DipNote: The Week in Review

Posted by Luke Forgerson
August 22, 2011
Secretary Clinton Delivers Statement on Syria on August 18, 2011

On August 18, 2011, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on President Bashar al-Asad of Syria to step aside for the sake of the Syrian people. Secretary Clinton said:

"For months, the world has borne witness to the Asad regime's contempt for its own people. In peaceful demonstrations across the nation, Syrians are demanding their universal human rights. The regime has answered their demands with empty promises and horrific violence, torturing opposition leaders, laying siege to cities, slaughtering thousands of unarmed civilians, including children.

"The Asad government has now been condemned by countries in all parts of the world and can look only to Iran for support for its brutal and unjust crackdown.

"This morning, President Obama called on Asad to step aside and announced the strongest set of sanctions to date targeting the Syrian Government. These sanctions include the energy sector to increase pressure on the regime. The transition to democracy in Syria has begun, and it's time for Asad to get out of the way. As President Obama said this morning, no outside power can or should impose on this transition. It is up to the Syrian people to choose their own leaders in a democratic system based on the rule of law and dedicated to protecting the rights of all citizens, regardless of ethnicity, religion, sect, or gender.

"We understand the strong desire of the Syrian people that no foreign country should intervene in their struggle, and we respect their wishes. At the same time, we will do our part to support their aspirations for a Syria that is democratic, just, and inclusive. And we will stand up for their universal rights and dignity by pressuring the regime and Asad personally to get out of the way of this transition."

Last week, Secretary Clinton also joined Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for a conversation at the National Defense University, where they discussed the budget, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Secretary Clinton said:

"...One of the goals that Secretary Gates and now Secretary Panetta and I have is to make the case as to what national security in the 21st century actually is. It is, of course, the strongest military in the world that has to be given the tools to do the jobs we send it out to do. It is our diplomatic corps, which is out there on the front lines all the time, trying to deal with very difficult situations to the betterment of America's national interest and security. And it is our development experts who put another face on American power, who are trying to deliver, as we speak, aid to 12 million people in the Horn of Africa who are facing famine and starvation."

In recognition of World Humanitarian Day, Secretary Clinton honored aid workers who make a difference around the world, including in the Horn of Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg spotlighted 100 ways one can help the people affected by the crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Meanwhile, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships Jim Thompson highlighted a new initiative in which one can help identify innovations that have the potential to transform current energy systems and help support a more sustainable future.

Under the auspices of another Global Partnership Initiative, the United States is helping to combat the dangers of unclean cookstoves. Exposure to smoke from unclean cookstoves causes nearly two million premature deaths annually and is a major contributor to preventable noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as chronic respiratory illnesses and lung cancer. NCDs kill over 35 million people worldwide each year. The enormous challenges posed by NCDs will frame a high-level meeting at this year's UN General Assembly in September.

In other health news, the United States is partnering with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay at both the government to government and investigator levels to fight breast cancer. The United States is also working to advance infant and maternal health in Pakistan, where fewer than 40 percent of women receive skilled medical care during childbirth. To address this issue, USAID is supporting the renovation of women's hospitals across Pakistan.

Tragically, on August 19, 2011, terrorists attacked worshipers gathered at a mosque during Friday prayers in northwest Pakistan. Secretary Clinton said the attack "underscores the brutality of those who would target civilians during a time of celebration and reflection for Muslims throughout the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones affected by this deplorable violence."

As the week came to a close, Iranian authorities sentenced detained Americans Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal to eight years in prison. Secretary Clinton said, "We continue to call and work for their immediate release -- it is time for them to return home and be reunited with their families. I join President Obama and the people of the United States in expressing our unflagging support for Shane, Joshua, Sarah and their families during this difficult time."

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 22, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Welcome back Luke,

Got's your weekend wrap-up raiht-hear-ya'll, brouhght to all yoos Dipnoteted wonderkind, wonderin' what up wit the citizens of the world...stublin' bumblin' mob of freedom lovin' slobs... we be not slaves to circumstance....trending between mild mannered mediocrity and sublime gratuity grasping anticipated miracles great and glory be!

Foreign affairs be all about the endless possibilities inherant in these human conditions.

Well now folks it seems that congratulations are in order...'cause with a little help from their friends the Lybian people have successfully engaged in regime replacement therapy.

And the therapy starts now as the people rejoice in Tripoli.

For Ghaddafi, it's all over but the cryin'....in a hidy hole somewhere.

Now I know you'all diplomatic folk from the Sec. on down are just tickled pick by this and so am I because it validates US policy and proves my point been carrying on with for my entire tenure commenting on this blog.

"Regime change" is an often misunderstood notion, not accurate in description and often misinterpreted with a lot of "political crap" attached to the phraseology when it gets used by folks in the media and such.

See here now...doesn't "regime replacement therapy" have a nice ring to it?

What else would you call this policy where the US gov. along with the willing helps a people kick their oppressors out of Dodge, Luke?

"Whatchamaycallit"?

(chuckle)

I don't think the press would quite take to that.

LOL!

So please pass my best regards on to folks @ State/USAID because now the hard work of nation building begins for them as partners with the Lybian people.

Wouldn't do to let either the victors or the vanquished sleep in the rubble.

Now I know the President has said that we need to do nation building here at home, and jobs are job#1 on his agenda....but I maintain that we can do both here and abroad so long as we're exporting the raw building materials and tools for folks to do that with.

The lumber, sheetrock, and all the rest...paid for by Ghaddafi's frozen assets returned to the Lybian people, and bought at reasonable rates from us in a true 50/50 economic partnership to repair the physical damage done by Ghaddafi and by the people tearing down the regime to build anew.

We ought to be able to put 50,000 Americans to work here at home over the next few years if we do this right.

'Ol Newt G. had his "Contract with America" but he don't have nearly the vision I do in all of its worldly manifestations.

(chuckle)

Let's show the Syrian people what they can look forward to from us seein' as how Assad's next on our to-do list, now that "...or get out of the way." has become "get gone!" in so many choice words.

Wonders never cease to be when there's never a dull moment on the planet and so with that said, have a nice week!

EJ

brown97
August 22, 2011

W.W. writes:

Assad and the Syrian case:

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool--how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

across28
August 22, 2011

W.W. writes:

@ Mrs Secretary, Eric, world leaders, Audience

we all must move faster cos the globe is moving fatser then any form of comunication and events occurring

CHANGE current corrupted system and current financial western financial regime working to restore democracy and freedom for any single individual on this planet.

I personally invite you all to review any single speech of President Obama and get his message as an executive order and consequently I invite you to act and lead right away to have his vision coming to fruition.

I want to see a nation that chooses a leader executing what his leader order to his nation right away

I want to see a nation that gather and in one voice, in one spirit propose itself to the globe.

I want you to be United cos the challenge we all are going to be facing are not even thought and understandable from the human mind

John P.
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Greece
August 22, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico

… Time was passing. Somebody could become skeptical, but I was so sure about your analysis.

As you wisely wrote at the beginning of the story: Ghaddafi ENDs!

Maybe it’s a 24-48 hours, maybe 56, before the final “confirm” of the “Ghaddafi political stupidity”, but I’m sure that you were/are right!

Now I can predict it (LOL)!

It’s a question of time to get out of his hidy hole…

Dead or Alive, as he decided.

THE END of a Regime.

THE START of a free Nation!

(and you’re also right; America must help with any kind of help)

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 23, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ John in Greece,

If memory serves, this is the first thing I said on the Libyan issue and for whatever gut instict may been worth at the time to the US gov, this ought to prove its worth today...though I never promised them "dry analysis" by any stretch...what I do tends to be more accurate than most analysis they pay folks big bucks to give them.

It is what it is...

Best,

EJ

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Eric in New Mexico writes:

Crater a few military runways and tell the Lybian airforce to go home and take care of their mothers?

There's an idea...get you a "no-fly" zone for about a month that way, easy. If there's anything left for them to fly after that, more precicely.

The question is will their mothers let them back in the house after bombing the people?

I think it's all but a moot point, Ghadaffi will likely endure the same fate as Mussolini at the hands of his people, for his crimes committed upon them.

And he'll have only himself to blame if he be hung on a meathook like a side of beef.

Maybe once a terrorist, always a terrorist?

Like serial killers I guess, sometimes they take a break for a few years and then go back at it.

Well I remember telling a fellow dipnote blogger awhile back that there was a lot of mental illness on the world stage.

I guess I don't need anyone to second that opinion as it's patently obvious that the criminally insane are doing their thing.

@ PJ Crowley, Assist Sec. of State- Public Affairs

How about we just put a screeching halt to it PJ? Talkin's not doing, and the other guy ain't listening, so let's all get busy as democracies on this planet and tap dance on Ghaddafi's head...might wake the boy up.

Or we could simply have him for batting practice at spring training this year courtesy of the entire RED SOX NATION.

I mean with all due respect for life, limb and property and all...words alone, I don't think will cut it when you need a scalple to perform the lobotomy.

See, this is a another real good example of why the world can no longer afford to put up with tyrants and dictators for another second.

And I would suggest to you without speculation sir, that "the war on terror" has actually entered a new universal understanding thereby.

Looks like the people are winning, but at a very high price.

EJ

Posted on Mon Feb 21, 2011

"http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/situation_in_libya"

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palgye
|
South Korea
August 25, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Saddest News.

Apple already six wolkke Samsung gaelreoksitaep knew that Germany plans to start selling Samsung flip side if you prove that you can ban the sale revealed a decision to resolve, leaving the last opportunity.
"http://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?articleid=2011082520..."

German court ruling on the tab of the Galaxy-nokia deeply concerned about the world so that I could deny the flow of the crash, but Samsung is working as much as possible, and its efforts to provide jobs for young people in South Korea, and their purchasing power in Asia maintain economic sikyeoseo the world economy in crisis, how to avoid the worst of the crisis is one I think.

Today I bought the i-phone. However, the White House and State Department because of worries about the compatibility of the blog page, never doubt for the Galaxy on your phone or I do not think Samsung is for the aversion.

Business IT Solution sectors in Korea and weapons of war are still in the field, in the United States believe that the vast majority rely on. car? Nike clothes and shoes on the road today, I am facing people with a hit. Yireonhan, during periods of reduced production and consumption in South Korea, the United States must also think of the disadvantages. Korea also exports to the U.S. a lot, but .....

80% of the products produced in South Korea is a country exports. German court ruling, but if your skills, enough to persuade Germany to please think of the possibilities. Samsung employees, not partners of Hyundai Steel, Korea is in the truck driving man.

Will think that was a long time ago.

In 2009, China produced a tire when it tries to impose tariffs in retaliation for, I strongly disagree with the President of the United States and spoke 2010 years ago .... remember the derived results in

Give us a chance.

Thank You but Sad.

PS

Sony`s lobby?

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