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Showing posts with label Hillary Clinton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hillary Clinton. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Somalia Asks Kerry for Immunity for Alleged War Criminal in U.S.

In one of its first acts since being granted diplomatic recognition by the United States,  the new government of Somalia wants the Obama administration to shield a former general and prime minister from a suit that found him responsible for atrocities a quarter century ago.

During the 1980s, Gen. Mohamed Ali Samantar commanded military forces that carried out a brutal repression of the Isaaq people in northern Somalia, including countless atrocities, according to the Center for Justice and Accountability, a San Francisco-based human rights group.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney's 3 am Phone Call

Arguably the most memorable political ad during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for the White House was the “3 AM phone call.” 

“It’s 3 am and your children are safe and asleep.  But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders. Knows the military. Someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world ... Who do you want answering the phone?”

If the last 36 hours are any guide, you don’t want Mitt Romney answering that phone. In fact, you don’t want him anywhere near the White House situation room, ever.

You do want Barack Obama picking up that phone. For if Obama’s surprising performance over the past three-plus years as commander in chief is any guide, he’s calm, cool, collected--and effective--in a crisis, no matter what you think of his domestic policies or drone strikes.

Romney, in contrast, is an excitable lad. He’s exactly what you don’t want in a commander-in-chief, which is to say, he’s impetuous, not to mention shallow.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fallen diplomats honored in State Department ceremony

The more than 200 State Department employees who have died in the line of duty were honored Friday in a solemn ceremony led by the department’s number two official, James B. Steinberg.



The ceremony marked the addition of a 235th name to a plaque sponsored by the American Foreign Service Association in the department’s lobby. Eugene F. Sullivan, who worked for the State Department’s Agency for International Development, or USAID, died of blackwater fever in Ethiopia in 1973.