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  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • In Israel’s Desperate Hour, Obama Leads from Behind

    07/24/2014 2:24:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    “We have your back,” President Obama told Israelis when he visited that embattled country recently. Way back, apparently. Mr. Obama’s administration famously claimed to “lead from behind” in overthrowing Libya’s strongman, Khaddafi. Young Sergeant Benjamin Anthony spoke to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit this week. Sgt. Anthony described a different vision of leadership. Ahalai he gave as the Hebrew word for “after me.” Officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) they should lead from the front. That used to be America’s idea of leadership, too. You cannot say Secretary John Kerry isn’t alert to his opportunities. He...
  • Obama Talks Tough, But Putin Doesn't Look Scared

    07/23/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Just three days after President Obama delivered his "get tough" speech on Ukraine aimed squarely at Vladimir Putin, Russia's president has responded — not with words, but deeds. Obama has been lauded for his speech on Monday regarding Russia's role in downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people. "Russia has extraordinary influence over these (Russian) separatists," the commander-in-chief said sternly. "No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them. We know that Russia has armed them with military equipment and weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons. Key separatist leaders are Russian citizens." Sounds like he was...
  • Why was a reading list scrubbed from Rand Paul's website?

    07/22/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/22/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In recent days the Weekly Standard and Washington Free Beacon have brought to light a now-scrubbed recommended reading list for students that had resided on Sen. Rand Paul’s website. Why the focus on a book list, and why was the book list scrubbed? The answer to the second question could lie in the answer to the first: the foreign policy recommendations in the reading list take a variety of controversial stances, suggesting that the U.S. is to blame for the rise of Islamic supremacism in the Middle East, that the “Israeli Lobby” controls U.S. foreign policy to America’s great detriment,...
  • Putin Channels Obama on MH17: Ukrainians Cling to Guns and Borders

    07/22/2014 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    The strongman of the Soviet, er, Russia is getting kind of wimpy. Caught in the act blowing up a civilian airliner, he’s pointing the finger at someone else, and condemning the world’s political calculations, all the while calculating politically. He must watch a lot of MSNBC because this is the type of thing we’ve come to expect from our own weak-willed presidents. Russia, says Putin, did not shoot down that jetliner. Listen to him very carefully. There is no inappropriate Russian relationship with that missile. It was caused by a bunch of bitter Ukrainians who cling to their guns and...
  • The Phone Call to Putin

    07/20/2014 6:59:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Since Thursday, many people have asked me what I would do about the Ukraine after the murderous downing of the Malaysian Airliner by Ukrainian rebels (which is another way of saying Russian forces). There is a clear path and it is clearly the time for that plan. President Obama has looked like a weakling to this point. His inaction over the Crimea was inexcusable. His later unwillingness to provide armaments to our ally, Ukraine, to defend itself further enhanced the impression of his being a wimp and whipping boy for Putin. In Obama’s defense (yes, there is some though...
  • John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion

    07/19/2014 8:36:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Even though US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeded in brokering a deal to resolve the deadlock over the Afghan presidential election run-off, confusion still persists about the proposal of forming a “government of national unity”. On July 12, Kerry announced the agreement in the presence of both rivals Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul. “The winner of the election will serve as the president and will immediately form a government of national unity,” said Kerry. However, the top US official failed to explain the composition of the unity government. Kerry’s vague proposal has caused uproar...
  • The Obama Doctrine

    07/19/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Sean Noble
    Remembering back to any high school US history class, we can all recall hearing about the doctrines of various presidents. A doctrine would be the pattern of actions that came to define a given administration. The history of doctrines tends to remember presidents by their aggressive foreign policy stances, such as the Monroe Doctrine towards European colonization efforts in the Americas or the Reagan Doctrine of pushing back Soviet influence around the world. President Obama, on the other hand, will likely not be remembered for any significant foreign policy achievements. Instead, unfortunately, when Americans think of the Obama Doctrine,...
  • Scarborough: Don't Blame Obama For Foreign Policy Disasters

    07/18/2014 8:28:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was strange. Joe Scarborough had just completed a comprehensive indictment of failed American foreign policy around the globe. But at the very moment when he should have laid those disasters at the feet of the sitting President of the United States, Scarborough came down with a bad case of . . . cold feet. Scarborough laid out to David Gregory a tour d'horizon of failed American foreign policy from the Middle East, to Iran, to Russia/Ukraine, describing it as "one disaster after another." But perhaps fearful of where the ineluctable logic of his comments was taking him, Scarborough suddenly...
  • Pinocchio in The White House Press Room

    07/16/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16,2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If anyone needs further evidence the White House is out of touch with reality, it came in an official statement this week that President Obama has made the world a more tranquil place. This was the White House's exaggerated response to a well-documented, front page Wall Street Journal story that concluded "the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn't been seen since the late 1970s." The article also charged that under this administration, "U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous." This should be obvious to anyone who's been following foreign events -- make that crises -- since Barack Obama,...
  • Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

    07/14/2014 6:49:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    We need a leader to speak out and make clear our intentions. With Israel again under attack, the situation in North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe unsettled and bloody, it’s time for the grown ups to keep our rendezvous with destiny-- which has always been necessitated by the very best of reasons: America’s best interest. For the last 80 years America has managed to keep the peace world wide—mostly-- and at a historically small cost. But there are some on both the right and the left today who are tired of this American greatness, tired of protecting...
  • Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

    07/05/2014 7:35:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 7/04/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    obama-is-a-terrorist-A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases. The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events...
  • Dick Cheney: Rand Paul Is Wrong On Foreign Policy

    06/22/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2014 | Hunter Walker
    ormer Vice President Dick Cheney fired back Sunday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized his position on Iraq. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Cheney argued Paul, who is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is an "isolationist" who doesn't understand the "absolutely essential" need for America to be involved in the Middle East. "Now, Rand Paul and — by my standards, as I look at his — his philosophy, is basically an isolationist. That didn't work in the 1930s, it sure as heck won't work in the aftermath of 9/11, when 19 guys armed with...
  • Questions for Obama

    06/20/2014 3:34:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Mona Charen
    A few questions for President Barack Obama. At your press conference, you said, "It is in our national security interest not to see an all-out civil war in Iraq." If that is the case, why did you withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011? Were you motivated by something other than U.S. national interests? Did no one advise you that the current disaster was possible when you proclaimed in December 2011: "We're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations. And...
  • NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama's Foreign Policy Rating Plummets, Even Without Iraq

    06/18/2014 12:54:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mark Murray
    The percentage of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as he faces multiple overseas challenges, including in Iraq, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country. Obama Calls on Iraq’s ‘Neighbors’ to Help Contain TerroristsNIGHTLY NEWS “This is a bad poll for President Obama, and not a...
  • Iceland Snubbed Over Whaling

    06/17/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT · by Leifur · 34 replies
    The Reykjavík Grapewine ^ | 12.06.2014 | Paul Fontaine
    Iceland was not amongst the countries invited to take part in a conference on the world’s oceans, due to the continued practice of whale hunting. RÚV reports that the conference – Our Ocean – is hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Many countries around the world have been invited to take part in the two-day conference, where subjects such as pollution and sustainability in our world’s oceans will be discussed. Iceland, despite having sought to participate, has not been invited to take part in the conference, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this because of whale hunting....
  • Welcome Our Newest Ally! Iran!

    06/17/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    The United States is considering airstrikes against Islamic rebels with our newest ally, um, Iran. from Reuters: Joint action between the United States and Iran to help prop up the government of their mutual ally would be unprecedented since Iran's 1979 revolution, demonstrating the urgency of the alarm raised by the lightning insurgent advance. As a courtesy to those readers who don't speak Obama, let me provide a translation: "We've screwed up so badly that we have to have enemies like Russia, China, and Iran bail us out in foreign policy and war, over and over and over again." This...
  • America Should Stop Trying To Fix Iraq, Syria, And Everywhere Else

    06/17/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 6/17/2014 | Doug Bandow
    America's involvement in foreign wars Doug Bandow foreign policy George W. Bush Iran Iraq Middle East Syria US military War KILIS, TURKEY—Syria’s civil war has washed over Turkey’s border, flooding the latter with hundreds of thousands of refugees. Washington’s efforts to solve the crisis so far have yielded few positive results. George W. Bush’s grandest foreign policy “success,” the ouster of Saddam Hussein, is turning into an even more dramatic debacle. Egypt is racing back into Mubarak-style authoritarianism. The outcome of President Barack Obama’s “splendid little war” in Libya continues to unravel. The region is aflame and U.S. policy bears...
  • Sowell: A Bitter After-taste

    06/16/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 17, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did,...
  • Iraq: Barack Obama’s self-regarding goodness is bad news for the rest of us

    06/14/2014 6:29:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:00PM BST 13 Jun 2014 | Charles Moore
    Europeans...felt what it said on the poster – “Hope”. But in the Muslim world, the people who were bitterly anti-American for reasons way beyond the invasion of Iraq were not converted or even appeased. Nor did anti-Western wolves like Vladimir Putin want to lie down with the new American lamb. He made lots of speeches....each slightly less interesting than the last. He held out the hand of friendship.... and it began to hang a bit limp. America had no quarrel with Islam, he told audiences in Cairo and Istanbul, but this had no effect on those extreme Muslims who believe...
  • Obama Thank You to Troops: We Lost Iraq Too

    06/13/2014 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    Oh, and they lost Iraq too. You can add Iraq to the list of countries that Obama and Hillary screwed up. And if you think it’s bad now, just wait. The Bush administration will look like masters of clarity as Iraq descends into chaos. At the very least they look competent in comparison. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Al Qaida inspired army, has captured key cities in Iraq and have said they intend on marching all the way to Baghdad. “Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured Baiji and Tikrit...
  • ISTOOK: Marine veteran Rep. Hunter says Obama squandered America’s victory in Iraq

    06/13/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    President Barack Obama has squandered America’s military victory in Iraq, says Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., California Republican and a former Marine major who served two combat tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. And the squandering of that victory could now lead to wider-than-ever fighting in the Mideast. “We won the war and it was done,” Mr. Hunter said. “He squandered that military victory for political reasons. This should upset everybody who put a yellow ribbon on their door or put a veterans sticker on their car and everybody who served or had friends or family who served.”...
  • Obama Ramps Up America's Destruction

    06/12/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 13, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    If people aren't extremely concerned about what's going on in this country now, you might want to check them for a pulse. Frankly, I am having a hard time getting my mind around the rapidity of the nation's decline. I have written two books chronicling President Obama's nightmarish path of destruction, but since the second one was published, events have been happening at an even more explosive pace. Who would have ever imagined that Ronald Reagan's famous statement that "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" would turn out to be a gross understatement? In the past...
  • WaPo's Ignatius: 'A Lot of Truth' To WSJ Condemnation of Obama's Fiddling While World Burns

    06/12/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Q. How do you know that Barack Obama's weakness poses a serious threat to the security of the free world? A. When a leading foreign policy voice of the Washington Post agrees with a leading foreign policy voice of the Wall Street Journal that such is the case. It happened on today's Morning Joe, when WaPo's highly-respected David Ignatius agreed with a WSJ op-ed by Daniel Henninger, "While Obama Fiddles," that darkly concludes: "past some point, the world's wildfires are going to consume the Obama legacy. And leave his successor a nightmare." Said Ignatius: "those are harsh words from the...
  • Glorious Days for Radical Islam

    06/07/2014 9:53:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Mark Davis
    The spiritual leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, rarely makes public statements. Chased from his perch atop the Supreme Council of Afghanistan weeks after 9/11, he has spent the last dozen years in hiding, reportedly in Pakistan. He watched as Operation Enduring Freedom sought to bring democracy to his native land. Since the first step in that exercise was to attack Afghanistan’s terrorist core, he saw his home in Kandahar bombed, killing his stepfather and son. Such were the events back when the United States was serious about winning a war on terror. The remaining years of the...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregard—to treat with contempt—the institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • Obama:'America's claim' written by those who served on D-Day (sez "hit singles" prez)

    06/06/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Although Obama made no direct reference to that controversy, he did said of D-Day that “in this age of instant commentary, the invasion would have swiftly and roundly been declared, as it was by one officer, 'a debacle.'" He also cautioned against a “race to judgment.” President Obama marked the anniversary of the D-Day landings Friday with a tribute to the servicemen who stormed “democracy’s beachhead” 70 years ago, and the new generation of American soldiers who continue their mission. "America's claim — our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being —...
  • Bergdahl Swap A Retro Moment In The New Cold War

    06/04/2014 11:34:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- U.S. President Barack Obama recently agreed to the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an alleged U.S. military deserter. It's great trade for the soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who will be reunited with his loved ones back in America. Nonetheless, it's a bad precedent for America. Obama said he expressed his personal gratitude to Qatar for having negotiated the Bergdahl swap. What could possibly be in this deal for Qatar? In June 2013, Qatar hosted talks between the U.S. and a Taliban delegation that also represented the Haqqani network, which was holding...
  • MSNBC's Matthews Hits Obama for Violating Law with Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Swap

    06/03/2014 6:33:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 3, 2014 | Ken Sheperd
    On his June 3 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews expressed his disapproval of the president having broken federal law in the process of securing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release in exchange for transferring five high-level Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatari government custody.
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldn’t defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • The tragedy of Obama's foreign policy

    06/01/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-30-14 | K. T. McFarland
    For six years the world has scratched its head about President Obama’s foreign policy doctrine. Is it “leading from behind,” as he himself has said on occasion, stepping back in hopes that an international coalition will take charge? Is it using American military or economic power to topple dictators? Is it killing enemies with drone strikes and spying on allies with advanced technology? Is it using words instead of weapons? With much fanfare, the president set out to set things straight on Wednesday by articulating a comprehensive Obama Doctrine in a major foreign policy address at West Point’s commencement ceremonies....
  • Obama’s Ad Hoc Foreign Policy

    05/30/2014 8:43:42 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/29/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    His West Point speech and his policy of retreat are characterized by smallness. It is fitting that the day before President Obama gives his grand West Point address defending the wisdom and prudence of his foreign policy, his government should be urging Americans to evacuate Libya. Libya, of course, was once the model Obama intervention — the exquisitely calibrated military engagement wrapped in the rhetorical extravagance of a nationally televised address proclaiming his newest foreign-policy doctrine (they change to fit the latest ad hoc decision): the responsibility to protect, or R2P. (snip) For the same reason, perhaps, that the Afghan...
  • Obama's West Point speech exposes his foreign-policy failures

    05/29/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 29. 2014 | James S. Robbins
    President Obama promised a powerful speech on national-security policy on Wednesday to the graduates of the United States Military Academy. Instead, the chief executive reinforced the notion that in an increasingly dangerous world, he is in over his head.
  • Obama's West Point Speech signals a presidency in deep trouble

    05/29/2014 7:12:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Am ^ | 05/29 | Th
    <p>Yesterday’s speech to the graduating class of West Point by President Obama may be remembered as the signal that his presidency has entered a crisis of confidence, much as Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise” speech has gone down in history as marking a failed presidency.</p>
  • Obama Defends U.S. Policy Based Less on Military Might

    05/29/2014 6:27:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2014 | Carol E. Lee
    Politics and Policy Obama Defends U.S. Policy Based Less on Military Might At West Point Commencement, President Lays Out New Criteria for Military Deployment By Carol E. Lee connect Updated May 28, 2014 8:49 p.m. ET WEST POINT, N.Y.—President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to define how to project American power: Not necessarily by major deployments of American forces, but rather through targeted operations, diplomacy and aid. Mr. Obama's address to graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point marked the start of his campaign to counter critics of his foreign policy doctrine and blunt charges, chiefly by...
  • Obama's empty foreign policy vision falls flat at West Point

    05/29/2014 4:13:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2014 | Nile Gardiner
    It was billed as President Obama's comeback speech on foreign policy, a response to mounting criticism — both foreign and domestic — that his international leadership has been a failure. A "big picture" address, it would outline the president's foreign policy vision as it stands five-and-a-half years since he entered the White House. Yet the commencement address yesterday at West Point failed to deliver on either count. Instead, it reinforced the impression of a lackluster commander-in-chief with an empty foreign policy vision. In many respects this was a highly defensive speech, one that will do little to allay growing fears,...
  • Confused? Obama's Hierarchy of Hatred Explains His Foreign Policy.

    05/27/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 3 replies
    26 May 2014 | RACookPE1978
    Confused about Obama's foreign policy? With Clinton's foreign policy? You are likely familiar with the "Hierarchy of Needs" - Things a human MUST have in order survive: for a minute, for an hour, for a day, for a week, for a year, etc. Until those needs are met, he or she cannot look for less important things. Air, water, food, clothing, shelter, etc .. All can get ranked according to a human's most important priorities. Now consider every foreign policy decision, speech, foreign leader, foreign trip (well - except vacations), and foreign award or recognition Obama has chosen since 2008....
  • Obama timidity in foreign policy strikes fear in America's friends (Does he know how to lead?)

    05/27/2014 6:53:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    Let's dispense with the notion that criticism of the president's rudderless foreign policy at home is based on political animosity, or, as some Democrats charge, racism. The fact is, it's America's closest allies that have viewed with increasing alarm Barack Obama's timidity and indecisiveness overseas as cause for fear and worry. The Financial Times - no friend of conservatives to be sure - summarizes the dilemma of our allies: Mr Obama’s election in 2008 reflected a widespread belief at home and abroad that there was “too much America” in the world. Although he still seems to be in tune with...
  • Obama to lay out defense of foreign policy in West Point speech(multilateral efforts,not military)

    05/24/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/24/14 | Steve Holland - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to launch a sweeping defense of his approach to foreign policy, one that he will say is reliant on multilateral diplomacy instead of military interventions. Obama is to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency. Obama has come...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/15/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by mgist · 37 replies
    TCS News ^ | 5/4/14 | Randall Stevens
    Obama’s military contracting with Taliban Heroin smugglers in Afghanistan By Randall Stevens TCS NEWS Qatar, NATO, and the NLC Given the Qatari connections to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorism, and the Arab Spring (which was a deliberate program to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda), it is disturbing enough that the American military presence in the Gulf has been adopted by the ruling al-Thanis. But the clear line from Qatar to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and the incredible manifestation of corruption within the US military and NATO is even more glaring. The NLC, the same Taliban heroin...
  • Interview: Three Weeks A Hostage In Slovyansk (Eastern Ukraine)

    05/14/2014 11:22:17 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | May 12, 2014 | Dmitry Volchek + Serhiy Lefter
    Serhiy Lefter, a Ukrainian journalist working for a Polish NGO, spent nearly three weeks in captivity by pro-Russian militants in the city of Slovyansk in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. Shortly after his release on May 6, Lefter spoke with RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Dmitry Volchek about his ordeal. RFE/RL: Tell us about the people who were holding you. Did they really think you were a spy? Serhiy Lefter: At first they really suspected me. They suspected all of us -- that some of us were from the nationalist political movement Right Sector or were 'Banderovtsy" [eds: a reference to...
  • The Weakness Of Obama’s Hashtag Diplomacy

    05/12/2014 4:50:20 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 13 replies
    At this point most people are aware that 276 girls were abducted in Nigeria last month. Boko Haram, a Muslim group, has claimed responsibility. Boko Haram has ties to al Qaeda, though when given the opportunity to label them a terrorist group Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to do so. Her boss, President Obama, failed to overrule her. Despite the failure of our government to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, Michelle Obama sat for a dramatic posed picture of her with a hashtag sign declaring “bring back our girls.” This is what counts for diplomacy in the Obama...
  • Chris Matthews, Guest Mangle Boko Haram Issue Into Racial Jab at GOP

    05/10/2014 2:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 10, 2014 | Matthew Balan
    Chris Matthews mocked Republicans on Friday's Hardball over their hawkish stance towards Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist group that recently kidnapped hundreds of girls. Matthews made a thinly-veiled racial attack on the GOP during a panel discussion on the terrorist organization: " By the way, when did the Republican Party take this keen interest in Africa? I may have missed that one."
  • Preparing for War, Keeping Peace

    05/10/2014 5:40:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Many 9, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Exactly a century ago, the leading lights of Europe seemed to believe that war was impossible. One of the era’s most successful books, “The Great Illusion” by journalist Norman Angell, asserted that trade, not violence, was the way of the future. He was wrong, but not completely wrong. Yes, in 1914 the Western world mobilized in August. World War I killed some 15 million people, and would be followed by World War II and a series of skirmishes during the Cold War. More than 100 million people were killed in conflicts during the 20th century. Ian Morris, a professor at...
  • U.S. Justice Dept urges terror label for Nigerian militants (Hillary Boko Haram Flashback 2012)

    05/08/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/17/12 | MARK HOSENBALL AND JOHN SHIFFMAN
    The Justice Department is pressing the State Department to designate Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant group alleged to be responsible for hundreds of deaths, as a "foreign terrorist organization," according to a document obtained by Reuters. Lisa Monaco, head of the Justice Department's national security division, sent a letter in January to State Department counter-terrorism chief Daniel Benjamin requesting that Boko Haram, also known as the "Nigerian Taliban," be put on the list. A Congressional source said that in the last few days, State Department representatives have lobbied Congress to try to stop legislation which would force the administration to...
  • Tommy Vietor’s journey with Obama: From van driver to National Security Council spokesman

    05/03/2014 4:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News' Power Players ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama--well before he became a presidential candidate--and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn't stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman. Now leaving the White House to open a political communications firm with the president's departing speechwriter Jon Favreau, Vietor says it's been the privilege of a lifetime to work for the president. "It's been kind of a...
  • The Philanthropic Superpower

    05/02/2014 10:55:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    If a single word could sum up the goal of Barack Obama's Asia tour, it would be "reassurance." Obama went to Tokyo to reassure Japan that, should China attempt to seize its Senkaku Islands, America will fight at her side. He reassured Seoul of our commitment to defend South Korea. He went to Manila to reassure the Filipinos, who threw our Navy out of Subic Bay at the end of the Cold War, that America will be there in any clash with Beijing in the South China Sea. Yet, as Clyde Prestowitz writes in the Financial Times, while we are...
  • Despite a Partial Pivot in Asia, Obama Foreign Policy Still in Disarray

    05/02/2014 4:25:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Michael Barone
    For a president who hasn't enjoyed many foreign policy successes lately, Barack Obama did pretty well on his just completed trip to Asia. In Japan, he reiterated in no uncertain terms the American defense commitment, including on the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus. "Historically, they have been administered by Japan, and we do not believe they should be subject to change unilaterally," Obama said. "What is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan." In the Philippines, Obama signed a new agreement...
  • Beyond the Crimea Crisis: Comprehensive Next Steps in U.S.–Russian Relations

    05/01/2014 5:47:54 AM PDT · by rbmillerjr · 3 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | March 25, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Luke Coffey and Nicolas Loris
    Abstract On February 28, Russian troops, aided by pro-Russian local militia, occupied important sites across the Crimean Peninsula under the pretext of “protecting Russian people.” Now Crimea is under Moscow’s de facto control and the Russian parliament has voted to annex the region into the Russian Federation. The failure of the Obama Administration’s Russian “reset,” the unilateral disarming of Europe, and the U.S. reduction of forces and disengagement from Europe have led Russia to calculate that the West will not respond in any significant way. The Administration can demonstrate America’s commitment to its NATO allies and support for the Ukrainian...
  • The Manipulation of the American Military by the Muslim Brotherhood

    05/01/2014 3:42:49 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 1, 2014 | William Michael
    In an article published in the London Review of Books, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Seymour Hersh (of My Lai and, more recently, Abu Ghraib fame), explains recent two foreign policy mysteries to American readers. The piece, The Red Line and the Rat Line is based on interviews with intelligence sources and consultants, and it connects the dots between between these two mysteries, and explains how they are related. What emerges is a clear picture of American cooperation, at the highest levels, with Turkey and Qatar, the foremost sponsors of the Arab Spring (see links). For example, NATO, as of December,...