Shortly after taking office, I put forward a plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly. Today, I'm pleased to report that -- thanks to the extraordinary service of our troops and civilians in Iraq -- our combat mission will end this month, and we will complete a substantial drawdown of our troops.
In 2001, when it became apparent that animal cloning may become a commercial venture to help improve the quality of herds, the American FDA requested livestock producers and researchers to keep food from animal clones or their offspring out of the food supply. Since then, FDA has conducted evaluations that included examining the safety of food from these animals and the risk to animal health. Based on a final risk assessment, a report written by FDA scientists and issued in January 2008, FDA concluded that meat and milk from cow, pig, and goat clones and the offspring of any animal clones are as safe as food we eat every day.
MR. TONER: Good afternoon. Welcome to the State Department. It’s my great pleasure to introduce a man who literally needs no introduction, Ambassador Christopher Hill, who is just out of his 16-month tour in Iraq and here to answer your questions about his time there and about the transition and, looking forward, to give his perspective. Thanks for coming.
Several members of Congress wrote a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns with the war in Afghanistan. The letter calls for the establishment of a bipartisan Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group.
Current military leaders and former senior officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations have testified that New START would increase U.S. security by reducing the nuclear threat from Russia, providing transparency about Russian strategic forces, and bolstering U.S. efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorist groups and additional states.
The Economist magazine is launching a new ad campaign in 11 American cities showing an ostrich with its head buried in the sand. The picture next to it has the bird raising its head, over the caption: “Get a world view. Read The Economist.”
In the last few weeks, watching the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on New START unfold, I have sometimes felt like shouting out “Senators, get a world view,” because in the minutiae of 18 public hearings, the bigger picture has been lost.
The fact is that the fate of this arms control treaty will not only affect the United States and Russia but also how the rest of the world views America.
August 11, 2010 – Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech on the new START treaty ratification in the Treaty Room in Washington. Her speech, as prepared for delivery, follows:
SECRETARY CLINTON: Rose, why don’t you come up here and Rich, come on up here. They are two of the numerous people here in the State Department, the Defense Department, the Energy Department, the White House, you name it, across our government who have worked on this treaty and are now working on its ratification.
“When the Senate returns they must act,” she urged. New START, she said, “will advance our national security and provide stability and predictability between the world’s two leading nuclear powers.”
What prompted Secretary Clinton’s passionate warning? Deep concern that partisan politics and parochialism will trump national security interests in an election year.