Tech at Night: The ITU treaty is a failure of Obama to lead internationally
Hello again. Having been traveling from Wednesday to Friday for my employer, I did my best to get this out Friday night, but I crashed about a third of the way into my backlog of links. Then over the weekend my email server died. So, we catch up with Tech at Night on Monday!
We’ll start with the International Telecommunications Union. Reports came out that ITU anti-liberty proposals were backing off, but the effort is going in the wrong direction. A big chunk of the Anglosphere is against it, including the Obama administration.
The President is getting credit for this position from industry and House Republicans, but consider this: if the ITU’s secretary general didn’t see the Obama opposition coming then just how muted were Obama’s efforts to fix the treaty to begin with? This is a failure of the President to lead internationally.
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Susan Rice’s Iranian oil connection? …And Canadian oil connection?
Well, well, well. It turns out that UN Ambassador and prospective Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice (she’s a multimillionaire, by the way) has some rather interesting financial ties to numerous foreign energy companies that still do business with that oppressive, misogynistic, homophobic, and downright barking mad insane regime currently controlling Iran. The most interesting one of those is Royal Dutch Shell, which has about | Read More »
Axis of Hamas-Iran-Egypt Evil vs. Israel Alone
No one actually believes U.S. president desires that his Muslim Brotherhoods suffer defeat, despite Obama Administration statements since Israel struck back against Hamas in Gaza last week. No, the din of President Barack Obama’s apology tours, Cairo speech, bows to dictators, silence when Iran’s mullahs were mowing down freedom-lovers in Tehran’s streets, abandonment of Egyptian ally Hosni Mubarak, Muslim Brotherhood ties in his White House and Secretary | Read More »
Obama’s I won, let’s compromise and do things my way post-election press conference
On Tuesday, President Obama held the 16th “full” White House press conference of his presidency. That’s right Obama goes golfing more than six times for every press conference he gives.
This was the first scheduled, solo news conference for Obama since March. The last time Obama saw fit to allow the White House press corps an opportunity to formally ask him questions on U.S. soil was his “hastily-announced” appearance in the White House briefing room on June 8, 2012, during which he infamously said “the private sector is doing fine.”
During today’s press conference Obama was asked about climate change, Gen. David Petraeus, the fiscal cliff, immigration reform, Iran, A mandate, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Gov. Mitt Romney and Syria.
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New Foreign Policy
Now that Obama has won reelection, news of how he plans to run his new administration has been springing forth fast and furiously. Despite alluding to a time of peace in his reelection speech last week, the latest on foreign policy going forward indicates otherwise. Like so many other issues, the new foreign policy agenda would have been nice to know before the election. According | Read More »
Youth Talk Radio | U.S. Foreign Policy
Young conservatives discuss the United States’ policy toward various foreign countries and the recent attack in Benghazi. Follow @Kyle_P_Rogers Follow @SamW_NGC Follow @Micah_Tardy Follow @GregoryCBlackie
Argo, Iran, Benghazi and the Boomerang of History
Argo is the story of Antonio (Tony) Mendez, a CIA technical operations officer. In a way, he was the Intelligence version of a graphic designer. He was a forger, disguise maker and anything else that needed a crafty hand. The movie is about the escape crafted by Mendez to ‘exfil‘ a small group of embassy workers that escaped the Iranian student overtaking in 1979. Argo is | Read More »
Cyberattacks Target Oil in the Middle East
According to an article in The New York Times, on August 15 of this year a successful cyberattack struck Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company and the world’s largest oil producer. The virus-based attack wiped the hard drives of 30,000 personal computers, three-fourths of the company’s internal network, replacing data files with the image of a burning American flag. Damage was limited to the corporate | Read More »
Tech at Night: Cybersecurity and the imperial presidency
We’re still in wait and see mode on what the Obama administration will try with respect to cybersecurity, but of course they’ll use every news event as justification. Here’s the problem though: Attacks like the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia prove that businesses must use best practices, but government regulation will only hinder industry from keeping up with the latest. Regulation is too slow. Government is too restrictive, and not accountable enough.
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Obama’s Foreign Policy Record vs. Romney’s Foreign Policy Plans
Originally published on 10/9/2012 In preparation for the upcoming presidential debate on foreign policy, let’s examine key areas of the president’s foreign policy as compared to Mitt Romney’s stated foreign policy goals. Iran The Obama administration continues to refuse to set “red lines” for Iran, apparently unmoved by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech to the United Nations. The sanctions | Read More »
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Tech at Night: We need to attack the core problem of state-run cyber attacks, not grow government
So, more cybersecurity. The government is starting to recognize state actors online, which makes sense given that enemies like Iran aren’t shy about it. That’s good. Recognizing fact is a prerequisite to making good policy. But I think trying to dictate to private business is the wrong idea. Huawei and ZTE may be organs of the People’s Liberation Army, which would make it a good | Read More »
Our Cyber War with China
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss a Chinese hacker attack on the White House, the cyber attacks we face from China and Iran and the vulnerability of our infrastructure.
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PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP or “Where is your Whoopi Cushion?” Part I of a Series
September 2012 should be a month of scandal and sure defeat in the upcoming election for any sitting President… …but we live in a world of pop culture elections, fake noise to distract, and teflon media coverage making it difficult to identify real leadership. PART ONE of THREE REPORTS Leadership is not something you hear. Leadership is not something people say. Leadership is action. And in America leadership deserves to be reported | Read More »
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The Very Thin Red Line.
Barack MaoBama is standing on Israel’s last nerve. Having abrased his way through all the goodwill the Israelis can muster, he’s really barking up the wrong tree. The Israelis, unlike our Mr Obama, are not deluded by anything this worst president in American history, or his lackeys, have to say. Stark realism is always at the root of the Israeli soul. It’s been deeply ingrained | Read More »
Must Egypt hold 52 Americans for 444 days before we cut off aid?
President Barack Hussein Obama is no James Earl Carter Before “extremists” overthrew the America’s ally in the Shah of Iran, then President Carter signaled his willingness, and even desire, to work with the Ayatollah Khomeini, since he was a “religious” man. Before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Carter famously chided his fellow Americans for their “inordinate fear” of Communism. But, unlike the Citizen of the World | Read More »