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    We often spend a lot of time and energy putting politicians down. Antony Blinken is one to celebrate instead

    Antony Blinken is doing a great job mediating the latest crisis in the Middle East. A true adult in the room.

    He actually started as a political journalist and He co-edited Harvard’s daily student newspaper, The Crimson and wrote a number of articles on current affairs. He then worked for a year at The New Republic. He is fluent in French and spent a lot of time in Paris when he was young. He is 59 now and plays great blues guitar. His step father in Poland was the only one of 90 in his school to escape in the Holocaust. Ran into the forest and hid in a discarded tank. Blinken seems to be someone genuinely interested in making things better rather than just being in Washington DC to enrich himself like so many of the others.

    He has had an incredible career and has held several key positions in government for 30 years now. We are lucky to have people like this.

    He is now the 71st United States Secretary of State, a position he has held since January 26, 2021. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Blinken served as Deputy National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2015 and Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017 during President Barack Obama’s administration.

    Blinken’s career in government began during the Clinton administration, where he served in the State Department and held senior positions on the National Security Council from 1994 to 2001. He also worked as a foreign policy advisor during Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign and played a key role in the Obama-Biden presidential transition.

    Throughout his career, Blinken has been involved in shaping U.S. foreign policy, particularly in regions like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. He has also worked in the private sector, co-founding WestExec Advisors, a consulting firm, before returning to government as a foreign policy advisor for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

    Blinken’s early life and education reveal a diverse background. He was born in Yonkers, New York, to Jewish parents. His family has a strong history of involvement in diplomacy and international affairs. He attended Harvard University, where he majored in social studies, and later earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

    He supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and played a role in formulating U.S. policy on Iraq. His work extended to issues in Syria, Yemen, and other global hotspots.

    After leaving government service for a time, Blinken became the managing director of the Penn Biden Center, a think tank at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Blinken’s tenure as Secretary of State has been marked by a range of international challenges and issues. He has been involved in addressing events such as the 2021 Myanmar coup, peace negotiations in Afghanistan, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. His positions on foreign policy include strong support for democracy, human rights, and working collaboratively with allies, as well as a willingness to confront nations like China and Russia on issues like human rights abuses and aggressive behavior.

    Is hard to imagine anyone being more qualified to be Secretary of State.


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