Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hillary's Confirmation Hearing: Intervened in Government to Help Bill Make Money, Says Global Warming Will Lead to War, Will Make it Through With Ease

Whispering sweet nothings or just smelling his shampoo....Image from Reuters.


From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found.

The overlap of names on former President Bill Clinton's foundation donor list and business interests whose issues she championed raise new questions about potential ethics conflicts between her official actions and her husband's fundraising. The AP obtained three of the senator's government letters under the Freedom of Information Act.

And this:

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she intends to revitalize the mission of diplomacy in American foreign policy, calling for a "smart power" strategy in the Middle East and implicitly criticizing the Bush administration for having downgraded the role of arms control.

At a confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of state sailed smoothly through an array of non-contentious questions, signaling the likelihood that she will be confirmed swiftly. By the end of a morning session that lasted a little over three hours, Clinton appeared to have made no stumbles and encountered no challenges to her basic vision for foreign policy.

And from Reuters:

"The core of the problem is that foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state," said Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the panel's respected and centrist senior Republican.

"The only certain way to eliminate this risk going forward is for the Clinton Foundation to forswear new foreign contributions when Senator Clinton becomes secretary of state," Lugar said, although he also proposed a series of compromise steps that stopped short of a full cutoff of foreign funding.

And from AFP:

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Incoming President Barack Obama will lead "a global and coordinated response" toward combating climate change, secretary of state designate Hillary Clinton told a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Clinton told Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that he was among "the very first in a growing chorus from both parties to recognize that climate change is an unambiguous security threat.

"At the extreme it threatens our very existence but well before that point it could well incite new wars of an old kind over basic resources like food, water and arable land," Clinton said.

"President-elect Obama has said America must be a leader in developing and implementing a global and coordinated response to climate change," Clinton said.

"We will participate in the upcoming UN Copenhagen Climate Conference and a global energy forum," the 61-year-old senator told
the committee a week before Obama assumes office.

"And we will pursue an energy policy that reduces our carbon emissions while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and gas, fighting climate change and enhancing our economic and energy security," she said.

ConservativeXpress proudly endorses Ms. Clinton as the most qualified, least dangerous Obama appointee...

...and that's not saying much at all!

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