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  • Obama Doctrine: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies

    12/22/2013 12:21:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 22, 2013 | Marita Noon
    “Canada is a sovereign nation and we will develop our resources with appropriate regulations and enforcement to protect the environment,” said Paula Caldwell St-Onge. The Consulate General of Canada, St-Onge was in Albuquerque to talk up, and answer questions about, the Keystone pipeline. She’d done media interviews prior to her arrival at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park where a smattering of aggressive, sign-waving Keystone opponents awaited. Security escorted St-Onge from the parking lot to the meeting room. I, too, was addressing the folks who’d come in support of the controversial pipeline. Sans security, I approached the...
  • Obama doesn't need Congress to intervene in Syria

    08/26/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress -- a process which has begun, according to both sides. "The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead," Kerry said Monday in a strongly-worded statement on Syria.
  • Obama Admits Syria Strikes are about Regime Change

    09/04/2013 3:26:27 PM PDT · by Eva · 37 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Sept 3, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    While stressing that Washington’s primary goal remained “limited and proportional” attacks, to degrade Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities and deter their future use, the president hinted at a broader long-term mission that may ultimately bring about a change of regime. “It also fits into a broader strategy that can bring about over time the kind of strengthening of the opposition and the diplomatic, economic and political pressure required – so that ultimately we have a transition that can bring peace and stability, not only to Syria but to the region,” he told senior members of Congress at a White House meeting...
  • Al Qaeda on the run, Mr. Obama? Another lie, Mr. President?

    08/24/2013 7:50:09 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | August 24th, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    declared that the terrorist organization had been “decimated” and was “on the path to defeat.” He knows damned well that the main force of the Syrian opposition fighters are being augmented by al Qaeda linked groups and that their supporters are waging jihad. The Free Syrian Army are employing the jihadists against pro-Assad forces and Syrian Christians. Obama does NOT have al Qaeda on the run. And his covert arming of the rebels is most likely providing arms to al Qaeda forces. Jihadists According to current intelligence estimates there are around 6,000 foreign terrorists fighting in Syria. Most are Sunni...
  • The Obama doctrine: Passivity where American leadership is needed

    10/13/2012 1:53:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr
    A new issue has popped up in the Presidential race. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with the state of the U.S. economy. It is about a new world order that has removed familiar (and in some cases pro-American) leaders from strategically important Arab countries. Further complicating matters is the recent terrorist strike on our embassy in Libya. A murdered ambassador and potential cover up as to the circumstances surrounding the attack have raised concerns about the resilience of al-Qaeda and its affiliates at a time the president is claiming the terror group is "on its heels."
  • Christians 'emptied from Middle East'

    10/06/2012 5:38:46 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 06, 2012 | Rowan Callick
    The mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked by foreign Islamist mercenaries, with strong support from Western countries. Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix was forced to flee to neighbouring Lebanon in June when she was warned of a plot to abduct her, after she revealed that about 80,000 Christians had been "cleared" by rebel forces from their homes in Homs province. She described on the website of the Greek-Melkite Catholic monastery of St James, the church she rebuilt 18 years ago after discovering...
  • Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine

    09/23/2012 10:12:50 AM PDT · by NCjim · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    In the week following 9/11/12 something big happened: the collapse of the Cairo Doctrine, the centerpiece of President Obama’s foreign policy. It was to reset the very course of post-9/11 America, creating, after the (allegedly) brutal depredations of the Bush years, a profound rapprochement with the Islamic world. Never lacking ambition or self-regard, Obama promised in Cairo, June 4, 2009, “a new beginning” offering Muslims “mutual respect,” unsubtly implying previous disrespect. Curious, as over the previous 20 years, America had six times committed its military forces on behalf of oppressed Muslims, three times for reasons of pure humanitarianism (Somalia, Bosnia,...
  • Obama Phones to Congratulate Muslim B'hood on Victory in Egypt’s ‘Milestone’ Election

    06/25/2012 1:46:36 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/24/2012 | Patrick Goodenough – President Obama phoned the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi on Sunday evening to congratulate him on becoming Egypt’s new president, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said in a Twitter message around 7 PM eastern time. Earlier, White House press secretary Jay Carney in a statement called the Islamist’s election a “milestone” in Egyptians’ transition to democracy. “Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry,” he said. Egypt’s election commission earlier announced that Morsi had beaten his second-round opponent, former...
  • HURT: 'Islamist Firster' president not what he claimed

    02/01/2012 7:15:56 AM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 31, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    GOLAN HEIGHTS - Surveying the live minefields, cratered roads and mortar-pocked concrete buildings along the border here between Syria and Israel, it is hard not to be reminded of the historic and monumental disappointment President Obama has been. ...Mr. Obama has devoted his administration to raising taxes, adding to the byzantine structure of the federal government, and has created a whole new massive bureaucracy he claims really will cure our every little boo-boo. Mr. Obama chose to unilaterally alienate perhaps our most strategically important ally in the world and do all he can to cozy up to the very people...
  • U.S. Met With Egypt Islamists: U.S. Diplomat

    10/02/2011 10:47:48 AM PDT · by edpc · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2 Oct 2011 | Edmund Blair
    (Reuters) - U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt's biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
  • Former Mossad Head: ‘Obama Doctrine’ Destabilizing Middle East

    09/11/2011 9:08:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Media Line ^ | September 11, 2011 | Arieh O'Sullivan
    Israel doesn’t have a dog in the fight, but paying the brunt of frustrationA former head of the Mossad called US President Barack Obama’s policies in the Middle East naďve and his “Obama Doctrine” was destabilizing the region. "Obama chose to support the peoples' populist demands instead of supporting his strategic allied rulers,” Shabtai Shavit told a conference on counter terrorism opening near Tel Aviv Sunday. "Obama didn't think the ruler could be influenced or the status quo would survive and that was political naďveté on his part." Shavit, who ran the Israeli secret service between 1989 and 1996, said...
  • Iran Funnels New Weapons to Iraq and Afghanistan

    07/02/2011 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 8 replies ^ | JULY 2, 2011 | JAY SOLOMON
    TEHRAN—Iran's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has transferred lethal new munitions to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, according to senior U.S. officials, in a bid to accelerate the U.S. withdrawals from these countries. The Revolutionary Guard has smuggled rocket-assisted exploding projectiles to its militia allies in Iraq, weapons that have already resulted in the deaths of American troops, defense officials said. They said Iranians have also given long-range rockets to the Taliban in Afghanistan, increasing the insurgents' ability to hit U.S. and other coalition positions from a safer distance.
  • Freep a Poll! (goldilocks style on afghan pullout: too fast, too slow, just right?)

    06/23/2011 12:45:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies ^ | 6-23-11 | Richmond Times Dispatch
    What do you think of the president's plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan? Too fast Too slow Just right Undecided
  • Is defending millions of innocent Israelis included in Obama's so-called "humanitarian" mission?

    04/03/2011 2:22:44 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies
    IS DEFENDING MILLIONS OF ISRAELIS NOT INCLUDED IN "OBAMA'S HUMANITARIAN" MISSION?April, 2011Obama Welcomes Arab League Support for Libyan People - 13 Mar 2011 Libya’s Backseat Drivers - Claudia Rosett - National Review Online - 23 Mar 2011 ... Barack Obama is tempted to follow the leadership of the Arab League, he’ll think twice. Obama’s “Humanitarian” War to Cause Major Earthquake in America? John Lillipop | April 2, 2011 ACCEPTANCE DESPITE HYPOCRISY The sincerity of Obama in his argument is irrelevant, since the argument was accepted, though critics expose the hypocrisy and murdered in cold blood by the Islamic Republic's notorious...
  • Our Libyan 'Pickup Game'

    04/01/2011 6:38:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 1, 2011 | Staff
    Leadership: As we put CIA boots on the ground to find out who the rebels are and withdraw air support as they retreat, our defense secretary describes how we're making up our policy as we go along. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were on Capitol Hill Thursday in a marathon of congressional testimony trying to explain our ad hoc "kinetic" military actions in Libya and a policy that seems to change and get redefined minute by minute. Among the issues discussed was the decision to remove American close air...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Syria’s ‘Reformer’ - Why the delicacy for Assad?

    04/01/2011 10:54:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 1, 2011 | Charles Krauthammer
    Syria's 'Reformer'Why the delicacy for Assad? Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.— Hillary Clinton on Bashar al-Assad, March 27 Few things said by this administration in its two years can match this one for moral bankruptcy and strategic incomprehensibility. First, it’s demonstrably false. It was hoped that President Assad would be a reformer when he inherited his father’s dictatorship a decade ago. Being a London-educated eye doctor, he received the full Yuri Andropov treatment — the assumption that having been exposed to...
  • Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal

    04/01/2011 3:03:39 PM PDT · by FredDardick · 74 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Apr 2, 2011 | Pepe Escobar
    This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya - the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973. The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and...
  • Zimbabwe's killing fields: Mass grave of over 600 bodies found in mine shaft

    04/01/2011 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 3/31/2011
    Mugabe loyalists blame Ian Smith regime for corpses Pathologists say bodies appear less than 30 years old Hundreds of skeletons found in a remote mine shaft in Zimbabwe have been used as political propaganda by supporters of President Robert Mugabe. The Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust, a previously little known group of Mugabe party loyalists, says says the remains of more than 640 bodies have been discovered in the disused Chibondo gold mine near the provincial center of Mount Darwin, 110 miles from Harare, But while the trust says the bodies are those of victims of colonial atrocities committed under...
  • Obama’s inhuman “humanitarian” doctrine

    03/30/2011 9:33:58 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 9 replies
    Obama’s inhuman “humanitarian” doctrine Obama is active in Libya, spending Billions of dollars, he said it's a "humanitarian" mission to "protect civilians." * When protesters against the oppressive totalitarian Islamic-apartheid regime of Iran were slaughtered in the streets. Obama said: "We don't intervene." At a time when the Islamic Republic pushes bloodshed (directly or via its Hezbollah arm) in: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc. * In the Ivory Coast people are dying. "Moral" Obama couldn’t find oil there, apparently. * In the Sudan, 2,500,000 already died in previous years by the racist Arab and militant Islamic North /...
  • The Obama Doctrine Is Like Switzerland

    03/29/2011 6:48:23 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-29-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Basically to me Obama is Switzerland. Not because of anything remotely resembling neutrality...
  • Editorial: Why Punish Libya, But Not Syria?

    03/29/2011 6:53:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | March 28, 2011 | Staff
    Middle East: Our secretary of state says there will be no intervention in Syria because its brutal dictator with territorial designs and nuclear ambitions is a "reformer." Our incoherent Mideast policy just got worse. 'It was ridiculous to call Bashar Assad a reformer. She should not have done that," Ammar Abdulhamid, a spokesman for Syrian protesters, told the Washington Times. Indeed, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not have said that because, first, it's not true and, second, it makes our Mideast policy look like Jimmy Carter is running it. It was her husband who let Carter be our emissary...
  • Power: Obama gave 'meaning and content' to human rights, democracy

    03/28/2011 8:02:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2011 | Ben Smith
    A foreign policy adviser to President Obama said this evening that the Administration has "rehabilitated" the concept of human rights, tarnished by the Iraq war, in a way that laid the groundwork for international collaboration. Samantha Power, a senior director on the National Security Council best known for her human rights advocacy before she entered the White House, spoke at Columbia University in New York City two hours before the president's planned speech in Libya tonight. Obama "has used his pulpit and a number of speeches ... to kind of clear the brush that had gathered around the norms in...
  • Editorial: Obama Doctrine Is All Bark, No Bite

    03/25/2011 6:32:15 PM PDT · by Clairity · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 25, 2011 | IBD Editorial
    Mideast: A White House suddenly enthralled with cruise missile diplomacy and, without a Libyan exit strategy, issues a verbal warning to another murderous dictatorship. Our policy is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Did President Obama ever say, "Ahmadinejad must go"? Did he support the Iranian protestors when it could have made a big difference in the region? If we want regime change in Libya, take charge, Mr. President, then go big or go home. If it's not, why waste our time when serious problems such as Iran are ignored? If we are into protecting civilians against murderous despots,...
  • Barack Obama’s Moral Concession to Evil (0 Caves to Blackmail in Libya)

    03/01/2011 12:10:08 PM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    Commentary ^ | 2/28/2011 | Peter Wehner
    According to a story in Sunday’s Washington Post, as President Obama and his advisers measured their response to the mass killing in Libya, they were mindful of the fact that diplomats in Tripoli had told them, in the words of one official, that “certain kinds of messaging from the American government could endanger the security of American citizens.” “Overruling that kind of advice would be a very difficult and dangerous thing to do,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. “That was the debate, and frankly we erred on the side of caution, for certain, and...
  • Is Obama a socialist? No, he’s worse than that

    09/16/2010 8:17:48 AM PDT · by opentalk · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 16, 2010 | Mary Ellen Synon
    Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express have roared right through the latest round of Republican Party primaries this week, rattling the party establishment and terrifying the Democrats. For those of you who are trained in the fastidious ways of the British ‘liberalism’ and are therefore shocked and can’t think why the American Right is gaining such strength, here’s the reason: Barack Obama. Americans are waking up to the fact that they have elected a man as president who is every inch an exotic creature. Which was rather fun at first. The problem is, America is discovering that Mr Obama...
  • The Obama Doctrine - In His Own Words

    06/18/2010 5:16:19 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies · 295+ views
    06/18/2010 | BuckeyeTexan
    It's mildy entertaining to watch a once love-stricken Liberal Media discuss why Barack Obama is unwilling or unable to address the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They seem truly bewildered by his lack of leadership. But it's really not that difficult to understand. In a 2006 Washingtonian article titled The Legend of Barack Obama, Garrett M. Graff examines "Obamania." At the heart of "Obamania" is his personality and presence - part preacher, part professor, part movie star. His charisma seems effortless, his charm an afterthought. ... Much of Obama's allure is that he is new and exciting enough...
  • Obama Not Thrilled That America Is A Superpower

    04/15/2010 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 404+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-15-10 | Wordsmith
    The man who is our president: “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them; and that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.” -President Obama yesterday at Nuclear Security Summit The man who would have been: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed the leader of the free world Thursday, calling the remark a "direct contradiction to everything America believes in." Read more at
  • Mitchell Hails Success of 'Obama Doctrine,' Palin's Wallace-Like Appeal 'Does Frighten Me'

    12/27/2009 4:38:19 PM PST · by raybbr · 80 replies · 3,205+ views ^ | 12-27-2009 | Brent Baker
    As the lone journalist on Sunday's Meet the Press roundtable (with Newt Gingrich, Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick), NBC's Andrea Mitchell insisted the “Obama Doctrine” has “borne fruit,” but “it is not perceived yet” -- though the President has already “united the world behind the United States.” Citing all those who “camped out” for the Sarah Palin book signings, Mitchell denigrated her appeal as evidence of how “they are so hungry for a symbol for anyone who can give them answers” it shows “there's an anger out there” she hasn't seen since George Wallace in 1968. And that, she maintained,...
  • Obama Doctrine's Honduran 'Deal' Diminishes U.S.

    11/02/2009 8:01:47 PM PST · by USALiberty · 27 replies · 873+ views
    Newsmax ^ | November 2, 2009 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    Undermine our allies. Embolden our enemies. Diminish our country. If anyone doubted those nine words summed up the Obama Doctrine, look at what the president's team perpetrated last week in Honduras. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon and Dan Restrepo, the National Security Council's senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs, visited the Honduran capital in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday to compel the country's recalcitrant democrats to make a deal with the man the latter had lawfully removed from the presidency on June 28. It remains to be seen whether, pursuant to this deal, former President Manuel Zelaya will be restored to...
  • More Obama Doctrine in Action: Attempt to Undermine Tourism to Israel

    10/03/2009 10:19:44 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 9 replies · 644+ views
    The Obama State Dept. wants to discourage American citizens from traveling to Jerusalem, Israel this week during "Sukkot", also known as the "Feast of Tabernacles." This is the largest tourism event in Israel. According to this report in Jpost: "In an unusual move, the US State Department on Friday called on American citizens to avoid Jerusalem's Old City during the week of Sukkot, warning citizens of increased violence, crime and heavy traffic." Jews and Christians from all over the world have come to Jerusalem for decades to join in the Biblical celebrations without a problem. It is an occasion in...
  • Searching for the Elusive Obama Doctrine

    09/26/2009 8:46:35 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 457+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 26 | Arthur Chrenkoff
    Think of America’s allies (Great Britain, Australia, Israel, Poland, Columbia, and others) as the party of America’s base. Think of countries like Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and a few others as the other party — the party of anti-America, the party of evil, or whatever you want to call them. Think of the rest of the international community — ranging from the vaguely friendly (Western Europe) to cautiously competitive (Russia, China) — as the center. Obama is a multilateralist, which in this scheme of things means he wants to govern from the center. For Obama, that’s where the “votes”...
  • A Letter from Poland: "Did America betray us? Or it was just Obama?"

    09/20/2009 9:06:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies · 1,402+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/18/2009 | Michael Wisniewski
    Apparently, even the Poles know what's happening here............I just received this missive (unsolicited) from Michael Wisniewski, director of the Europa 21 Foundation. The English is a bit awkward, but his message is crystal clear. I have not corrected it -- it remains unedited. Did America betray us? Or it was just Obama View from Poland It was the worst what American government was able to do. This decision was announced on 17th September, when Poland was commemorating the 70th anniversary of soviet invasion. Day, when Soviet Union allied with nazis and stabbed our country in the back. This was effect...
  • The Emerging Obama Doctrine

    09/07/2009 10:46:33 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 4 replies · 592+ views
    American Thinker ^ | SEPTEMBER 07, 2009 | Joseph Ashby
    With casualty counts rising in Afghanistan and generals calling for a change in strategy, our attention is being pulled from political threats to our freedom at home to violent threats to our freedom abroad. Nearly eight months into the Obama Administration, the campaigner who was long on rhetoric and short on particulars is beginning to fill in the details on what will be known as the Obama Doctrine. America the TransgressorThe first aspect of the Obama Doctrine is a natural outgrowth of his lifelong associations. Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s repeated anti-American screeds, William Ayers’ Vietnam era exploits (which were lionized in...
  • Administration doesn't really know what its diplomatic strategy will be' Bolton on Obama (video)

    07/31/2009 11:34:34 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies · 441+ views and WND ^ | Aug 01, 2009 | N/A
    Just the video.
  • Death of a Doctrine - Obama Discovers Engagement's Limits

    07/29/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 877+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    The Obama administration lacks a foreign policy ideology as a matter of ideology. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Clinton asserted, "Rigid ideologies and old formulas don't apply."...But even lacking an ideology, the administration does have a doctrine. The defining principle of President Obama's foreign policy is engagement with America's adversaries...expressing respect for legitimate grievances, apologizing for past wrongs and offering dialogue without preconditions. Six months on, how fares the Obama doctrine? Concerning North Korea and Iran, the doctrine is on its deathbed. North Korea responded to administration outreach by testing a nuclear weapon, firing missiles...
  • The Obama Doctrine on its Deathbed

    07/29/2009 5:08:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,145+ views ^ | July 29, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration lacks a foreign policy ideology as a matter of ideology. Speaking recently at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted, "rigid ideologies and old formulas don't apply." The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- tempered by pragmatism, proud of its ad hockery and willing to consider everything on a case-by-case basis. But even lacking an ideology, the administration does have a doctrine. The defining principle of President Obama's foreign policy is engagement with America's adversaries. Much of the president's public diplomacy has been designed to clear...
  • An Obama Doctrine? (It is a fact, not a criticism that Obama is a neophyte in foreign policy)

    07/02/2009 6:55:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 476+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/2/2009 | Clifford May
    Punditry is easy. Policy is hard. Okay, to be fair, writing articles and speeches that are powerful and persuasive is a demanding job. But crafting sound policy adds layers of complexity. Example: President Kennedy pledged that Americans will “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Very inspiring. But try translating that into policies toward Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Russia, China, Venezuela, and Burma. That’s tough. Policies can solve one problem and exacerbate others. An argument can be made for shutting down oil...
  • What Now of the Obama Doctrine

    06/21/2009 8:47:39 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 10 replies · 367+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 06/21/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There are many different reasons why President Obama doesn't want to be more forceful in his language in condemning the Iranian government's crackdown against the protesters. Bill O'Reilly believes that coming out too strong could mean that the Iranians will step up attacks in both Iraq and Afghanistan. There is another school of thought that getting to close to the protesters means that the regime would use that as a means of isolating the demonstrators. Still, others believe, cynically, that Obama wants to hedge his bet. If he comes out too much in favor of the protesters, then he will...
  • The Emergence of an “Obama Doctrine?”

    06/17/2009 7:31:27 AM PDT · by Jbny · 23 replies · 712+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 17th, 2009 | J. G. Thayer
    It’s still very early in the Obama administration, but a pattern is beginning to emerge in how the president deals with foreign nations. And it isn’t a very pretty one. Thus far, it seems that the guiding principle of this administration is summed up in a single, concise phrase: “Treat your enemies like friends, and your friends like enemies.” It’s doubtful the plan was envisioned as such, but that is the impression they’re giving so far. Others here have already discussed at length how the Obama administration is dealing with Israel, so no recap is necessary — but the statements...
  • President outlines elements of 'Obama Doctrine'

    04/19/2009 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 2,116+ views
    The Hill
    President outlines elements of 'Obama Doctrine' @ 12:41 pm by Michael O'Brien President Obama laid out Sunday what could be seen as the outline of an "Obama Doctrine," or series of principles the president said he's used to approach foreign relations. Though Obama made clear that his principles were far from definitive, he said he'd approached his trips to Europe and Latin America with two principles. First, Obama said, the U.S. must act multilaterally to solve world problems. And second, the U.S. must represent and live out its values in a consistent manner. "The United States remains the most powerful,...
  • When Will the American Leftinistra Actually Read the Geneva Conventions?

    02/23/2009 3:43:32 AM PST · by ADReditor · 3 replies · 313+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 02/23/2009 | Mark Harvey
    It never ceases to amaze me how our own home-grown enemies within constantly harp on the sins of the United States in regards to the Geneva Conventions. I would be willing to wager that most of them don’t even know that there are four, one more than three and one less than five, Geneva Conventions. The most recent is “GENEVA CONVENTION (IV) RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF CIVILIAN PERSONS IN WAR (GENEVA CONVENTION IV)”. What amazes me further is the griping of the basic American Leftinistra when they grovel and whine about “when will the experts remember the Geneva Conventions?”...