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    Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Washington (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a foreign policy talk to weigh in on hot-button political issues Wednesday, slamming a Florida pastor for his "disgraceful" plan to burn the Quran and strongly criticizing George W. Bush's fiscal record.

    Clinton warned about the long-term consequences of rising federal budget deficits, arguing that they will eventually diminish U.S. power and impair America's ability to act effectively in the global arena.

    Her remarks came during an appearance before the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations.

    Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans - CNN.com

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    With respect to the planned burning of a Qu'ran by the Florida Church, I believe Secretary Clinton was spot on. While the planned expression of hate is permissible as protected speech, it does undermine larger U.S. interests. It raises concerns among moderate Muslims as to whether their fellow Muslims have a place in the U.S., particularly as it is planned to take place during a period when a Mosque has been torched by an arsonist or arsonists and other Mosques are being opposed in various parts of the country. It gives extremists ammunition to attack America's credibility as a land of religious tolerance. As a result, the planned hate-fest enhances risks confronting U.S. interests and troops.

    On the latter point, I'm not certain that Secretary Clinton should be placing blame for budget deficits. While the deficits pose a long-term threat to U.S. capabilities and interests, there is little evidence that the current Administration is any more committed to fiscal consolidation than the preceding one. In other words, setting aside the fiscal stimulus which is not a structural matter, there have been no serious structural budget reforms to date.

    A major opportunity for the Obama Administration to demonstrate commitment on the fiscal front will come next year in the wake of the deficit reduction task force's recommendations and the start of the next budget process. Then, were the Administration to attempt serious steps toward developing a viable fiscal consolidation strategy, as well as pursue some early implementation of a portion of that strategy, Secretary Clinton would be in a more credible position on that issue.

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    With respect to the planned burning of a Qu'ran by the Florida Church, I believe Secretary Clinton was spot on. While the planned expression of hate is permissible as protected speech, it does undermine larger U.S. interests. It raises concerns among moderate Muslims as to whether their fellow Muslims have a place in the U.S., particularly as it is planned to take place during a period when a Mosque has been torched by an arsonist or arsonists and other Mosques are being opposed in various parts of the country. It gives extremists ammunition to attack America's credibility as a land of religious tolerance. As a result, the planned hate-fest enhances risks confronting U.S. interests and troops.

    On the latter point, I'm not certain that Secretary Clinton should be placing blame for budget deficits. While the deficits pose a long-term threat to U.S. capabilities and interests, there is little evidence that the current Administration is any more committed to fiscal consolidation than the preceding one. In other words, setting aside the fiscal stimulus which is not a structural matter, there have been no serious structural budget reforms to date.

    A major opportunity for the Obama Administration to demonstrate commitment on the fiscal front will come next year in the wake of the deficit reduction task force's recommendations and the start of the next budget process. Then, were the Administration to attempt serious steps toward developing a viable fiscal consolidation strategy, as well as pursue some early implementation of a portion of that strategy, Secretary Clinton would be in a more credible position on that issue.
    Your post was a pleasure to read, thank you.

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Your post was a pleasure to read, thank you.
    His posts always are.
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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    lol...Clinton using the word "disgraceful"

    Just a reminder to the, ex Prez....Religious freedom played a very large part in the foundation of the US. Because of the religious wars in Europe, and that the influence of the US, religious freedom became a fundamental right in Europe as well.

    Burn away, Pastor

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by ric27 View Post
    lol...Clinton using the word "disgraceful"

    Just a reminder to the, ex Prez....Religious freedom played a very large part in the foundation of the US. Because of the religious wars in Europe, and that the influence of the US, religious freedom became a fundamental right in Europe as well.

    Burn away, Pastor
    You didn't read the article, did you? ROFL! Or even the OP!

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    You didn't read the article, did you? ROFL! Or even the OP!
    Clinton has no "moral weight" to criticize anything. Period

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by ric27 View Post
    Clinton has no "moral weight" to criticize anything. Period
    You referred to the President. This article is about the Secretary of State.

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    You referred to the President. This article is about the Secretary of State.
    Shh. That is what made it funny.

    I actually feel dirty for agreeing with Sec. Clinton, but she is right, it is disgraceful. Alas disgraceful things are allowed in this country so best of luck to him in burning a book.

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    Re: Clinton slams Florida pastor for 'disgraceful' plans

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Shh. That is what made it funny.
    Dude, you made me laugh so hard my keyboard is now wearing ramen noodles. Thanks bunches.

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