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  • Obama signs major Pakistan aid bill

    10/15/2009 12:15:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 347+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/15/09 | FOSTER KLUG
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan that the U.S.-ally's military criticized as American meddling in its internal affairs. The measure provides $1.5 billion annually over five years for economic and social programs and comes as Pakistan faces a string of violent militant attacks and bombings as its military orchestrates an offensive into the Taliban heartland.
  • President Surrender Monkey’s cunning plan

    09/27/2009 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,923+ views
    Timesonline.UK ^ | 9/27/09 | Andrew Sullivan
    The right is calling Obama weak, but his wily foreign policy is paying off The spluttering of the American right — and some European conservatives — over Barack Obama’s foreign policy reached a new level of vituperation last week. “Is Obama naive?” pondered Michael Ledeen at National Review. “I don’t think so. I think that he rather likes tyrants and dislikes America.” Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “[Obama’s] appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear-free world ... have all won him plaudits in the large...
  • Obama's Iran Formula ( All Hat, No Cattle )

    09/26/2009 6:38:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 731+ views
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | 10/05/2009 | Stephen F. Hayes
    When Barack Obama strode on stage to scold Iran for its failure to disclose the existence of a second uranium-enrichment facility in the country, his message was timid and at times almost apologetic. When the tough language came, it was because French president Nicolas Sarkozy had taken the podium. Sarkozy excoriated the Iranians for their deception, saying that the revelations have caused "a very severe confidence crisis" and issued a time-specific warning about oft-threatened (but never implemented) sanctions. "We cannot let the Iranian leaders gain time while the centrifuges are spinning," he declared. "If by December there is not an...
  • On Several Foreign Policy Fronts, Events Force Obama to Turn to Plan B (He never had a Plan A)

    09/26/2009 9:19:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 874+ views
    ny times ^ | 9/26/2009 | MARK LANDLER
    For President Obama, the handshakes and hugs during his first visit to the United Nations last week masked a cold reality: nine months into his presidency, he is being forced to retool his most important foreign policy initiatives, from the war in Afghanistan to peace in the Middle East and his diplomatic overture to Iran. Mr. Obama’s efforts to reach out to adversaries and break political deadlocks are running up against old enmities, insoluble differences and foreign leaders who simply do not see eye to eye with the president. The administration can point to successes: it has marshaled worldwide support...
  • The Disarmament Illusion

    09/26/2009 7:10:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 699+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2009
    President Obama appreciates "teachable moments," so let's all discuss this week's lesson in arms control theory and practice. The President brought his soaring sermon about "a world without [nuclear] weapons" before the U.N. General Assembly. He called for a new arms control treaty and won Security Council support for a vague resolution on proliferation. On cue yesterday, Iran showed the world what determined rogues think about such treaties. On the evidence of his Presidency so far, Mr. Obama will not let that reality interfere with his disarmament dreams. The disclosure that Iran has a second facility to make bomb-grade fuel,...
  • Senators Disagree on Obama's New Missile Defense Policy in Europe

    09/24/2009 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies · 598+ views
    VOA News ^ | 24 September 2009 | Cindy Saine
    Several U.S. senators have blasted President Barack Obama's decision to change U.S. missile defense policy in Europe, accusing the president of "abandoning" U.S. allies there. Senior Pentagon officials and some other senators defended the new strategy at an Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, saying the new plan is the best way to deal directly with the nuclear threat from Iran. President Obama surprised the world last Thursday when he announced plans to cancel a missile defense system in Europe proposed by the Bush administration. The Bush-era program would have placed ground-based interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the...
  • More on Obama's ridiculous foreign policy

    09/22/2009 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Hube · 275+ views
    The Colossus of Rhodey ^ | 9/22/09 | Hube
    The Administration has used the financial collapse that government brought us very well: It gave Congress a “Stimulus” bill that provided more pork than Congress itself might have had the nerve to include while effectively repealing the Clinton/Gingrich reform of federal welfare; it budgeted spending in numbers only computers can handle and it took command of the major banks, a huge chunk of insurance and the U.S. auto industry; to that, it is preparing to add a takeover of the student loan business and wage control of banking and possibly others. Not bad for less than a year’s work! But...
  • Barack Obama changes American missile plans in Europe, causing fear among allies

    09/20/2009 6:19:28 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 2,074+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 20, 2009 | Philip Sherwell, Andrew Osborn and Leonard Doyle
    For the Czech prime minister Jan Fischer, the news came in a call hastily placed by President Barack Obama, shortly after midnight on Thursday in Prague. In Warsaw, his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk initially declined to answer the phone from the White House - as he guessed the purpose, from the unusual timing, and wanted to prepare a response. Mr Obama last week unveiled the most dramatic national security reversal of his presidency by scrapping his predecessor George W Bush's planned anti-ballistic missile shield in eastern Europe. With this volte face, the Obama administration has brought the curtain firmly down...
  • Abandoning our allies

    09/19/2009 8:40:57 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 626+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 19, 2009 | Editorial
    The very worst foreign-policy move an American president can make is to reveal a willingness to back down to an aggressive tyrant. The second-worst move is to back the wrong horse during an internal dispute in a foreign county — or, for that matter, to back any horse without gathering all of the pertinent information. A third wrong move is to disregard the legitimate sensibilities of foreign peoples. President Obama has managed to commit all three blunders in three short months, and the world is a less safe place for it. As has been well documented, Mr. Obama performed his...
  • Subverting Honduran democracy: Obama continues to support thugs in Latin America

    09/18/2009 7:37:50 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 21 replies · 812+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 21, 2009 | Editorial
    The shameful siege of Honduras continues. In the past few weeks, the United States has cut more than $30 million in non-humanitarian aid, suspended most visa services and sided with Venezuela, Cuba and other of Latin America's worst dictatorships in undermining democracy. Meanwhile, the people of Honduras are desperately trying to maintain their freedom and prevent the return of a regime that Washington is committed to forcing down their throats.
  • U.S. says ready for direct talks with North Korea

    09/11/2009 4:33:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,069+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Friday it was prepared to hold direct talks with North Korea to try to coax it back into multilateral negotiations on ending its nuclear programs. Previously, U.S. officials had sent mixed signals about direct meetings, at times saying Pyongyang must first commit to resume multilateral discussions and at others saying bilateral talks could only occur "in the context" of the multilateral discussions. The department denied changing its policy on direct talks, saying any bilateral meeting would be to bring Pyongyang back to multilateral talks. "We are prepared to enter into a...
  • Bolton Gives Obama His Foreign Policy Grade: "Absent"

    09/11/2009 1:39:50 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 12 replies · 1,390+ views
    RedState ^ | 9-11-01 | hillsdale1
    Today, Hillsdale College's Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship hosted John R. Bolton, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for their monthly First Principles on First Fridays lecture series in Washington, D.C. And in his talk he delivered a report card on President Obama's Foreign Policy, giving him an "absent." Click here http://www.redstate.com/academicelephant/2009/09/11/john-bolton-grades-the-obama-administrations-foreign-policy-record for a great interview with Ambassador Bolton by Academic Elephant at Red State following the talk.
  • John Bolton on Afghanistan

    09/10/2009 12:35:25 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 20 replies · 2,315+ views
    NRO - Off the Page ^ | 9-10-09 | Hillsdale1
    Great interview of Ambassador Bolton in advance of his talk tomorrow at Hillsdale College's First Principles on First Friday's Lecture in which he will be delivering a report card on President Obama's foreign policy.
  • Obama punishes small country because its courts opposed dictatorial ex-president's return to power

    08/30/2009 1:27:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies · 1,059+ views
    examiner.com ^ | August 27, 2009 | Hans Bader
    The Obama Administration has decided to block travel by the people of Honduras to the United States to punish their country for its Supreme Court's refusal to back the return to power of Honduras’s ex-president and would-be dictator, Manuel Zelaya, who is backed by left-wing Latin American dictators like Castro and Chavez. The Obama Administration is now blocking the issuance of nearly all visas, meaning that a Honduran grandma who wants to visit her grandkids in the United States can’t. Obama’s decision came in response to a recent ruling by the Honduras Supreme Court, ruling that the removal of the...
  • Barack Obama on brink of deal for Middle East peace talks

    08/25/2009 9:34:48 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 16 replies · 1,310+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | Aug 25 2009 | Ewen MacAskill in Washington and Julian Borger guardian.co.uk
    Obama is close to brokering an Israeli-Palestinian deal that will allow him to announce a resumption of the long-stalled Middle East peace talks before the end of next month, according to US, Israeli, Palestinian and European officials.... Although the negotiations are being held in private, they have reached such an advanced stage that both France and Russia have approached the US offering to host a peace conference
  • Is Obama's 'let's talk' diplomacy failing? (Of course, it is)

    08/16/2009 5:19:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1,448+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/13/09 | Howard LaFranchi
    Is Obama's 'let's talk' diplomacy failing? The US has scored no big wins under his policy of talking with the enemy. Doubts that it can are rising. By Howard LaFranchi | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Washington President Obama may be willing to talk to America's adversaries abroad, but six months into his tenure hardly anyone is returning his call – a situation that is prompting restiveness in Congress and a round of "we told you so's" by diplomatic hawks. In one sign of impatience with Mr. Obama's approach, the US Senate in late July unanimously urged the...
  • Will Obama Apologize for Hiroshima?

    08/12/2009 10:28:04 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies · 1,598+ views
    Will Obama Apologize for Hiroshima? A knotty question -- he's due to visit the blast site come November and loves to say "I'm sorry." On the other hand, the twin Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings served as a legitimate conclusion to a war that Japan initiated -- with a recent poll showing that 61% of Americans support Truman's decision to employ the atomic arsenal, an approval rating that soars in the Greatest Generation demographic. Though Obama groveling at ground-zero would undoubtedly draw the ire of most Americans above the age of 65, one WWII vet in particular -- Morris Jepson one of the...
  • Clinton: "We Are Under no Illusions" (Hillary Clinton: I'm No Shrinking Violet)

    08/09/2009 9:10:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 628+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Sun, Aug 9, 2009 | HARRY SIEGEL
    America's chief diplomat sounds off on Iran, North Korea and Team ObamaIn a wide-ranging interview taped while she was in Nairobi last week, Hillary Clinton on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” said that her differences with Obama during the campaign were "maybe [a] difference in degree, not kind," and said she had no worries about foreign policy power moving from the State Department to the White House, noting, "I'm not exactly a shrinking violet." She also defended her husband's mission to North Korea, and dismissed the claim by Bush's ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, that Clinton's trip encouraged hostage-taking and...
  • What’s Different About the Obama Foreign Policy?

    08/03/2009 2:10:06 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 731+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 3, 2009 | Eliot Cohen
    President Barack Obama has put some miles on Air Force One. He and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have made major foreign policy speeches. The national security team is in place. It’s time to make a preliminary judgment about Mr. Obama and the world. Just how different is this administration’s foreign policy from its predecessor? And will such departures where they exist make much difference? Set aside the administration’s conceit of “smart power,” since only fools (read: Team Obama’s predecessors) would prefer stupid power. Continuity is the dominant note. The Iraq drawdown moves more quickly and definitively than the Bush...
  • Administration doesn't really know what its diplomatic strategy will be' Bolton on Obama (video)

    07/31/2009 11:34:34 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies · 441+ views
    live.radioamerica.org and WND ^ | Aug 01, 2009 | N/A
    Just the video. http://live.radioamerica.org/loudwater/player.pl?name=wnd&url=http://feeds.radioamerica.org/podcast/DWP/audio/000007_011421.mp3