Obama’s Snubs are Polarizing Europe
One at a time, President Barack Obama is alienating America’s European allies. First there was the embarrassingly crude snub of Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain, who was denied the courtesy of a joint press conference with the president on his recent Washington trip and was sent packing with a disastrously cheap official gift: a DVD collection that Brown cannot even view in London. | Read More »
Obama E. Newman’s, “What Me Worry,” Appraoch To Foreign Affairs
As a young teenager I was an avid reader of , “Mad Magazine.” I always got a kick out of the ,”Spy vs Spy,” capers and the parody’s of movies. Alfred E. Newman’s face on the cover with his almost iconic slogan, “what me worry,” was always the quick notice that made Mad stand out on the news stand when I would head to the | Read More »
Obama Hypocrisy on Display in Omnibus
Note: I’ll be discussing this issue on Fausta’s podcast at 11:00AM Eastern time today. If you don’t have the time to listen in today, bookmark her blog and check in over there anyway. I’ve been writing about Congress’s eagerness to violate U.S. treaty commitments by banning Mexican trucks from U.S. roads (most recently here). It’s gotten precious little attention in the U.S. press, but folks | Read More »
Christian Brose’s Analysis Of Barack Obama’s Speech On Iraq
“Bush probably would have given a very similar speech.” Do read the whole thing, of course, but that line was worth highlighting. As is the following: At the risk of heading into la-la land, I think Obama should have tipped his hat ever so slightly today to President Bush, Sen. McCain, and other Republicans who had supported the surge strategy, naming them and thanking them. | Read More »
Heck Of A Job, Panetta
This is the kind of thing one uses one’s inside voice to comment about. And if one has to speak up about it, one speaks up about it privately. Pardon my snark, but if Leon Panetta were more versed in national security and intelligence matters–instead of merely being parachuted into a national security/intelligence position–he might have known this. And while I had hoped that his | Read More »
So . . . What’s Happening In Zimbabwe?
This: Even before a gang of heavily armed men burst into his house and forcibly evicted him from his land, farming had become a hazardous business for Malcolm Clark, a 66-year old Zimbabwean who has made his living as a farmer since 1962. During the last two years electricity shortages have made it virtually impossible to irrigate, reducing output at the 92-hectare holding north of | Read More »
Get used to having Hugo Chavez plunder Venezuela for decades to come. If anyone thinks that he will waste time holding other popular ballot elections concerning his regime’s policy initiatives, they have another think coming. The Chavez regime will interpret this do-over election as a mandate for rule by decree. It never really mattered all that much what the people of Venezuela thought of Chavez’s | Read More »
Tim Geithner’s Roman Holiday
It involves him getting thrown into the gladiatorial pit: Last week Giulio Tremonti, Italy’s finance minister and Mr. Geithner’s host for the weekend, gave a tart review of the Obama administration’s stimulus in a local newspaper here. “If the problem is an excess of debt, the cure is not adding more debt, whether that debt is public or private,” he wrote in the Corriere della | Read More »
Love Is In The Air . . .
In Iraq: Romance is in the air in Baghdad as war-weary Iraqis celebrate Valentine’s Day after a sharp drop in violence, allowing lovers to cautiously hold hands in parks and to buy gifts for their sweethearts. Public courtship and more daring clothing for women are increasing after years of growing intolerance, perhaps signaling the Islamic dogma and conservatism that accompanied Iraq’s slide into sectarian slaughter | Read More »
Nothing Is Over Until He Says It Is!
Back in 2007, the voters of Venezuela said “thanks, but no thanks” to a ballot proposition that would have removed term limits for Hugo Chavez, thus effectively allowing him at least a decent shot at becoming President-for life. Now, Chavez has invited the people he ostensibly loves so dearly to see the error of their ways and reconsider: Venezuelans are due to vote on a | Read More »
In Praise Of Raymond Odierno
This is a good inside look at the efforts that were made to bring about the surge of troops and the counterinsurgency effort that helped establish the relative peace that now reigns in Iraq–and has reigned for a while now. We have yet to hear, of course, from President Obama and Vice President Biden, who both decried and denounced the surge during their respective Presidential | Read More »
A Glimpse Into Venezuela
It’s hardly appealing: WHEN a group of Venezuelan women staged an impromtu protest recently by dropping their trousers in front of armed national guards, President Hugo Chavez cheekily observed that the women were obviously in need of more attention than they received from their opposition husbands. It was a characteristically inflammatory insult from the self-styled revolutionary who once called the former president George W Bush | Read More »
“Mr. Chavez, Is Your Credit Rating Important To You?”
It must be interesting to make collection calls to the presidential palace in Caracas: Venezuela’s state oil company is behind on billions in payments to private oil contractors from Oklahoma to Belarus, some of which have now stopped work, even as President Hugo Chavez funnels more oil revenue to social programs. Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, says unpaid invoices jumped 39 percent in the | Read More »
The Honeymoon Is Over
Much of the appeal of the Obama campaign for those who supported it revolved around the contention that if the erstwhile Senator from Illinois were elected President, we would instantly see a significant improvement in relations between America and the rest of the world. Those who believed this obviously did not take into account the possibility that the protectionism of the Obama Administration might tick | Read More »
Just What Kind Of Deal Is This?
An agreement has been reached between Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that allows the latter to join a government of national unity in Zimbabwe. The terms of the deal are . . . well . . . take a look: ROBERT MUGABE, the Zimbabwean president, will have the power to dismiss his arch-opponent from a government of national unity even though the two | Read More »