OPEN THREAD: ‘Anti-Americanism + Nuclear Programs = Happy Dictators. Embracing America = Setting Yourself up to be Stabbed in the Back’
Courtesy of The Cold Equations, here is a handy cheat sheet for dictatorial longevity. Country Prior relations with the US Nuclear weapons program US treatment of country Status of leader Egypt Allied Not significant Pressured ally to step down Permanent vacation Libya Moderately warm lately, despite past difficulties Abandoned under US pressure Bombs away Probably on his way out Syria Strained to hostile Not a | Read More »
Freedoms: Out There
What are Conservative Americans to make of the late-breaking Middle Eastern revolutions, particularly in the name of freedom?
As a press guy, I’ve seen the tech media increasingly critical of the Internet shutdowns in Iran and Egypt. Interestingly, Obama and the Liberals have been pushing implementation of an “Internet kill switch” and “network neutrality”, in the United States, for quite some time.
According to Wikipedia, Tunisia is 98% Muslim, while Egypt weighs in between 80% and 90%. That source also notes that fully 98% of Iran is of the Islamic faith.
I have to scratch my head when boiling it all down, considering my American concept of “freedom”.
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Famous quotes, can you guess who said them?
We all know how a dictator becomes a dictator. While a few, in modern days, takes a country by force or coup, most get the approval of the people, then take it all over. We have seen a modern takeover in Chavez. He was elected twice I believe, made himself to be a leader for the people, then has slowly introduced legislation that will allow | Read More »
Clear And Present Danger.
While American Marines, soldiers, NATO allies and Afghan troops put their lives on the line against a truly vicious Taliban foe, to free Afghanistan from their yoke of oppression and deny the Taliban their base of operations, President Obama is planning to steal YOUR freedoms…again. While our troops fight to uphold the principles of freedom, Obama steals around like a thief in the night. Behind | Read More »
Latin American Lessons Learned
In a representative democracy fear of displeasing those who have the power to keep you in office was once a deterrent for politicians. In America the voice of a largely center right majority served to dissuade politicians from moving the pendulum too far left. Following the Republican Revolution in the 1990’s even Bill Clinton was intelligent enough to shift to the center. Under the leadership of Newt Gingrich, | Read More »
North Korea: A Bully or a Legtimate Power
Written on August 10th 2009 Recently America made a move that it has adamantly opposed for years. America bargained with a terrorist for the release of hostages. This terrorist was not a plane hijacker, a bank robber, a kidknapper, but instead he is a tyrannical ruler who is the leader of a foreign country. America sent one of our highest diplomats, former president Bill Clinton, | Read More »
Hammer and Sickle at WSOP
At this year’s World Series of Poker one of the members of the final table was Moscow, Russia born Ivan Demidov. Whenever he was in a hand the television cameras would pan to his fans in the audience. When things went Ivan’s way, his friend, wearing a New York Yankee Jersey (a bit ironic), would wave not the white, blue, and red Russian flag; but | Read More »
Creepy Comrades: The Ayers-Chavez Connection
In a recent post I referred to a speech unrepentant domestic terrorist and Obama associate Bill Ayers delivered in Caracas, Venezuela, to the 2006 World Education Forum, sponsored by UNESCO. His text is full of Marxist rhetoric, but that’s just Marxist Ayers being Ayers. He’s also a professor of education, and there’s nothing unusual about his presence at a global forum on education sponsored by | Read More »