Another Possible Obama/Soros Connection? Christopher Hill…Obama’s Pick for US Ambassador To Iraq

Is George Soros running the “show”? Seems like some of Obama’s selections for Ambassador positions are connected to George Soros. Soros probably jumped with glee when Hillary Clinton was selected as Secretary of State; after all she is his “buddy” in the Shadow Party.

Read this:

WASHINGTON — At least three Republican senators have said that President Obama should reconsider his pick to become the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, dimming the chances that Christopher Hill could be confirmed.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sam Brownback of Kansas said this week that they were disappointed with Hill’s appointment, which was announced Wednesday by Obama.

During the Bush administration, Hill led nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea. While considered a seasoned negotiator, Hill was regarded by many Republicans as too willing to make concessions to try to prod Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

If confirmed Hill would replace Ryan Crocker as America’s top diplomat in Baghdad.

The swift negative reaction from Congress does not bode well for Hill’s appointment. He would have to be confirmed by the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority and procedural rules require 60 votes to cut off debate.

All three senators cited a lack of experience in the Middle East to explain their opposition to Hill.

Brownback also referred to his “evasive and unprofessional” past dealings with Congress, while McCain and Graham referred to his “controversial legacy” in a joint statement released late Thursday.

“The U.S. embassy in Baghdad is the world’s largest, and our next ambassador will take the helm at a particularly critical time in our efforts in Iraq,” Graham and McCain wrote. “The next ambassador should have experience in the Middle East and in working closely with the U.S. military in counterinsurgency or counterterrorism operations. Mr. Hill has neither.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/12/gop-senators-want-obama-reconsider-iraq-envoy-pick/

 

BUT WAIT….Will Christopher Hill reveal this to Congress during his confirmation hearings as “experience”?

June 24, 1999

Experts Meet in Europe to Discuss the Next Steps in Kosovo


An unprecedented gathering of experts on Kosovo and the surrounding regions met last week in Liechtenstein for a colloquium titled “Peace and the Future of South-Eastern Europe.” The 60 experts discussed the next steps necessary for bringing lasting peace and prosperity to the region.

Organized and chaired by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, director of Princeton University’s Liechtenstein Research Program on Self-Determination, the conference attendees included H.S.H. Prince Hans Adam of Liechtenstein; H.S.H. Crown Prince Alois of Liechtenstein; His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia; Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo; former Prime Minster of Sweden Carl Bildt; Christopher Hill, U.S. ambassador to Macedonia; philanthropist George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Foundation in New York City; German State Secretary Wolfgang Ischinger; the state secretaries from Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland, and officials from Albania, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey.

The conference coincided with the end of NATO’s bombing of Kosovo.

Although their discussions during the conference were off the record, the participants released the following preliminary recommendations:

• Prioritize the establishment of internal security throughout Yugoslavia, Albania, and Macedonia, including the confiscation of all firearms and arresting all dangerous criminals immediately, especially those recently released from prison.

• Forge an agreement about comprehensive disarmament of the region and impose it consistently on all concerned parties.

• Cut Slobodan Milosevic out of the negotiation process and eliminate the role of his government whenever possible. Demonstrate to the population that the region can be pacified and reconstructed without his authorization.

• Involve military engineers in building bridges and urgent infrastructure projects to save costs and reduce the necessity of negotiating with Milosevic and his party. Pontoon bridges, which can be quickly and inexpensively constructed and would have the added benefit of being under military control, were suggested.

Hold the leadership responsible for breaches of law, for unconstitutional laws, and for all those infractions which can be clearly determined by the outside. Enforce travel and other restrictions against members of the Milosevic group.

Don’t push for elections in Kosovo for the time being. Premature elections might consolidate the division of political allegiances along ethnic lines and result in renewed victory for the nationalists.

Encourage the development of civil society by bringing young leaders (the generation under the age of 30, which has not had extensive involvement in communist politics and the region’s past controversies) into the decision-making process.

• Support the formation of an independent media in the region by providing the population — especially opposition groups — with radio receivers and other means of accessing and distributing information.

• Distribute humanitarian assistance equally, regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation.

• Support the formation of new legal and financial institutions and begin forming a new “social contract.”

• Adopt a hands-on approach to the reconstruction of the region, involving the local populations, especially young people, in objective needs assessments, then give them the tools and materials to start reconstruction projects.

Create a customs union in South-Eastern Europe to allow for greater interregional interaction and the possibility of interregional currency arrangements in conjunction with the European Union. This has the added benefit of combating organized crime and corruption.

• Encourage bilateral cooperation among neighboring states such as Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria, especially in areas such as education, industrialization, trade, and infrastructure.

• Start the process of disarmament, pacification, and reconstruction immediately. The time frame is limited by the oncoming winter, the upcoming elections in the U.S.A, the increasing resentment of refugees in host countries, and growing donor fatigue in the European Union.

The Colloquium was sponsored by the Liechtenstein Research Program in Self-Determination, a research center located in the University’s Center of International Studies, a division of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and by the royal House of Liechtenstein.

http://www.princeton.edu/~compub/news/99/q2/0624-kosovo.htm

My notes: My thoughts in brackets [ ] about quotes

1.  Why is it whenever anything relating to disarming, and reconstructing always is connected to George Soros and the United Nations?  I guess it is because George Soros dreams of an “Open Society”……World Governance……does he dream of becoming the “King of the World”..???

2.  Do any of these words/quotes sound FAMILIAR?:

a.involving the local populations, especially young people, in objective needs assessments, then give them the tools and materials to start reconstruction projects”

b.  ……begin forming a new “social contract.” [Rahm Emanuel’s book “The Plan” mentions these words]

c.  Support the formation of an independent media in the region by providing the populationespecially opposition groups  [Sounds like the left leaning media and its love-fest with Obama]

d.  Encourage the development of civil society by bringing young leaders (the generation under the age of 30, which has not had extensive involvement in communist politics and the region’s past controversies) into the decision-making process.   [This has been a focus group for Obama and his campaign…..]

e.  Demonstrate to the population that the region can be pacified and reconstructed without his authorization.   [ The words “Change”….”Change we can believe in”….” I will    save     or     create     2 million new jobs……new infrastructure jobs…..roads….bridges…..”]

f.  “confiscation of all firearms”………

Then read this:

Open Thread: Think Tankism, Comprehensive Energy Policy and Cuba

Thursday, Oct 19 2006, 1:13PM

When I left Japan on Tuesday, I had breakfast in the Orchid Room at the Okura Hotel, still the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge equivalent for power breakfasts in Japan.

I saw Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill dining with quite a group of Americans and Japanese — no doubt laying the groundwork for further coordination with Japan on our collective response to North Korea’s nuclear tests and for Condi Rice’s arrival.

She arrived a day later than I thought she had originally planned, and I joked with George Soros that it might be that it was because he didn’t check out of the hotel until Tuesday.

Soros then went off to Seoul.

In any case, Chris Hill knows what he is doing. At the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan speech I gave, I encouraged reporters to query Hill on why it has been so hard to get a Bush administration consensus behind his views of what needs to be done. It probably won’t make him happy to point out that there are serious divisions inside the Bush administration about how to proceed with North Korea — and that Chris Hill heads the more enlightened faction — but these are just the facts.

— Steve Clemons

About Steve and The Washington Note

Greetings, and welcome to my website. During the days, I serve as Senior Fellow & Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation and, in my spare time, serve as Director of the Japan Policy Research Institute. I’ve also been encouraged by my great friend, Joshua Micah Marshall of talkingpointsmemo.com to start my own blog. So, connected here you will soon find thewashingtonnote.com, where I will more regularly comment on public policy debates that deserve attention.

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2006/10/open_thread_thi/

Note:

Was it just coincidence that Soros happened to be at the same hotel as Christopher Hill prior to Condalezza Rice’s arrival?  Could Christopher Hill possibly be an information officer for Soros?

Why does it seem that Soros is one step ahead of our State Department in negotiations?

Just pondering and wondering…….