Mort Zuckerman dismisses Obama.
Ouch. Obama clearly wishes to do good and means well. As I’ve mentioned in the past, that’s pretty much the worst thing that you can say about a person in English. It’s what you fall back on when you can’t credibly claim competence or experience for somebody. Via Riehl World View. Read the whole thing, although with a title like “World Sees Obama as Incompetent | Read More »
Revisiting the Axis of Evil
Other than the debacle of Obama’s domestic policies and the Gulf oil spill non-leadership issue, two of the most daunting tasks facing Obama in the area of foreign policy are North Korea and Iran. Thankfully, Bush helped take care of another one- Iraq. The other two are part of Bush’s original “axis of evil.” First, some liberal pundits believe that the State of | Read More »
Rubin extolls Obama’s foreign policy “success”
Former Clinton administration assistant Secretary of State James Rubin took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal today to extoll the virtues of President Obama’s foreign policy “success.” Mr. Rubin argues that unlike the regression that befell American influence and credibility across the global community under the Bush administration, President Obama has lifted the United States out of isolation and relegated the usual cast | Read More »
North Korea + Iran + China = A Trap?
One of my favorite little bits of 25 cent philosophy is that in life, we have friends that we truly like, and friends that we tolerate. Friends that we like are those with whom we have interests in common, shared enjoyable experiences, and whose presence is a positive life influence. Friends that we tolerate are those that we keep around out of some sense of | Read More »
Obama Administration: US Racist Nation On Earth
Well, not entirely. Just Arizona (Via Jake Tapper’s Political Punch): During two days of talks about human rights with China last week, the US raised examples of problems on its own soil and cited Arizona’s controversial new immigration law as an example of “racial discrimination.” “We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session and as a troubling trend in | Read More »
Foreign Policy Implications of Greek Financial Crisis
Most of the focus on the Greek (and likely entire EU) sovereign debt crisis has been its potential impact on the global economy. Some other focus has been on the US’s involvement in bailing out Greece. But, Marc Ambinder details the possible foreign policy implications of Turkey taking a large role in bailing out Greece. (emphasis by Marc) A bit of (vital) esoterica. In the | Read More »
A Major War in Middle East is Coming
President Obama has so mis-managed U.S. Foreign policy that a major conflict in the Middle East is all but inevitable. His actions toward Iran have been nothing but verbal bluster and posturing for the U.S. MSM. In reality, his concrete actions toward Iran amount to nothing more than an obsequious bow. From a silent voice to Iran becoming a member of the UN’s Women’s Rights | Read More »
President Viktor Yanukovych: Great Hunger Not Genocide
Honestly, I don’t blame President Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine: No Genocide By Russia In ‘Great Hunger’ Strasbourg, France (AP) – In a major turnabout in Ukrainian policy, new President Viktor Yanukovych says the 1930s Stalinist famine that killed millions should not be considered genocide against Ukrainians because it targeted its victims indiscriminately. Yanukovych told the Council of Europe on Tuesday that he considered the famine “a | Read More »
Major policy shift on alliance with Israel?
Its no secret that Obama has been rather cold toward Israel, our greatest and most dependable ally in the middle East. From snubbing Israel on middle East trips, to condemning Israel’s right to zone its own territory, to actively undermining Israel’s defensive posture against Iran, Obama has been no friend to Israel. To conservatives, it comes as little surprise. His cold attitude towards Israel was | Read More »
Russians Trying to Dictate US Foreign Policy
On the issues page of my campaign web site, I make the following statement; “The world is ruled by the aggressive use of force. Appeasement never works. It didn’t work on the playground when we were kids and it doesn’t work in the real world; 9/11 proved that to all of us. It’s time that Congress holds the Administration and State Department accountable for failed | Read More »
Obama’s foreign policy mirrors Gorbachev’s
By 1985, the Soviet Union was in a manifold crisis. The Soviet’s had faced decades of economic stagnation that had become obviously systemic. State planning targets were regularly missed. Goods produced in the Soviet Union were never as desirable as those produced in Czechoslovakia or East Germany. Furthermore, the USSR was faced with the daunting prospect of a computerized revolution in just about every aspect | Read More »
A letter to Melissa Bean, Blue Dog
I just sent an email to Melissa. Probably not a good use of my time. I was very disappointed in your vote for the health care bill. It seems that you are just another soldier in Nancy Pelosi’s army. You care more about her opinion than your constituents’ opinions. The irony is that this bill will likely never be implemented. It is the spark that | Read More »
Foreign Policy Institute Releases Briefing Book – Wow!
The Foreign Policy Institute has developed a wonderful briefing book on world affairs. You can read it online here for free. Just click the link. Anybody who wants to learn about foreign policy ought to read this book. It is filled with wonderful articles about every area of the world from many of our country’s leading thinkers. My own highlights: Decline is a Choice, Charles | Read More »
Learning Foreign Policy Lessons From a Country Song
President Obama could learn a lesson or two from the lyrics of my favorite country music singer, Coweta County native Alan Jackson. In Jackson’s “Here In the Real World,” he sings sadly about how life doesn’t always turn out how you’d hoped, like it does in the movies. On the silver screen, the song lyrics state, “cowboys don’t cry and heroes don’t die. And good | Read More »
Asia one more area Obama has failed to engage
I have been working with Joshua Treviño as an editor at Malaysia Matters (a site dedicated to tracking news and events in Malaysia from an American perspective). In this role, I have learned a great deal about the importance of Asia economically and strategically. Building on that, I have an article at the Huffington Post highlighting an issue that you might not be aware of | Read More »