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  • Appropriate Foreign Policy

    08/24/2016 9:42:14 AM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 2 replies
    Retired Navy Pilot Bud ^ | August 23, 2016 | Anon
    Quote from a WWII veteran overhearing someone say that `You can't > bomb an ideology.": > > "The hell you can't. Because we did it. These Muslims are no > different than the [Imperial] Japanese. They had their suicide > bombers > too. And we stopped them. What it takes is the resolve and will to > use > a level of brutality and violence that your generations can't > stomach. > And until you can, this shit won't stop. It took us on the beaches > with bullets, clearing out caves with flame throwers, and men like > LeMay...
  • Newt: Trump ISIS Speech ‘Historic’ — ‘Most Important Foreign Policy Speech Since Ronald Reagan’

    08/15/2016 11:00:17 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Aug 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a glowing review of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech in Youngstown, OH earlier in the day on how he would handle the threat of ISIS. According to Gingrich, it was the most important foreign policy speech dating back to President Ronald Reagan.
  • Does the Average American Know More About Foreign Policy Than Foreign Policy Experts?

    08/15/2016 8:01:03 AM PDT · by pinochet · 47 replies
    A number of foreign policy experts came out against Trump. Any American who has travelled to a foreign country knows something about foreign policy. Ordinary Americans are popular and well liked around the world. It does not matter whether they travel as tourists, exchange students, missionaries, residents of military bases, aid workers, etc. Ordinary Americans have a very good reputation in foreign countries. But American foreign policy is hated. This is because foreign-policy experts engage in foreign social engineering, trying to change foreign cultures and overthrow foreign governments. Americans hate domestic social engineering, when it is carried out in America....
  • Nabila Ramdani - BBC Dateline London - 31 July [Hillary vs Trump]

    08/02/2016 3:11:09 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies
    BBC/Youtube.com ^ | 31 July, 2016
    French journalist Nabila Ramdani contributes to a panel discussion on the murder of 86 yer-old priest Jacques Hamel in Normandy, France; the Clinton-Trump presidential contest in America; and the cheating controversy surrounding the forthcoming Rio Olympics.
  • Trump's Emasculation of Republican Foreign Policy (Barf and Hurl Alert!!!

    07/24/2016 7:17:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    If there has been any constant in the Republican worldview over decades, it's that American strength, resolve and credibility are essential in foreign affairs, and weakness and uncertainty lead straight to disaster. The GOP legions regard Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as failures because they have been insufficiently willing to challenge our adversaries and stand with our friends. "Our allies don't trust us, and our enemies don't fear us" is a claim made by one Republican after another. But the Cleveland convention was a study in dissonance between the bedrock convictions of just about every loyal Republican and the opinions...
  • Pelosi’s Most Dangerous Ploy

    10/15/2007 6:13:14 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 38 replies · 142+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/15/2007 | Jed Babbin
    Congressional Democrats anxious to force a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq are frustrated by their inability to muster a veto-proof majority for legislation that would establish a firm date for retreat. But what they cannot do directly they are now working hard to do indirectly. According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey is the transshipment point for about 70% of all air cargo (including 33% of the fuel) going to supply US forces in Iraq. Included are about 95% of the new “MRAP” -- mine-resistant, ambush-protected -- vehicles designed to save the lives of...
  • Why I talked about peace through strength with clarity

    07/17/2016 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Pressaa ^ | 07/17/16 | Herman Cain
    Look what's happening now without it When I ran for president, I summed up my thinking on foreign policy with the term “peace through strength with clarity.” To help demonstrate what this meant, we created a map that clearly labeled certain nations. Britain was a friend. Russia was a rival. Various nations in the Middle East represented threats. As you might expect, the political media mocked this as simple-minded, which I still believe is hilariously ironic coming from some of the most simple-minded people you will ever have the misfortune of meeting. But what’s happening now helps to demonstrate why...
  • Ernst to deliver GOP convention speech focusing on national security Monday

    07/12/2016 8:56:01 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 7/12/2016 | James Lynch
    Other GOP elected officials may be avoiding the Republican National Convention later this month, but Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst sees an opening night speech as an opportunity “to give Iowans a voice on the national stage.” “Right now, Iowans are pretty darned frustrated — just like when I ran for election,” said Ernst, whose 2014 campaign caught fire with a “Make ’em Squeal” promise to cut federal spending. National security is to be her focus when she addresses the Cleveland convention on Monday, July 18. “There’s a real pushback against the failed policies we have right now,” Ernst said Tuesday....
  • NBC’s Today Ignores CIA Director’s ‘Stark Warning’ About ISIS

    06/17/2016 1:34:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 17, 2016 | Kyle Drennen
    On Friday, NBC’s Today skipped any mention of CIA Director John Brennan detailing Obama administration failures in the fight against ISIS while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The morning show ignored the major story despite Thursday’s NBC Nightly News devoting a nearly two-minute segment to the topic. On Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt declared: “Now to a stark warning here at home from the director of the CIA over the threat from ISIS. John Brennan told Congress today efforts to defeat ISIS on the battlefield have not put a dent in the group's ability to carry out terror attacks....
  • Trump's provocative Orlando response worries some in GOP

    06/14/2016 5:24:49 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/14/2016 | David M. Drucker
    Donald Trump is making abundantly clear in the wake of the Orlando terror attack that there will be no general election pivot by his campaign. The presumptive Republican nominee ignored political convention in the primary. He used sharp rhetoric, offered provocative solutions and occasionally peddled old conspiracy theories to bolster his positions and overwhelm competitors. Trump's response to the jihadist strike on a gay nightclub in central Florida that left 49 victims dead and scores wounded was no different. The New York businessman congratulated himself for predicting the carnage, suggested that President Obama might have somehow been involved and reaffirmed...
  • Media Ignore External Influences on 'Homegrown Extremist' Mateen

    06/13/2016 5:06:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tom Blumer
    In his second speech on Sunday morning's terrorist massacre in Orlando, Florida, President Barack Obama said  on Monday that "the shooter was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the Internet," that "we see no clear evidence that he was directed externally," and that "this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time." The press, led as usual by the Associated Press, is certainly cooperating with those characterizations. Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has clearly made up her mind that...
  • Does Hillary Really Have the Foreign-Policy Advantage?

    06/11/2016 6:10:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 11, 2016 | Uri Friedman
    Already, Clinton has claimed international affairs as a key battleground against Trump, devoting her first major address of the general-election campaign to the topic. And she’s done so for understandable reasons. Foreign affairs is arguably the realm in which she can draw the sharpest contrast with Trump in terms of qualifications. In her national-security speech last week, Clinton noted that she visited 112 countries as secretary of state. Foreign affairs is also where the stakes of the election seem highest; in her speech, Clinton conjured images of a volatile Trump in the Situation Room, blustering through matters of war and...
  • People Who Live In Glass Houses?

    06/08/2016 8:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2016 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week, Hillary Clinton lambasted Donald Trump in a blistering and “much anticipated foreign policy speech,” according to the media, declaring that the presumptive GOP nominee is “temperamentally unfit” to lead the world’s most powerful nation. She also contrasted her own temperament, experience, and judgment favorably with that of the bombastic billionaire. The speech, given at San Diego’s Balboa Park, in advance of the California primary election, has been viewed as a primer on the way the presumptive Democratic nominee will attack Trump in the general election campaign. Regardless of this contention, Clinton offered no specific policy recommendations, nor did...
  • The Secret History: Obama Is a Nincompoop

    06/05/2016 1:26:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 5, 2016 | Andrew Klavan
    Whenever you put forward an idea that enrages both the left and the right, you can feel pretty certain you've come close to the truth. A while back - I can no longer locate the post - I advanced the notion that Barack Obama is a hapless schmuck. The theory was greeted with derision from both sides. Leftists, of course, were furious because it's clear to them that even their president's failures are a product of his genius. He's just too smart for the rest of us to comprehend what it is he's doing. Rightists were upset because I had...
  • Clinton's Speech Shows that Only Sanders is Fit for the Presidency (Rat spat alert)

    06/05/2016 6:38:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 5, 2016 | Jeffrey Sachs
    Hillary Clinton's recent foreign policy speech was an attack on Donald Trump but was also a reminder that Clinton is a deeply flawed and worrisome candidate. Her record as Secretary of State was one of the worst in modern US history; her policies have enmeshed America in new Middle East wars, rising terrorism, and even a new Cold War with Russia. Of the three leading candidates, only Bernie Sanders has the sound judgment to avoid further war and to cooperate with the rest of the world. Clinton is intoxicated with American power. [Snip] Clinton lacks all self-awareness of how poorly...
  • Hillary Rejects 'America First'

    06/03/2016 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    "Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order." Thus did page one of Thursday's New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton's big San Diego speech on foreign policy. Inside the Times, the headline was edited to underline the point: "Clinton to Portray Trump as Risk to the World." The Times promoted the speech as "scorching," a "sweeping and fearsome portrayal of Mr. Trump, one that the Clinton campaign will deliver like a drumbeat to voters in the coming months." What is happening here? As Donald Trump is splitting off blue-collar Democrats on issues like America's broken borders and...
  • Clinton backs Israel, blasts Trump in San Diego

    06/02/2016 4:38:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/6/16 | Ben Ariel
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday gave a speech in San Diego in which she reiterated her support for Israel. “Israel’s security is non-negotiable. They are our closest ally in the region and we have a moral obligation to defend them,” she said. In the speech, the former Secretary of State also blasted her Republican rival Donald Trump and especially his foreign policy platform, which she described as "dangerously incoherent". "Donald Trump's ideas are not just different, they are dangerously incoherent," she said, according to Reuters. "They're not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds...
  • Clinton launches foreign policy broadside against Trump (as the mean old Trumpster fights back)

    06/02/2016 3:18:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2016
    Hillary Clinton, in what was billed as a major foreign policy speech Thursday afternoon, used it instead to launch a broadside against Donald Trump - as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee provided a running commentary throughout, repeatedly firing back on Twitter during her address. [Snip] "Donald Trump's ideas are not just different, they're dangerously incoherent," Clinton said. "They’re not even ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies." Trump was unimpressed by the address, tweeting as Clinton was speaking that she looked unpresidential and was bad at reading from a teleprompter. Bad performance by Crooked Hillary...
  • US, India Forge New Military Ties

    06/01/2016 1:26:11 AM PDT · by originalist_1776 · 2 replies
    Kevin Knodell writes at The Week that in response to the rising Chinese influence in the South China Sea and a troubled relationship with Chinese-allied Pakistan, the United States is building new ties with India. He notes that the US has surpassed Russia as India’s largest military supplier, that Indian special forces recently participated in joint exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently “discussed the possibility of sharing technology to help New Delhi build its first domestically produced aircraft carrier INS Vishal .”
  • Economics Has Failed America

    05/20/2016 7:18:57 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 19 May 2016 | Daniel Altman
    When it comes to the impact of global trade, the dismal science has done a dismal job explaining how to help workers hurt by globalization. As a recovering economist writing on behalf of my erstwhile field, I would like to apologize to every American who has lost a job or a livelihood because of globalization. Economics has failed you. It has failed you because of ideology, politics, and laziness. It has failed you because its teachings are woefully incomplete, and its greatest exponents have done almost nothing to complete them. There are “positive” questions in economics that have mathematical answers...
  • Donald Trump meets Republican foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger

    05/18/2016 9:30:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 19, 2016 | David Lawler
    Donald Trump met Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state and long-time foreign policy guru on Wednesday. Mr Kissinger is the latest in a string of policy experts sought out by Mr Trump as he looks to reassure the Republican establishment that he is not, as Hillary Clinton has described him, a "loose cannon". Mr Trump's "America First" foreign policy aligns in part with Mr Kissinger's realist approach, with both men emphasising US self-interest in dealings with other countries.
  • Donald Trump is the right candidate on Israel and national security (Shmuley Boteach)

    05/14/2016 11:02:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Shmuley Boteach
    I am friendly with Donald Trump’s son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. They are both extremely fine people. Jared is a leading advisor to his father-in-law on Israel and is rock-solid on all matters pertaining to the Jewish state. He stems from a famously philanthropically Jewish family who are devoted in every way to the interests of the Jewish community. I am in accordance with Mr. Trump on his strong position on issues of national security, fighting ISIS and terrorism, and tearing up the disastrous Iran nuclear deal which has already been breached by the Iranian government, making...
  • Clarice Feldman: An Epiphany on the Road to Tehran

    05/08/2016 11:10:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    The internet was abuzz following a story by David Samuels on the jerk who admitted he manipulated the truth to get the president’s absurd deal with Iran accepted (accepted, that is, by the Democrats in Congress who blocked a Republican resolution to reject it). In case you missed it I’ll provide a quick summary of the salient parts, but that shouldn’t be the end of the story: the press having allowed itself to be flimflammed into being mere White House megaphones needs to redeem itself, should it care to win back even the tiniest shred of credibility. It probably won’t,...
  • A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the (bleep) who is the president’s foreign policy guru

    05/06/2016 4:23:45 PM PDT · by onyx · 26 replies
    FP (The Foreign policy Group) ^ | May 6, 2016 | THOMAS E. RICKS
    <p>The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.</p> <p>But, as that quote indicates, he comes off like an overweening little schmuck. This quotation seems to capture his worldview: “He referred to the American foreign policy establishment as the Blob."</p>
  • The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru

    05/06/2016 8:42:51 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 05, 2016 | David Samuels
    How Ben Rhodes rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age. Picture him as a young man, standing on the waterfront in North Williamsburg, at a polling site, on Sept. 11, 2001, which was Election Day in New York City. He saw the planes hit the towers, an unforgettable moment of sheer disbelief followed by panic and shock and lasting horror, a scene that eerily reminded him, in the aftermath, of the cover of the Don DeLillo novel “Underworld.”
  • 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,”...