Does State think Texas is a foreign country?

posted at 8:46 am on April 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Last weekend, the blog Stormin’s Morning Java noticed an odd claim on the State Department website.  In a list that intended to brag about how much Hillary Clinton had traveled as the new Secretary of State to foreign countries, Foggy Bottom included a trip to Texas:

I figured that this was simply a clerical error, albeit a rather stupid one by a clerk who didn’t realize that Texas wasn’t a foreign country.  Unfortunately, it turns out that State has apparently decided to give full diplomatic recognition to the Republic of Texas, helping Governor Rick Perry by mooting a need to secede first.  In their press release celebrating 100 days of the Obama administration, State continues to include travel to Texas as one of their major accomplishments:

OVERALL DEPARTMENT POLICY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, REGULATORY INITIATIVES, AND INTERAGENCY EFFORTS

In the first 100 Days of the Obama Administration, Secretary Clinton and the State Department have made significant progress in advancing America’s national security goals and promoting America’s values around the world.

Secretary Clinton is already the most traveled Secretary of State in a new Administration. The Secretary’s trips have included her inaugural trip to Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Mexico and across the border to Texas, the Hague in the Netherlands, Europe with President Obama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago with President Obama, and to Iraq and Kuwait.

The work undertaken on these trips, the many bilateral and trilateral meetings hosted by Secretary Clinton, and the tireless efforts of others throughout the State Department have contributed to early and significant progress on the following priorities: Afghanistan/Pakistan policy, the Middle East, Iraq, Asia, Russia, North Korea, the Western Hemisphere, the climate crisis, engaging in public diplomacy, and other core issues.

Wow.  Has Hillary visited Maryland and Virginia, too?  If she visits Utah, will she bow to the Governor, or just curtsey?

Let’s also recall the “significant progress” State has made in the above areas:

  • Afghanistan – Completely failed to get more combat troops from NATO.
  • Pakistan – Say, isn’t that the Taliban just outside the capital in Islamabad?
  • Middle East – Netanyahu won’t budge until Obama does something about Iran … which conveniently got left off the list.
  • Russia – Gave a mistranslated reset button to Sergei Lavrov, who then told Hillary and Obama that they wouldn’t lift a finger to stop Iran from going nuclear.  Oh, and the US retreated from missile defense in Europe.  Smart power.
  • North Korea — North Korea? The country that just defied Obama, launched a long-range missile, and kicked out all the UN inspectors and declared a restart on all nuclear programs?  That North Korea?  It that’s “significant progress,” then I hate to see what a setback looks like.
  • Engaging in public diplomacy – Yes, like telling the Europeans that she doesn’t understand multiparty democracy, that our system is better, and Europeans didn’t have democracy before the US.  Oh, and let’s not forget getting the names of her EU counterparts wrong.  Thank goodness all that happened in public!
  • “Other core issues” — Well, they did get an iPod to the Queen, and bowed to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.

Given all of that, I’m wondering when Texas plans to break off diplomatic relations.


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Does that mean Texans are no longer paying Federal income tax? If so, I can be packed and headed that way in 30 minutes.

hawksruleva on April 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Someone in Texas needs to get right on this … recognition is recognition.

tarpon on April 30, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Facts such as this are clear evidence the education received by those in President Obama’s Administration did not focus on geography, among many things.

MSGTAS on April 30, 2009 at 10:16 AM

This should keep the people over at Google busy updating the The country of Texas information. Unless Obama tells them to erase all the info on Texas.
Texas is to the USA as the Ukraine was to the USSR…..

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 10:20 AM

One more data point demonstrating that those that think they are real smart, usually, are not.

jukin on April 30, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Does that mean Texans are no longer paying Federal income tax? If so, I can be packed and headed that way in 30 minutes.

hawksruleva on April 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM

It won’t be long….just wait until Cap & Trade & National Health Care are in full swing in the USSA. You will see the REVOLT. First thing we do..kick out all the IRS agents. Second thing we do…kick out all the federal judges…..If the CIA agents want to work for the new country of Texas – come on in and we WILL allow waterboarding of any terror suspects….that includes Arlen Specter

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Don’t mess with Texas.

Johan Klaus on April 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Formerly residing in San Angelo…can I take you up on that last part.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Well, most of the State Department doesn’t think the USA should operate as its own sovereign nation, so the views of the majority of Texans might be very foreign to the collectivists at the State Department.

phreshone on April 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Formerly residing in San Angelo…can I take you up on that last part.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Of course, the feds need to think twice before entering our country.

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 10:31 AM

The absolute only way Texas could be more awesome: if we had Governor Palin.

carbon_footprint on April 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

There’s no state income tax in Texas.

scalleywag on April 30, 2009 at 10:42 AM

The absolute only way Texas could be more awesome: if we had Governor Palin.

carbon_footprint on April 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Now you’re talking.

Daggett on April 30, 2009 at 10:45 AM

This whole secession from the union is a ruse, President Rick Perry just wants to become another important Foriegn leader. I know he must have his eyes on the prize; a new I-pod, 25 new DVD’s or perhaps because he is so important a personalize SHAM-WOW from POTUS

train on April 30, 2009 at 10:47 AM

“Smartest Woman Evah!”

GarandFan on April 30, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Texan: “Remember the Alamo.”

SOS Hillary: “I was there and I recall having to dodge the
bullets at that little dustup.”

Yoop on April 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

The Alamo.

What happened the first time we allowed open borders.

Ya think they’d have learned by now, those DC geniuses.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 10:52 AM

WOOHOO! Recognition of sovereign statehood by the US State Department!

Now lets make it official in Austin!

smfoushee on April 30, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I’ve only got one thing to say about ‘dat:

UT Band

or

Traditional acapella

gregbert on April 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Obamessiah is pretty deceitful in this case as well as everything else he does. First, he appoints Hilarious to be Secretary of State and then he sends her out of the country so she is not around to distract people from worshiping him. He won “brownie points” with the sheeple who liked “the smartest woman evah” by appointing her and then eliminated any chance that they would look behind the curtain and see the empty suit there.

TruthToBeTold on April 30, 2009 at 11:04 AM

It’s all part of the plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

By ‘pre-emptively seceding’ Texas, the Dems expect to win every American election from here on in!

DAMN YOU ELECTORAL VOTES!

Reaps on April 30, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Best administration evah!

skatz51 on April 30, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Someone in Texas needs to get right on this … recognition is recognition.

tarpon on April 30, 2009 at 10:20 AM

True – though it hardly seems fair to Taiwan… they are still mainly known as Formosa by the State Department.

kybowexar on April 30, 2009 at 11:10 AM

she needs to go to her home state of New York and watch a few shell games to learn something of what the world is doing to us diplomatically.

ThackerAgency on April 30, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Ugh, much as I hate my home state of New York in a variety of ways, Hillary isn’t one of them. That useless old hippie isn’t actually from there. She’s Illinois’ mess as I recall.

Grayson on April 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM

It’s all part of the plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

By ‘pre-emptively seceding’ Texas, the Dems expect to win every American election from here on in!

DAMN YOU ELECTORAL VOTES!

Reaps on April 30, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Let’s see how those coal mining states get along without coal or mining.
Let’s see if Hollywood can stay in business without any power. Let’s see how long Florida can attract tourists in the summer without air conditioning. You laugh – but it is coming. Texas will stay energy independent and no one from Washington will force us to do anything.

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Let’s see how those coal mining states get along without coal or mining.
Let’s see if Hollywood can stay in business without any power. Let’s see how long Florida can attract tourists in the summer without air conditioning. You laugh – but it is coming. Texas will stay energy independent and no one from Washington will force us to do anything.

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM

And I forgot – Texas has most of the oil refineries….We refine 85% of all the gasoline that America uses. The new war will be about energy. We have it. Washington does not. Obama will be impotent on this issue and has not a pot to piss in.

izoneguy on April 30, 2009 at 11:16 AM

SOS Hillary: “I was there and I recall having to dodge the
bullets at that little dustup.”

Yoop on April 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

ahahahaha, that’s funny.

That was the easiest secession we could ever have imagined. Poof, you’re your own country. Between the people of Texas and the resources there they could definitely survive as an independent entity. What could go wrong?

scalleywag on April 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM

The absolute only way Texas could be more awesome: if we had Governor Palin.

carbon_footprint on April 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Has a nice ring to it:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, The President of Texas, Sarah Palin.”

gregbert on April 30, 2009 at 11:29 AM

First rule of the new country? No more cattle futures for Ms. Hillary!

scalleywag on April 30, 2009 at 11:29 AM

President? We don’t need to steeenkin president. :)

scalleywag on April 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Ed. I am surprised Allah did not jump on this glowing representation of the tireless efforts of Obama Administration.

davod on April 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM

or perhaps because he is so important a personalize SHAM-WOW from POTUS

train on April 30, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Sadly, even the great Sham-wow won’t be enough to clean up BO’s mess.

cackcon on April 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM

It appear Nurse Ratched and the administrator is not to happy with Texas. This was not a clerical error, this is not the first time this pack of thief’s has taking a shot a Texas. Just wait until there arrogant president passes his immigration package and National Health Care to take care of his illegals.

try again later on April 30, 2009 at 11:54 AM

In a way, I’m not surprised this happened, because we all know the left is so disgusted by Texas they wish it was.

Ryan Gandy on April 30, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Incompetent empty skirt, working for an incompetent, empty suit.

n0doz on April 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I thought they already invaded and took over Texas. The Battle of Mount Carmel, right?

jcrue on April 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I would comment further, but I am packing the house and Kids. Planning to open a few new franchises in Texas, employ only Americans, and be able to keep more of what I earn to put back in the Texas economy.

We have found “Galt’s Gulch”.

GunRunner on April 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Wow, Hillary. To bad you don’t get frequent flier miles. All those trips, and no real satisfactory results from them. Does this administration come with a money back guarantee?

capejasmine on April 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I would comment further, but I am packing the house and Kids. Planning to open a few new franchises in Texas, employ only Americans, and be able to keep more of what I earn to put back in the Texas economy.

We have found “Galt’s Gulch”.

GunRunner on April 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Hope you picked the right franchise…read that FDD completely, and make sure you have called at least 20 existing owners (item 20).

right2bright on April 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I thought they already invaded and took over Texas. The Battle of Mount Carmel, right?

jcrue on April 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Nah, that was an aggressive take down of 86 people; mostly women and children.

carbon_footprint on April 30, 2009 at 12:20 PM

“State,” “Foggy Bottom?” The expressions of overfamiliarity are somewhat irritating.

thebadoutlaw on April 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM

We need daily mandatory drug tests for all employees at the State Dept.

Are these people that stupid? Or, is this another snarky attack by team TOTUS, on Americans!?

TN Mom on April 30, 2009 at 1:04 PM

“State,” “Foggy Bottom?” The expressions of overfamiliarity are somewhat irritating.

thebadoutlaw on April 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Historically, the term “Foggy Bottom” refers to that portion of Washington, close to the Potomac, that was a dismal, swampy wasteland, had a distinctly noxious, odious, quality about it, and was studiously avoided by anyone of importance or quality.

And that was as of this morning…

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Texas is looking better and better with each passing day.

Goldenavatar on April 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

I doubt that Hillary could even get Texas into a BCS bowl.

corona on April 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM

http://xrl.in/24zv

Somebody earlier posted “God Blessed Texas”. As a Texan, misplaced as I may be in New England, I agree with the song. Now, seein’ as Ed would make a fine Texan (advice:lose the funny accent,bro..lol), I looked up something just for him to keep until said time that he moves to the Sacred Soil.

FishFearMe on April 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM

What you failed to mention was that the Hildebeast was briefly pinned down by sniper fire when she landed at an undisclosed airport location in the country of Texas and had to make a run for it.

TrickyDick on April 30, 2009 at 1:38 PM

So it stands: France or Texas?

Which’ll it be.

I for one will take a chance in Texas.

Chaz706 on April 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Gee, until now, I thought I’d only visited one foreign country, Mexico.

Now, with Texas under my belt, I feel well traveled, comfortable with foreign policy matters, and ready for the Oval Office.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Well, that’s unusual.

Quite regularly it is the State just west of Texas that is mistaken for a foreign country by Federal bureaucrats and assorted victims of the public education system..
One of our 50 is missing

LegendHasIt on April 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM

It was such fun a week or so ago, dreaming about the Republic of Texas with you all. Maybe it’s closer than we think if Hillary is already acknowledging it.

Christian Conservative on April 30, 2009 at 2:39 PM

No doubt she was fired upon at the airfield after her harrowing corkscrew descent.

Maquis on April 30, 2009 at 2:42 PM

No doubt she was fired upon at the airfield after her harrowing corkscrew descent.

Maquis on April 30, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Most likely in the manner of a Banshee, no doubt.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Most likely in the manner of a Banshee, no doubt.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

You are truly on top of your game today!

(Back to cleaning my screen – must not drink Dr. Pepper and read comments…)

kybowexar on April 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I just looked at 2007 census data on Texas, and it’s the same percent Hispanic as California (36%). Don’t Hispanics usually vote blue/lib? Is there a difference between Ca Hispanics and Tx ones? How does Texas stay so conservative while Cali turns ever more liberal? Do California entitlements for minorities differ much from Texas? What makes these two states so different? I’m curious.

jane1 on April 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

jane1 on April 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Jane – with Texas you have a lot of long-time flight from elsewhere. People fed up with the liberalism up North and even West and South – they moved to Texas.

California, with its long-term economic troubles and high-cost of living, has not drawn as many in the last few years.

(No actual statistics to back it up – just what I’ve heard from those who do actually know in the last few years.)

kybowexar on April 30, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I too will move to Texas if this is true. No more foolish taxes to support these idiots. And, Texas can apply for foreign aide at some point from any interested country.
These people are soooo stupid that I’m sure Russia, Iran, Cuba, etc. are chomping at the bit to “negotiate” with big O and Hill by his side.

hillbilly on April 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

If she visits Islamabad in a few weeks she may ACTUALLY get shot at.

burt on April 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Most likely in the manner of a Banshee, no doubt.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Indeed.

Maquis on April 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM

“Texas, it’s like a whole other country”

WildBillK on April 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Well folks, If yew are movin’ to Texas, Ya better be a goood shot and love guns and your Religion.

No state income tax, but sales tax is 4-6% depending on where you live. I see that Rush is thinking Texas too.

And don’t buy some dinkey shack in town with a front yard the size of your living room rug. Your kiddos will love the country, so buy at least a couple AC and drag in a nice used doublewide while you build your real house. Land is still cheap here.

We do have a lot of critters out here in the country, so get ready to be amused by most of them. A few you will not be amused with, maybe scared of, but nothing a 12 Ga shot wouldn’t solve.

Just MHO.

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marcboyd on April 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM

This is the best news I’ve had all day!

By the way, we call dibs on the sizable share of Military bases that the US has just abandoned…. and we’ll be nice and take New Mexico. We like them, they’ve got lots of nice country to test big explosive things and fly Stealth Fighters and F-22′s (after all Obama doesn’t want them!)

PS: Tennesseans can apply for dual citizenship, since we still owe you guys a debt from the Alamo.

2nd Ammendment Mother on April 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Hey, we Texans will be happy to oblidge them and be a foreign country if it means that Obama is no longer our president, and we don’t have to put up with all his hope ‘n change!

Susanboo on April 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM

President? We don’t need to steeenkin president. :)

scalleywag on April 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Wait, so you’re going to take it in turns, as a sort of “executive officer of the week”? Make sure that all the decisions of that officer are ratified at a bi-weekly meeting, by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of…

VekTor on April 30, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Well now you might talk of Clementine and sing of Hillary,
But the Yellow Rose of Texas is the only girl for me.

Ars Moriendi on April 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM

I love living in Texas. Except for all the crazy liberals here in Austin, its awesome (good locally made beer too).

Neo on April 30, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Texas is letting anyone visit these days. Damn Furners.

lorien1973 on April 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Man. I need to abandon stinky rustbelt Ohio and go home to Texas soonest. Of course I may have to leave the Ohioan (sort of) husband behind, but, you know, priorities.

RebeccaH on April 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

She has talked to the leader of Byelorus…why not the leader of Chyernorus? Obama would be really p.o.’d if he found out about this faux pas.

Racist! ;)

Anna on April 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Sorry I missed this…and the whole hilarious thread.

baldilocks on May 1, 2009 at 12:25 AM

Government is the only industry where failure in performance has no effect on your career.

Alden Pyle on May 1, 2009 at 8:18 AM

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