Tales from the Trail

Clinton pays tribute to U.S. war dead at Manila cemetery

November 13, 2009

U.S.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath on Friday at the Manila American Cemetery,  paying tribute to American war dead in the Pacific two days after the U.S. Veterans Day holiday. 
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Most of the 17,202 Americans buried in the 152-acre (61.5-hectare) cemetery were killed in the defense of the Philippines and East Indies during World War II in 1941 and 1942 or in the battle to recapture the islands. 
 
The cemetery, located on part of the former Fort William McKinley U.S. military reservation, has a limestone tower at its center with a small chapel inside and a relief sculpture adorning one side.
 
The memorial courtyard is ringed by two hemicycles whose walls bear the names of 36,285 missing.
 
Clinton placed a wreath at the chapel during the ceremony, which was attended by a small group of veterans.
 
The Security and Escort Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines played “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis” and a pair of buglers played “Taps.”

Clinton finds ‘Hillary fans and fanatics’ in Philippines

November 12, 2009

If you’re a hard-traveling foreign secretary and need a place to recharge your batteries after a week of diplomacy, the Philippines seems to be the place to go.

Clinton and the Berlin Wall domino

November 9, 2009

When the Berlin Wall topples for a second time Monday, more may be laid bare than the inherent weakness of a political system.

Clinton pushes for cooperation on confronting extremism

November 9, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an awards ceremony Sunday in Berlin to push European allies for greater cooperation in confronting extremism, nuclear proliferation and other challenges of the 21st century.

The First Draft: Gripes and Goblins

October 30, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton griping about Pakistan while in Pakistan. PAKISTAN USA/

She says it was “hard to believe” that no one in Pakistan’s government knew where al Qaeda leaders were hiding. She talked about her tough talk in a series of morning television interviews, and said on CNN “trust is a two-way street.”

The First Draft: Obama Decision Time On Afghanistan?

October 28, 2009

AFGHANISTAN/The latest violence in Afghanistan may raise the drumbeat in Washington for a decision from President Barack Obama on whether to send more U.S. forces.

How Hillary got the nod

October 14, 2009

Hillary Clinton was walking with her husband Bill in a nature preserve near their home in New York when the cellphone in his pocket started ringing. RUSSIA-CLINTON/

Well isn’t that special! Clinton reassures Britain on its U.S. relationship

October 12, 2009

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It turns out the relationship between the United States and Britain is very special.

The First Draft: Hillary Clinton marginalized? If you have to ask…

October 12, 2009

IRISH/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent the weekend in Switzerland and Ireland, but landed on the morning talk shows on Monday, fending off questions about whether she has been marginalized in the Obama administration. It’s not considered a good sign when people start asking this question in Washington, because the implication is that the answer is “yes.”

The First Draft: David Letterman and the Dalai Lama

October 6, 2009

CANADA/This is one of those Washington days that seems to defy a theme. Consider:

Iran is the topic at the Senate Banking Committee, where officials from the State and Treasury departments are set to testify on economic sanctions against Tehran.