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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response on religious freedom, freedom of speech and diplomacy

Note that her remarks are grounded in constitutional principles and traditional American values.

 

I share her opinion that there is something cynical and intentionally provoking about the video. I don’t think I am treading into tin foil hat territory when I say that the timing, coming right after the Democratic convention when the nomination is set, is very suspicious.  The video also highlights a particular obsession among the Fox News set- pedophilia.  That combined with negative sentiment about Islam makes it particularly volatile.  I think this puts Obama in a tight spot but it is a spot of his own making.  In the weeks leading up to the election, he has to be careful not to alienate the religious voters that he has taken pains to court recently, going so far as to override the sentiments of half of the delegates at the convention when religion was reinserted into the platform.  He also has to be careful not to undermine his own foreign policy.  It will only give speculators an excuse to increase gas prices and unnecessarily destabilize an already unstable situation in the middle east. In a way, having Hillary there to deliver this message and take the blow is good for him.  Another Clinton helps Obama out, with little thanks, I’m betting.

I wouldn’t put the blame on the Republicans without proof that they were up to something.  But given their willingness to blow up the financial markets last year over the debt ceiling, I can’t rule out such a reckless move in order to discredit Obama.

Never underestimate the Republicans.  They play to win.  And despite what the loyal Democrats might think, Obama is especially vulnerable.

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22 Responses

  1. Why isn’t she President? None of us will ever get over that.

    • She isn’t Prez for several reasons, but I think an overlooked one is that some of the Malefactors Of Great Wealth who engineered Obummer’s rigged nomination “victory” may also have been members, and/or had valued subordinates who were members, of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy who made her life, and her Big Dawg’s life, a variety of hell before and during Bill’s presidency.

      They knew if Hillary won the nomination, she would breeze through to win in the general election, because the Chimperial Cheney Assministration had screwed the whole kennel of pooches, in positions Dr. Ruth never heard of. A President Hillary might at least be tempted to take those “unitary executive” powers Baby Bush acquired after the 9/11 attacks and get medieval on the VRWC’s asses. :twisted:

      So, at least some of the MOGW had to make sure she did not become Prez to save their own sorry hides.

      I know I would have enjoyed seeing Hillary do her best impression of the Eumenides. :twisted:

      • {{snort!}}. The Eumenides! You are a man after my own heart. The Oresteia is my favorite set of Greek plays.

    • More people every day ask themselves the same question as she just keeps on doing her job right and outshining the boss.

  2. Also she looks exhausted. I feel for her. Worked to death, like a slave. Most tail end BBoom females can relate. I read a study about how for white women it had been hell since the 70’s. Of all the groups of women we didn’t fare well at all. Not at all.

    • Hillary can do her job. She can do Obama’s job. But she cannot do both at the same time. She is only human and there are only 24 hours in a day. But she works and works while Obama goes to fundraisers and hangs out with his celebrity pals. And let’s not forget that Hillary just came home from her Asian trip a few days ago.

    • Interesting. I was overloaded with contradictory expectations in several dimensions and eventually dealt with it by punting and emigrating. I know that we get no respect at all, and I\’m tired of it and not accepting any excuses for it.

  3. The last Obummer-focused thread is closed, so I’ll need to post this Dave Barry column here.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/03/2983588/can-joe-biden-possibly-compete.html

    My favorite line:

    “[Obama in 2008] was a superstar who exuded world-class celebrity glamour, the kind you saw with JFK or the Beatles; whereas today, after three and a half years in office, he is more in the William Shatner bracket.” :lol:

  4. Hamfast Ruddyneck, I recently saw William Shatner’s one-man show. He’s head and shoulders above Obama in charisma and in competence in his chosen profession. Barry insults Shatner with the comparison.

    RD, it appears that the creators and purveyors of the video were Evangelicals. If so, of course it’s release was timed to cause Obama the most trouble possible.

    • On Cannonfire (links to site in both left and right columns of TC), Joe has been exploring the possibility that the ultimate prime mover behind the video is the “intelligence” service of a certain nasty Middle Eastern wannabe imperial power, which exercises inordinate influence on USAmerican foreign policy. I’m not saying its name because IIRC, Spammy is sensitive to the name.

      • I forgot to add that the nasty little country wants the US to destroy Iran for them, and its leader Nuttyyahoo thinks Richie Retch is more likely to do that than Obummer is.

    • Oh, and I’ve been a Trekkie since childhood. I love Shatner, though let’s face it, the man can’t sing, and he’s a prize ham.

      Live long and prosper. :mrgreen:

  5. I am concerned-not in a trollish-way.
    Losing an Ambassador like that must break her heart.

    • I’m always aware of her worldview. She is grounded. I have no idea where Obama is coming from.

    • It must suck to be her right now. Some prick creates a worldwide mess and she has to clean it up.

      • And she’s the most responsible, reliable person in publc life that I’ve ever seen.
        I call HRC my mid century classic.
        The real deal.

  6. Since I obliquely referred to this “masterpiece” above.

  7. Good message but she is a terrible speaker, flat delivery, a lot of “uh’s” and a distracting amount of lip smacking noises

    • That’s only for the first minute or two. After that she hits her stride.
      In any case, I’d rather hear someone speak in clear, concise sentences with fully formed thoughts than be fooled by an endless string of prepositional phrases and no point.

  8. ( I am currently at a computer of some limited capabilities).

    One blog I read very regularly, Pat Lang’s Sic Semper Tyrannis, has been discussing this nasty film/nasty trailer re-dub re-overdub/ anti-embassy violence affair in painstaking detail over the last few days. Some of Pat Lang’s commenters in particular have been discussing in detail the possibility of involvement by whom: Israel? Radical Christians (Armaggedonites and Dominionists and so forth)?
    al Quaeda false-flaggers themselves to create mob-violence cover from which to launch a terrorist attack? It seems to me that every possible possibility is being cussed and discussed.

    I would note that Sic Semper Tyrannis still has Riverdaughter’s vote of confidence as a blog worth blogrolling on general principles. So perhaps fellow readers might find iit’s last few days of output worth a slow and careful review.

    As an aside, I see that Colonel Lang has offered a (perhaps tongue-in-cheek?) prediction about who will win Election 2012. Colonel Lang predicts that Obama will win. He offers it as a comment in one of the threads, not as a stand-alone post. Since the predictive power of a theoretical framework is revealed in predictions correctly made, and since naming the predicted-winner of a Presidential Election is certainly “a definite prediction”; we get to test the power of Colonel Lang’s theoretical framework in this case. And since the bloggers at The Crawdad Hole have been predicting that Romney will win, we will get to observe the predictive power of their theoretical framework as well. Which blog gets it right?

    As for myself, I will be voting for ABOOR. That’s an acronym I got from a Naked Capitalism commenter which stands for Anyone But Obama Or Romney.

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