Foreign Policy For DUMMIES- The Book(s) Obama Needs to Read
France has a longstanding tradition of realism in foreign policy, as well as an unapologetic resolve to protect her national interests. Both were on display recently as French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner visited Israel and succinctly warned that Israel will hit Iranian nuclear sites before Iran can finish its race to build nuclear weapons. “First, because you will hit them before. And this is the | Read More »
The Obama Doctrine
During the vice-presidential debate, the moderator Gwen Ifill asked Joe Biden the following question:”You argued for intervention in Bosnia and Kosovo, initially in Iraq and Pakistan and now in Darfur, putting U.S. troops on the ground. Boots on the ground. Is this something the American public has the stomach for?”After a lengthy answer from Senator Biden, Ms. Ifill followed up with the question, “Is there | Read More »
Russians, Canadians and Palin, oh my!
Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin has taken enough heat to melt the Artic Circle over this exchange with CBS’ Katie Couric:Couric: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we | Read More »
Senator McCain Survives His Weakest Debate Topic, Foreign Policy
The conventional wisdom going in and coming out of last night’s debate is that foreign policy would be Senator McCain’s strongest subject, his best chance to shine. I think that is wrong.There are reasons why a point of view becomes conventional wisdom, and those reasons are obvious here. The polls show the public has more confidence in Senator McCain vis a vis Senator Obama when | Read More »
Let Sarah be Sarah
When are we going to let Sarah be Sarah. Governors do not have foreign policy experience. Jimmy Carter did not. Bill Clinton did not. George W.Bush did not. Sarah Palin doesn’t. The most important truth is that John McCain does. She is not on the ticket to balance his weaknesses. On the other hand Joe Biden is ONLY on the ticket to balance the ticket. | Read More »
1st debate strategy – 10 suggestions
With a short 3 days to go until the first debate, the next major shift in the polls is inevitably drawing closer. The debate will focus on foreign policy, something on which McCain has a polling advantage. My strategy suggestions are:Since McCain has a polling advantage over Obama on this issue, this is a perfect opportunity to get folks refocused on foreign policy and the | Read More »
Palin’s Foreign Policy Cred
The political beehive is abuzz with news that vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is going to meet Tuesday in New York with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe. She also is scheduled to meet later in the week with Mikhail Saakashvili, the president of the nation of Georgia, which was invaded by Russia in August.She also | Read More »
Russia and Venezuela Kissing in a Tree…….
Earlier this spring, Barack Obama made a comment on how Venezuela was a “tiny country” that posed no serious threat to the United States. However, his world tour consisting of photo ops with world leaders and then negotiating a dealy in troop withdrawls behind President Bush’s back was supposed to reassure everyone that he’s not the foriegn policy idiot we all know he is. Consider | Read More »
Senator Obama’s Overlooked Germany Gaffe on O’Reilly
Due to lipstick on pigs, shifts in polls, or who knows what, the public and media have missed a huge foreign policy — and world history — gaffe by Senator Obama in the fourth segment of Bill O’Reilly’s interview. Bill O’Reilly: Why won’t the Germans fight against the Taliban? Senator Obama: You know, part of the reason. . . Bill O’Reilly: What? Senator Obama: Part | Read More »
Senator Obama’s Overlooked Germany Gaffe on O’Reilly
Due to lipstick on pigs, shifts in polls, or who knows what, the public and media have missed a huge foreign policy — and world history — gaffe by Senator Obama in the fourth segment of Bill O’Reilly’s interview.Bill O’Reilly: Why won’t the Germans fight against the Taliban?Senator Obama: You know, part of the reason. . . Bill O’Reilly: What?Senator Obama: Part of the reason | Read More »
Palin’s Clear and Unambiguous Language and World View Refreshing
A term like the “Bush Doctrine” will only achieve some sort of lasting meaning with the passage of time. Currently, the term is NOT in the popular lexicon. Ask your friends and coworkers or the clerk at WalMart. Knowledge of the term, “Bush Doctrine”, contrary to pundits and so-called journalists, is not a prerequisite to understanding US foreign policy. In fact, harping on this term | Read More »
Grading Palin… and grading us?
I was struck this morning by a comment made in passing that really shows a central problem in how the Left and the MSM (OK, so that’s the same thing) think of everyone that isn’t, well, the Left or the MSM (or a D.C. insider, Blue State resident, or Hollywood “expert” like Matt Damon).I was listening to N.P.R’s Morning Edition to see what the reactions | Read More »
McCain vs Obama: Part V – Foreign Policy/National Security
Over the past week, since Sarah Palin was announced as McCain’s vice presidential nominee, the media has been relentlessly pointing out her lack of foreign policy experience, while completely ignoring the lack of foreign policy experience of Barrack Obama. To them, it would seem, it is more important that the GOP vice president have foreign policy experience than it is for the Democrat president. Does | Read More »
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Obama Says Palin’s Family Off-Limits, Doesn’t Even Know of Anbar Province Handover?
As Senator John McCain and the Republican Party were making plans on the eve of the opening of their Convention to cancel various events due to Hurricane Gustav’s rapid approach upon the Gulf Coast, what was Barack Obama and his campaign doing?
The Russian Game
“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Lord PalmerstonI’d like to take a few minutes out of the all-Biden-all-the-time coverage here and focus on the ongoing dismemberment of the Republic of Georgia by Russia. The purpose is not to dwell on that tragedy and the daily decreasing chances that the Georgia of three weeks ago will reemerge and the utterly | Read More »