Tales from the Trail

Obama ready to lend Rahm to Russia

March 26, 2010

OBAMA/President Barack Obama has a potent weapon in his arsenal if his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev has any concerns about selling a new nuclear arms reduction treaty to the parliament in Moscow — his famously assertive White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

When seen from Capitol Hill, Jerusalem looks a bit different

March 23, 2010

ISRAEL-USA/What’s the U.S. policy toward Israel? It may depend on which branch of government you ask.

Hillary says Congressional gridlock challenges U.S. world stature

February 24, 2010

USA/The partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Congress during much of the Obama administration may have far-reaching implications for America’s stature in the world, according to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Hillary Clinton wouldn’t flee to Canada if Sarah Palin was president

February 16, 2010

What did students in Saudi Arabia want to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about? Republican Sarah Palin. SAUDI-CLINTON/

What does Michelle Obama think of Sarah Palin? We may never find out…

February 10, 2010

It’s pretty clear what defeated Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin thinks of President Barack Obama, but did you ever wonder what first lady Michelle Obama thinks of Palin?

Clinton says Haiti’s development prospects can still be good

January 15, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton, who is helping to coordinate global relief for Haiti with former President George W. Bush, CLIMATE/COPENHAGEN-BILLCLINTONsays the quake-stricken country could bounce back much more quickly than people might think.

Brzezinski sees encouraging signs emerging from Haitian catastrophe

January 14, 2010

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It might sound Pollyannaish coming from anybody other than Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hard-nosed intellectual who was Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. But he says the gigantic catastrophe in Haiti may suggest some good things about the state of the modern world.

Well it’s nice to be in Hawaii anyway…

January 12, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought her diplomatic cavalcade to Honolulu, where on Tuesday she and Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada traded notes on South Pacific paradise. USA-PACIFIC/CLINTON

Well, she didn’t get what she wanted LAST year….

December 22, 2009

The State Department took a swerve into Christmas season silliness on Tuesday, announcing a previously unscheduled appointment for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the North Pole.

Off hours, Diplomat families teach swimming in Baghdad, Battle of the Bulge

December 8, 2009

If you wondered what U.S. diplomats and their families do in their spare time in the exotic, less exotic and sometimes really difficult places where they live, here’s a partial answer.