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Alamom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:40 PM
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Hillary's Unprecedented Experience on the World Stage
Her historic speech at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 not only galvanized women around the world, it helped spawn a movement that led to advances politically, legally, economically, and socially for women in many countries over the next decade. Among other initiatives, she spearheaded the Clinton Administration's efforts to combat the global crisis of human trafficking. She persuaded the First Ladies of the Americas to use their collective power to eradicate measles and improve girls' education throughout the western Hemisphere. And she is widely credited with helping women in Kuwait finally win the right to vote.



Hillary's Unprecedented Experience on the World Stage
Posted December 14, 2007 | 03:19 PM (EST)

Lissa Muscatine and Melanne Verveer
Huffington Post



Anyone who doubts Hillary Clinton's impact on the world stage might want to check with the top political leaders in Northern Ireland, who cite her work to end sectarian violence there and help secure a lasting peace.


Anyone who doubts Hillary Clinton's international experience might consult with democracy activists in the Slovak Republic, who remember when she stood in solidarity with them and publicly challenged their new government's suppression of civil society.

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In the heat of presidential campaign politics, candidates on both sides dismiss a First Lady's work as insignificant to foreign policy. But in Hillary Clinton's case, such a presumption is not only wrong, it trivializes the important global issues of human rights, democracy, and international development that are so central to strengthening American values and influence overseas and are hallmarks of her exhaustive work around the world.

As First Lady and now as a two-term senator who represents the most ethnically diverse state in the nation and who sits on the Armed Services Committee, Hillary Clinton has become a fixture on international issues over the past 15 years. She has traveled to more than 80 countries, going from barrios to rural villages to meetings with heads of state. She has consulted with dozens of world leaders - Nelson Mandela, King Abdullah, Tony Blair among them -- on matters as diverse as America and NATO's roles in Kosovo, eradicating poverty in the Third World, and the plight of women living under the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Today, she is one of the most influential voices in the world on human rights, democracy, and the promotion of a "new internationalism" in foreign affairs that calls for a balanced use of military force, diplomacy, and social development to strengthen American interests and security globally.

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While American First Ladies historically have made great (and often overlooked) contributions to our nation, Hillary Clinton's wide-ranging experience on international issues as First Lady is unprecedented. Indeed, she is the only First Lady to have delivered foreign policy addresses at major gatherings of the United Nations, the World Bank, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Economic Forum.



The world knows Hillary Clinton. Moreover, the world respects her.



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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lissa-muscatine-and-melan...





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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:43 PM
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1. I don't think anyone is doubting her experience.
:shrug:

At least I'm not.
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Alamom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:46 PM
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3. There have been many compare her to
Babs and Laura B. Stating either one has First Lady experience and should or could run for President.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:17 PM
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9. Seriously? That's pathetic if true.
She was Bills Right Hand Woman for Christ sake! The woman knows wtf she's doing.
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HeraldSquare212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:52 PM
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4. She's done what she's done
but 'unprecedented'? The world 'knows' and 'respects' her? A tad overstated, perhaps?
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:46 PM
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2. Unprecedented Experience on the World Stage???? Excuse me for second. I need to do something
:puke:
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 06:20 PM
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5. yes obama's experience living in a foreign country as a small child trumps hillary any day nt
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:21 PM
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11. I never said Obama did. Tell me where I said that.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:23 PM
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12. Your comment warrents the same.
:vomit:
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:37 PM
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14. It is as if Joef Goebbels is doing propaganda work for Hillarycamp
Can you imagine this crew of spinsmeisters in the White House telling us four years from now that the war is over, even though we still have combat troops in Iraq?
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 01:12 PM
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18. bwahahaha
who knew you could actually become a parody of... yourself.

Trying to link infamous nazis with Clinton. How subtle! How insightful! How hilarious!

:rofl:
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 06:58 PM
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6. Thank you.
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:27 PM
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7. K&R!
"The world knows Hillary Clinton. Moreover, the world respects her." Thats why Hillary will be 44.
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maximusveritas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:34 PM
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8. That was written by her speechwriter and former Chief of Staff
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 08:34 PM by maximusveritas
It's interesting how they don't clearly identify themselves as such.
You have to click on their names and then dig into their bio to find it out.
Looks like a campaign ad disguised as a blog post.

Oops, I meant this as a reply to the OP.
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:18 PM
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10. Which world leader told her we needed to invade Iraq?
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:29 PM
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13. Hillary did refer to Ariel Sharon as a "great man."
Hillary's experience consists of supporting the apartheid Israeli government, the ongoing oppression of Palestinians, and continued support for Israeli settlers taking more and more Arab lands and water.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 01:04 AM
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15. wonderful . . . I still can't stomach her . . . n/t
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 01:52 AM
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16. I remember her Beijing speech very well.
That speech has been quoted for years by women in countries where women's rights are imperiled. It is ranked as one of the best 100 American speeches.

It's a shame that an American woman who is so admired and respected in the world, is held with such contempt by some people in her own country. Travel the world and you'll see that both Clintons are held in high esteem. In Africa you'll see their picture everywhere, from people's homes to store windows.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 01:07 PM
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17. I remember her AIPAC speech better!
"All options on the table" on Iran, including tactical nukes. That's our atomic bomb loving "girl!"
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