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  • "Insatiable" Idiocy from the Economist on What to Do About Russia

    04/21/2014 8:51:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In "Insatiable" the Economist says "The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing". Economist: Mr Putin has used the Ukrainian crisis to establish some dangerous precedents. He has claimed a duty to intervene to protect Russian-speakers wherever they are. He has staged a referendum and annexation, in defiance of Ukrainian law. And he has abrogated a commitment to respect Ukraine’s borders, which Russia signed in 1994 when Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons. Throughout, Mr Putin has shown that truth and the law are whatever happens to suit him...
  • Casting a Paul on American Strength: In defense and foreign policy, Rand Paul is a menace.

    04/21/2014 6:27:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2014 | Quin Hilyer
    Again and again, conservatives have cut Senator Rand Paul at least some slack when his pronouncements have moved in the realm of, but not fully shared, his father’s nuttiness on foreign affairs. It’s almost as if some nuttiness of his own was allowable as long as it didn’t go as far as his father’s did. But just about every fortnight or so, a new Rand Paul speech or a newly resurfaced old video or news report shows not only that the senator is dangerously neo-isolationist and militarily penurious, but that he is also bizarrely spiteful toward those who disagree. Worse,...
  • What Is Obama’s Foreign Policy?

    04/15/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 14 replies
    Ukraine appears to be on the brink of war. This after Russia more or less took Crimea and is staging anti-Ukrainian demonstrations in the eastern part of the country. Obama’s response to all of this has been economic sanctions on seven Russians and lofty rhetoric about the world’s position or something. In Syria, our President’s red line was ignored. The President’s response was to make threats and back down. Obama supported the Arab Spring in Egypt and cheered when the Muslim Brotherhood overthrew a long time ally. He has since done nothing despite his pals in the Brotherhood being thrown...
  • Obama's Peace is Hell, Baby

    As Russia makes another move on its helpless neighbor Ukraine, I can't help but wonder what all the fuss is about. “In a scenario strikingly similar to the fast-paced developments in Crimea in February and March,” reports FoxNews, “western nations are accusing Russia of fomenting protests in Ukraine while Russia claims the protests are an organic response to Ukraine's failure to consider ‘the legitimate needs and interests’ of the Russian-speaking population.” Wasn't it for this very contingency that president Obama was being so flexible with Vladimir Putin? They’re pals aren't they? Or am I thinking Neville Chamberlain and Adolf...
  • Why the GOP needs Rand Paul: Don't freeze him out because of unconventional foreign policy views

    04/03/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York daily News ^ | 04/03/2014 | S.E. Cupp
    After a horde of Republican Presidential contenders from Gov. Chris Christie to Sen. Ted Cruz descended on Las Vegas to speak in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition — and kiss the ring of PAC billionaire benefactor Sheldon Adelson — one contender’s absence was noted. Sen. Rand Paul was nowhere to be found. His positions on Israel, foreign aid, drone warfare and intervention make him unpalatable to this particular crowd. GOP donors there were vocal in their opposition to Paul’s candidacy. According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, “Five donors huddled with a reporter pledged to reach into their deep pockets...
  • Sowell: How Foreign Is Our Policy?

    03/31/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are lamenting the bad consequences of Barack Obama's foreign policy, and some are questioning his competence. There is much to lament, and much to fear. Multiple setbacks to American interests have been brought on by Obama's policies in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Crimea and — above all — in what seems almost certain to become a nuclear Iran in the very near future. The president's public warning to Syria of dire consequences if the Assad regime there crossed a "red line" he had drawn seemed to epitomize an amateurish bluff that was exposed as a bluff when Syria crossed...
  • Sowell: How Foreign Is Our Policy?: Part II

    03/31/2014 1:08:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 1, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Japan recently turned over to the United States enough weapons-grade nuclear material to make dozens of nuclear bombs. This was one of President Barack Obama's few foreign policy "successes," as part of his nuclear disarmament initiative. But his foreign policy successes may be more dangerous than his "failures." Back in 2005, Senator Barack Obama urged the Ukrainians to drastically reduce their conventional weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles and tons of ammunition. Ukraine had already rid itself of nuclear missiles, left over from the days when it had been part of the Soviet Union. Would Vladimir Putin have sent Russian troops so...
  • Ukraine Illustrates Hard Truths Liberals Won’t Face

    03/24/2014 6:01:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s a safe bet that the next smug liberal dork you hear repeating the cheesy cliché about how “Reality has a liberal bias” doesn’t live in Ukraine. The key to understanding liberals is realizing that they are immune to argument. The concept underlying the idea of a debate is that facts and reasoning can lead one to change his previous conclusions. But liberals begin with their conclusions; facts and reasoning that may undermine the preexisting conclusion must be at least ignored, if not actively attacked. This is why you see liberals shouting about jailing global warming deniers as blizzards rage...
  • Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Nothing that Obama Has Done Would in Any Way Dissuade Putin’

    03/19/2014 5:17:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    National Review ^ | March 19, 2014 | NRO staff
    ".....“We have no leadership from the United States. All we get from this administration is air,” he said. “The real problem is that the next step would be, can be, might be, attack on the rest of Eastern Ukraine and there is nothing that Obama has done that would in any way dissuade Putin.”
  • The Case for War

    03/18/2014 2:11:35 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-18-14 | Joel B. Pollak
    Putin seizes Crimea, so we blockade the Bosporus. Iran defies the UN, so we sink its Persian Gulf fleet. China expands its air defense zone, so we start downing Chinese fighters. North Korea fires some missiles, so we send a CIA assassin with Dennis Rodman's entourage on the next basketball trip. Why has any of this become unthinkable? We're the world's lone superpower--since when did we become such complete wimps? We're afraid of escalation. We worry, for example, that any military response to Russia could lead to "nuclear war," as Secretary of State John Kerry warned last week. If so,...
  • Russia Laughs At Obama’s Absurd Sanctions

    03/18/2014 7:24:02 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 22 replies
    President Obama has issued sanctions against Russia for its de facto annexation of Crimea via a laughable referendum vote. The President’s sanctions amount to punishment for seven Russians, largely from Putin’s inner circle. The Russians literally laughed at the sanctions. The Russians actually expected a serious move from Obama. Instead they got an embarrassing half effort. Obama shouldn’t have even bothered. At least not bothering would have represented a legitimate policy decision on behalf of the United States. Let Russia govern Russians in Crimea, that’s at least a policy. Instead we got a half effort that suggests Obama has no...
  • Under Obama: Are WE Austria-Hungary?

    03/14/2014 6:14:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August, 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called “the war to end all wars.” The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe then. In fact, some German militarists unwisely dismissed the U.S. “They won’t land a single soldier in France,” one of their admirals vainly told his Kaiser. “Our U-boats will sink their troop ships.” One new book on the sudden outbreak of the war is attracting attention and critical praise. Diplomatic...
  • Rand Paul Has a Major Problem. His Name Is Ron Paul.

    03/14/2014 6:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/14/2014 | Bryan Preston
    Ron Paul has just sided with Putin over the invasion of Ukraine. Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) appeared on the Fox Business Network’s The Independents on Wednesday night where he was asked for his thoughts about the worsening situation in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Paul said that the United States and the West have engaged in hypocrisy and alleged that they participated in the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich’s government. He added that Russian President Vladimir Putinhas “some law on his side” in Crimea because Russia held a lease on a naval base in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.“This whole thing that...
  • Rand Paul vs. Ted Cruz: Whose Foreign Policy Views Are More Like Ronald Reagan’s?

    03/12/2014 7:33:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/12/2014 | The Editors
    A Tea Party split in foreign policy? The feud [1]between Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is about foreign policy, yes. But there is a political element to their fight as well. Both are jockeying for position in a crowded Republican presidential-candidate field, and Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine has presented the opportunity for the candidates to separate themselves from the pack.Both are invoking Reagan’s sacred memory to justify their positions, with Cruz criticizing Paul for adopting a non-interventionist stance that he says is encouraging Putin: [2] “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul. He and...
  • RAND PAUL ON TED CRUZ: "I'M NOT REAL EXCITED ABOUT HIM MISCHARACTERIZING MY VIEWS"

    03/11/2014 8:02:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/11/2014 | Jonathan Strong
    Sen. Rand Paul continued his aggressive brush back of comments from his usual ally Sen. Ted Cruz suggesting that Paul is positioned at the left, dovish flank of the GOP on foreign policy, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity Cruz was “mischaracterizing” his views. “We always have been good friends. I'm not real excited about him mischaracterizing my views. I won't let that pass. I think that sometimes want to stand up and say hey, look at me, I'm the next Ronald Reagan. Well, almost all of us in the party are big fans of Ronald Reagan,” Paul said. “I've...
  • Do Most Americans Care If Crimeans & Eastern Ukrainians Vote To Join With Russia?

    03/10/2014 7:49:55 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 52 replies
    3/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Like Seek and Find said, Catalonia is set to vote on whether or not to split off from Spain. Scotland has an Independence Referendum coming up in September, Crimea is set to vote nationally on this in 6 days, and Eastern Ukraine will most likely follow with a national vote to join with Russia. Give it time, and Quebec will try again to become an independent nation... The world fracturing into more and more countries seems to be accelerating...
  • Crimean Independence Referendum Is 3/16/14; Ukraine May Have One; Scottish Referendum Is 9/18/14

    03/10/2014 7:34:47 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    3/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Lawmakers in Crimea voted unanimously to join Russia and/or become independent on 3/6/2014, and set a national referendum vote for 3/16/2014. Scotland has already set a Independence Referendum vote for September 18, 2014. I believe that if most Americans (at the time it was around 80%) did not want to bomb Syria, that most Americans now could care less if Crimeans voted to join with Russia and/or become independent. I believe that a referendum for Eastern Ukraine to join Russia was called for, but I am not sure if one has been officially set... I believe that if they were...
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama, Rand Paul: ‘When U.S. Doesn’t Stand for Freedom, Tyrants Notice’

    03/10/2014 7:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/09/2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Barack Obama on This Week With George Stephanopoulos sunday morning, telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl that Obama’s “five years of weakness” had emboldened Putin and that the U.S. needed to defend its values across the globe, in contrast to Paul’s less-interventionist foreign policy. “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul,” Cruz said, “but I don’t agree with him on foreign policy. I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad. But...
  • The Front Lines on Russia's Home Front [deciphering Putin]

    03/09/2014 10:53:13 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 6, 2014 | Leon Aron
    Vladimir Putin didn't invade Ukraine because he could. He did it because he had to. In every country, all truly important foreign-policy choices are, at their core, ultimately about domestic politics. And it's not just about creating a "rally 'round the flag" effect, or distracting from pesky domestic issues, although these are definitely relevant considerations for decision-makers. The right foreign-policy move at the right time can boost a leader's ratings and the regime's popularity. This is doubly true for authoritarian regimes that lack democratic legitimacy, and it is true for Russia today. In Vladimir Putin's Russia, as one top pollster...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Breaks with Sen. Rand Paul on Foreign Policy

    03/09/2014 11:56:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 38 replies
    WABCRadio ^ | 12:05PM SundayMarch 9, 2014
    (NEW YORK) -- It may be the opening salvo of the 2016 Republican primary. During an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl for This Week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a friend, but drew a distinction between himself and the Kentucky senator on foreign policy, saying the U.S. “has a responsibility to defend our values.” “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul. He and I are good friends. But I don’t agree with him on foreign policy,” Cruz said. “I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. And I agree with him that...
  • Making Sense of an Apparently Senseless Foreign Policy

    03/07/2014 7:29:23 AM PST · by Tugo · 11 replies
    Michael's Blog ^ | March 7, 2014 | Michael Youssef, Phd
    A segment of the American public must be yelling expletives whenever the results of our apparently incoherent foreign policy show up on their TV screens. Many can only react to our dealings with Syria, Iran, Libya, Israel, and now Russia with bewilderment and anger. The news outlets that are balanced keep replaying the words of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, four years apart, predicting Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine. Watching those statements leaves us baffled as to why the mainstream media lampooned them when they accurately and perceptively anticipated Russia’s deviant move. But let me explain what’s going on. It does...
  • Oliver North Tears Into Obama White House’s ‘Leadership Deficit Disorder’ (CPAC)

    03/07/2014 12:59:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Baze ^ | March 7, 2014 | Becket Adams
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Former Marine Corps. Lt. Col. Oliver North said Friday that Ukraine is paying the price for America’s lack of leadership under President Barack Obama. “The people of Ukraine are at this very minute paying the terrible price for America’s leadership deficit disorder and the Obama organization’s utopian rush to unilateral disarmament,” North said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington, D.C. He continued, ramping up his criticism of President Obama’s approach to national defense and foreign policy. “We don’t need a head of state who guts our defenses and draws phony red lines...
  • Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It

    03/07/2014 4:46:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Solipsism. It's a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that the external world, including other people, are representations of one's own self and can have no independent existence. A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see the world as he does and will behave as he would. It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves -- such as a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than...
  • Chickens Roosting in the Crimea

    03/07/2014 4:09:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Since Jeremiah Wright has been the president's pastor for 20 years, Barack Obama should understand the concept of chickens coming home to roost. The chickens took up roosting in the Crimea in the past week. The Russian invasion is the logical outcome of an American foreign policy rooted in unseriousness. Only three weeks ago our unserious secretary of state called "climate change" a threat to national security. This came less than two years after the then Chairman of the Joint chiefs of staff did the same and suggested we could repurpose our military for a "sustainable future." This past week,...
  • Who’s the Villain Here? (vomit alert)

    03/06/2014 6:36:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/5/2014 | Nicholas Kristof
    Shrewd reporting about the Ukraine crisis comes from The Onion, which declared that American reaction is evenly divided — between the “wholly indifferent” and the “grossly misinformed.” In the latter category, it seems, belong the chest-thumpers who blame the Crimea catastrophe on President Obama. “We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression,” scolded Senator Lindsey Graham (revealing his own weakness: grammar). “President Obama needs to do something!” Likewise, Senator John McCain complains that Obama’s foreign policy is “feckless,” so that “nobody believes in America’s strength anymore.” Representative Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, worries that...
  • Obama's fantasy based foreign policy is untenable in our dangerous world.

    03/05/2014 9:45:39 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 5, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Life in a world of fantasy can often be pleasant for small children. For adults, it is far more dangerous.On March 2nd, the Editorial Board of the often left-leaning Washington Post published an editorial titled President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy. It was not written by a "right wing nut." According to a sidebar, Editorials represent the views of The Washington Post as an institution, as determined through debate among members of the editorial board. News reporters and editors never contribute to editorial board discussions, and editorial board members don’t have any role in news coverage. [Emphasis added.] The editorial...
  • Flashback: When Russia Invaded Georgia in 2008, Candidate Obama Asked GEORGIA to "Show Restraint"

    03/05/2014 7:18:49 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 9 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/5/14 | Aurelius
    History is repeating itself with Russia's aggressive action to occupy Crimea in Ukraine. More than just Russia invading another nation, Barack Obama's conspicuously weak response is happening again. Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been crystal clear in their response to Russia: they would "prefer" if Russia would please stop invading another country and "de-escalate" the situation. Putin, naturally, is not only ignoring what the White House is saying, but is also likely reminded of Barack Obama's initial, extremely weak-kneed response to Russia's incursion into Georgian territory in 2008. Then-candidate Obama, who had been slammed by conservatives...
  • Clinton: Obama Administration Has Willingly Negotiated with Equivalent of Nazi Germany

    03/05/2014 4:55:01 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 14 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/5/14 | Aurelius
    Yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared the actions of Russia in Ukraine, particularly Russia’s decision to issue passports in the Crimean region, to the actions of Nazi Germany. Yet as those words escaped her mouth, I doubt that the irony of her own actions were on her mind. Just five years ago, Hillary Clinton stood in Geneva with a poorly-translated big red button. The button, which was supposed to read "reset," actually came out to read "overcharge" and is emblematic of the Obama Administration's dense, failing, and feckless foreign policy... Russia's aggression was stark in 2008, as was...
  • President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy

    03/03/2014 1:32:22 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mar 2, 2014 | WaPo Editorial Board
    FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces.
  • Obama Must Go

    03/03/2014 2:26:06 AM PST · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | John Ransom
    As Obama moves from one disaster to the next disaster, it’s clear that he’s lacking the support from citizens here at home, is viewed skeptically by people abroad, and lacks the respect from foreign leaders that the Great Seal of the United States should confer on any president. “A CBS News/ New York Times poll out tonight find only 40% of Americans are satisfied with the presidency of Barack Obama,” reported CBS News last week. “59% say they're disappointed.” Only 59 percent? What’s wrong with these people? Obama’s been beaten on Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now in Ukraine. He’s...
  • Obama, Ukraine and the Price of Weakness

    03/02/2014 2:42:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There may be no way for the United States to reverse the Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The Obama administration still has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for this aggression in response to the ouster of one of their stooge in Kiev by a popular uprising. Indeed, he would do well to listen to the advice of Senator Marco Rubio who outlined eight steps the U.S. should take in response to the crisis. But whether or not the president acts appropriately now, it’s probably too late to preserve the...
  • John Kerry’s policy of surrender: His failures are redefining American exceptionalism

    02/25/2014 12:09:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick L. Smith
    We have just marked a year since John Kerry launched himself, at 69, as America’s chief diplomat. And for most of the period since it has been difficult to find anything good to say about our 68th secretary of state. Events of late require that I confess to error and change my mind. Kerry could go down as the most important overseer of American foreign policy in the post–Cold War era. The record is very mixed, it is important to add immediately. The past year’s agenda is littered with failures — Syria (Kerry’s diplomacy just reached a dead end), the...
  • America's Homosexual Jingoism - Part 1

    02/05/2014 1:17:50 AM PST · by expatguy · 6 replies
    Imagine in America that as a precondition to receiving your welfare or social security check, the government demanded and forced you to accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage as a normal way of life or imagine that as a precondition to receiving humanitarian aid you were forced to change your religion. It's an understatement to say that the majority of Americans would be outraged that the government would have the audacity to do such a thing.   Not only is it unethical, but it is unAmerican. The ethics and morality of conditional aid aside,  there is something morally incongruous, whereas as...
  • Why Certainly: Obama for Peace Brings Us War

    02/04/2014 6:47:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 There are many things that are difficult to explain about the Obama administration. An apparently free and independent people not only elected him president of the United States, but also re-elected him even as it was apparent that his administration was mostly a miserable failure-- even by the measure of liberals. Historians will long ponder how a president who spent as much money and legislated as much produced very little that actually...
  • A superb foreign policy speech — from Ted Cruz (yup!)

    02/01/2014 2:05:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin - Right Turn
    "..........I differ with Cruz on a number of things and think his misguided behavior in the shutdown hurt the GOP and the cause of conservatism. Nevertheless, just as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is leading the right to a more constructive, positive domestic agenda, Cruz can do the same on foreign policy. If he does continue his defense of a strong U.S. foreign policy, he can help himself, his party and his country.
  • Foreign Policy Has Left Obama A Global Laughing Stock

    01/16/2014 5:09:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Editorial
    Foreign Policy: The latest U.S. ally to openly sneer at us is a senior British defense adviser who says President Obama has "devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability" in the world. In his first campaign for president, in April 2007, Barack Obama complained George W. Bush's war in Iraq cost the U.S. "in influence and respect." Because of Iraq, he said, "many around the world are disappointed with our actions, and many in our own country have come to doubt either our wisdom or our capacity to shape events beyond our borders. Some have even suggested that America's...
  • Jan. 12, 1954: Dulles announces policy of "massive retaliation"

    01/12/2014 2:41:14 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 5 replies
    In a speech at a Council on Foreign Relations dinner in his honor, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles announces that the United States will protect its allies through the "deterrent of massive retaliatory power." The policy announcement was further evidence of the Eisenhower administration's decision to rely heavily on the nation's nuclear arsenal as the primary means of defense against communist aggression. Dulles began his speech by examining communist strategy that, he concluded, had as its goal the "bankruptcy" of the United States through overextension of its military power. Both strategically and economically, the secretary explained, it was unwise...
  • WashPost Buries GOP Slam of Obama Regarding al Qaeda Resurgence;

    01/10/2014 7:06:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 10, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    "Republican lawmakers Thursday blamed the Obama administration for the stunning resurgence of Iraq’s al-Qaeda franchise and called on the White House to take assertive steps to help Baghdad beat back militant uprisings in the country’s west." That's how Ernesto Londono opened his January 10 story "Republicans blame Obama administration for al-Qaeda resurgence in Iraq," a front-page-worthy story which Washington Post editors buried on page A10. By contrast, the Post ran not one but two Chris Christie bridge-scandal stories on the Friday edition's front page. The other stories rounding out the front page centered on efforts to hash out a long-term...
  • Kerry: Gay rights are 'the very heart' of U.S. diplomatic efforts world-wide

    01/04/2014 5:11:15 PM PST · by holden · 75 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | June 11, 2013 | T. Kevin Whiteman
    [snip] "To leave nothing vague or ambiguous regarding our nation’s Diplomatic Corps actions in regards to homosexual rights around the globe, the former Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate [the current U.S. Secretary of State] stated: Across the globe, in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas our diplomats are assisting local LGBT organizations and supporting local human rights advocates working to promote equality, create dialogue, and ensure protections for LGBT individuals."
  • Under "Democracy," Iraqi Christians Face Potential Extinction

    12/26/2013 7:21:50 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 December 2013 | Alex Newman
    On Christmas Day, more than three dozen Christians in Iraq were reportedly killed. The vicious murders aimed specifically at embattled Iraqi Christians, though, are nothing new. Under "Democracy," Iraqi Christians Face Potential Extinction The New American 26 December 2013 === Related articles: Christian Massacres: A Result of U.S. Foreign Policy World Turns Away as Rebel Massacres of Syrian Christians Intensify Iraq 10 Years After Saddam’s Capture Bombings in Iraq Target Homes of Christians Iraq: As American Troops Leave, Persecuted Christians Flee UN & Obama Supporting Islamo-Marxist Terror Group in Iraq Iraq War Paying Off — for China Amid Syria...
  • Claude Smadja: The year the West lost leadership

    12/25/2013 5:34:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 4 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Dec 25, 2013 | Claude Smadja
    All in all, 2013 has been a bad year for the Western world and it all boils down to one reason: a dismal failure of leadership. The tarnished standing of Mr Obama at home has paralleled and compounded, in 2013, the decline of the US' ability to shape events abroad. The White House erred in its support for Mohamed Morsi in Egypt and sunk into quasi-irrelevance as Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi ignored the US president's call. It was left to Vladimir Putin - of all people - to step in and engineer some semblance of face-saving for the head of the world's...
  • Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay

    12/17/2013 11:59:41 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and that his Alawite minority will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources said. The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting of the anti-Assad Friends of Syria alliance in London last week, was prompted by rise of al Qaeda and other militant groups, and their takeover of a border crossing and arms depots near Turkey belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army, the sources told Reuters....
  • America’s friends are left behind in Barack Obama’s new plans

    12/13/2013 9:44:16 PM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Charles Moore
    Broadly speaking, the governments and people which most closely identified with the United States have lost out. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Gulf States, Turkey and Israel are feeling sore. Regimes, like Mubarak’s Egypt, which had put all their eggs in the American basket, then found them addled. Many fell. In the Far East, old US allies feel inadequately protected from the rising power of China, and in Africa that same rising power has been left free to buy the place up. The great Obama “pivot to Asia” seems to have pivoted away again. Even western Europe...
  • 'Schizophrenic' US foreign policy pushing Arab states toward Russia, Bahrain warns

    12/08/2013 10:04:48 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 2 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 08 Dec 2013 | Con Coughlin
    America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely with Russia, the rulers of Bahrain warned on Sunday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama's administration would lose influence in the region if it persisted with what a “transient and reactive” foreign policy. There has been a sharp rise in tensions between Washington and several major Arab states in the wake of last month’s controversial interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme. Citing President...
  • Woe to Our Allies America’s new policy of retreat is leaving our friends exposed.

    12/06/2013 8:43:14 AM PST · by Netz · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends. The first crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace. After years of negotiations for a major trading agreement with the European Union, Ukraine succumbed to characteristically blunt and brutal economic threats from Russia and abruptly walked away. Ukraine is instead considering joining the Moscow-centered Customs Union with Russia’s fellow dictatorships Belarus and Kazakhstan. This is no trivial matter. Ukraine is not just the largest country in Europe, it’s the linchpin for Vladimir Putin’s dream of a renewed imperial Russia, hegemonic in its neighborhood...
  • Powers Push to Get In on Last Days of Obama Land Rush

    12/04/2013 8:43:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | John Ransom
    The Obama Land Office is doing booming business these days. Strategic gains are being made by America’s enemies at a record clip. Not since Roosevelt gave away Eastern Europe at Yalta, has an American president so disordered the strategic balance of power worldwide. Roosevelt we now know was dying when he attended the Yalta conference. Obama, on the other hand, has been dead from the neck up for a long time. So it comes as little surprise that U.S.-Chinese relations have entered a new phase with hardliners behind the bamboo curtain directly challenging Japanese sovereignty and thereby directly challenging...
  • Dangerous Times: A Looming Strategic Disaster in the Middle East

    11/23/2013 5:48:37 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2013 | James Lewis
    If you think ObamaCare is bad, just wait till you hear the new "peace" agreement that is due to be imposed on the Middle East over the coming weeks. Even if it works, a giant if, it will make the world much more dangerous: Iran will have nuclear weapons, or it will be balanced right on the edge -- within one month or less to make nukes. Saudi Arabia and Egypt will go nuclear, to balance Iran. America's role as a guarantor of peace will be blown, crushed by Obama's betrayal of Israel and the Arabs. America's nuclear umbrella, which...
  • Ringing the Dinner Bell for Russia, China and Iran

    11/21/2013 6:00:03 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 5 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | November 21, 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Just when you think it can’t get worse, Obama does something even more treasonous. What scares the literal crap out of me is that no one seems to care. John Kerry announced on the 18th that the Monroe Doctrine was officially dead, throwing the doors open on this continent to Russia, China and Iran. This move will massively ramp up terrorist and communist infiltration. I look at the puzzle pieces of Obama’s moves lately and a very cold chill runs down my spine. From Chinese troops in Hawaii for the Grid X II drill, to the purging of our military....
  • The George Bush You Forgot (The Libertarian George Bush Who Was Against Nation Building)

    11/18/2013 11:36:19 AM PST · by Skeez · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | Uploaded on Aug 15, 2008 | merrimac290
    Youtube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9SOVzMV2bc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL2A98BEEA82D96E4ESee link. Short video from 2000 campaign. Unbelievable.
  • Stephens: Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

    11/14/2013 4:38:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    France, Israel and Saudi Arabia confront an administration conducting a make-believe foreign policy. When the history of the Obama administration's foreign policy is written 20 or so years from now, the career of Wendy Sherman, our chief nuclear negotiator with Iran, will be instructive. In 1988, the former social worker ran the Washington office of the Dukakis campaign and worked at the Democratic National Committee. That was the year the Massachusetts governor carried 111 electoral votes to George H.W. Bush's 426. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sherman was briefly the CEO of something called the Fannie Mae Foundation, supposedly a charity...