Your Chance To Ask a Question: Briefing 2.0

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 22, 2008
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Anything you want to know about U.S. foreign policy? Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Department Spokesman Sean McCormack will take your video questions on the State Department's YouTube Channel. His responses will be available on October 31, 2008.

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Ron
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New York, USA
October 22, 2008

Ron in New York writes:

If USG stays out of ICC, will it attack Iran?

John
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Greece
October 23, 2008

John in Greece writes:

"Your chance To Ask a -DIP- Question?"

This is AMERICA and the New World philosophy! (PURE. REAL. TRANSPARENT.)

Another one great idea for the Blog Mr. McCormack! (How can I know for sure?, but inside of me, I feel that you are the "father & mother" of this great forum)

THIS IS REALLY FRESH AGAIN! AND EXTREMELY CONSTRUCTIVE, SIR!.

I hope that many people around the globe -- especially journalists -- who think that would have no chance to ask a question, can now evaluate the perspective to have a "Pure. Real. Transparent." feedback.

If I was a "local" -- outside U.S. -- media man, I would find this "highway" extremely creative and useful.

ASK A QUESTION! Inform your readers! Be Accurate!

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
October 23, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

My question is twofold actually:

Given the following: China, apart from its consumer supply manufacturing growth, is moving its population base out of China and into South America and Africa and will have more English speaking people than we have citizens in a few years; India will overcome China in overall population with the added fact they have more honor students then we have students in class now; Russia is the only actual fiscally solvent major power presently with oil, gold, platinum, mineral wealth, manufacturing, production orders etc...

HOW WILL THIS CHANGE OF POWER BASE AFFECT AMERICAS PLACE IN DEMOCRACY AND ITS SPREAD? What is our future leverage for Democracy; especially given that Europe, which is almost two thirds of our ally base, is becoming more dependent fiscally or is energy dependent on these other Nations and not us?

..how do I get reinstated?

John
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Greece
October 23, 2008

John in Greece writes:

@ Joe in TN and Ron in NY -- I think that Sean's concept: "will take your VIDEO questions" is clear and simple. As long as there are VIDEO questions!

Did you post a VIDEO QUESTION guys?

Zharkov
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United States
October 23, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

The United States has assured the three Baltic countries bordering Russia that they can rely on NATO protection in case of a military attack.

What drugs are the JCS in the Pentagon smoking that led them to believe that NATO could defend Baltic states any better than NATO defended Georgia?

John
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Greece
October 24, 2008

John in Greece writes:

@ "IT help" -- I know that you will call me a computer illiterate. That I am! (LOL) But, how can I have a video (question) using my computer's web camera?

Do I need a special program to isolate the video in order to post it on YouTube? Can I do it from windows? Do I have to REC this in my desktop and then post it using YouTube steps to do so?

I also have a medium value USB digital camera. Can I use this device for a better "image"? (Computer illiterate? YES! however a probable Hollywood star? I have to take care of my image) Chuckle!

I would really appreciate if any co-blogger can post an "IT how to do" manual.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
October 27, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Hey Sean, I can't help but wonder at how Allen Funt (Candid Camera) would have approached such an opportunity. I mean, this could get quite entertaining...( IE: a wannabe Golden Globe nominee dressed as the Statue of Liberty asking you about immigration policy and consular affairs issues), and I think you've definately expanded the possibilities of civic involvement in foreign affairs.

But if you were to ask me what most concerns me , it would be how does this nation's foreign assistance programs remain intact and consistant through political transitions and economic variables?

It seems to me that regardless of who will be determining US foreign policy for the next 4-8 years, that the consistancy of effort is a matter of reputational character of the nation more than ideological agenda of any individual, and cannot be curtailed without risking the goodwill and respect this nation receives by saving lives and communities globally.

President Bush has expressed legitimate concern that such foreign assistance programs were at risk , and not just in this country but in other's as well due to the global financial crisis.

UN Sec. General Moon has also apealed to nations to continue aid and meet their pledges of support.

Where do we stand at the moment in the international aid effort over all in terms of funding consistancy and are developed nations making a consistant effort, or thinking of cutting and running on the world's less fortunate?

(hope you'll "take" my question even though I'm still in process of casting for a Mother Theresa lookalike to to do
the video...I'm not sure the question can wait for prodction miracles.)

DipNote B.
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 27, 2008

DipNote Bloggers write:

@ John in Greece -- Thanks for your interest in Briefing 2.0! YouTube allows users to record videos, choose videos from their YouTube channels or upload a video from their computers. It sounds as if your best course of action would be to record a video.

After you click on "Post a Video Response," select "Record a Video." YouTube will find your camera and allow you to record right there. Good luck, and we look forward to your question!

Just as a reminder to all DipNote readers, please feel free to take advantage of this special event and submit your questions via YouTube.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
October 28, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

28 october 08

FIND OSAMA BIN LADEN THE MOST WANTED TERRORIST ON EARTH!

I got to thinking how this dipnote might be a wonderful tool to help find Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist thugs. Why doesn't the State Department include a section on Osama Bin laden and have people write in and blog about any possible sightings, or anyone that might know the whereabouts of Osama bin laden? This just might be a very resourceful tool in helping the State Department along with our Security Agencies find the top terrorists!!! I mean if people around the world visit the Dipnote and they might have valued information that would assist our Government. Offer the reward on the DIPNOTE and make people aware the United States is still on hot pursuit!

Thanks!

God bless and Peace Out!

Donald
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Virginia, USA
October 29, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

29 October 08

NEW STRATEGY IDEA FOR AFGHANISTAN

When you price what it costs for bullets, motars, military expenses in Afghanistan, the thought occured to me is this?

1. Why doesn't the NATO forces just fill the canyons with sand? How much does a sand bag cost? In reference to say all the bullets and motars rounds spent on shooting in that country? Just drop sand bags on the country until the Taliban has had enough!!!

2. I'm sure they can do this alot cheaper, and have greater results. You bury the enemy that continues to hide in the caves. If they are hiding, and you bury them, they cant shoot back at you!

3. My suggestion would be cost effective. Use like an airforce bomber and bomb sand bags over the country until the Taliban give up!!!

God Bless and I hope we can win this war against terror!!!

John
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New York, USA
October 29, 2008

John in New York writes:

Is it not time for the Iraqis to recognize that more and more demands for the sake of their sovereignty will endanger, not promote it? Please stand fast on the security agreement! It is unlikely that America will ever have respect or gratitude for the sacrifice we have made in Iraq. PLEASE LET US NOT COMPOUND OUR OWN DIFFICULTIES BY CATERING TO UNREALISTIC PROPOSALS AND WOUNDED PRIDE. Yes, it is time for the Iraqi government to become accountable and take reponsibility for consequences.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
October 30, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

30 October 08

THE OSPREY VS HARRIER and EMERGENCY PODS

I know the US Government has spent a fortune on the OSPREY but my question is why?

In my opinion the HARRIER was a proven aircraft. The only thing that should of been considered was the HARRIER being modified to carry troops.

Those remote places in Afghanistan and Iraq. The HARRIER would of been ideal. A multi-role aircraft with the ability to take-off and land anywhere. The added benefits with a fighter capability and ground strike.

The only thing I would of wanted the State Department to think about is how to make the existing Military Aircraft safer for our soldiers and sailors who fly in them.

I have written the FAA/NTSB with this very humbled suggestion to make our planes and helicopters safer for all people who fly in them! This should include all commercial aircraft as well!!!

Leads me to this point...What good does a life preserver do for any man or woman at 30,000 feet? We all know the black box will survive the crash. I believe our men and women need to have PODS. Each POD should have all equipment, padding, parachutes, a shell basically designed to pad each of our men and women while airborne. Include the life preserver and plenty of survivor equipment. If a plane or helicopter is having engine problems, OR shot down in harms way, inside the cockpit and the cabin where your passengers sit there should be an emergency cord designed to launch PODS. If our men and women can deploy out of the aircraft before it crashes, just like an ejection seat in a fighter jet, I believe the survivability would be greater for everyone! The POD should also be re-usable. These PODS should have the ability to be attached and pickup troops when the mission is completed.

Our men and women who are sent into battle should have the best equipment to fight with and survive!!!

The United States Governement spends millions upon millions if not billions of dollars on aircraft isn't about time they spent some of those millions making our troops safe in combat, safe when returning home, safe period.

Summary: I believe the HARRIER would of been smarter than the OSPREY. I also believe that future PODS for aircraft will make everyone safer including our Commander-in-Chief when flying any aircraft in the United States. We have to make aircraft safer for our Top Generals and above all for our troops which are the backbone of the United States Military!

My vision is to make aircraft safer, quality vs quanity. Demand the best and expect the best. The US Government should NOT purchase aircraft from contractors UNLESS it has the BEST to protect our forces. So if I'm putting all those manufacturers who design and builD aircraft on notice, YOU BETCHA! Millions of dollars are spent to train our people and they need the BEST equipment!!!

In God that I trust that the right people read this message and take the appropriate action making all aircraft safer!

God Bless America!

Anne M.
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 31, 2008

Anne Marie in Pennsylvania writes:

The word "preconditions" has been used a lot in the news to discuss whether or not American leaders should meet with foreign counterparts. Are preconditions essential for foreign negotiations?

DipNote B.
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 13, 2008

DipNote Bloggers write:

@ John in New York and Joe in Tennessee -- Thanks for your questions! Department Spokesman Sean McCormack's answers: Video | Text

Keep those questions coming! The next Briefing 2.0 will be November 20th.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 3, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

3 November 08

I hope the State Department will review my questions because I think we all need safer aircraft for everyone!

Kirk
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Kentucky, USA
November 3, 2008

Kirk in Kentucky writes:

I just watched the latest briefing 2.0.

I can't praise enough this innovative approach towards public interaction. As a government is at once a servant AND leader of its people, this is a demonstrative example of the willingness to listen, consider, and respond to the concerns and desires of the citizens. It helps clarify why the State Dept. is doing what it does, and works to dispel the myth that governments do what they want regardless of the will of the people. This restores faith in government and I hope that these innovations are continued in the next administration. I also hope that all those who worked to bring these exciting concepts into fruition are awarded for their vision.

To the State Dept. and especially the Dipnote staff: Salute!

Steve
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California, USA
November 3, 2008

Steve in California writes:

We have invaded two countries, ostensibly hunting for Osama bin Laden because of the attacks of 9/11. Assuming he is found, on what grounds would he be held? To my knowledge there has been no Federal court or grand jury that has indicted him for the events of 9/11 and the FBI says that they are not seeking him for this because there is insufficient evidence to tie him to 9/11. For what reason do we hunt him if he is not officially accused of the crime?

Thank you for this venue. I look forward to your answer.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 3, 2008

Donald in Virginia writes:

3 Nov 08

The FBI is still offering a reward for the capture of Usama Bin Laden/Osama bin laden. I believe the reward offering is 25 million dollars, they might of doubled it. The State Department can verify if the reward is 25 Million or 50 Million US Dollars. I included two links to check out.

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/fugitives/laden.htm

http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1998/11/98110602_nlt.html

I think he's guilty and should be captured, brought to Justice and stand trial for his crimes against humanity!!!

God Bless and Godwilling he will see Justice!!!!

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