by fairleft, Fri Feb 27, 2009 at 10:19:59 AM EST
It's nice when a U.S. Secretary of State gets pissed off at and does something about the flagrant inhumanity of the main recipient of U.S. foreign and military aid, Israel:
Clinton warns Israel over delays in Gaza aid
By Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents
February 27, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relayed messages to Israel in the past week expressing anger at obstacles Israel is placing to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. A leading political source in Jerusalem noted that senior Clinton aides have made it clear that the matter will be central to Clinton's planned visit to Israel next Tuesday.
Ahead of Clinton's visit, special U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is expected to issue a sharply worded protest on the same matter when he arrives here Thursday.
"Israel is not making enough effort to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza," senior U.S. officials told Israeli counterparts last week, and reiterated Washington's view by saying that "the U.S. expects Israel to meet its commitments on this matter."
Two weeks ago, four senior European Union officials sent a letter to the prime minister, foreign minister, defense minister and Yitzhak Herzog, the minister charged with humanitarian aid transfers to the Gaza Strip, protesting delays in the flow of aid through the crossings into Gaza. . . .
Now don't back down girl! Of course, the Israel Lobby quickly responded (and reported; WCBS doesn't allow readers to know what Clinton said that made seemingly 'everyone' so angry):
by skepticalbrotha, Sat Feb 07, 2009 at 06:21:46 AM EST
When a little birdie told me that the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder is reporting that the Obama Administration is vetting Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen for Secretary of Health and Human Services, my head exploded. I damn near stroked out, y'all. A diehard Hillarycrat, this is his transparent way of saying that we would have been better off with the Queen of Triangulation, and by extension, her approach to health care reform. I don't know if that's true, but if Barack Obama gives a mutha%$#*ing bastard like Phil Bredesen the reins of HHS, I do know we'll all wish we had been volunteer slaves on the Clintons neo-liberal plantation.
Placing Governor Bredesen in charge of the Administration's health care reform effort is analogous to giving a pedophile unfettered access to children. At least an establishment tool like Tom Daschle has a few scruples left; a capitalist pig like Phil Bredesen has none. It's my moral obligation to sound the alarm so that this capitalist piggy screams "wee, wee, wee," all the way home.
I know what you're thinking. "Damn, Skeptical Brotha has gone off his meds." If you must know, I ain't on no meds, at least not for that, but if I were, and I depended on Tennessee's Medicaid program, for example, an MF like Phil Bredesen would be rationing my sh*t to "2 name brand drugs and 3 generic prescription drugs monthly, the lowest in the country." This is done without any regard for the maladies people have or what doctors say their patients need. Thanks be to Gawd that my therapist thinks my depression is situational and not clinical. That is a conversation for another day and I need to stay on task.
by kosnomore, Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 08:58:08 AM EST
Moderate / centrist African American Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami was the first to declare for the open Florida U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Meek was a leading Clinton ally, and stuck with Hillary to the end. He's hired Clinton's deputy finance director in Florida, and his first fundraiser will feature Bill Clinton.
by Forgiven, Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 03:19:32 AM EST
As I have watched the early hours of the new Obama administration taking charge of the levers of power one thing is apparent. From the massive turnout at the inauguration to the overwhelming receptions being received by his cabinet it is clear that the most damage done by the Bush administration was not to the general public, although we were damaged severely but to the apparatus of government. For eight years the Bush administration worked to try and dismantle the government from the inside.
by Beltway Dem, Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 02:28:12 PM EST
The New York Times reports that Secretary Clinton, after sending letters to Vice President Biden and Governor Patterson resigning her Senate Seat, was sworn in at 5:29. The State Department web site confirms she has been sworn in.