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  • The Middle East’s Maze of Alliances

    09/11/2014 5:57:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It’s increasingly difficult to navigate the web of transitory enemies and allies in the region. Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies, and neutrals in the Middle East. In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. For a few weeks, he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama’s red lines turned pink, we forgot...
  • Stasi, KGB were child’s play compared to today

    11/03/2013 8:56:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2013 | Andreas Illmer
    It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who’s spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW.… It’s something of historical amplitude and we still need to take some distance to be able to understand what is exactly going on. What we see is the unraveling of the very infrastructure for a total surveillance society that we are realizing, day by day, is already deployed all around the world under our feet. The infrastructure for surveilling everything about everybody all the time....
  • Obama's nuclear spill --Why would the O Force give up America's security secrets?

    05/06/2010 11:19:23 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 952+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    The Obama administration has revealed - for the first time ever - the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in detail. This information was a closely guarded secret for more than 60 years. By unloading such sensitive information, President Obama is responsible for deliberately exposing a chink in America's defensive armor. The Land of the Free is less secure for it. On orders from the White House, the Pentagon on Monday released the exact number of nuclear warheads as the 189-nation nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference got under way in New York. The U.S. nuclear stockpile now stands at 5,113...
  • Blackmailing Obama

    01/10/2010 3:48:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 45 replies · 2,293+ views
    drkatesview ^ | January 5, 2010 | Dr.Kate
    Of all the most dangerous aspects of the constitutionally ineligible Obama usurping the office of the Presidency, the prospect of blackmail is one of the most frightening. When a person owes his job to a cover-up and election fraud, he will do anything to keep it. And remember, if it wasn’t for the fraud, he would not have been on the ballot, and we would not be facing this prospect of treason from within. In my view, Obama has now crossed that line definitively.... Under this scenario, the United States is dragged into one conflict after another, or the resources...
  • Obama Troubling

    10/16/2008 7:32:44 AM PDT · by pjd · 4 replies · 551+ views
    pjd ^ | pjd
    Sorry this is a long vanity, but you might find some useful ammunition in it. Troubling In politics, as in most other things, the truth is important. However, in political campaigns, the truth is often a very elusive object. This is because political campaigns are, essentially, little more than the construction of an image which, most importantly, is an image of what the campaign thinks is what the people want to see. For this reason, political rhetoric and campaign promises are, at best, unreliable indicators of who a candidate is. Talk is cheap. Image is illusory and you cannot measure...
  • Winds Of War

    07/14/2006 11:48:49 AM PDT · by jennivinson · 21 replies · 1,128+ views
    1440 KEYS AM Radio ^ | July 14, 2006 | Jenni Vinson Trejo
    Winds Of War By Jenni Vinson Trejo July 14, 2006 The world woke up this morning to the reality that the winds of war are swirling all about us. The aggressions occurring between Israel and Lebanon and the saber rattling of North Korea have certainly broken the lull the American mentality had fallen into. Not even the most Liberal and political among us can continue to ignore the state of war America is in. The fact of the matter is that we have been engaged in World War III since Al Queda attacked America on September 11, 2001. The events...
  • NATO Defense Ministers Discuss Alliance's Security Missions

    06/08/2006 4:26:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 200+ views
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 8, 2006 – Discussions on the expansion of NATO's mission in Afghanistan and the continued development of the NATO Response Force topped the agenda at a defense ministers meeting here today. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) and NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (seated across table) engage in discussions during defense ministerial meetings in Brussels, Belgium, June 7. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The defense leaders also discussed NATO support to training Iraqi forces and the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. NATO forces in...
  • Martin's Big Fat NDP Budget

    05/06/2005 6:01:45 PM PDT · by Grig · 8 replies · 438+ views
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  • Seoul downgrading U.S. alliance in favor of closer military ties with China, Russia

    04/14/2005 8:08:17 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 53 replies · 1,320+ views
    South Korea is planning to bolster military ties with its long-time Cold War rivals China and Russia in an effort to play a balancing role in Northeast Asia and help stabilize the Korean peninsula, Seoul's defense chief said. The move is consistent with the stated intention of President Roh Moo-Hyun to adopt a more "independent" foreign policy from the United States.    
  • India and China agree to form partnership

    04/11/2005 4:45:11 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 178 replies · 4,339+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11 April 2005 | AP
    NEW DELHI - India and China, the world's two most populous countries, agreed on Monday to create a "strategic partnership" in an effort to end their longstanding border dispute and boost trade and economic cooperation. The agreement signaled a significant shift in relations between the two Asian giants after decades of mutual distrust and suspicion. "India and China can together reshape the world order," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said after a welcome ceremony for his Chinese counterpart, Premier Wen Jiabao, at India's presidential palace. Together the two nations account for one-third the world's population. The statement announcing the partnership...
  • CORNERED BY THE WEST OVER UKRAINE, PUTIN COURTS ALLIES ELSEWHERE

    12/15/2004 12:09:58 PM PST · by jb6 · 12 replies · 489+ views
    Novosti ^ | 2004-12-07
    PARIS (by columnist Angela Charlton for RIA Novosti) - Just as President Vladimir Putin risked becoming an international outcast, he launched two diplomatic sorties that stroked Russia's ego and offered him respite from a Ukraine-obsessed season. Over the weekend, Putin bolstered Russia's alliance with democratic, dynamic India, the number one buyer of Russian arms. Then Putin forayed into Turkey, rigorously trying to persuade Russia's longtime foe that cooperation would make both countries richer and safer. Last month he was in Brazil; in October he toured China. Putin is scoring points with the next generation's global heavyweights. Yet his revived rhetoric...
  • Reconciliation or confrontation?

    11/11/2004 12:29:48 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 336+ views
    Ahram Weekly ^ | 11/11/04 | Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
    One of the most significant moments in John Kerry's concession speech came when he spoke of the "desperate need" to heal the country's political wounds. The tone of his speech was in stark contrast to the presidential campaign itself, one of the most ferocious and rancorous in recent US history. The tight race, which ended with 51 per cent of the popular vote going to Bush versus 48 per cent to Kerry, polarised the American people into two almost equal camps and left deep scars on the national psyche. This will have lasting effects not only in America itself but...
  • ARAFAT SHOULD STAY IN FRANCE - (THE FRENCH DESERVE HIM)

    11/04/2004 1:00:58 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 393+ views
    DON FEDER'S COLD STEEL ^ | NOVEMBER 5, 2004 | DON FEDER
    “France has neither winter, nor summer, nor morals. France is miserable because it is filled with Frenchmen, and Frenchmen are miserable because they live in France.” Mark Twain On Saturday, Yasser Arafat (capo of the Palestinian Cosa Nostra) was flown to Paris for treatment of an undiagnosed medical condition which we can only hope is terminal. As a humanitarian gesture, Israel let the mass murderer go and promised he could return. Then too, if the French heal the way they fight, the PLO chieftain will be dead within a week. Perhaps Sharon was counting on that. But, seriously, what could...
  • A Kerry Victory would have grave implications for Great Britain and any future alliance with US!

    10/27/2004 10:09:57 PM PDT · by Westpole · 23 replies · 357+ views
    What would a Kerry victory mean for Tony Blair and all heads of State that supported us in Iraq? The effect would be devasting. If Kerry's view that going into Iraq was a "catastrophic blunder" is ratified by a majority of the US population Tony Blair's goverment will likely fall. At the very least his Labour Party would elect a new leader to work out the messy details of extracating themselves from "the blunder". Of course Kerry's view that France and Germany would be persuaded to help is pure folly so the result would be just the opposite of what...
  • MAKING A DENT IN LIBERAL DISINFORMATION: KERRY'S NATIONAL SECURITY "PLAN"

    10/25/2004 2:54:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 428+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2004 | LESTER DENT
    Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation: Kerry's National Security ''Plan'' Written by Lester Dent Monday, October 25, 2004 One might have come away from the second presidential debate with the impression that John Kerry has plans. He said so over 30 times. This is not to be confused with Dr. King’s ''I have a dream.'' Nor should it be compared to Dr. Dean’s ''I have a scream.'' John Kerry’s theme is: ''I have a plan.'' Let’s look at one ''plan,'' on National Security. The ''plan'' includes: · ''Launch and lead a new era of alliances''--What did Bush do when he...
  • Willing Coalitions: We get by with a little help from our friends -- but those friends can change.

    08/17/2004 8:36:27 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 6 replies · 468+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Michael H. Coles
    The Bush administration has been accused of numerous foreign-policy sins, but nowhere, it seems, has it erred more dangerously than in its alienation of our "allies." The problem, however, is that no one seems to know exactly who those allies are. We are fortunate, therefore, that Sen. Edward Kennedy's speech at the Democratic National Convention provided us with a working definition: "We should have strengthened, not scorned," he declaimed, "the alliances that won two world wars and the Cold War." Words from such a source are worthy of serious examination. In World War I, Britain, France, and Russia formed...
  • All Things to All People

    07/30/2004 9:50:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,156+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2004 | DAVID BROOKS
    BOSTON — There were so many military men at the Democratic convention I almost expected John Kerry to mount the stage in full body armor and recite the war speech from "Henry V." As it is, he called for bulking up the military, doubling the size of the Special Forces and crushing the terrorists. He hit Bush from the right, and when he got around to bashing the Saudis, I thought I'd wandered into a big meeting of The Weekly Standard editorial board. Not only that, Kerry's speech followed an all-hawk medley. Gen. John Shalikashvili called for appreciably increasing the...
  • Kerry Vows to Rebuild 'Shredded' U.S. Alliances

    05/29/2004 1:11:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 203+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/29/04 | Patricia Wilson - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic White House candidate John Kerry (news - web sites) vowed on Saturday to rebuild U.S. alliances "shredded" by President Bush (news - web sites) and to restore America's international respect. The Republican incumbent and his likely challenger in the Nov. 2 presidential election both attended the dedication of the World War II Memorial but Kerry told reporters: "There are no politics today. It's just a really nice day, a really special day for America." Hours before the ceremony on Washington's Mall, Kerry declared in the Democrats' weekly radio address that it was "time to answer the...
  • RETHINKING OUR ALLIANCES

    04/18/2004 8:11:00 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 6 replies · 59+ views
    Dallas Star-Telegram ^ | 18 April 2004 | Thomas P.M. Barnett
    Terrorists buy a national election in Spain for the price of 10 backpack bombs and remove a "crucial" pillar of the Western coalition in Iraq. Predictably, Op-Ed columnists and talking heads raise the cry for the Bush administration to "save the Western alliance." This is a knee-jerk response that reflects historical habit more than strategic logic. Clinging to the Western alliance isn't the way to win the global war on terrorism. In fact, it's a backward-looking approach that's certain to doom our efforts in this conflict. Combating transnational terrorism in the era of globalization will be a decades-long task, and...
  • The New Neutrality

    04/14/2004 10:18:48 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 74+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 15, 2004 | Michael J. Totten
    The Western alliance is fracturing. France last year sent its diplomats abroad to cajole non-NATO governments to vote against the US resolution in the UN Security Council to depose Saddam Hussein's regime by force. Germany and Belgium poodled along for the ride. Turkey, at the last minute, denied the US the use of bases on its soil to open a northern front against the Iraqi Republican Guard. Meanwhile, Spain swept to power a Socialist government that announced a withdrawal of its troops from Iraq before it even took power. The US is making alliances with European leaders rather than with...
  • Blow to Bush: An Ally in Spain Is Rejected by Antiwar Voters

    03/15/2004 8:22:36 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 24 replies · 122+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/15/04 | David Sanger
    The ouster of the center-right party in Spain, only days after a terrorist bombing that may be linked to Al Qaeda, is the first electoral rebuke of one of President Bush's most steadfast allies in the Iraq war. When France and Germany balked at supporting the war on Iraq, the Spanish prime minister, José María Aznar, stood publicly by Mr. Bush at a summit meeting in the Azores a year ago this week, and just days before the war began. Now voters have elected the opposition Socialists, although the center right was leading in the polls until the terrorist attack....
  • Battle to rebuild the old alliances

    03/10/2003 1:34:40 AM PST · by MadIvan · 3 replies · 148+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 10, 2003 | TIM CORNWELL
    IT IS day six of Operation Desert Regime Change and the doubters have been put to flight. Saddam Hussein is missing, presumed dead; Iraqi forces have crumbled, civilian casualties are limited. Iraqis greet troops from the United States as liberators, allied forces bury their fears that every Iraqi face hides a suicide bomber, and the siege of Baghdad looks nothing like the siege of Beirut. But if the military victory falls into place, and Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, and George Bush, the US president, are hailed as heroes on the home front, how rapidly can rifts be healed in...
  • Chinese-box approach to international conflict

    07/30/2002 4:44:39 PM PDT · by tlrugit · 90+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Jul 31, 2002 | By Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui
    (In February 1999, Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, colonels in the People's Liberation Army, published Unrestricted Warfare, in which they proposed tactics for developing countries, especially China, to compensate for their military inferiority to the United States in a high-tech war. Mentioned prominently in the book was a certain Saudi by the name of Osama bin Laden. Asia Times Online is presenting two articles by the officers on China's unique approach to international conflict.) Many people and countries that have looked to China for more effective intervention in regional affairs are disappointed that, as India and Pakistan are rattling their...
  • Bush To Outline Plans For U.S.-Europe Ties

    05/22/2002 12:42:24 PM PDT · by Magnum44 · 7 replies · 125+ views
    Wall Street Journal | May 21, 2002
    Wall Street Journal May 21, 2002 Bush To Outline Plans For U.S.-Europe Ties President Bush plans to outline a 21st-century vision for the U.S.-European alliance that will call for swifter and more integrated responses to terrorist attacks. The president plans to detail his ideas in a speech Thursday in Berlin, his first stop in a seven-day European tour in which he is expected to offer reassurances to anxious old allies while highlighting improving relations with Russia. The warm greeting Mr. Bush is expected to receive at European capitals -- if not on the streets -- points to a striking atti-tudechange...