at its best that times but for known reasons U.S.A. destabilized Syria by supporting first military coup in Syria (Husni Alzaem) and when the Syrians regain their lost democracy in 1961 after a series of coups which did not fit with the Israelis who made a deal with the butcher of Syria (Hafez al Assad) to control Syria Illegally and eliminate all the elements of democracy including his own party opponents in reward he keep the Golan front calm and the economy weak.

Don’t worry, we will not ask your country military or financial support or exaggerate our value like other helpless countries.

We know we had a puppet in Damascus but we won’t replace it with another puppet from Washington (farid alghadri) if you really want to help us here is what we want (no more puppets).

Actually I cannot prevent myself from laughing (and I guess the Israelis too) at the (trap) Israeli officials and Assad regime got themselves into Assad regime cannot dig his grave with his own hands by making peace with Israel (40 years of worthless lies and billions of money squandered) at the same time Israelis officials cannot gamble peace with their own puppet regime by doing that they will send it to its early retirement.

I guess the U.S. ADMINISTRATION done well this time by not allowing the Israelis to embarrass them more involving in this show.

This explain why the Israelis insist on confusing the U.S. administration by asking it to let the regime in Syria and left the international isolation more over having a peace talks for the first time without the U.S. cover.

Actually I enjoyed the Paris puppets show too much.

Folk’s solution is so pure and simple don't you see it (Bashar looks similar to Bashir) isn’t it?

@ SNP in Syria -- "Syria and Lebanon will become the center of economic and cultural power of the Middle East and the destination for the world businessmen, global financial institutions and travelers.”

I don't think the majority of Syrians believe in your theory for simple reason.
The Lebanese consider themselves as phoenix descendant while they consider us the Syrians as Roman Empires leftover.

Unless you are SSNP member (Levant dreamer) then the first thing you have to do if you are Lebanese is to plant a cedar tree in Lebanon mountain to prevent the pro Lebanese from kicking you out of Lebanon.

As Syrian I don't find any interest for us the Syrian to have any kind of unity with Lebanon who will benefited of it more than we will at least in this century maybe next century.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
August 5, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

4 August 08

I would like to share a few more comments with everyone. It seems to me that the common threat to the world always appears to be nuclear weapons. Having nuclear power plants and possibly endangering the lives of who lives around these plants. The light bulb should switch on that maybe Nuclear power is not the answer to our energy problems. Russians faced a melt down in their country which effected many people. At that time the russians didn't tell anyone what had happened, and in Scotland they had sheep that were falling out. Milk started going bad. If I recall it took them a week before they decided to share it with the world what happened. We in the United States had the 3 mile island incident. Yet all the experts want to keep making nuclear power. If by making nuclear power leads to making nuclear weapons then maybe the choice should be simple. We need a future energy resource to handle the demands of power for all people that will not endanger lives and possibly even help the planet.

We have some of the best engineers in the world, the best scientist that money can buy and this is all they can come up with, repeating history in colleges. Which apparently lead to more problems. Good example: Iran

Iran - In my own opinion how did they get this power to begin with? Who sold Iran this technology? Who is behind giving Iran the ability to make a nuclear power plant?

I think in the global war against terrorism that if all countries were to consider reducing all Nuclear Powered Facilities world wide maybe we all can get along without the fear of a nuclear attack. When the major countries get together and talk about reducing nuclear arms, hint maybe that is a wise idea considering that if something did happen, who wins? Nobody wins in a nuclear attack, many people would perish.

Every country and world wants to be a super power by having nuclear power and nuclear weapons so they can be a threat to other countries. My question would be where does it say in the bible that building a nuclear power plant is right or just? When it has more damaging potential to destroy human life!

"I just wonder how God would truly feel about Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Weapons knowing what they can do to people and the earth he created for us. If we destroy our land our people, what is left for our kids? Yet we continue to make Nuclear carriers, Nuclear subs." We repeat history all over again. I believe we should all appreciate what God has given us and be Thankful for all the blessings on earth. Countries around the world should have conventional weapons to protect their countries, no question. We all remember what happened with Japan back in 1945. I was not born at that time but I can only imagine how devistating it was for the Japanese people. I believe we all should remember the lost lives during those attacks. We should all make peace and say to the Japanese People, "We apologize for what happened. Your losses on that one day no doubt were great."

This note: The Veterans who served in world war 2 will always be credited with valor.

When I think of the big mushroom cloud, I can only think how country Leaders have given up on the basic common law of thinking and using common sense and saving human life. Why do we live in an time where people want to destroy life? We all should have peace in hearts and use many forms of communication to get our points across.

This is only my own personal opinion and that maybe one day God will fill us on in on what is right and Just. Maybe the future energy question could be raised to God. I hope everyone will start listening to the right voice in life maybe we all can share the common goal of peace, raising families, building those bridges to other countries without the fear of nuclear weapons. Without the fear of nuclear devistation! Being blacked out!

I can only hope and pray people will read this message around the world and consider my humble view on nuclear power.

John
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Greece
August 5, 2008

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald

I think we should "allow" God to stay out of all these! (I write this with all the respect for God -- human decisions or faults have not God's clearance. They are just human choices, often egoistic. Otherwise we will start blaming God too, and this is blasphemy).

And now, back to real life. I will comment just on two of your very interesting questions.

You write:
"Iran - In my own opinion how did they get this power to begin with? Who sold Iran this technology? Who is behind giving Iran the ability to make a nuclear power plant?"

RUSSIA and FRANCE is the answer Donald, along with the financial and "ideological" support from some religious fanatics that want to play the role of the "local" (Earth) God: the sheikhs and the ex-Soviet/France emporium that sell or buy everything money can get or sell.

I wonder why you ask this. Everybody knows their sources for acquiring tech and materials? The worst is what initially inspires their "vision" for doing so. Please think of this, however you will once again have to face "Gods" and money at the end of the perception!

You write:
"We should all make peace and say to the Japanese People, "We apologize for what happened. Your losses on that one day no doubt were great."

I will be simple concerning this:

1. Do you remember? (I mean historically) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor

2. U.S.A. saved the World -- all the Globe -- by using that weapon -- even if we cannot easily "accept" the human losses, concerning the psychological and humanistic stops our conscience has to deal with when we think of the decision, today. But, this was the only way that could save FREEDOM and HUMAN DIGNITY on the planet, back then.

Otherwise, today, Hitler would be our "God"?

It's better to "trust your own"!

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
August 6, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

5 August 08

@John in Greece

I remember how the United States was attacked in Pearl Harbor, December 7th 1941. We lost many of our troops that day as well. The USS Arizona is a reminder of what happened that morning to the United States. Very Courageous Sailors and Marines at Pearl Harbor. I was blessed to have met a Sailor who was there at the time of the attack.

My own personal feeling is that the common root of countries have the ability to fire a nuclear weapon and destroy hundreds, thousands if not millions of people at will, and we on earth don't say a word. We sit back and wait. We all should support an International Bill that bans Nuclear Power, Bans Nuclear Weapons. Then no country around the globe should have them. If they try to get them or store them or do something with them, they should be dealt in a higher court.

The Nuclear Arms race - to me seems like more trouble than what its worth. Their will only be more problems, more casualties, more things that happen because of this. When does it all end? When do we use our Brains and come up with something better, smarter and gets the job done without Nuclear Power!

Susan
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Florida, USA
August 6, 2008

Susan in Florida writes:

@ Wiseman in Syria --

I appreciate your lesson on Syrian history as I am not as knowledgeable on the topic as you would be. I also appreciate your more moderate voice about the situation in the Middle East. However, my comments were directed at SNP in Syria in response to his endless blaming of all the problems/situations in that area on the "evil jews" as that is very reminiscent of Hitler's excuse for wanting to eliminate all the Jews in Europe, and I am sure, if Germany had won World War II, all the Jews around the world. I, for one, believe in the motto, for the Jews, "Never again."

Here is a thought provoking interview on the subject:
http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/antisemitism/voices/transcript...

wiseman
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Syria
August 7, 2008

Wiseman in Syria writes:

@ Susan in Florida -- What happened in yad vashem was so ugly and should never repeat again only mentally sick person would find it acceptable or think it was justified

you don't have to worry about SSNP (SYRIAN SOCIAL NATIONALIST PARTY) thoughts he is an ideologist (has bad impression of the U.S. ADMINISTRATION by nature )

even though US support to (Husni Alzaem) coup lead to eliminating their ideology founder (Antun Saadeh) by handing him to his lebanese neighbor for execution

they can make a deal with the U.S. ADMINISTRATION how they did with the current baathist regime regardless of their bad history with baathist who kick them out of Syria after one pro SSNP assassinated one of their elitist bathist figures in football match they finally accept to be in the shadow of baath endless monopoly

thinking that the SYRIAN individuals are so naive or ignorant how you understood from his words towards USA AND ISRAEL nevertheless they do have more credibility among the Syrians than the baathist regime do

speaking about the regime international isolation

actually i don't know who was isolated Simple Syrian Farmer or Bashar Assad who fly from London to Madrid to Moscow to Paris to Tehran if that your definition of isolation then I better join regime staff tomorrow so I can get some of that isolation

or how it could be in the interest of ISRAEL isolating SYRIAN INDIVIDUALS when the regime itself find a very great interest for his survival in sealing the country and isolate it's citizens so he can do whatever he likes away from international censorship (saydnaya political prison accident)

what is worst I don't think any government fail to make peace with it's own people is able to make peace with anyone

the bottom line is THE ONLY PEACE US AND ISRAEL CAN COUNT ON IS THE PEACE BETWEEN SYRIAN FARMER AND ISRAELI FARMER (not Bashar Assad nor pro lebanese media neither pro jordanian clerks)

I apologize if I sound sarcastic in my previous post but i guess now you understand my reason for laughing

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 8, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Wiseman in Syria, I'd agree that the folks that work the land are the ones at the core of the struggle for it. Water rights, etc.

The only long term solution is to create more arible land for people to work, rather than fighting over what little they feel they have.

Here's an idea.....Let's just Bulldoze the Golan heights into the Med. , import a bit of top soil and organic mulch, creating some decent cropland in about five years time and solve a sticky strategic issue at the same time. No Golan hights, no problem.

See the way it would work in an ideal world (which would involve improbable changes of mindset in this one) , would be for the terra-forming project to be a joint bilateral Syrian/Isreali effort to create new land to help solve the Palestinian refugee issue.

If problems are going to get solved at all, all ideologies aside, folks are going to have to start getting a little more creative in their thinking, and less destructive in fear based rhetoric.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
August 8, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

8th August 08

I would like to share this view today!

We in the United States told North Korea they cannot have Nuclear Power or Nuclear Weapons! I totally agree!

We also told the country of Iran to remove it's Nuclear Program! I totally agree!

However how long before one day a country tells United States it has to remove its Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Missiles?

I guess the bigger point to all this is, "Why can't all countries see the light and realize that Nuclear Power is more a threat and has more devistation if used... When I think of everything on earth that is a natural resource for energy, OIL, Coal, Natual Gas, Fossil Fuels, BIO-Fuels, and the list goes on.

People might disagree with me on this point. I can accept that because I'm merely expressing my point of view. That we are above Nuclear Power or Nuclear weapons. We should be smarter than this and use our intelligence to come up with energy that will help people not destroy them! I honestly think that is what God had in mind for us!

Susan
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Florida, USA
August 8, 2008

Susan in Florida writes:

@ Wiseman in Syria, Thank you for your kind reply of 8-7-08. As an American, I love my country, as I am sure you love yours. Loving one's country does not always mean agreeing with its policies. As a whole, we Americans are a generous and thoughtful people. We have always been proud of our heritage of freedom and diversity, and proud of our desire to help others around the world. My hope for America is that we will return to our ideals of freedom, honesty and justice. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint.

wiseman
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Syria
August 10, 2008

Wiseman in Syria writes:

@Susan in Florida & Eric in New Mexico

i would be more thankful if my little contribution get you out of the spinning zone

Donald
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Virginia, USA
August 12, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

12 August 08

I hope Russian and Georgia can cease fire!

I also wanted to clarify my apology with Japan. First, I would never apologize to Defend the Constitution of America to protect our Homeland. I would apologize for the method that was used against Japan back in 1945 which we all know was Nuclear Weapons. I believe wars should be kept to conventional weapons. I just hope everyone will remember that the earth can only handle so many of these before it cracks and then we will no longer have an earth!

The United States declared war against Iraq because of the threat against Weapons of Mass Destruction which is Nuclear Weapons. How ironic in some way, We used them back in 1945 and in 2003 we went to war with Iraq because we believed they had them.

The wonderful thought that keeps coming to my head is, What a day it will be when all countries no longer have the ability to make a nuclear device and use it on another country. Why can't world leaders just sit down, drink a cold brew and work out their problems without leading to wars! Example: Isreal and Palastine why not just sit down eat some food and drink wine and find Peace!

May God Bless (End Wars find Peace light a torch and smile) Good Day!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 13, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Wiseman in Syria, you got a better idea? If not, then I would suggest that any diplomacy capable of moving mountains is not based on "spin". Just on a different viewpoint than your's.....(chuckle).

wiseman
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Syria
August 14, 2008

Wiseman in Syria writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico -- Please do not feel offended it's not my aim.

I can understand the disappointment and frustration in your mind when you wrote your comment.

Trust me if you were in my place (I don't wish you that), you would lose that precious gray hair at the peak of your body.

I have only one advice for you…

Never show your muscles to a Wiseman.

I’d also suggest you read King Nimrod story because all the glory he has never teach him basic lesson (ships always sink from the bottom) so he fall from his top.

I am wise enough to use the (spinning zone) at SNP and Susan relentless argument of blame not your department.

Actually I find your idea great and even practical.

And I think my realistic approach to the problem gives you the passion of being part of the solution.

From your mouth "I'd agree that the folks that work the land are the ones at the core of the struggle for it. Water rights, etc."

Also from your mouth "See the way it would work in an ideal world"

Mentioning ideal world…

Have you ever get disappointed deliberately misunderstood all the time and mistreated by the people you thought they know you better?

Have you ever felt the pain of people won’t allow your better ideas because they thought it threaten them?

Have you ever felt the pain of having the cure and unable deliver it?

Have you ever been forced to cheer for your robbery and humiliation?

Have you ever faced a situation of being able to help people on both sides and rejected by both of them?

Have you ever been under situation where better ideas are not enough?

Have you ever tried to implement your better ideas?

Have your better ideas ever being limited by the will of your surrounding not your mind.

Eric, if you think we live in ideal world then there is no use from Wiseman.

Since you ask me for a better idea and my level of knowledge do not cover Near East , Pacific , Southern Hemisphere , mid-Asia

Here is a better idea for the diplomacy that is capable of moving mountains:

The U.S. ADMINISTRATION along with its western allies capable to force Assad regime to release all political prisoners allow political freedom , freedom of speech , freedom of press , election freedom without limitations or harassment end the torture cells and unlawful detention or else the regime will be held accountable for his unacceptable actions.

Those essential steps would prepare the soil for great ideas such yours be more realistic and the Middle East more ideal.

The best way chariot can move is when you put the horse in the front.

And it can never move with rider on dead horse.

If you think we have common ground then you are welcome to my sack of better ideas.

By the way am not SNP.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 15, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Wiseman in Syria -- Wiseman, you didn't offend me.

I generally don't offer an idea unless it is do-able, and if you were to visit the largest open pit copper mine in the world in Arizona and saw the size of the Tonka Toys they use to litteraly move a mountain (wheels on dump trucks 22 ft in diameter) , then you would truly appreciate the source of my inspiration in regards to buldozing the Golan hights into the Mediteranian sea for the puposes outlined.

It is totally do-able in five years if the political will exists, and the mindset involved is creative enough to concieve the results.

As for the U.S. forcing Assad to release political prisoners, I would suggest that if Assad were to twitch the wrong way that an early retirement might be arranged a-la Saddam.

But short of him acting with terminal stupidity, political change in Syria should be home grown.

Which means you'll have to deal with mindsets like SNP's before any real positive change will occur.

But I'm sure open to hearing your ideas.

I've gotten beyond having much emotional attachment to the things you asked about. It's not a point of ego with me. If folks run with an idea, it's pretty much out of my hands. If they don't, then it probably didn't matter in the first place whether I had suggested it or not. So there's no grey hair to pull out.

If it gives "the powers that be" something to think about, then I've done my job as part of humanity.

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"And I think my realistic approach to the problem gives you the passion of being part of the solution."
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Pardon me for bursting your bubble, but my "passion" to be part of the solution is derived in part from the fact that my granddad was one of the principal individuals involved in the building of the very first atomic bomb.

He worked for peace, and so do I.

An idea world? That's a reality still to be created by better ideas than I can come up with at the moment.

So please by all means, you are welcome to take your best shot.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
August 15, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

15 August 08

Quote of the day!

"All Nations under God should work together finding Peaceful Solutions by putting their political agendas aside and communicating with a warm heart. Peace is reachable! God Blesses those people who promote Peace around the world. (peacemakers) I will pray for the country of Iran because being a visionary the future looks very meek for that country. I hope and pray the Leaders of Iran will seek the Lord and stop the foolishness of boasting its power, when it is written a man who boasts power ends up with nothing in the end! A true miracle is when the Iran Leader will see the light and come to his senses and realize his enemy becomes himself in face of his people! A man is not measured by his foolishness, he is measured by God with the lives he saves! It is also written God Blesses people who save lives not destroy lives!

May all Nations, all Prime Ministers, all Leaders in Power even Kings in charge of Kingdoms of people find Peace, Happiness, Love, and Prosperity!

Peace Be UPON the world! We all can share in Peace and promote good standings, Good Will to Mankind and resist in temptation to mock other countries because we might not agree with what they do. We all can agree living in the light is better than dwelling with the dead!"

A-men! & Godbless all Nations!!!

Prashanth B.
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Virginia, USA
December 28, 2008

Prashanth in Virginia writes:

The present onslaught of Recession has taken all the pundits of the present Administration by surprise-'Caught with their pants down'

Is this what President Bush had in mind the Greatest Gift to and mantle to be handed over to the Obama Admn?

Would the State dept handle things a bit more on-ground status rather than a hands off approach. Terrorism is one thing i am speaking about!

However, I still would congratulate for handling the thorn in the seat- 'her post'well and she could have been noted a bit more positively in the history of the US Admn and the Greatest Failures.

Best of Luck Madam

Jerry
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Australia
January 12, 2009

Jerry writes:

My view is that there are far more smarter people not serving in public service and to be able to give these people a medium to voice their opinions will enrich our policy makers if they can adapt to be able to listen through all the noise that also comes with an open forum.

Patricia K.
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France
April 26, 2010

I would like to obtain the name of the division at the American Embassy that addresses the needs of Army Annuitant's living in Nice, France. This is urgent.

David S.
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Massachusetts, USA
July 26, 2010

David C.T. Sr. in Massachusetts writes:

Walking thru the paths here of socialism between life's natural born varies that are received on birth. Does this first put the impossible issue of togetherness at risk. Some will never have to come to an understanding that it will be necessary for people to relate in the proper scope of words to reach the needs of each other's time place and values of life for peace and living. With communications such as blogs like this one we can divide divisions of reasons and questions and answers that we can all work on them to see that turning development of such a life of what each of us need and have to develop for the present and the future. What's present is what we can cope with honest, step back lean back in your chair and say is life really their for me? The first step is written paper to write goals or to read about goals in life along with news and other types of communications. As some developed life has started to see it as just entertainment.
Making process in rich the mind with the words of thought on paper and reach into the pictures with sight and see the relations need to make that real in the pictures then look back into the writing and find questions to answer. We take schooling lessons but that's the simple start, the more you develop in your mind and keep your body stront with actions with your body to enrich your life to have a better life than just saying life if just as we see it. Life just as we see it is the present but in 5 minutes from now the future went bye. Past is to many just a stepping stone of learning to reach better and higher places if a person enlightens themselves too

To Me Life Goes On For-Ever
If your path has been hard or tryed resting is all as all souls goes on The Meeting

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