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Obama to Visit Turkey Next Month

By Anne E. Kornblut
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that President Obama will visit Turkey next month -- but administration officials were quick to add that Obama has not settled on where or when he will give the speech from a Muslim capital that he promised in his first 100 days.

Clinton announced a trip, not a speech by the president, a senior administration official said.

Clinton made the announcement in a press conference in Ankara, where she met with Turkish leaders.

Obama's speech to the Islamic world has become a source of mounting speculation, as Obama has not announced a decision -- which is fraught with security and diplomatic concerns -- and as his calendar is filling up with events and trips. In addition to Turkey, other possible sites for the speech include Morrocco, Egypt and Indonesia.

"Planning for the Turkey visit is just beginning. It will be an important opportunity to visit a NATO ally and discuss shared challenges," a senior administration official said. "It will also provide an opportunity to continue the president's dialogue with the Muslim world, a dialogue he started immediately and intends to maintain throughout his presidency."

By Lexie Verdon  |  March 7, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
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schrivener50:

How long will you keep that particular "hope" alive?

Posted by: JakeD | March 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It's always good to read the advice of conservatives. Their track record makes consequent judgments so easy: do the opposite of what they suggest.

Sounds like Obama should indeed go to Turkey and increase the White House travel budget.

Posted by: nodebris | March 9, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

To JakeD:

YES, I DID. AND OBAMA SHOULD NOW REALIZE THAT REV. WRIGHT WAS RIGHT.

I really believe Obama is not yet fully aware that the Bush "torture memos" were used to justify "programs of personal destruction" that REMAIN IN PLACE ON HIS WATCH.

Obama must come to realize that federal agencies and commands have enabled the ONGOING covert microwave weapons torture of U.S. citizens deemed "undesirables" and "dissents"...

...as well as the nationwide GPS-enabled "community gang stalking" of U.S. citizens, who are hunted down like prey by citizen vigilante goons as "target" vehicles and implanted GPS devices enter the "crown of evil" GPS grid of the gang-stalkers.

It appears that Obama and most liberal/progressives have yet to realize that the "war on terror" appears to have been a calculated pretext for an "American genocide/politicide" -- a horrific silent holocaust that has destroyed, and continues to destroy, untold thousands, if not millions, of American families and no doubt contributed to economic tumult.

One person who WAS aware, and deserves vindication, is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. What has been happened since the dawning of the Bush administration has turned a just society into the "US of KKK-A," as harsh and impolitic as that sounds.

And the 21st century version of the Klan -- an American Gestapo -- remains on its covert march -- hiding behind federally-funded programs of personal destruction and community policing and town watch programs sponsored by local law enforcement.

President Obama must act immediately to restore American civil and human rights -- because each day he delays, the forces running these programs, the forces who will resist whatever "change" his presidency offers, are one day closer to making it impossible him to fulfill the "hope" he still embodies.

And to answer the question you ask: Yes, I did. He offered "hope" and I am still hoping.

For more on "Gestapo USA" and why team Obama must dismantle the Bush-Cheney "extrajudicial punishment network"...

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

PS. -- Anyone reading this with "access" to decision-makers on Team Obama and in Congress: Please send them this missive.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 8, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

And the Headline Reads:

Turkey arrives in Istanbul! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 8, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

let's HOPE he stays there.

Posted by: newagent99 | March 8, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50:

It's not Bush holdovers anymore -- Obama has officially adopted "extraordinary rendition" to Turkey, etc. -- are you aware that alleged abuses at GTMO have increased since January 20, 2009? I hope you didn't vote for Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

As President Obama plans to visit Turkey, the "extrajudicial punishment network" created or expanded by Bush-Cheney, remains in place -- eroding liberty here at home, undermining his presidency.

***


MR. PRESIDENT:

DEMAND THAT YOUR BUSH HOLDOVERS IN VARIOUS DEFENSE/SECURITY/INTEL/REVENUE AGENCIES FULLY BRIEF YOU ON THESE ONGOING, FEDERALLY-ENABLED 'PROGRAMS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION':


* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent U.S. citizens "targeted" as "undesirables" or "dissidents" in what victims say amounts to a "slow-kill genocide";

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking via covert GPS tracking; police-tolerated vandalism and surreptitious home entry rationalized by the "war on terror";

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that involve the interception of mail and falsification of billing, banking and mortgage statements -- what victims charge amounts to theft by deception and slow expropriation and a likely cause of the economic crisis.

WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA AND CONGRESS DISMANTLE THE 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK' AND RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW AND ORDER?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 8, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

pedjr336:

I completely agree -- it costs over $2 BILLION per year to run the White House -- Obama should lead by example and cut costs there.

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama will be fling in "APPEASEMENT ONE" the plane has been "FUNDAMENTAL CHANGED"

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
NO MORE SCHUMER
NO MORE PELOSI

Posted by: VJMachiavelli1 | March 8, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Trip to Turkey...Why? Stay home and save all that travel expense!

Posted by: pedjr336 | March 7, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama is good in speeches, everybody knows it by now. What problems do the USA and Turkey have now in common? Speeches are not improving either internal economy or international relations, are they?

Posted by: aepelbaum | March 7, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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