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  • The Next Act of the Neocons

    04/30/2016 4:14:14 PM PDT · by euram · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | JACOB HEILBRUNN
    Even as they castigate Mr. Obama, the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent presidential campaign, in a bid to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy.
  • Trump on Top, Terror in Europe, and the DOJ's Newspeak [radio]

    04/30/2016 7:32:59 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | April 30, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Panel discussion on the week's headlines, including... Donald Trump on Tuesday swept five states and is running away with the nomination, and followed up with a major speech on foreign policy. With approximately 1,000 delegates, he is positioned to reach the 1,237 mark before the convention in Cleveland. Meanwhile, his closest competitor Ted Cruz picked his VP candidates in Carly Fiorina. In Europe, Italian authorities arrested four would-be terrorists affiliated with ISIS, and Brussels began distributing iodine tablets (to counteract the effects of a potential dirty bomb). Finally, with the official transition of the term “convicted criminal” to “justice-involved individual,”...
  • Donald J. Trump Foreign Policy Speech (see it for yourself)

    04/28/2016 2:13:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 33 replies
    DonaldJTrump.com ^ | 27 Apr 16 | Donald Trump
    Donald J. Trump Foreign Policy Speech Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for the National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country – one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace. It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless...
  • Trump's 'America first' speech alarms U.S. allies

    04/28/2016 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Innovative · 123 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr. 28, 2016 | Peter Graff
    Donald Trump's first major foreign policy address alarmed American allies, who view the Republican front runner's repeated invocation of an "America first" agenda as a threat to retreat from the world. While most governments were careful not to comment publicly on a speech by a U.S. presidential candidate, Germany's foreign minister veered from that protocol to express concern at Trump's wording. "I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. "The world's security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars alone. It cannot...
  • Donald Trump shows dangerously incoherent foreign policy

    04/27/2016 4:41:42 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 142 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | APRIL 27, 2016
    Republican front-runner gives a big foreign policy speech full of criticism of Obama But it’s also full of contradictions and dangerous strains of isolationism Trump questions international alliances that have kept America safe
  • This Is the Donald Trump That Could Win 40 States

    04/27/2016 4:33:58 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 93 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 27 Apr 2016 | Virgil
    Donald Trump is two for two with teleprompter-ed speeches. That is, he is batting 1000 with remarks that are carefully prepared and delivered. So for his sake, he should keep it up. And if he does, he can win the Republican nomination in July and the general election in November—by carrying 40 states. Trump’s speech today to the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI), an old-line “realist” think tank in DC, was well received. CFTNI was once known as the Nixon Center, as in, the 37th president, and it still includes on its board such legendary Nixon foreign-policy hands as...
  • Donald Trump Ford foreign policy worked

    04/27/2016 12:58:49 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 3 replies
    The Donald Trump effect: Ford will invest $1.6 billion in two U.S. factories. Ford Motor Co will invest $1.6 billion in two U.S. factories to start making a new automatic transmission and expand output of certain commercial trucks, the company said on Tuesday. Ford said the moves would support a total of 650 jobs but would not say how many new ones would be created. The announcement comes three weeks after Ford said it would spend $1.6 billion to build a new vehicle assembly plant in Mexico, drawing fire from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ford has countered that...
  • Trump Foreing Policvy

    04/27/2016 12:15:01 PM PDT · by weston · 39 replies
    Donald J Trump.com | 4/27/2016 | Donald Trump
    DONALD J. TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for the National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country – one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace. It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless...
  • Scarborough's Love Letter to Hillary's Foreign Policy Leadership

    04/25/2016 6:28:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough was careful to state for the record that he was "not voting for Hillary Clinton." But everything else he said during a segment on today's Morning Joe was one long love letter to her foreign policy and leadership skills. Granted, Joe set the bar very low, comparing Hillary's prospective leadership to President Obama's fecklessness. Even so, it was striking to hear Scarborough proclaim "Hillary Clinton does not believe in leading from behind. Hillary Clinton does not believe that you sit back and let the events of the world shape the country. Hillary Clinton does not believe in the...
  • Trump schedules foreign policy speech in D.C. next week

    04/22/2016 4:47:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/21/16 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Donald Trump told thousands of voters in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday night he isn't quite ready to be "presidential," but said he'd get there next week in time for a major foreign policy speech in the nation's capital. Trump will discuss the U.S. economy as it relates to national security during a speech next Wednesday at the National Press Club, according to the Wall Street Journal. The billionaire is also considering hiring a speechwriter to assist him with several major speeches his campaign has planned in the coming months. Much like the rest of Trump's newest hires, the speechwriter will reportedly...
  • Cuba officials call Obama's visit an ‘attack,’ Raul Castro labels U.S. as 'enemy'

    04/19/2016 1:23:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 19, 2016
    Weeks after President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, officials from the Communist island have ramped up their attacks on the U.S. On Monday, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called Obama's visit "an attack on the foundation of our history, our culture and our symbols." "Obama came here to dazzle the non-state sector, as if he wasn't the representative of big corporations but the defender of hot dog vendors, of small businesses in the United States, which he isn't," Rodriguez said. The foreign minister’s response came days after Cuba President Raul Castro said that the United States is "the enemy" and...
  • Russian jet threatens U.S. reconnaissance aircraft

    04/16/2016 2:54:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2016
    Video at link. A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday. The U.S. aircraft, a militarized Boeing 707 jet, was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory, said the Navy, as reported first by The Washington Free Beacon. “On April 14, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” Navy Capt....
  • New York Sun Endorses Ted Cruz

    04/16/2016 8:18:06 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 91 replies
    Brietbart ^ | April 16, 2016 | Susan Berry
    The New York Sun announced it is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% in the Republican primary Tuesday. According to the Sun: It hasn’t been our normal practice to endorse in the primaries, but this year the vote, set for Tuesday, will take on outsized importance as we career toward a contested convention. The junior senator from Texas has emerged from a crowded field by dint of his fidelity to principles — limited, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a strong foreign policy — that couldn’t be at higher premium. They are the true New York Values. Regardless of the...
  • Senators Slam NATO ‘Free-Riders’ in Closed-Door Meeting With Secretary General

    04/07/2016 5:20:01 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | April 6, 2016 | John Hudson
    onald Trump has spent much of his campaign deriding NATO allies for “ripping off” the American taxpayer and failing to contribute to the world’s most powerful military alliance. But on Wednesday, his fellow Republicans joined the chorus during a closed-door meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Capitol Hill, according to sources inside the room. For under an hour, senators grilled Stoltenberg, a former prime minister of Norway, about why only five members of the 28-nation club spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense, the official amount NATO recommends each nation set aside. Some...
  • Will house arrests of Green Movement leaders come to an end?

    04/02/2016 5:31:39 PM PDT · by RC one · 5 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | March 17, 2016 | Arash Karami
    At an April 2013 campaign rally, presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani was asked about the house arrests of the 2009 Green Movement leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi. At the time, the Green Movement leaders had been imprisoned for over two years without trial for calling for protests against the contested 2009 presidential elections, which kept the hard-line Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power. Rouhani responded to the question by saying, “This condition is not to our benefit. This split, which day by day is becoming deeper, must be eliminated.” He added, “I am hopeful that the elections will decrease...
  • Counting Up Obama’s Cataclysmic Foreign Policy Failures

    04/01/2016 11:52:19 PM PDT · by RC one · 20 replies
    commentary magazine ^ | MAY 26, 2015 | PETER WEHNER
    With the Islamic State expanding its reach after two key victories in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, and Palmyra, a strategically important city in Syria, it might a good time to ask: What are the worst foreign policy failures of Barack Obama’s presidency? The list is long; here are several to choose from. 1.) The Rise of ISIS:President Obama failed to anticipate the rise of ISIS, which he ridiculed as a “jayvee team” as recently as last year, and he has since failed to do anything effective to impede it. ISIS had established territory in large parts of...
  • The Final Four White House Contenders and Their Foreign Policies: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump

    04/01/2016 7:17:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2016 | Charles Krauthhammer
    <p>After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer-beaters, and a ton of flagrant fouls, we’re down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, and Trump. (If Kasich pulls a miracle, he’ll get his own column.) The world wants to know: What are their foreign policies?</p>
  • Atlantic's Goldberg: 'I'm Not Flacking for Obama on Foreign Policy, But'

    03/29/2016 5:58:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Methinks the Goldberg doth protest too much . . . Twice during his appearance on today's Morning Joe, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg claimed that he wasn't there to "flack" for President Obama on foreign policy . . . but then proceeded to do just that. The Atlantic recently published a long piece by Goldberg on Obama's foreign policy, based on the author's interviews of the president and some of his top national security aides. In his first flack, Goldberg defended Obama's cool-dude shades-wearing, wave-doing attendance at a Cuban baseball game and his tangoing in Argentina in the immediate wake of...
  • Trump on Brussels: Told you so. Cruz joins front-runner in focusing on Muslims in America

    03/22/2016 3:06:19 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 22 March 2016 07:54 am EDT updated 4:40pm | Eli Stokols and Nolan D. McCaskill
    When the world awoke to news of terrorist attacks in Brussels, the only two remaining Republican presidential candidates with any chance of winning the nomination outright responded by stoking public fear and calling for action against Muslims. Donald Trump didn’t wait to consult with the foreign-policy advisors he announced less than 24 hours earlier, instead dialing into the morning shows to condemn the attacks that, he said, serve as further rationale for some of his most controversial ideas, from closing America’s borders to allowing the greater use torture in the war on terrorists. [snip]Not to be outdone, Ted Cruz, called...
  • Donald Trump reveals foreign policy team in meeting with The Washington Post

    03/21/2016 10:23:33 AM PDT · by dlt · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3-21-2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Donald Trump revealed part of his foreign policy advisory team and outlined an unabashedly non-interventionist approach to world affairs during a wide-ranging meeting Monday with The Washington Post's editorial board. The Republican presidential front-runner listed for the first time five of the individuals who are part of a team, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), counseling him on foreign affairs and helping to shape his policies.
  • Donald Trump reveals foreign policy team in meeting with The Washington Post

    03/21/2016 11:20:02 AM PDT · by jennychase · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/21/2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Donald Trump revealed part of his foreign policy advisory team and outlined an unabashedly non-interventionist approach to world affairs during a wide-ranging meeting Monday with The Washington Post's editorial board.
  • Trump Campaign Releases New Details About Sessions’ Role As Foreign Policy Adviser

    03/17/2016 12:36:10 PM PDT · by GilGil · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/17/2016 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump is brilliant when it comes to getting to the weak spot, and, of course, we’ve seen it throughout this campaign… You had some very might and powerful politicians who have crumbled to nothing trying to go up against Donald Trump… so I might say that tonight he is previewing just a sampling of how he might go after Hillary Clinton in a general election.
  • Cruz Announces Foreign Policy Team

    03/17/2016 10:31:35 AM PDT · by PA-LU Student · 96 replies
    The following are members of Ted Cruz’s national security coalition: Elliott Abrams was an assistant secretary of State in the Reagan administration and a deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration; he is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Stewart Baker served as assistant secretary for policy at DHS, as general counsel of the National Security Agency, and as general counsel of the bipartisan commission that investigated intelligence failures involving WMD and Iraq. Ilan Berman is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, and an expert on Iran, Russia...
  • Trump Ad Mocks Hillary Clinton for Barking Like a Dog [A MUST SEE]

    03/17/2016 2:22:34 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 29 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 16 Mar 2016 | Ezra Dulis
    Donald Trump mocked Hillary Clinton as unserious on foreign policy and a “punchline” to America’s foes and rivals in an online campaign ad. In an Instagram video posted Wednesday afternoon, Trump juxtaposes footage of tough international leaders–Vladimir Putin practicing martial arts, an Islamic State soldier pointing a gun–with a clip of Hillary Clinton barking like a yappy dog.
  • Obama Just Tried To Blame Middle East Turmoil On Netanyahu… One BIG Problem

    03/11/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | March 11, 2016 | Yochanan Visser
    Obama became annoyed... President Obama’s favorite journalist Jeffrey Goldberg made headlines in Israel when The Atlantic published his latest article about the President. In his lengthy piece titled “The Obama Doctrine,” Goldberg gave an overview of Obama’s foreign policy and discussed the President’s disillusionment with the attempts to change the Middle East for the better. Yes, Obama really thought that his policies in this problematic region would bring a positive change when he entered the White House at the beginning of 2008. “This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East,”...
  • Beinart Gushes over ‘Brilliant’ Hillary for Taking Secretary of State Post;

    03/08/2016 7:19:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 8, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    In the early moments of CNN’s Super Tuesday 2 coverage, Atlantic contributing editor and CNN political commentator Peter Beinart encouraged viewers to consider “how brilliant was Hillary Clinton” to accept President Obama’s offer to become his secretary of state and “politically de facto his vice president” even though “[a] lot of people at the time didn't see” this so-called “wisdom.” Not long before a commercial break, Beinart chimed in to exclaim: “If you think about it, how brilliant was Hillary Clinton. Let’s go back to becoming Obama's Secretary of State. Let’s think about it now. She is running as the...
  • FNC's Rivera Lauds Trump's 'Unparalleled Courage' of Not Siding with Israel

    02/26/2016 7:25:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 26, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing as a guest on Friday's Fox and Friends, FNC's Geraldo Rivera touted GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as "the reasonable man on the stage" at last night's presidential debate, and went on to praise Trump's "unparalleled courage" for taking a position of neutrality on the Arab-Israeli conflict. After acknowledging that the GOP presidential candidate would have to answer for his history of having illegal immigrants doing construction work for him, Rivera brought up Trump's position on Israel as he added: My point, Brian, is that in the big picture this was the reasonable man on the stage. How is...
  • Jihadis selling U.S. weapons intended for Syrian rebels on Facebook

    02/24/2016 1:39:59 PM PST · by Fali_G · 26 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/24/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Jihadis in Syria are using Facebook as a marketplace to buy, sell and barter a wide variety of American-made weapons and munitions ranging from rocket launchers to machine guns. A Facebook page called "The first weapons market in the Idleb countryside" showcases posts with photographs of weapons, claimed to be CIA-supplied, inviting buyers to contact page administrators privately using popular messaging application Whatsapp to discuss sales and transactions. An AGS-17 Soviet-era grenade launcher is listed for $3,800 and below that a thermal camera made by Oregon-based company FLIR, is listed alongside posts advertising the sale of 105mm cannon shells.
  • Rubio: Trump ‘Really Needs to Step Up’ on Foreign Policy

    02/22/2016 6:02:59 AM PST · by qaz123 · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22Feb16 | Trent Baker
    On Sunday’s “Fox and Friends” on Fox News Channel, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79% said in an interview that fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “really needs to step up and outline his foreign policy vision.”
  • Trump: If we're attacked, we'll 'beat the s--t out of them'

    02/02/2016 6:29:45 PM PST · by Zakeet · 172 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says America will be glad if he's the president next time the nation is attacked. "If we are attacked, somebody attacks us, wouldn't you rather have Trump as president if we're attacked?" he said at a rally in Milford, N.H. "We'll beat the shit out of them." He added that America needs to stop "playing games." "We've become the policemen to the entire world," he said. "We take care of the world. They pay us peanuts."
  • Ted Cruz Doesn’t Have Time for Failed ‘Conventional Wisdom’ on Foreign Policy.

    01/28/2016 5:54:39 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 12 replies
    Medium ^ | 2016-01-28 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Dr. Victoria Coates: Well I mean, I don’t know who can channel Jeane Kirkpatrick best. It is interesting to me that many Establishment institutions in foreign policy — just as they have in every other branch of policy — have been deeply disturbed by Senator Cruz, and the kinds of approaches that he proposes because he has very little time for quote unquote “conventional wisdom.” And you have a lot of people whose sort of “bread and butter” depends on their position on editorial boards, their positions in think tanks, their appearances on television, and all of that is based on a certain way...
  • Special Ops Commander Demands Pentagon Stop Exposing Operations

    01/27/2016 4:23:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/16 | Morgan Chalfant
    President Obama’s nominee to head U.S. Central Command recently penned a memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding that the Pentagon stop discussing the operations of elite American troops. Foreign Policy, which obtained an excerpt of the memo, reported that Gen. Joseph Votel, currently the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, wrote the December 8 memo to express concern about the Obama administration’s exposure of special operations forces’ activities. “I am concerned with increased public exposure of SOF activities and operations, and I assess that it is time to get our forces back into the shadows,” Votel wrote to Carter....
  • Hillary Laughs When Voter Says He Wishes Trump Would Have Punched Gowdy During Benghazi Hearing

    01/26/2016 4:35:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    At the CNN Democratic town hall Monday night in Des Moines, Iowa Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley spent two hours answering voters' questions. One particular attendee who noticed the majority of the questions were aimed at domestic issues pivoted the discussion to foreign policy when Clinton was on the stage. This voter explained that, while he hadn't been fully committed to voting for Clinton next year, he said he was "gung ho" about her after watching all 11 hours of her testimony in front of the Benghazi Select Committee in October. At one point, he quipped that he...
  • Western Islamophobia: Who Are We Kidding?

    01/18/2016 2:25:28 PM PST · by CanaryBlog · 9 replies
    Canary in the Mine - Blog ^ | Jan 7th | The Canary
    The most socialist administration in decades is waging a war on "Islamophobia" while its relationship with Israel continues to deterioriate. Is "the Jew" the Obama administration's bogeyman in its crusade to wipe out any remnant of British Colonialism?
  • Report: Three Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

    01/18/2016 12:17:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Three Americans have been kidnapped in Baghdad by "militias," according to Arab news channel Al Arabiya, citing its own sources. The State Department said it is aware of the report and is working with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans. Officials, however, would not confirm that anyone been kidnapped. "We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to The Hill. "The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority, he continued. "We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to...
  • Trump: Obama brings us back to ‘age of Jimmy Carter’

    01/13/2016 6:38:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 13, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Wednesday needled President Obama over Iran's seizure of U.S. Navy boats, comparing the recent events to the Iran hostage crisis during Jimmy Carter's presidency. "This is Jimmy Carter stuff," Trump said at a rally in Pensacola, Fla. "We are now back in the age of Jimmy Carter." More than 60 Americans were held hostage in Iran late in Carter's administration. Hours before President Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday, Iran seized two U.S. Navy vessels and 10 American soldiers. On Wednesday, Iran freed the U.S. sailors and Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • From ISIS Lips to Obama Ears?

    01/13/2016 7:31:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/13/16 | Judi McLeod
    Obama's Foreign Policy: "Completely disconnected from reality" Television’s prominent talking heads commenting on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, spoke of how Obama was “completely disconnected from reality” on foreign policy. “Charles Krauthammer seemed to have been left in disbelief: “He is talking about a world that really doesn’t exist,” he said. “And that’s why I think it completely diminished what he said on foreign policy.” (The Blaze, Jan. 12, 2016) Obama broad-stroked those who worry about ISIS on the rampage as conspiracy theorists, calling their claims that this is heading for World War III as...
  • Will Mideast Allies Drag Us Into War?

    01/05/2016 9:19:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    The New Year's execution by Saudi Arabia of the Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was a deliberate provocation. Its first purpose: Signal the new ruthlessness and resolve of the Saudi monarchy where the power behind the throne is the octogenarian King Salman's son, the 30-year-old Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. Second, crystallize, widen and deepen a national-religious divide between Sunni and Shiite, Arab and Persian, Riyadh and Tehran. Third, rupture the rapprochement between Iran and the United States and abort the Iranian nuclear deal. The provocation succeeded in its near-term goal. An Iranian mob gutted and burned the Saudi...
  • Cruz Super PAC Uses Rubio’s Own Ad Against Him

    01/04/2016 9:50:03 AM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 4, 2016 | Zeke J Miller
    A super PAC supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is blasting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's attitude toward foreign policy in a new ad appearing on Snapchat.The 10-second spot by Keep the Promise I, one of a network of similarly named outside groups backing Cruz, juxtaposes the fight against ISIS and the need to stand up to Iran with a humorous video spot released by Rubio's campaign before one of last year's debates in which he was discussing his fantasy football picks.“Yeah, I know I have a debate, but I've got to get this fantasy football thing right,” Rubio says...
  • Obama to Travel the Globe in 2016 to Tout His Foreign Policy Successes

    12/29/2015 5:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2015 | Debra Heine
    A recent Organizing for America fundraising letter to supporters contained an ominous threat from President Barack Obama: "I've got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I'm still in office. And that's what I intend to do."Not mentioned in the letter is his plan to squeeze out every ounce of travel he can while he's still in office. In keeping with his reputation as a "permanent campaigner," Obama plans to go on a global tour in 2016 to "seal his foreign policy legacies."Obama will be spewing carbon from Air Force One into the atmosphere of...
  • Jim Webb Attacks Hillary for Her Foreign-Policy Failures: First Step of His Third-Party Run?

    12/28/2015 7:41:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/28/2015 | by JOHN FUND
    When Jim Webb, the former Virginia senator and Navy secretary, left the Democratic primary race in October, he hinted that he might mount an independent run for president. That looks more likely now that Webb has blasted his party's front-runner for her "inept leadership” as secretary of state. "Hillary Clinton should be called to account for her inept leadership that brought about the chaos in Libya, and the power vacuums that resulted in the rest of the region,” Webb wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "While she held that office, the U.S. spent about $2 billion backing the Libyan uprising...
  • Santorum gives passionate foreign policy speech to Republican Jewish Coalition

    12/23/2015 8:35:24 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 15 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 23, 2015 | Eric Golub
    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is seen by many voters as a social conservative. His friends at the Republican Jewish Coalition, which he has addressed many times, know him as a leader on foreign policy issues. His expertise on Iran is as solid as it gets.[Snip] "They know who I am and I know who they are. I have been fighting radical Islam before it was fashionable to fight radical Islam." He observed, "I authored the Syrian Accountability Act." Colin Powell said this act was the primary reason Syria exited Lebanon. He also authored the "Iran Freedom and Support Act."
  • The Early Returns on the Iran Deal

    12/23/2015 8:31:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | Cliff May
    Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opened a hearing last week with these candid, if not immortal, words: "I think the agreement is off to a really terrible start." The agreement in question is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It is to provide more than $100 billion in unfrozen assets to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism. In exchange, Tehran is supposed to halt a nuclear weapons program whose existence it has consistently denied. More on that in a moment but first, this point: A deal so consequential ought...
  • Obama's Fire Sale Foreign Policy: A farewell binge of international agreements.

    12/22/2015 10:00:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/22/2015 | Claudia Rosett
    President Obama's final stretch in office -- filled, as he promised, with "interesting stuff" -- has become an extravaganza of "historic" foreign-policy deals, most of them distinguished for making common cause with despotic regimes that are less than friendly toward the United States: -- The embrace of Cuba. -- The Iran nuclear deal. -- The Paris climate agreement. -- And, enshrined just this past Friday as United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, a grand plan in which, under the United Nations umbrella, the U.S., Russia, Iran and sundry others will all come together to produce peace and democracy by June,...
  • The silly “Ted Cruz is an isolationist” argument

    12/17/2015 8:19:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    People expected to debate the isolationist tendencies of a Republican Senator running for the party’s presidential nomination. Who would have guessed that debate would center on Ted Cruz? During the debate on Tuesday night that focused mainly on foreign policy, Wolf Blitzer asked Cruz about the US efforts on regime change over the last twenty years, decisions criticized by Cruz. In his answer, Cruz characterized his approach by using a phrase historically associated with a much different philosophy than the one he espoused (transcript from CNN, emphasis mine): BLITZER: Senator Cruz, you have said the world would be safer...
  • Ted Cruz's vision turns ugly

    12/16/2015 9:10:56 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 88 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/15 | Jennifer Rubin
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) outdid himself last night in his courting of the Trumpkin base. In doing so, he sank further into the far-right brew of isolationism and xenophobia. At one point in the debate, Cruz proclaimed: “Wolf, I believe in an America-first foreign policy, that far too often President Obama and Hillary Clinton — and, unfortunately, more than a few Republicans — have gotten distracted from the central focus of keeping this country safe.” Cruz is an Ivy League-educated man and knows full well the history of the isolationist “America First” policy:
  • Many GOP Foreign-Policy Leaders Are Suspicious of Ted Cruz

    12/14/2015 6:58:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2015 | by TIM ALBERTA & ELIANA JOHNSON
    An influential chorus within the Republican establishment is raising questions about whether Ted Cruz can be trusted on foreign policy. Among this crowd, Cruz's use of the term "neocon" was seen as the latest evidence of his willingness to elevate politics over principle on matters of national security. By the end of George W. Bush's second term in office, the term "neoconservative," once widely used to describe the hawkish foreign-policy views held by several of the president's most senior advisers, had become radioactive. As critics began using it to describe a cadre of like-minded Jews who had allegedly hijacked American...
  • Obama to Announce Halt of U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

    10/15/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by EBH · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/15/2015 | Michael Rosenberg
    The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of President Obama’s term in 2017, Mr. Obama will announce on Thursday, prolonging the American role in a war that has now stretched on for 14 years. The current American force in Afghanistan of 9,800 troops will remain in place through most of 2016 under the Obama administration’s revised plans, before dropping to about 5,500 at the end of next year or in early 2017, senior administration officials said. Some of the troops will continue to train and...
  • The White House has a Problem With Ted Cruz’s Tweets About the Islamic State

    12/11/2015 8:06:17 PM PST · by Isara · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 11, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest mocked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Friday for his tweets regarding the Obama administration's handling of the Islamic State, critiquing the Texas senator for lacking a specific national security policy. Earnest announced that President Barack Obama will be at the Pentagon Monday to meet with his national security team and then make remarks about the fight against the Islamic State. After reporter questions, Earnest insisted the administration would maintain it's current course in the fight. "Those who are most frequent in voicing those calls, do not themselves have alternative solutions on the table," Earnest...
  • As Trump rises, Clinton preaches love and kindness

    12/11/2015 6:27:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2015 | Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    Hillary Clinton had just finished detailing the dangers of terrorism, recalling tough calls in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican rivals for threatening the safety of Americans. But when an Iowa man broke into her riff with a question about how the country could confront a new wave of hate and fear, her response sounded less like that of a commander in chief than of a soothing self-help guru. "We've got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness," she told a crowd of several...