Continuing the Conversation: Ask the Secretary

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 17, 2009
Secretary Clinton Greets Employees

"Ask the Secretary" is a new online interactive forum that can allow you to connect with Secretary Clinton directly. While Secretary Clinton travels across the world, you can submit your questions for her using this form. Ask the Secretary your questions now about her travel to Asia. Secretary Clinton will select various questions to answer, and they will be posted to www.state.gov.

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Terry
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Connecticut, USA
February 17, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

Secretary Hillary Clinton, what is it like traveling on the Secretary of State's Boeing 757 jet?

Renne
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Indonesia
February 17, 2009

Renne in Indonesia writes:

On your visit to Jakarta, are you going to raise a concern on human rights issues in Indonesia? How significance Indonesia is for the U.S. foreign policy under President Obama's administration?

Tom
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United Kingdom
February 17, 2009

Tom in the United Kingdom writes:

Hello Secretary Clinton

After your tour of Asia, how much of a role do you think the Asian markets will have in halting the global recession and with China fastly becoming a superpower, will you try and maintain good relations with the Chinese government despite their human rights record

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Dahir
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Illinois, USA
February 17, 2009

Dahir in Illinois writes:

Dear Madam secretary,

I live in Chicago and proud supporter of Sen. Hilary Clinton. I love to meeting with you talk to you about the situation in Somalia. I immigrated in this country and love America, but on the other hand, I would like to involve the political process in my native country. I would like to sit either with you and one of your aides about violence and political unrest in Somalia. I am sure that we can bring those functional groups together and form a secular nation in this troubled nation. I will bring an agenda and guideline on the table, so please give me sometime to talk to you about this matter.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,
Dahir N.

Farida
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Minnesota, USA
February 17, 2009

Farida in Minnesota writes:

Dear madam secretary,

I'm delighted as are many American's to have you heading the U.S. state department, our heart's at ease. Please do something about Somalia. Women and children are hurting the most and no one is doing anything, at least that's how it seems. I've always been your supporter, and I have all the confindence in the world that you will shine some light to this forgotten country.

Thank you for all you do for the people in the world.

Judy
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New York, USA
February 17, 2009

Judy in New York writes:

The media inferred that you will be downplaying the rights of women in other countries. Is this True? A Muslim woman in Buffalo was beheaded by her husband because she asked for a divorce. The status of women around the world in all cultures is critical.

Terry
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Connecticut, USA
February 17, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

I check on all U.S dept. websites and i noticed the Defense Dept. by far is the best looking and best interactive with all sorts of imformation. I hope the State dept website gets a upgrade.

Wendy
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Canada
February 17, 2009

Wendy L. in Canada writes:

Dear Hillary,

I was distraught and concerned about your trip to the Pacific Rim of Terror because Chelsea would have been without both.

:-(

Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
February 18, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Some people are posting their questions here. Look up at the paragraph again. There is a link to a question form. I don't have a question, but some of you have good ones. Please link to the form and use that to ask.

OK - now that I am finished being a mother hen. What a nice feature! Madame Secretary, thanks for being such a techie!~ We love the blog, the twitter, the facebook, and youtube and flickr pics and vids. We MISSED YOU!

David H.
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Hawaii, USA
February 18, 2009

David H. in Hawaii writes:

As a U.S. citizen born in Indonesia, I am very pleased that our new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first foreign diplomatic visit to the Asian countries including my original nation Indonesia.

At the Asia Society on Feb 13, 2009, Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton praised Indonesia "one of Asia's most dynamic nations, where human energy and aspiration combine to help lead the country to a free and fair system of elections, a free press, a robust civil society, and a prominent role for women in the Indonesian Government."

The United States is committed to working with Indonesia to pursue close partnership with a concrete agenda.

I sincerely wish that our nation the United States and Indonesia will successfully cooperate to achieve peace and prosperity for both nations as well as the whole world.

Thank you for your contributions to our national foreign affairs. With best wishes.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
February 18, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

Honorable Secretary Hillary Clinton

How is United States reacting to the latest situation in Venezuela with Mr. Chavez allowing him to stay in office? Knowing the comments he has made towards the United States, is there a new form of communications for that country? I see a dictator emerging. The country of Venezuela is looking alot like Cuba now.

Best Regards,

Don

Jan
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Japan
February 18, 2009

Jan in Japan writes:

Dear Madam Secretary,

As a supporter of you during the Primary Season, I am thrilled to have you serve our government as Secretary of State. We know you are in Japan now and wanted to extend our welcome to you.

My husband and I are NAF civilian employees living on Yokota, AB. I would love to meet you if you happen to visit our base to discuss some issues.

We wish you much success as you work to renew the image of the U.S. and its citizens around the world.

Thank you for your service! You are awesome!

Wendy
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California, USA
February 18, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

Actually, I've got a quick suggestion for you & your travel companions. When traveling, it works well to keep *phrases of your observations separated by semicolons* in your journal rather than sentences & paragraphs. One is so hurried and tired often that you can neglect your logging/journaling, but this phrases/semicolons trick gets the key info & tidbits which can be reconstituted later.

We're so proud of State now. Hurray hurray.

Wendy
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California, USA
February 18, 2009

Wendy F. in California writes:

I just sent the following to the President of our local school board. One might also pick a History teacher to send it to. Let's get schools following the Secretary's journeys and this wonderful website.

Dear XYZ,

I hope you can forward the following info to our history and social studies teachers.

The [State Department website](This in the brackets is a live link to state dot gov) has a cool new feature that they might want to use with their students. It's called *Ask the Secretary* and any student could ask her/his own question of Secretary of State Clinton as she makes this historic transpacific journey. I just asked a question myself.

I am learning so much from this website.

Thanks,
WF

Kate
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Georgia
February 18, 2009

Kate in Georgia writes:

To the 'namer' of this blog- DIPNOTE - My first response was- it's a joke? A fake site? Are you saying the Secretary of State is a 'dip'? If it's an accronym- Dept I---- P--- perhaps that should be in fine print uder DIPNOTE - ah- is it Diplomatic Notes? Then THAT should be in script or something under DIPNOTE- as a person outside the beltway (way outside the beltway) I sure do think DIPNOTE is a very strange title for the Secretary of States blog -- better than SOSNote but not much.

Laura
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Texas, USA
February 18, 2009

Laura in Texas writes:

On PBS TV station they showed how companies in Asia make SOLAR for Germany .And these factories run 24/7 and they can not keep up with Germany's demand for SOLAR .And PBS showed that America gets more SUN than Germany or Europe .Will you get America started in the path of massive SOLAR production that would create Millions of Jobs in AMERICA ,while saving our planet ?

Donald
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Virginia, USA
February 18, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

SOLAR POWER NATURAL RESOURCES

If the United States Government is really concerned about producing SOLAR POWER, wouldn't the desert regions be an excellent place to put these factories. Just like California might be an excellent place for WIND POWER and since Washington has plenty of politicans it's probably already has alot hot air!!! Just kidding!!!

Godspeed!

Donald
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Virginia, USA
February 18, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

A NEW FORM OF ENERGY THAT NOBODY HAS THOUGHT OF USING

When you think about all the vehicles on the road today, driving down the highways they all are producing energy. My theory stems from motion of the wheels charging up generators along the way. We recycle alot things today but how often do really get to recycle the energy we use? A car or truck travelling at speeds of 55MPH or 70MPH is already burning gas or diesel fuel. My approach to help solving the energy crisis is very simple.

In concept if a wheel moves it produces power. The question how to mask the power that is already being used. Making modifications to the vehicles and having generators and battery relay centers along the highways. This way when a vehicle drives 300 miles down the highway, it's providing the power to the substations. Hence not costing money but its producing valuable recycle energy which can be used in other places, like homes or vehicles in future. It can also be used in State Emergency power during hurricanes or floods. It just makes good sense to use this type of energy because it will always grow, people will always drive cars and trucks along the highways.

Linda
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California, USA
February 18, 2009

Linda in California writes:

Congratulations, Madame Secretary, on your well deserved appointment!

It's been on my mind for some time that the Chinese/Global melamine fiasco might have impacted foodstuff shipments to North Korea. It seems to me that this question transcends commerce worries and rises into the realm of security issues. I'm pretty sure that North Koreans, just like everyone else, would not like the idea that their country might have been affected. This event occurred during our governmental transition. In light of our own current peanut worries and the lack of a current commerce secretary, is discussion in order?

John
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Greece
February 18, 2009

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald in VA & Kate in Georgia -- I thought like it was so simple: "Ask the Secretary your questions now about her travel to Asia."

Kate, what's the problem with the Blog's "corporate id"? Please explain us.

QUOTE: The term "DipNote" refers to a diplomatic note, one of the many means by which governments formally communicate with one another. Aside from the title, we make every effort to minimize the use of jargon and acronyms. When they're unavoidable, we explain them. We want this blog to be as accessible and user-friendly as possible. END OF QUOTE.

Donald, what has "solar cars" have to do with Secretary's travel to Asia? That crazy life?

Donald
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Virginia, USA
February 18, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

@ John in Greece -- Your right John I had read something about solar then just added to the contents of the blog. I think we realize that energy concerns are on everyones mind. Even in ASIA. Just like safety concerns and flying safe for everyone! Besides John you missed my point, it wasn't solar cars. It was taken energy already being used in vehicles just modified to harness the capability of power. An alternator in a vehicle is a generator which provides power to internal devices. My input has to do with external power. A car already rolls or moves has wheels. Since the wheels are in motion, and possibly adding some magnetics to this, you would have a brand new power source. A tractor trailer can go like up to 1400 miles on a tank of diesel, just imagine if you had something attached that was generating more power, charging substations along his route. The Substation would receive the power and charge batteries. This would be a cost savings for State Budgets and power companies across our nation. Possibly even the world.

Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
February 19, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

@ Wendy in California -- Hi Wendy,

If you go to this website http://www.state.gov/secretary/index.htm and chose Youth & Education, you can find this: http://future.state.gov/ with all kinds of good stuff for school children.

(Guys - all of this needs to be more interactive and navigable - not that I know how to do that with it).

Hope the kids have fun learning about the State Department!

Shing L.
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Malaysia
February 19, 2009

Shing in Malaysia writes:

Dear Secretary of the World: I could now see greatness in you and President Obama. The current U.S. administration has found its way in the world. Suddenly, the world has the right people in the right place. In advance, I can say that the the two of you and the others in the administration will be remembered as the global treasure in global peace, global harmony and the custodians of global preservation and global existence. All humans and creatures say - "Yes We Can" for a better world if and only if you and President Obama stay on course to transform a synergistic world. Our fragile planet Earth now has a channel to be the best entity in the entire universe.

John
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Greece
February 19, 2009

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald in Virginia -- I totally agree that "energy concerns should be on everyone's mind" and I think that the new Administration emphasizes on environmental issues, doing a great job already.

Moreover, I feel that you also agree that energy-eco issues demand a global action. I'm writing this, on the ground that I really feared reading that recently a "South Korean newspaper reported that North Korea has been running an uranium enrichment plant near its main nuclear complex in Yongbyon."

Of course I know that these are intel matters, simple civilians like us cannot easily comment on (anyway, we do not have the necessary info). However, I felt like "Blog-wishing" that U.S.A. and the Six-Party process will keep an eye on the guys in N. Korea, until the planet reaches the ideal point to be secure with a verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

P.S.: Concerning your energy idea, you know how much I like your ideas, moreover your tendency to think up and create. Nevertheless, I do not have the technical-science skills to judge it. Why don't you submit a proposal to DoE?

Anyway, I wish you the Best with your ideas and of course Best Regards! Keep on thinking!

jesse d.
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United Kingdom
February 19, 2009

Jesse in U.K. writes:

Nuclear Fusion is where we need to be looking in regards to new energy sources.

John
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Georgia
February 19, 2009

John in Georgia writes:

@ Kate in Georgia -- Lighten up, child. Dipnote is a very down-to-earth name aimed at making an otherwise very stuffy part of government accessible and attractive to a hard to reach younger population. Be happy that at this point we don't have to learn Tweetspeak to communicate in the comments thread.

Before I caught the connection with "diplomacy" I first thought of ice-cream (Dip-n-dots or hand-dipped).

BURIM
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New York, USA
February 19, 2009

Burim in New York writes:

Dear Madam Secretary: Allow me first to congratulate on a wonderful job you doing representing U.S.A. abroad. As you travel through Asia you will visit countries that have yet to join 55 other countries to recognize the Republic of Kosovo. Will you be doing any lobying on behalf of our newest ally and most pro-American country (probably) in the world?

Godspeed!

Nathalie D.
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Haiti
February 20, 2009

Nathalie in Haiti writes:

Dear Mme Secretary of State,

With thanks for the opportunity to ask a question related to your 1st Asia tour. You once mentioned that travelling over to China in 1995 (to deliver your speech, parts of it being still well remembered today) you looked into the possibility of meeting Mrs. Dunham the late mother of Mr Obama, especially on her work in development in Indonesia. Did that meeting happen then? If so, how did it go?

With best wishes for a successful administration at the State Department

Arlie
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South Dakota, USA
February 20, 2009

Arlie in South Dakota writes:

Congratulations Secretary Clinton on your appointment and the opportunity to be the face to represent the United States to other governments and people. It is a great responsibility to undertake and on this first trip to Asia you seem to be representing us very well. Keep up the good work. Our reputation in the world has taken a beating, but hopefully the steps you are taking now and in the coming months will help to repair any damage so that we can forge cooperative and mutually-respectful alliances among all our world neighbors. You have much to do, so, in the words of the great American philosopher, Larry the Cable Guy, "git 'er done!"

Donald
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Virginia, USA
February 20, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

@ John in Greece -- I would like to thank-you again John. I submitted the idea to Mr. Chu at the Department of Energy in hope that it can offer a cost savings, bring in new jobs and reduce our power requirements and use of coal or nuclear power, when we already drives vehicles, just a matter of recycling and harnessing the power to generate reusable power. Cost savings could be in the billions. The United States alone has over 300 million people and with Millions of drivers everyday on the roads producing power or energy. Once the Energy Secretary Mr. Chu sees the light, hopefully it will help our Government and possibly others around the world. This is ground breaking news for energy.

@ Jesse in U.K. -- "I love the United Kingdom, people are wonderful there, I have to disagree that the world problems resides with Nuclear Power or Nuclear Fusion. This type of fusion only creates more problems for world leaders and the people. When you stop and think about the amount of lives that have been lost to this type of power, and the endangerment it has placed on people from around the world, we all should be looking at changing the grid to a new type of power to help people.

Examples: United States had 3-Mile Island Accident. Russia had the Nuclear Power plant accident which they were about a week to tell people about it. How I know, because the sheep in Scotland were getting sick and milk went sour.

Godbless!!!

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