Live-Blogging the 2013 State of The Union

Mostly foreign policy. And don’t forget your “strip SOTU” word :)

12.50

Supposedly a 2 minute warning.

12.46

I feel so bad for the fill-in on air guys. They are running out of things to say.

12.43

Okay, 30 minutes is ridiculous.

12.37

He’s waiting on a football commercial break. #Syria

12.23

Well, there’s obviously no military action because that would have been on time. #Syria

12.16

On time today maybe? Probably not. #Syria

20.34

Obama will”insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people,” but “cannot presume to dictate the course of change.” He added, two years into the game, “The process will be messy.” #SOTU

20.29

Correction: “The regime in N. Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations” Thank you @jeff_poor

20.23

No mention of North Korea tonight. #SOTU

20.05

Obama says he will be taking this message (respect) with him to the middle east when he visits in the spring.

20.04

And our stance on Israel repeated by the President. #SOTU

20.04

Specifically naming Egypt and Syria, Obama says we will push for respect. #SOTU

20.02

The US will focus on stopping poverty in the next 2 decades. (It sounds like with the UN.) #SOTU

20.00

Cyber defense: better security, we needz it KTHXBAI. #SOTU

19.58

Obama promises that our efforts on terrorism will be more “Transparent”. Whatever that means. #SOTU

19.56

Obama says Al-Qaeda is a “shadow” of its former self.

19.56

Says there will be 2 missions in Afghanistan: 1) training/equipping 2) allowing us to still chase Al-Qaeda #SOTU

19.55

“This spring our security forces will move into a support role.” Obama says the war on Afghanistan will be “over”.

19.49

Immigration: we need reform for dealing with legal and illegal immigration. President asks for a “comprehensive” bill that he will “sign immediately.”

19.42

30 minutes in and no foreign policy discussion. I think defense spending was mentioned once.

18.26

#CSPAN #SOTU Gallup says that almost no Americans list any foreign policy issue as the most important spontaneously. That Americans mostly don’t care about foreign policy but overall the President is seen as positive on this issue.

09.56

“The admission that we should know before we speak would have been incredibly important.” – Menendez

09.29

Important to note: Clinton say’s Libya’s response was not from lack of will, but lack of capacity.

09.17

Paul says that recommendations aren’t the thing, but that we should never have sent our people into a warzone without military backup. “Inexcusable.”

09.15

Rand Paul says he would have fired Clinton and calls it a failure of leadership.

09.12

Worth noting that I believe that Al Qaeda is not decimated but rapidly spreading across the world and that is only becoming more obvious in places like Central Asia and North Africa.

09.12

Clinton says “the core of Al Qaeda” has been decimated as Obama said. #Benghazi

09.11

Clinton says that there will be justice as President Obama promised, and says the FBI is working on it. #Benghazi

09.09

Raj asking Clinton if we had a “substantial security presence” in Libya. Clinton called it “mutually reinforced”.

09.04

Raj asking Clinton if we had a “substantial security presence” in Libya. Clinton called it “mutually reinforced”.

08.59

McCain says that he knew Chris Stevens and that Stevens expressed his deep concerns about what was going on in Libya.

08.50

McCain: “I strongly disagree with your depiction of what we did after Gaddafi, we did not provide enough security.”

08.48

Where John McCain shines, foreign policy. He is telling Clinton that he is not satisfied with her answers. He wants to know why Al Qaeda was deleted from the talking points. (I want to know that too!)

08.47

Okay, now officially liveblogging the Foreign Relations Committee with Clinton.

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