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Richardson On Importance Of Diplomacy

From United Press International:


Democrats call for ‘new realism’ abroad

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, establishing the Democratic Party’s platform for the upcoming election, called for a "new realism" in U.S. foreign policy.

Richardson delivered the party’s Saturday radio address, and knocked the Bush administration for failing to understand "that while diplomacy without power is weak, power without diplomacy is blind."

The New Mexico governor went through a litany of international problem spots — from Iraq to North Korea and the Middle East in general.

He went over the Democratic plan for "a new realism in our foreign policy." The main points are energy independence; rebuilding alliances; focusing on the "real dangers," which involves a redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq; dealing directly with Iran and North Korea; passing a comprehensive immigration plan; facing "global environmental threats" and respecting "human rights and American values."

"Every American wants safety and security," Richardson said. "We can continue to wait for Republicans in Washington to lead or we can make a change.

"We are Democrats and we stand for diplomacy not threats; bridges not walls; alliances not isolation."

Mr. Richardson makes a great point. International diplomacy is vitally important to the survival of our nation and it should only be entrusted to the very best people we have to offer.

From the Starr Report:


VII. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton endeavored to obstruct justice by helping Ms. Lewinsky obtain a job in New York at a time when she would have been a witness against him were she to tell the truth during the Jones case.

The President had an incentive to keep Ms. Lewinsky from jeopardizing the secrecy of the relationship. That incentive grew once the Supreme Court unanimously decided in May 1997 that the case and discovery process were to go forward.

At various times during the Jones discovery process, the President and those working on his behalf devoted substantial time and attention to help Ms. Lewinsky obtain a job in the private sector.

A. Evidence

… The Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, said that Mr. Podesta told him that Ms. Currie had a friend looking for a position in New York.

According to Ms. Lewinsky, Ambassador Richardson called her on October 21, 1997, and interviewed her soon thereafter. She was then offered a position at the UN. Ms. Lewinsky was unenthusiastic.

In hindsight it’s really too bad for Monica that she didn’t take the job. She didn’t think it was enough money.

But Monica could have "delivered pizza" to Kofi Annan and gotten a slice of that oil for food swag.

Still, isn’t suborning perjury against the law? Isn’t bribing grand jury witnesses illegal? Why isn’t Mr. Richardson in jail?

Oh, that’s right. He’s a Democrat.

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