The hump day news round-up:
- Hillary Clinton said yesterday that her many calls to her counterparts abroad gave her the sense that folks are happy to see a new direction in the U.S. foreign policy.
There’s a great exhalation of breath going on around the world as people express their appreciation for the new direction that’s being set, and the team that’s put together by the president to carry out our foreign policy goals," Clinton said after telephoning dozens of world leaders in her first five days on the job. "We have a lot of damage to repair."
I think everyone is probably wishing her a lot of luck on damage control, but also wishing she didn’t have to spend so much time putting out Bush fires.
- Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-California) and Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) sent Hillary an official letter today asking that she formulate a plan to protect Christians in Iraq.
Among your first actions as secretary, we urge you to facilitate the development of a comprehensive policy to address the unique plight of Iraq’s struggling ethno-religious minorities, specifically the Christian community," the letter read.
I think the plan is actually to try and get the Iraqi government to start protecting everyone, right?
- Sixty of their congressional colleagues sent Hillary another letter asking that she take immediate actions to forestall a worse humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
…the members of Congress state that the border crossings into Gaza must be opened to allow the importation of construction materials and fuel, and they urge Clinton to ask the Israeli government to allow critically ill patients to be transported out of Gaza to recieve medical care. The letter also requests that the State Department release emergency funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for reconstruction and humanitarian assistance.
Their timing isn’t great, though, as Clinton announced yesterday that we will continue to strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense as long as Hamas keeps attacking Israel.