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Hillary's positions on the Trans Pacific Partnership and who owns The Pivot

David Uren writes about an important issue for Australia and prompts me to review some of our research on Hillary.

There are few things more valuable to Hillary than a good catch phrase.


Sun is going down on era of US influence in Pacific

  • The Australian

Economics Editor
The concerns of the rest of the world count for nothing in US presidential elections but the trashing by both candidates of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement attacks the economic foundation of Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia”, heralded in his 2011 speech to the Australian ­parliament.

Walking away from the agreement, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have advocated, would undercut US business interests in the region and embolden those who believe China can provide a stronger guarantee of economic and strategic security.

Australia, which is the strongest base for US enterprise in the ­region after Singapore, can only suffer from the resulting loss of US influence.

Obama was surprisingly frank about the true intent of the TPP when negotiations concluded in October last year.

“We can’t let countries like China write the rules of the global economy,” he said. “We should write those rules, opening new markets to American products, while setting high standards for protecting workers and preserving our environment. That’s what the agreement reached today in ­Atlanta will do.”


You can read David's important story in full at The Australian.

Here are Hillary's positions on the TPP.


There's an insight into Hillary Clinton and what makes her tick in the emails below.

Of all the ideas, principles, economic theory and causes and effect modelling associated with analysis of Asia Pacific growth and free trade, Hillary's mind was excited by one thing at the time.

Who owns "The Pivot".

First published here FRIDAY, 18 MARCH 2016

But that wasn't the end of it.   A curt Pls Print meant this one was going in the file.   Happy to give it to the White House are we?   We'll see about that.  While substantive matters were left to chance, The Pivot got some remedial work.   
Someone put in some hard yards to make sure that this Financial Tines editorial got the nuanced detail of US Foreign Policy right!
Re-engage with Asia, but carefully 
It is not surprising that the US wants to reconnect with Asia. After all, as Barack Obama said at the Asia- Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in Hawaii, that is where the action is. Growth in the region averages above 7 per cent. With Europe in crisis and anaemic growth at home, the US wants to tap into Asian markets to meet Mr Obama's target of doubling exports and creating jobs. After being distracted for a decade in the Middle East, Washington's "pivot" towards Asia — to use secretary of state Hillary Clinton's word — shows it has woken up to the region's rise. 
Then there's brainstorming for a snappy catch-phrase to describe Hillary's deft personal touch in advancing the United States' interests.   She didn't like the military, so there was nothing to do with US military power.   The catch phrase had to encapsulate Hillary's unique contribution to the globe, 

Hillary's Forward Deployed Diplomacy

Forward Deployed Diplomacy was the thing.   Even very, very senior people like  Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. CampbellAOCNZM  (yes the Order of Australia for his work on US/Aus relations) was instructed to report on it.

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Who put gender on the map people?   What's the story?

Jan Piercy is a banker friend of Mrs Clinton.  She's writing about the Pacific Islands Forum for 2012.

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Remember the Yellow Pages ad with "not happy, Jan".   Hillary was very, very "not happy Jan" after that email. So not happy that she was up and typing at 4.45 in the morning.   And Hillary copied just about everyone after her friend the banker let her know what was really going on in the world.


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Melanie Verveer was Obama's first ever Ambassador at Large (for women!) appointed by him but placed in Clinton's team.

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This was big!  As Melanne (sic)well knows, we put gender events on the map in the Pacific.......So, what's the story? 

Melanne got the hint.  Anyone who sticks around with Clinton seems to adopt the same strategy in their communications.   Praise her, talk about how busy she must be, how tired she must be, how great she is and how she never screws up.

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It goes on and on and on and it gets worse.

The pettiness, the cattiness, the divisive character of this woman who flaps in the breeze on policy is breathtaking.

Gillard comes in for quite a few mentions.

In 2009 Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard flew to the US to meet with key US contacts.  Clinton gave her 10 minutes. 

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Check out the "office time", private personal business  and other internal meetings that meant Clinton could only give Gillard 10 minutes.

Clinton was kept informed as Gillard moved to roll Rudd.   She wrote that she felt sorry about what Gillard did to him


Hillary sorry for Rudd

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Rudd had his people call Hillary's people about jobs for Kev

This note is from the US Ambassador in Australia up the ladder for Hillary's ultimate attention  (S is code for Secretary of State, i.e. Hillary).

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And speaking of Steven Smith.....

Julia Gillard would do anything, absolutely anything to make sure Obama came to Australia

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Even buying more from the US if needed?

What's it matter if you spend other people's money on an extra few of these..............

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To make sure you get an album full of these?

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Quite touching, isn't it?


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Sorry Julia, he's just not that into you.

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