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Clinton sent a message to brutal dictators all over the world that they don't have to reform their ways to get on the good side of the Unites States, they just have to do what? What did Burma do to get this special treatment from the US? It seems that Clinton realized that she could not endlessly fly all over the world and pretend that Washington didn't exist, so she found a country to take on as a project, and it just happened to be a country just about as far away from Washington, DC, as you can get.
It would appear that one reason Clinton logged all those miles is that she simply didn't want to be in Washington. The secretary of state is a member of the Cabinet, and in most administrations is expected to spend some time in Washington to attend Cabinet meetings and testify before Congress about ambassadors being killed, advise the president about foreign affairs and all of that mundane stuff.
Clinton found a great way around all of that. She just got on her government plane and flew somewhere, anywhere. One of her aids said that on all those flights she took as secretary of state, Clinton spent a lot of time sleeping. So Clinton likes to sleep on planes.
It reminds me of when I was traveling around Europe with a Eurail pass. At night, if I didn't have anywhere to sleep, I'd just get on a train that wasn't crowded, take a compartment, fold the seats down and sleep for three or four hours. Get off the train and catch the next one going back and do the same thing. You can get great sleep on a train.
It sounds like Clinton did a similar thing. When Washington was too hot to handle she just got on her government-provided plane and, while the pilots flew her somewhere, she slept. I wonder how often she woke up and asked where they were and what she was supposed to do.
Northern Africa and the Middle East are certainly in more turmoil, and there are more factions fighting then when she arrived in office. She didn't solve any of the Congo's problems. In fact, other than opening the door to Burma, even The New York Times had trouble finding any accomplishments, other than logging a million miles, much of it sound asleep.
One other accomplishment, and I'm going out on a limb here but I feel certain the research will back me up: Clinton had more different hair styles while in office than any previous secretary of state going back to Thomas Jefferson, the country's first. Having written that I'll probably find that some secretary of state had 30 wigs he used to wear interchangeably.
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The amazing thing about the photo of Obama shooting a shotgun is not that the White House managed to find a photo of Obama shooting a gun, but that this country elected a man who many thought had never in his life shot a gun.
One of the jobs of the president is commander in chief of the armed forces. The US armed forces has guns you can crawl inside. It is all about guns and how to get a bunch of men and guns to the right place at the right time.
The idea that their commander would have never shot a gun is incredible. It would be like finding out that a NASCAR crew chief had never driven a car. Or that a Super Bowl football coach had never once in his life actually thrown a football.
It would be unheard of. But in this country it appeared that we might have elected a commander in chief who had never fired a gun. It turns out he may not have fired a gun before he was elected, but we know that he has fired one now, or at the very least held one in his arms while they took his picture. The smoke, the angle of the gun, they way he is holding it against his shoulder, all make the photo look less than 100 percent untouched.
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I agree with much of what Congresswoman Michele Bachmann stands for, but some of her statements have kept me from becoming a true believer. However, I did get on her email list as "Yon," something that I find moderately amusing or annoying depending on my mood. But she recently sent out an email that implied Reps. Howard Coble and Virginia Foxx and Sen. Richard Burr were not strong conservatives. I disagree with that characterization and attempted to send her an email telling her that she had it wrong.
Of course, you can't respond to Bachmann's email address because then she would hear back from people like me, and she doesn't want to do that. She just wants our money. I tried the "contact us" menu and all I got was a snail mail address.
So I unsubscribed from her email list. I hope Bachmann has "Google alert" and someone in her office reads this, because she has lost one possible supporter. Not just because of what was in her email but because she obviously doesn't care what anyone she contacts has to say.
We will continue to support the same causes, but Bachmann, who no doubt is plotting her next run for the White House, will have to work really hard to get my support.