Secretary Clinton Meets With Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 5, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird at the Department of State on August 4, 2011. After their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:

"...I want to express, on behalf of myself and certainly our government, our appreciation for your friendship to the United States. We also are aware of how well known you are for your candor and your ability to cut to the heart of any issue. That was most welcome in our meeting today, and we were able to cover many of our shared goals and commitments.

"We are bound together in so many obvious ways, of geography and commerce, culture, values, but it is worth noting that 300,000 people and $1.7 billion in goods and services cross our border every single day. So as close neighbors who work, trade, and interact with one another, we are seeking ways to create jobs for our own citizens, Canadians and Americans alike. Therefore, it's critical that we ensure our border remains a safe, vibrant connector of people, trade, and energy. And today, the minister and I discussed other ways to expand trade and investment; for example, by reducing unnecessary regulations that get in the way of our businesses doing business.

"We also discussed our joint efforts to expand security around the world. I am greatly appreciative of Canada's contributions in Afghanistan, where Canadian soldiers have suffered some of the highest casualty rates of any coalition partner. And Canada continues to help the Afghan people take responsibility for their own security.

"We also appreciate Canada's contribution to enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1973 in Libya. And I was very interested in hearing Minister Baird's impressions from his recent trip to Benghazi.

"We also talked about how Canada and the United States can expand our cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere by leveraging our resources to support economic development, citizens' safety, and good governance with our neighbors to the south.

"Prime Minister Harper has long emphasized his intentions to expand Canada's engagement in the Americas and the Caribbean, and Canada showed its extraordinary commitment to the people of Haiti in its great outpouring of relief following the earthquake. And there's much we can do to make sure that our borders to the south are secure, and that means helping Central American countries strengthen their policing and rule of law and reducing corruption. This is -- these are areas where Canada's expertise can make a real difference.

"So among the many things we discussed, those are some of the issues that we are working on, but our work continues. I am grateful for the minister's strong commitment to our robust alliance and our unwavering friendship, and I look forward to continuing our work together."

You can read the Secretary's full remarks with the Foreign Minister here.



New Mexico, USA
August 5, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Having read the full remarks (twice), I gotta say that Al-shebab can rest easy knowing they can carry on terrorizing and holding hostage aid, and the local population from leaving to attain it without fear of military intervention being "contemplated" on the part of the US or Canada, because the fear of failure instilled in both the Canadian and American governments last century.

How utterly pathetic.

Sec Clinton said she's "of the school that action speaks louder than words"...well ok loud do the non-action contained in these words speak to terrorists?

I'd say they just got given hope and permission to siphon off as much aid as they want to from starving populations.

What we have here folks is not a relaxing of sanctions to allow aid in, but a policy of appeasement and material support for terror, by nations at war with extremists who perfer terror to "behavior change"...while both hope al-shebab will change its ways, living in a fantasy policy that only condems populations to starvation and ngo's to all the ills terrorist are willing to beset upon them for having tried to deliver aid to those who need it.

While it may be true there's more than enough weork for them to do in areas outside al-shebab's control, the core of the problem both from a humanitarian, environmental, and sociological standpoint lies within their boundaries of control and the Sec. of State damned well knows this.

Yes you have an urgent situation requiring aid be delivered, yet to do nothing about al-shebab in the process is a deriliction of duty and that's just the undeniable truth of the matter.

You have a choice, one to take a long-term approach to creating anb environment where ultimately refugees can return to rebuild their lives in peace, or failing can watch as this entire region becomes more and more unstable in crisis and human misery to the point it becomes flat uninhabitable to all but terrorists.

I appreciate the fact that my President has no desire to commit US forces to waging war in a new theater under his watch while trying to end our involvement in other theaters of war in Iraq and Aghanistan, and I don't think that's for political reasons to get reelected, he just doesn't want that on his concionce or have it be his legacy in office.

Well, by inaction he's setting himself up for another kind of legacy, one he may at the end of his term very much regret do to the numbers of lives lost around the world.

Better then for him to sieze the moment and do what he thinks is right come hell or high water, because the Secretary is right about one thing, actions speak louder than words, and he can rest easy knowing he at least tried to follow up on them with concerted actions to safeguard populations.

Fear of failure is no excuse for not trying at all to get a military solution to change the dynamics of human suffering to that of hope for millions upon millions affected by terrorism, drought, and famine.


South Korea
August 8, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Possibility of economic thought of as impeachment, but I embarked on a new Noah's Ark is an animal?

For a while, while watching the direction of the river flowing, you should respect the decision of the idea, but the hunger in poor countries in Africa and believe that the need to solve.

Syrian-cuuting food and water
Somalia - direct intervention is absolutely the opposite. Subsumed by the forces in Somalia, a country must be accessible knob to believe that the unification.

So, my question is, how do I fix?

August 8, 2011

W.W. writes:

The king of England must lead the united states incapable to avoid corruption

British back leading in the US please . New Independence for America from current leaders

New Mexico, USA
August 8, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:


I always thought you were one of a kind my friend, so how did you get a ticket on Noah's Ark?...(chuckle).

We may need a sociological earthquake to make that river run uphill in reverse now that you inspire me to think about it.

To intervene or not to intervene, that is not the question. But by knowing the why this didn't need to happen, one figures out the how it needs to happen now.

On the downgraded side of life, you have terrorists and ethical infants vs. diplomats and good samaritans.

We could ask S&P to reconsider their accounting or simply bill China ten trillion to get the message across to them that causing the US security problems and shipping arms to genocidal dictators is not acceptable.
I seek only change we can live with.

I suppose we could go back to the year zero, before Nixon ever visited, and that would be no zero-sum game my friend if we did, but a result of ethical infant's political stupidity, not our fiscal irresponsibility.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and my government can't seem to tell me why such an elegant solution wouldn't work, even though I've challenged one and all to do so publicly.
It is not a method of isolation, but one of humanitarian realization.

The status quo sure doesn't help the folks in Darfur or Southern Kordofan from Bashir's intent, nor peace on the peninsula you call home until we do give China such a firm and clear choice how to be to reach the future we both claim to seek in prosperity.

As one fine American put it;

- "Be still sad heart and cease repining;
Behind the clouds the sun is shining,
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life a little rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary."

(to end a drought that may be a prerequisite)


- " We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."

-H. W. Longfellow got that right.



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