An Age of Seriousness Returns
Until Friday, we lived in an age where the United States government could, with a straight face, assert that the most serious national security issue of our time is global warming. Until Friday, we lived in an age where men could be thought of as boys, living in their parents’ basement, on their parents’ insurance, tweeting angrily in support of two dudes and an | Read More »
Jed Babbin on Iraq, Robert Gates and Chris Christie
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Jed Babbin to discuss Obama’s foreign policy, the new memoir from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Chris Christie scandal.
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Shorter @BarackObama: We totally trust Iran
This little gem was in my e-mail this morning, courtesy the ForiegnPolicy.com MidEast Brief: U.S. President Barack Obama made a rare threat to veto legislation after a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran if an interim nuclear agreement fails. Despite pressure from the Obama administration, on Thursday a group of 26 republican and democratic senators filed a | Read More »
Declining American Influence in the Middle East
There is an interesting article on Slate- the online Washington Post publication best known for their sanctimonious opposition to a football team’s name and logo (the Redskins)- yes…Slate, by Brian Michael Jenkins. The article cites ten reasons why American influence in the Middle East has fallen. Of course, he leaves out one very important reason- the ineptitude of the tag team of Barack Obama and | Read More »
Syria and the Middle East: An Insider’s Look
Jonathan Spyer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs and lives in Jerusalem. He is also a columnist for various news outlets and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, including Syria during their current civil war. As such, he is probably more of an expert in this region than anything the Obama administration can muster forth. He was given | Read More »
Obama’s Syria Speech Shows What We Haven’t Learned From 9/11
So what can we learn from all this going forward?
1) Don’t draw a Red Line unless you’ve got a nice “or else” ready if the other guy snorts it up off the floor.
2) People outside the constraints of Judeo-Christian morality will resort to WMDs, terrorism and anything else if force pays off better than Pacifism.
3) Military action of too small an order of magnitude to enter into the risk-reward mathematics of a would-be terrorist will only piss them off instead of deterring them.
President Obama failed all three of these lessons. As long as our nation remains this ignorant of the lessons of 9/11, we can expect more terrorism. It works like Hell.
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Where Congress Stands on #Syria
In case you missed it, the Washington Post has an excellent graphic laying out where each Representative and Senator stands on the AUMF for Syria. The Post has divided Congress into four categories: “Against military action”, “Leans no”, “Undecided”, and “For military action”. Long story short: this is a winnable fight for those of us out there who want Congress to say “No” to the | Read More »
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Letting Allah Sort Out Islamic Civil War in Syria
As bankrupt as elected Republican leadership is in Washington vis-à-vis domestic policy, they are completely clueless as it relates to foreign policy. While America continues to become an economic and moral wasteland under this regime, Obama is attempting to spend American treasure helping one nefarious side of an Islamic civil war in Syria – one which involves Iran-allied supporters of Hezbollah (Assad regime) vs. predominantly | Read More »
The Water Cooler ~ Obama’s Syria Stategy: Forward, I Mean About Face
The president just announced that he will now get authorization from Congress for the limited military operation he was about to commence in Syria. This about-face is shocking and I can’t imagine what the implications are for our allies and enemies. Personally, I thought he, Biden and Kerry were the biggest hypocrites for wanting to act alone and without Congressional approval, after they bashed Bush constantly, including | Read More »
Syria: That Boat Has Sailed
With the United States poised to apparently attack Syria in some form for a suspected chemical attack on civilians, there are some very important points to be made here specific to this situation and, more broadly, what passes for a foreign policy in the region. Along the way, some liberal hypocrisy is exposed. Before moving forward, some important questions need to be asked. The first | Read More »
The recent atrocity of a chemical weapons attack in Syria has taken the world’s attention from Egypt temporarily. What is troubling with respect to Egypt is the acceptance of the Muslim Brotherhood line that they are the victims of brutal government oppression. To recap, Hosni Mubarak, a reliable but troubled ally of the United States, was forced from office by a popular uprising as part | Read More »
A Crisis of Faith in Egypt
Though it does not get much notice in the West, Egypt is home to some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The city of Alexandria is known as one of the five ancient sees of the early church (along with Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, and Jerusalem), and it calls itself the See of St. Mark (he of the Gospel). Today, reflecting how Christendom has | Read More »
Egypt: Moving Slowing, but With Purpose
To state that the recent two plus years have been tumultuous in Egypt would be an understatement. Part of this stems from an American “foreign policy” that seems adrift at best, non-existent and worst, and definitely reactionary. Much of what is happening in Egypt in particular and the Middle East in general can be traced to the so-called Arab Spring. If one goes back even | Read More »
Will the Real Lindsey Graham Please Shut Up?
Lindsey Graham (R-South McCainolina) said on Sunday that the US should stop aid to Egypt. Why? Because the Egyptian army is putting down the scourge of civilization, the Muslim Brotherhood. As The Hill reported, “We’re headed for Algeria. The [Muslim] Brotherhood will go underground, al Qaeda will come to their aid, and you’re going to have an armed insurgency, not protesters, on your hands in | Read More »