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  • State Department senior ranks being depleted at 'dizzying speed'

    11/08/2017 9:19:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 8, 2017 | By CONOR FINNEGAN
    The U.S.’s ranks of diplomats are losing key leaders at a “dizzying speed” as the State Department struggles to recruit talent amid a hiring freeze and sinking morale in the Trump administration, according to a new letter from a top ambassador. Sixty percent of the agency’s career ambassadors, the highest rank for diplomats, have retired or quit since January. Nearly half of career ministers — the next level down and equivalent to the military’s three-star generals — are gone too, down to 19 from 33. The next-level minister counselors have seen their numbers drop by 62 diplomats since Labor Day...
  • Tillerson: A calm and cautious voice for a volatile foreign policy messenger

    08/13/2017 3:42:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 13, 2017 | Guy Taylor
    President Trump is in front of the rhetorical brinkmanship with North Korea, but it’s Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson who has the tough behind-the-scenes role of managing fallout from the administration’s first genuine international crisis, sparked by reports that Pyongyang may now have a nuclear bomb small enough to fit on a missile that could hit the U.S. mainland. The standoff is a defining moment for America’s top diplomat six months into his tenure at Foggy Bottom. Meanwhile, many key leadership posts — including ambassador to South Korea — remain unfilled, fears of budget cuts and reorganizations are high,...
  • State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’ Against Christians

    07/25/2017 7:27:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 25, 2017 | Susan Crabtree
    State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’ Against Christians, Other Religious Minorities.. full title. ... Obama holdovers in State Department's legal office are responsible, critics say. The State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies. Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump's pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan...
  • State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’ Against Christians

    07/26/2017 8:43:18 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 25, 2017 | Susan Crabtree
    Obama holdovers in State Department's legal office are responsible, critics say The State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies. Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump's pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan support. These efforts guarantee that Obama-era policies that worked to exclude Iraq's Christian and other minority...
  • The Latest Rundown on the Mike Flynn Deep State Hit Job

    02/15/2017 6:01:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 15, 2017 | Patrick Poole
    Obama officials and the establishment media continue to wave the scalp of resigned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, trying to squeeze every last drop of anti-Trump narrative from the matter.As I had said privately, Flynn was not long for remaining as NSA. It's not because he's a bad guy, and accusations that he was compromised by Russian intelligence are as absurd as the Trump dossier BuzzFeed published last month. It's just that Flynn wasn't ready for prime time; hopefully his replacement will be.So here's the latest.The New York Times published a report last night claiming "Trump associates" had repeated contacts with...
  • REPOST: Anticipating Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State…

    12/13/2016 2:23:53 AM PST · by Bratch · 17 replies
    The Last Refuge/Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2016 | sundance
    According to almost every media report, President-elect Donald Trump has selected Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as the nominee for Secretary of State.  The announcement is anticipated to take place this morning.  Here’s our previous outline anticipating T-Rex: It has also been reported that former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, would be utilized as Tillerson’s deputy at the State Department. Suffice to say, anyone who has followed politics for any substantive amount of time knows the inherent issue with an operational entity, The U.S. State Department, whose entire mission has been at the epicenter of left-wing globalist advocacy. If...
  • More than 50 State Dept. officials want strikes on Assad

    06/17/2016 7:42:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | June 17, 2016
    More than 50 State Dept. officials want strikes on Assad Fifty-one State Department officials have signed an internal memo calling for the U.S. to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to force regime change in the country. Signed by officials working on U.S. Syria policy, the "dissent channel cable" makes repeated references to "targeted military strikes" against the Damascus government, according to multiple reports published on Thursday. “Failure to stem Assad’s flagrant abuses will only bolster the ideological appeal of groups such as ISIL, even as they endure tactical setbacks on the battlefield,” the cable...
  • Not a Gun, but a Smoking Crater

    02/21/2016 3:27:02 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 20 replies
    Freep | 2/21/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    The Smoking Crater, of our once precious civil liberties, from Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State: The Government will be just a department of her personal corruption proprietorship. Any assets owned by the people of the United States will be for sale to the highest bidder.
  • 5 scandals that could undo Obama's re-election bid (Flashback April 19, 2012)

    05/22/2013 7:41:11 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    This Week ^ | April 19, 2012 | The Week Staff
    "For the most part, the Obama administration has successfully avoided bad publicity, but it's now being faced with a string of scandals at the worst possible time" The Obama administration has largely been heralded as the most scandal-free in modern history. But now, right in the middle of an election year, President Obama is being saddled with a string of embarrassing — and potentially damaging — incidents. Most recently, The Los Angeles Times released photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the corpses of Afghan insurgents. While the revelation was deeply troubling, that scandal has mostly reflected poorly on the military....
  • The History of MPAC

    08/08/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | 07AUG12 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda operatives slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans in an operation that marked the second major attack by violent jihadists against the World Trade Center. There wasn’t much mystery about who had carried out these atrocities — unless you were Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Marayati warned Americans not to conclude that the suicide hijacking attacks were the work of Muslim terrorists. “If we are going to look at suspects,” he told a Los Angeles radio station, “we should look at groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I...
  • Col David Hunt transcript: Real-Time Proof of Benghazi Negligence and Cover-up

    10/18/2012 3:22:56 PM PDT · by thouworm · 137 replies
    Howie Carr interview with Col David Hunt ^ | October 12, 2012 | Col David Hunt
    Fox military analyst Col. David Hunt checked in with us again after the revelation that there were multiple listening posts which heard the cries for help from the US Embassy in Libya, and none of them did anything.
  • NEW DETAILS: Former U.S. Ambassador Arrested For DUI, Hit And Run

    08/23/2012 6:45:39 PM PDT · by IYellAtMyTV · 6 replies
    KHQ-TV ^ | 08-23-12 | KHQ-TV
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, was twice the legal limit when he side-swiped a semi-truck at an intersection in Spokane Valley on August 14, according to Trooper Troy Briggs with the Washington State Patrol. Crocker, 63, who's from Spokane, was arrested for DUI and hit and run after a collision with the semi at the intersection of Sprague Ave. and Pines Road at 2:05p.m. Crocker's blood alcohol content (BAC) was .160 and .152 following two breathalyzer tests. The legal limit in Washington is .08.
  • Clinton: Budget Cuts Could Undermine US Influence

    03/04/2011 1:58:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    VOA News ^ | 03/02/11
    Clinton: Budget Cuts Could Undermine US Influence VOA News March 02, 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says cutting funding for State Department programs could upset America's strategic interests around the world. Speaking to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday, Clinton objected to cuts that would eliminate funding for the Asia Pacific region, where she said the U.S. is in competition with China for energy projects.
  • Unprecedented : Clinton convenes mass meeting of US ambassadors

    01/31/2011 1:36:13 AM PST · by sunmars · 258 replies
    AP ^ | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is convening an unprecedented mass meeting of U.S. ambassadors.</p>
  • (Hillary) Clinton heads to Haiti to mediate political crisis

    01/30/2011 4:27:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 30, 2010
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is flying to Haiti to mediate in a political crisis there while other administration officials are keeping watch on violent protests halfway across the world in Egypt. Clinton will meet Sunday with President Rene Preval and the three candidates vying to succeed him during her visit. She will also see a treatment center for the cholera epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people.
  • Clinton best ever Secretary of State: Obama

    12/13/2010 10:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | December 14, 2010
    There is a growing bipartisan consensus that Hillary Clinton is the best ever Secretary of State, US President Barack Obama has said. His decision to appoint Clinton as the Secretary of State was one of his better decisions, the US President has said. Obama who made a rare appearance at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department to attend the holiday reception party hosted by the Washington's vibrant diplomatic community by Clinton said, "I think there's a consensus building that this may be one of the best Secretaries of State we've ever had in this country’s history." "One of...
  • US State Dept: Israel "can't be found and may have moved"

    03/31/2010 8:55:16 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies · 1,203+ views
    Atlas Shuggs ^ | 3-31-2010 | Pamela Geller
    While visiting the State Department's official website, curious to see if Hillary or Obama would post a Good Friday/Passover message to the Jewish community, as he is so fond of recognizing other foreign national holidays, I clicked onto the "Countries & Regions" tab at the top, a list of search options drop down, the first is the "A-Z List of Countries and Regions." I clicked on it, then clicked 'I' for Israel. It took a while, then came the headline: "We’re sorry. That page can’t be found and may have moved" IN BOLD RED LETTERS. So, I then clicked on...
  • Foggy Bottom's Man in Baghdad

    03/14/2010 8:54:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 336+ views
    Pundicity/Michael Rubin ^ | Mar. 13, 2010 | Michael Rubin
    Before Iraq's first election in January 2005, the Bush administration debated whether to support any particular candidate. The Central Intelligence Agency wanted to funnel $20 million to its longtime favorite Ayad Allawi, who was then serving as prime minister in a U.S.-appointed government. But Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's top foreign policy adviser, argued that the U.S. should create a level playing-field and let the chips fall where they may. Ms. Rice won the day. And so did the United Iraqi Alliance, an alliance of Shiite parties led first by Ibrahim Jaafari and, after subsequent elections that year, by Nouri al-Maliki,...
  • Clinton: US has no plan for military action against Iran(Incorrigible 0bama administation)

    02/17/2010 4:34:09 PM PST · by Tigen · 24 replies · 512+ views
    YNET ^ | 2-17-10
    US secretary of state says her country focusing on trying to change Iranian behavior, not planning anything other than sanctions US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her country has no plan for military action against Iran over its nuclear program, in a television interview broadcast on Wednesday. "Obviously, we don't want Iran to become a nuclear weapons power, but we are not planning anything other than going for sanctions," she told al-Arabiya television.
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK ( Harold Koh )

    05/03/2009 2:15:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 833+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | March 30, 2009 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh. President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. Koh. He's a fan of "transnational legal process," arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish. If Canada, the...