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Hillary, our Bravest and our Best –

In fabulous women, healing, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton on June 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

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No- She is not back on the job but she is doing her job from home. Here she is Monday morning in conference with Obama after the surgery Friday reconstructing her elbow. From what we’ve been told, she’s had a rod and several pins inserted in her arm stabilizing the fracture keeping it in position during the healing process.

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This particular injury is very painful due to the location of the fracture. As it is at the flex point between the long bone of the arm and the shorter bone of the upper arm joined together by the elbow allowing the bending.

My advise: take enough painkillers to make yourself comfortable, Hillary. Enduring unrelenting pain is not an Rx for recovery. The break is stressful enough. God bless and heal quickly-

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“The secretary was in the office this (Monday) morning. She attended her morning staff meetings,” Kelly said. “She’s already made a few phone calls. She made a bunch of phone calls over the weekend, as well.”


Kelly said she has some mobility issues because there’s a “big cast” on her arm and its in a sling.


“And she’s a right-hander, so … she’s got some dexterity and mobility issues,” the spokesman said. “But she was on top of her game this morning.”

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Hillary Clinton undergoes successful surgery: official

In Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton on June 21, 2009 at 1:28 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton early Friday underwent “successful surgery” to repair her broken right elbow and she is expected to make a full recovery, a top aide said.

Clinton, who is right handed, returned to her home in Washington after the two-hour surgery at a Washington hospital and will rest there with her family during the weekend, her chief of staff Cheryl D. Mills said in a statement.

Her husband Bill Clinton, the former president, and their daughter Chelsea joined her late Wednesday after she fell in the State Department basement as she headed to her car for a meeting at the White House, officials said.

Decisions about her schedule and plans for travel to Europe this week will be made in the coming days, Mills added.

She is due at a meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrial countries in Trieste, Italy and talks of the Organization of Security and Cooperation on the Greek island of Corfu.

“Her doctors at The George Washington University Hospital have advised her that they expect her to make a full recovery without lasting damage to her arm,” the statement said.

“She, president Clinton, and Chelsea are grateful for the many prayers and messages of good will they have received these past few days,” Mills said.

The three expressed appreciation for the “excellent care” provided by the medical team, her statement added.

Secretary of State Clinton injured in fall, fractures elbow..

In Global News, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Washington on June 18, 2009 at 4:40 am

GET WELL SOON, HILLARY!

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell down on her way to the White House late Wednesday afternoon, fracturing her right elbow, her Counselor and Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills said in a statement issued shortly before midnight.

Clinton was treated at The George Washington University Hospital before going home.

She will undergo surgery to repair the damage next week, the statement said.

“I realized today that I’d be a happier person if Hillary Clinton were president,” a financial contributor to National Review Online wrote last week. “

In fabulous women, foreign policy, Global News, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Politics, Smart Power, Woman of the Year on June 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm

The Good Soldier: Hillary Clinton As Secretary of State

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How is Hillary Clinton doing as secretary of State?

Two recent quotes tell you all you need to know.

On May 27, frustrated by unusually tough going U.S. opposition to Israeli settlements on the West Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu complained, “What the hell do they want from me?” They: Clinton and Barack Obama.

A couple of months earlier, Colin Powell, asked to comment on Clinton’s attempt to redirect American foreign policy toward diplomacy and foreign aid, said: “We all know we ought to be moving in this direction, but it takes money.” We: Clinton, Powell, and the foreign-policy establishment.

Just over a year ago, Clinton was bottoming out in her doomed presidential race, telling reporters she was soldiering on against Obama because, after all, “we all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.” Now, she has turned herself into Obama’s greatest asset, on Capitol Hill as much as around the world, in fashioning a national-security policy that has closed off all policy differences between the former Democratic rivals, co-opted many Republicans, and left the rest of the administration’s opponents astoundingly marginalized.

On the inside, Clinton has steadily accumulated power while expending hardly any political capital. For one thing, she has stirred an effective mix of politicos and diplomats into the top tiers of the State Department. Hillary has Cheryl Mills, a lawyer best known for defending Bill Clinton during impeachment, running her staff. And she has divided the position of Deputy Secretary of State into two jobs: supersmart Jim Steinberg, who was deputy national security adviser under Bill Clinton but supported Obama in 2008, is her policy maven, while Jack Lew is her management chief. Lew helped Hillary secure a 10 percent increase in the State Department’s budget from Obama while Tim Geithner was still figuring out how to turn the lights on in his office.

Further, Clinton hasn’t made mistakes. There have been no Joe Biden–like gaffes, Tom Daschle–like embarrassments, or Judd Gregg–like turnarounds coming from Hillary. Or from her husband — these days, Bill Clinton would have us believe he spends his time shopping for trinkets, unable even to get Hillary on her cell phone.

Meanwhile, nobody else has developed an alternative foreign-policy power center within the administration. Obama likes Biden, but the vice-president is no match for Hillary in mano-a-mano bureaucratic combat. For example, Clinton favored sending 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan, while Biden opposed the move. The result: “She crushed him,” according to Republican Mark Kirk of Ilinois. At the same time, National Security Adviser Jim Jones has been an utter cipher; when Time’s Mark Halperin graded the Obama administration, he gave Hillary an A- (“significant, powerful, worldly, respected”), but had to give Jones an “incomplete.” And Obama’s presidential envoys, such as Richard Holbrooke in Afghanistan and Dennis Ross in Iran, are mostly old Clinton hands who aren’t about to usurp any authority from Hillary.

In public, Clinton has spent the last six months fundamentally realigning American foreign policy away from reliance on military force, toward what she calls (in a wise abandonment of the lefty academic phrase “soft power”) “smart power” — more diplomacy and international economic assistance. She has also been striving to ensure zero daylight between her and Obama on any issue, big or small, whatever positions she might have taken as a New York senator or presidential candidate. If Clinton minds toiling in Obama’s shadow, or representing her former rival as America’s best face to the world, she hasn’t shown it. With Hillary, it’s always hard to tell where duty stops and happiness begins, and her new job has brought out her cheerfulness and indefatigability at the same time; as she put it on her first trip to Asia, “Showing up is not all in life, but it counts for a lot.” And whether it’s laying down conditions for Cuba’s readmittance to the Organization of American States or appearing on the Indonesian teen variety show Awesome, Clinton has been showing up, albeit fairly quietly, all around the planet.

On April 23, Hillary smacked down Representative Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican who had tried to scold Obama for “warmly greeting” Hugo Chavez. “We spent the last eight years trying to isolate Chavez, and what has been the result?” Hillary replied. “We want your feedback, but President Obama won the election. He beat me in a primary, in which he put forth a different approach, and he is now our president.” Something similar happened last weekend, when she told George Stephanopoulos that Obama had passed the “3 a.m.” test that she had posed in the primaries. Clinton has become a master of selling Obama simply by stating her support for him. And conversely, by expressing that support as an act of volition, she is demonstrating her power, if not her independence.

The overall effect of Hillary’s efforts has been to bolster her reputation for being smart, effective, and a team player without associating her too strongly with the wrenching policy changes, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Obama has thrust himself far into the spotlight. And the results have been fairly amazing. Clinton’s approval ratings have been consistently above 70 percent — higher than Obama’s — with majority support even among Republicans. And media coverage has been orgiastic, probably peaking so far with Andrea Mitchell calling Clinton a “foreign-policy superstar” on the Today show. Even Obama probably never imagined how much mileage he and Clinton would be able to get out of their “kiss, make up, and go off to work around the globe” routine.

Finally, nobody has enabled Hillary’s rehabilitation like congressional Republicans and their talk-radio allies. Since Obama’s election, the neocons have doubled down on full-throated Cheneyism, pushing torture and preventive if not endless war. And from William Kristol and Newt Gingrich calling for an attack on North Korea to John Bolton wanting Israel to bomb Iran to Daniel Pipes saying, “I would vote for Ahmadinejad,” the leading lights of today’s GOP are pushing George H. W. Bush–type Republicans, such as Powell, Brent Scowcroft, and a large chunk of the country straight out of the Republican Party. There’s nothing but upside in that dynamic for Clinton: Already established in the public mind as less multi-culti and quite possibly tougher than Obama, she now also appears to be a sane, sober alternative to the crazies running the GOP.

And for the moment, the opposition doesn’t realize how much it should care. “I realized today that I’d be a happier person if Hillary Clinton were president,” a financial contributor to National Review Online wrote last week. “That scared me enough to make a donation.” Keep sending those $100 checks, pal, and your fantasy could still come true.
By: Peter Keating

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Clinton to visit Canada to mark environmental treaty

In Canada, Environmental Agreement, Global News, Madame Secretary Clinton on June 12, 2009 at 9:59 am

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit both the US and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty, US officials said.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Thursday that Clinton will meet Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon after the centennial celebration for what is touted as the world’s first environmental agreement.

Clinton, who will make her first trip to Canada as secretary of state, is due to join Cannon for a press briefing afterward, he added.

The official commemoration in both Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario is taking place on June 13, even though the treaty was signed on January 11, 2009.

“The treaty provides principles for Canada and the United States to follow in using the waters they share,” according to a Canadian government website.

“For example, both countries must agree to any project that would change the natural levels or flows of boundary waters,” it added.

“Far ahead of its time, the treaty states that waters shall not be polluted on either side of the boundary to the injury of health or property on the other side,” the website said.

With the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, around 40 percent of the US-Canadian boundary is water, according to the independent International Joint Commission set up by the treaty to prevent and resolve boundary disputes.

Hillary Clinton visits El Salvador

In fabulous women, foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton on June 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives military honors upon arrival at El Salvador International Airport on May 31.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives military honors upon arrival at El Salvador International Airport on May 31.

Clinton receives a gift from Salvadoran children in traditional dress upon disembarking from the airplane.

Clinton receives a gift from Salvadoran children in traditional dress upon disembarking from the airplane.

Clinton laughs as she participates in the "Pathways to Prosperity" meeting next to Ruben Morales, Guatemalan vice minister of economy, on May 31.

Clinton laughs as she participates in the "Pathways to Prosperity" meeting next to Ruben Morales, Guatemalan vice minister of economy, on May 31.

Pathways to Prosperity of the Americas.

Pathways to Prosperity of the Americas.

Pathways to Prosperity

Clinton participates in a meeting with members of the Vital Voices Global Partnership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Salvador on May 31.

Clinton participates in a meeting with members of the Vital Voices Global Partnership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Salvador on May 31.

Pic from March 20 2009 Trail Blazer Dinner

Pic from March 20 2009 Trail Blazer Dinner

Hillary and pretty women after 'Global Voices' meeting

Hillary and pretty women after 'Global Voices' meeting

New Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, left, takes the oath of office before the president of the legislature, Ciro Cruz, right, during his inauguration in San Salvador on June 1, while new first lady Vanda Pignato and former President Elías Antonio Saca, far left, and look on.

New Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, left, takes the oath of office before the president of the legislature, Ciro Cruz, right, during his inauguration in San Salvador on June 1, while new first lady Vanda Pignato and former President Elías Antonio Saca, far left, and look on.

(ht): photos courtesy of Foreign Policy Journal