Travel Diary: Opportunity in the Americas

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 8, 2010

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On June 8, 2010, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks in Quito, Ecuador. The Secretary said:

"[A] structure of opportunity must be at the core of a common vision that we work to achieve together, because we all share responsibility for advancing this vision. It is not only a moral imperative; it is also a strategic one. We cannot become productive and competitive economies without harnessing the potential of all of our people. We cannot eradicate violence if we do not build strong, inclusive communities. We cannot strengthen and sustain democracy when too many people face limited opportunities for themselves and their children.

"In short, the Americas today have a historic, unprecedented chance to consolidate progress as never before. But we have to make it a shared commitment -- not just a speech or not just a plank in a campaign platform, but a day by day work that involves not just governments, but the private sector, the not-for-profit sector, the university and academic community, the faith communities of our societies.

"President Obama and I share a strategic vision for our engagement in the hemisphere. We are working to build a network of partnerships for expanding opportunity and increasing social mobility. Now, we could endlessly debate the root causes of the lack of equality, but the way forward lies not in re-litigating the past, but in recognizing what works today to ameliorate inequality, to provide a model of what we can do that will give people not just hope, but the reality of a better life.

"We've learned what works. Sound economic management is such an important part of this. The positive impact of macroeconomic and monetary stability is clear. Expanding the pie, not just cutting it up into smaller slices, should be our goal."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.

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Laura
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California, USA
June 9, 2010

Laura in California writes:

Hillary, you're the best ambassador this country has produced and the greatest leader in the world! Hillary 2012 or 2016!

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
June 9, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

6 8 10

I can only think how one of the toughest jobs in the country is leading the State Department, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I salute what the State Department does and able to answer questions. Is it perfect, no but it works. We all can learn something from each other. I admit being a critic at times but it was only to bring positive light to situations. In my own personal life, having survived many situations, and continue to teach people about fire safety, and how to survive dangerous situations, people who know me personally, have appreciated the knowledge and skills, which I learned while serving in the US Navy. I use my real name on here because, this is who I am. At times we all wish we had a magic wand to make everything work right...the oil spills, natural disasters, policies that work or don't work, in the end we are brothers and sisters in a big family. We have our faults, but we also have our good traits of what we do, and how we get the job done.

I actually have a solution to the OIL spills. If you can't plug it with the existing plug, then you make a bigger giant plug to fill the hole. In damage control its called, "A shoal" if BP or the Federal Government wants to take a hint from a Sailor, who has been through the works on sealing up leaks, then take my advise, build a bigger plug to cap the oil spill. You build and design a plug that will handle the pressure of the oil and sea currents. There is wonderful digital pictures of the spill, but what BP and the US Coast Guard need to do is design and build the heaviest, and strong weighted PLUG to fill the HOLE. Otherwise the Gulf of Mexico will be engulfed in oil for years to come.

Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
June 9, 2010

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Dear Mme. Secretary,

This was a brilliant speech beautifully delivered. So impressive, and informed, you make me proud every day, and I am not the only American who feels that way - by far.

Thank you, and bless you always for your hard work.

Appreciatively,
Rosemary
NJ

Pamela G.
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West Virginia, USA
June 9, 2010

Pamela in West Virginia writes:

IT is nice to know the state department is trying to join the America's as a unified force. We need to show the same relationship and vision that Europe exhibits. We don,t have to agree on all issues but we should try to find common threads and work together.

Carlos
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New York, USA
June 9, 2010

Carlos in New York writes:

HILLARY YOU ROCK!
Smartest woman in the world! HILLARY 2012!
The world is watching your extraordinary work!
LOVE YOU!

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
June 9, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

The Federal Government cannot wait and sit back while BP tries to stop the leak. The US Government should consider using all the resources to its means to get the OIL leaks capped asap. The best fire teams that handle capping off oil wells is the Halyburton teams. They are the ones responsible for capping the OIL wells in Iraq. Lets face it, this is a crisis, and watching and waiting will only put more oil in the sea and disrupt our environment. If any company has the tools, has the experience and the ability to get this job done, it's the "Red Cappers"

The Coast Guard doesn't really have the training or the tools to handle this type of job. Halyburton does. If you truly care about getting resolve, take charge of the situation, get a contract with Halyburton asap and get this thing under control before it leads to more problems ahead. I don't work for Halyburton nor do I have stock in the company, I just know they have what it takes to get this job done! Then bill the cost of the contract to BP for the cleanup effort and capping of the well head.

OysterCracker
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United States
June 10, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

Good speech! How will this translate? what type of connections, industry, trade?

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