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Democrats would push talks, better foreign ties
Reuters ^ | 11/02/06 | Carol Giacomo

Posted on 11/02/2006 7:28:07 AM PST by presidio9

Dialogue with America's enemies, improved ties with other countries and more aggressive scrutiny of Bush administration decision-making are all high on the foreign policy agenda if Democrats score big in next week's U.S. elections.

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Under the U.S. Constitution, presidents have the lead on foreign policy and that will continue no matter which party controls Congress after November 7.

But if Democrats take the House of Representatives, and maybe the Senate, as some polls predict, they could influence international relations -- through committee chairmanships and budget authority -- in ways they have not since 2001, when President Bill Clinton left office.

Iraq is the focus. Democrats and a growing number of Republicans are alarmed at Bush's handling of the worsening war.

But Democratic divisions on what to do -- withdraw U.S. troops now, withdraw in some certain time frame, even beef up the military presence -- are well-documented. This sets the stage for robust debate after a high-level study panel recommends potential solutions before the new Congress takes office in January.

More broadly, Democrats likely to lead foreign policy committees hope to move beyond what they consider other Bush mistakes.

"I will work hard on fostering better relations, more respect for relations with both allies and non-allies," said U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (news, bio, voting record) of California, who may lead the House International Relations Committee.

"There has been a distinct deterioration of U.S. relations with a very large number of countries" from France to Indonesia, he told Reuters.

DEMOCRATS' DIRECT APPROACH

Lantos and Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) of Delaware, who could become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, favor direct U.S. talks, largely eschewed by Bush, as key to negotiated solutions with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.

"America, whose greatest strengths are her ideas and her ideals, has become afraid to talk," Biden said in a speech on Tuesday, adding: "It's time to find our voice again."

But this approach does not mean problem countries will not be called to account. Biden plans to introduce legislation holding North Korea responsible if it transfers nuclear technology to a radical group that uses the weapon.

And Congress has shown bipartisan support for sanctions on Iran.

Senior Democratic aides, who said the administration often stonewalled Congress, predicted a Democratic majority would vigorously examine issues ranging from contracts for work in Iraq to U.S. policy in the Middle East.

The Homeland Security Department, created after the September 11 attacks, and the Millennium Challenge Account, which aids developing free-market democracies, are other likely targets.

But one prominent lobbyist said it wasn't clear how a Democratic majority would exert itself, especially if the Senate stays Republican and the House majority is narrow.

A Democratic Congress may pay more attention to the U.S. trade deficit with China and China's human rights record but is not expected to provoke any major shift in U.S. policy.

"The China consensus in this town remains strong in terms of favoring a high level of U.S. engagement across a broad front with China," said one senior Democratic aide.

If Democrats win the Senate, they could make trouble for Bush by thwarting confirmation of senior appointees, including U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who having failed to win Senate approval, is serving under a provisional appointment.

The period between the election and inauguration of the new Congress could affect the landmark U.S.-India nuclear agreement, which passed the House but stalled in the Senate.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: clowncarmedia; fakebutaccurate; rooters

1 posted on 11/02/2006 7:28:08 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Yes, the libs are the panderers, the appeasers, the white flag wavers, that the French admire....yes, look at what a fine job the Clinton fiasco did for America -- cowardice, appeasement, unexcelled incompetence.

Any American that would put the ThugoRats in charge of Americas' security, are beyond stupid.


2 posted on 11/02/2006 7:30:41 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: presidio9
Dialogue with America's enemies...

Dialogue with America's enemies? It's all so simple! Why didn't we think of that?

3 posted on 11/02/2006 7:31:50 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: presidio9

Talking to them? TALKING TO THEM? That is the Democrats' plan. How about holding hands with them and singing Kumbaya? Like the Nazi and the Stalinists before them, the only thing America's enemies recognize is strength and conviction, a lesson the Democrats have never learned.


4 posted on 11/02/2006 7:32:04 AM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: presidio9
I can just see a future Ambassador John Kerry negotiating with Iranian President ArmageddonJihad. Kerry would be in hog heaven- his own element- VietNam all over again. Months would be spent in seeking a fair shape of the table in the peace talks, the very same tactic the North Vietnam team used to delay and drag out their "peace talks" with the US. Months that proved useful in winning while we whined.
5 posted on 11/02/2006 7:32:21 AM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: EagleUSA

I posted it because it amuses me that the Democrats tried to make this election about a president who wasn't running for anything, and their guy made it also about a senator who wasn't running for anything. The end result is that the clow car media is reduced to running endorsement editorials as news pieces.


6 posted on 11/02/2006 7:32:34 AM PST by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: EagleUSA

and dont they have a 'secret strategy' to the war in Iraq?lol


7 posted on 11/02/2006 7:34:17 AM PST by Jazzman1 (l)
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To: presidio9

Is this an EDITORIAL or a NEWS STORY?

Reuters providing DNC talking points?


8 posted on 11/02/2006 7:34:55 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: Rummyfan

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9 posted on 11/02/2006 7:36:48 AM PST by Crawdad (Is this thing on?)
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To: rightinthemiddle
Reuters providing DNC talking points?

Al Reuters: mouthpiece for terrorists and providers of DNC talking points - there's NO difference between the two.

10 posted on 11/02/2006 7:37:44 AM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: presidio9

Democrats: "We'll catch Bin Laden"

Me: "Then what?"

Democrats: "Then we'll use diplomacy"

Me: "With who?"

Democrats: "You're stupid"


11 posted on 11/02/2006 7:42:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: presidio9
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12 posted on 11/02/2006 7:44:17 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: presidio9

DEMS - all talk, all the time.....They can talk the talk, but cannot walk the walk.........


13 posted on 11/02/2006 7:44:27 AM PST by Red Badger (ECCLESIASTES 10 The heart of the wise inclines to the RIGHT, but the heart of the fool to the LEFT.)
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To: presidio9
Democrats, regarding the WOT, believe in talking the terrorists to death. Don't let these surrender monkeys gain power. Vote GOP.
14 posted on 11/02/2006 7:48:45 AM PST by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: presidio9
"Dialogue with America's enemies . . . "

In other words, a foreign policy of make-believe and endless gabbing which changes nothing and allows problems to fester for generations, the favorite option of the "realists" in the State Department.
15 posted on 11/02/2006 7:49:43 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: presidio9
Biden plans to introduce legislation holding North Korea responsible if it transfers nuclear technology to a radical group that uses the weapon.

Wow! I feel safer already! I bet North Korea is really worried now too!
16 posted on 11/02/2006 8:02:36 AM PST by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: presidio9

Perfect job for John Kerry. What was it he called the coalition in Iraq?


17 posted on 11/02/2006 8:05:01 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: presidio9

If the Democrats get control and the terrorist continue to kill and destroy Americans and American interest, what are the Democrats going to do about it? Are they going to be like the U.N. and hold them accountable by writing a strong letter to someone or make a big strong speech in front of the media? And if that doesn't work, repeat it again only a little stronger? The way the Democrats have worked in my opinion to destroy everything that Pres. Bush has tried to do to protect America and American interest has made me so dislike them that every time I hear the word 'Democrat' I equate it with Traitor, Socialist, Communists, dope addicts, dunker's, killers, and everything vile and immoral, and a few other things. I know the list is long but that is what has happened to my thinking since Clinton shamed the Office Of The President and what has come after it with the Democrats not thinking anything about it and what they have been doing to this country these last six years. I can't see how anyone can think that with the Democrats in control how this country will become better off. I think it will become worse off because they don't believe in working together as a nation because if they did, I think the U.S. would have been further down the road in defeating the terrorist, solving the illegal immigration problem and making the U.S. more energy efficient than it is now.


18 posted on 11/02/2006 8:05:05 AM PST by AIC
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To: P-40
Biden plans to introduce legislation holding North Korea responsible if it transfers nuclear technology to a radical group that uses the weapon.

Sure, a couple hundred thousand of our citizens will be dead (including me here in southern Manhattan, most likely), but the Democraps will hold htem RESPONSIBLE, dammit! They'll give them the talking-to of a lifetime!

19 posted on 11/02/2006 8:05:28 AM PST by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: presidio9
"The end result is that the clow car media is reduced to running endorsement editorials as news pieces."

You noticed that? What a puff piece.

This "reporter" should be ashamed.
20 posted on 11/02/2006 8:10:54 AM PST by angkor
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To: presidio9

We will give Iran our nuclear submarine fleet, if they just sign this piece of paper saying they will be nice to us.


21 posted on 11/02/2006 8:11:16 AM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Polls are for useful idiots. God and you IS the majority.)
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To: P-40; presidio9
Biden plans to introduce legislation holding North Korea responsible if it transfers nuclear technology to a radical group that uses the weapon.

I would think that NORAD and the Commander In Chief will "hold North Korea reponsible" with something more potent than Congressional legislation.

22 posted on 11/02/2006 8:13:56 AM PST by angkor
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To: angkor

As potent as the Democrats' response to Kenya, the '83 WTC bombing, the USS Cole, Somolia, or the Khobar Towers?


23 posted on 11/02/2006 8:15:52 AM PST by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: Jazzman1

...and dont they have a 'secret strategy' to the war in Iraq? lol
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They could care less about the Iraq war, and the war on terror. They want those dollars for socialist power and control which is really all they are interested in. More 9/11s? No problem -- they will just wave the white flag and NEGOTIATE with our enemies until we are all bowing to Mecca.

Socialist moron power freaks.


24 posted on 11/02/2006 8:16:10 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: presidio9
Dialogue with America's enemies, improved ties with other countries and more aggressive scrutiny of Bush administration decision-making are all high on the foreign policy agenda if Democrats score big in next week's U.S. elections.

Translation: "We'll do whatever the enemy demands!"


25 posted on 11/02/2006 8:21:00 AM PST by Prime Choice (VOTE RINO! There's plenty of room for more knives in your back.)
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To: presidio9

This is the issue! The pleading for our enemies to please not kill us, becoming friends with terrorists is a recipe for our destruction. That is all the Demonrats offer. And the GOP needs to make this the issue with the remaining week before the election. They are a danger to our security.


26 posted on 11/02/2006 8:40:11 AM PST by bushfamfan (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRES. 2008)
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To: presidio9
Ah, yes. The talk, tax, and spend party.
27 posted on 11/02/2006 9:16:06 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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