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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
  • Editorials Skewer the Truth About Obama's Pressure on Israel

    07/31/2009 7:56:09 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 651+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 07.31.2009 | Jonathan Tobin
    Yesterday the Washington Post stated the obvious when it noted that under President Obama, America’s relations with the state of Israel had deteriorated. In contrast to the administration’s desperate efforts to curry favor with Venezuela, Russia, and Iran, the focus of American foreign policy in the past seven months has been to heighten tensions with the Middle East’s sole democracy. A day later, as if on cue, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times responded with their own editorials in support of Obama’s blundering. The L.A. Times’s stance, titled “Obama’s evenhanded Mideast policy,” is a straightforward defense of...
  • Death of a Doctrine - Obama Discovers Engagement's Limits

    07/29/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 877+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    The Obama administration lacks a foreign policy ideology as a matter of ideology. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Clinton asserted, "Rigid ideologies and old formulas don't apply."...But even lacking an ideology, the administration does have a doctrine. The defining principle of President Obama's foreign policy is engagement with America's adversaries...expressing respect for legitimate grievances, apologizing for past wrongs and offering dialogue without preconditions. Six months on, how fares the Obama doctrine? Concerning North Korea and Iran, the doctrine is on its deathbed. North Korea responded to administration outreach by testing a nuclear weapon, firing missiles...
  • The Obama Doctrine on its Deathbed

    07/29/2009 5:08:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,145+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration lacks a foreign policy ideology as a matter of ideology. Speaking recently at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted, "rigid ideologies and old formulas don't apply." The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- tempered by pragmatism, proud of its ad hockery and willing to consider everything on a case-by-case basis. But even lacking an ideology, the administration does have a doctrine. The defining principle of President Obama's foreign policy is engagement with America's adversaries. Much of the president's public diplomacy has been designed to clear...
  • Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations Hillary Rodham Clinton

    07/16/2009 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 317+ views
    STATE.gov ^ | July 15, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE IN: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton > What the Secretary Has Been Saying > 2009 Secretary Clinton's Remarks > Remarks by Secretary Clinton: July 2009 Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC July 15, 2009 7/15/09 - Question and Answer Session Thank you very much, Richard, and I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the...
  • Hillary Clinton aims to retake place at centre of US foreign policy

    07/15/2009 10:12:01 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 23 replies · 631+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 15, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Hillary Clinton has depicted the United States as a tough but fair global leader as she attempted to retake her place on the central stage of American foreign policy and diplomacy after weeks out of the limelight. She chose the prestigious setting of the Council on Foreign Relations to reclaim her stake as the nation's chief diplomat after six months as Secretary of State in which after a burst of initial publicity she has struggled to be heard among other heavyweight voices in Barack Obama's administration. Despite being well received overseas, and travelling more extensively than some of her predecessors,...
  • Ask Obama about Africa

    07/09/2009 8:16:22 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 17 replies · 618+ views
    allAfrica.com ^ | 7/09/09 | allAfrica.com
    Your chance to query President Obama about Africa: What do you want to ask President Obama as he prepares to visit sub-Saharan Africa for the first time as leader of the United States - a stop in Ghana on 10-11 July? Write your question here, and we will compile your submissions. Please, if you would, include your age and your occupation.
  • Why Obama's going to Ghana - May '09 article (visit: 7/10 to 7/11)

    07/09/2009 10:17:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 863+ views
    There are lots of great reasons to visit Ghana, as Barack Obama announced last week that he will do this coming July. The country was recently host to succesful democratic elections; its tourist industry is certainly one of the best in West Africa (not only is the country home to the Cape Coast and other attractions, but the buses run on time); it has a great soccer team; and the country's economic growth has been impressive. As Ghana's Black Star News concluded: "Ghana is being rewarded for good governance, good economic management, and the rule of law." But here's another...
  • From McNamara to Obama

    07/08/2009 7:31:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies · 691+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/08/09 | bstephens
    When McNamara -- the "Whiz Kid" from Ford -- was first named defense secretary, in December 1960, Time magazine gushed that he "reads widely and well (current choices: The Phenomenon of Man, W.W. Rostow's The Stages of Growth). . . . His mind, says a friend who has seen him in Ann Arbor discussions, 'is a beautiful instrument, free from leanings and adhesions, calm and analytical.'" Nearly 50 years later, the Associated Press would lead its obituary by describing McNamara as "the cerebral secretary of defense." In between, David Halberstam -- who was for the Vietnam War before he was...
  • Obama: Hey, let’s bypass the Senate on treaty ratifications

    07/05/2009 2:25:46 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 55 replies · 2,142+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 05, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    After listening to the Democrats screech for the last two years about the rule of law, this Jake Tapper report should be surprising …. but it’s not. Apparently, Barack Obama finds treaty ratification a little too complicated, and so he figures he can just commit the US to nuclear disarmament and bypass Congressional oversight: With the clock running out on a new US-Russian arms treaty before the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires on December 5, a senior White House official said Sunday said that the difficulty of the task might mean temporarily bypassing the Senate’s constitutional role...
  • US, Russia are 'equals': Obama

    07/04/2009 2:35:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies · 1,360+ views
    AFP ^ | July 04, 2009
    MOSCOW (AFP) — The United States wants to forge new relations on an equal footing with Russia, President Barack Obama said in a television interview broadcast Saturday to the Russian-language audience. "America respects Russia, we want to build relations where we deal as equals," he told the international Russian-language news channel Vesti ahead of his landmark visit on Monday to Moscow. Obama said relations had "left a lot to be desired in recent years" under predecessor George W. Bush and reminded his audience that he wanted to hit the "reset" button from day one in the White House. Describing Russia...
  • An Obama Doctrine? (It is a fact, not a criticism that Obama is a neophyte in foreign policy)

    07/02/2009 6:55:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 476+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/2/2009 | Clifford May
    Punditry is easy. Policy is hard. Okay, to be fair, writing articles and speeches that are powerful and persuasive is a demanding job. But crafting sound policy adds layers of complexity. Example: President Kennedy pledged that Americans will “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Very inspiring. But try translating that into policies toward Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Russia, China, Venezuela, and Burma. That’s tough. Policies can solve one problem and exacerbate others. An argument can be made for shutting down oil...
  • Coups, interference, and the shifting standards of Obama; Update: Coup or ‘military impeachment’?

    06/29/2009 3:50:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies · 1,588+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 29, 2009 11:28 am | Ed Morrissey
    It’s difficult to make sense out of the foreign policy coming out of the White House under Barack Obama.  On the one hand, Obama insisted that he could not interfere with the internal politics of the “sovereign government of Iran,” refusing for days to even condemn Iran for its flagrantly violent repression of dissent.  When Honduras’ military staged a coup, though, Obama apparently had no such reticence in involving the US on behalf of deposed President Manuel Zelaya — a close ally of Hugo Chavez: In an unusual concurrence of views, the Obama administration and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said...
  • Obama stands with Castro, Chavez and Ortega

    06/29/2009 12:46:54 PM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 1,022+ views
    Powerline ^ | 6/29/09 | Scott Johnson
    In condemning the removal of Honduran President Mel Zelayaya by the Honduran military, Pesident Obama stands shoulder to shoulder with the Fidel Castro and his thug epigones Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega. Zelaya sought to conduct an illegal referendum to extend his rule. The Honduran military has sought to enforce the rule of law by providing for Zelaya's departure from the scene. Mary Anastasia Grady explains: Yesterday the Central American country was being pressured to restore the authoritarian Mr. Zelaya by the likes of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Hugo himself. The Organization of American States,...
  • Obama creates a deadly power vacuum

    06/29/2009 12:42:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 1,129+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 6/29/09 | Spengler
    There's a joke about a man who tells a psychiatrist, "Everybody hates me," to which the psychiatrist responds, "That's ridiculous - everyone doesn't know you, yet." Which brings me to Barack Obama: one of the best-informed people in the American security establishment told me the other day that the president is a "Manchurian Candidate". That can't be true - Manchuria isn't in the business of brainwashing prospective presidential candidates any more. There's no one left to betray America to. Obama is creating a strategic void in which no major power will dominate, and every minor power must fend for itself....
  • Obama, Iran, and Honduras

    06/29/2009 12:23:06 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 332+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 06/29/2009 | Mike Volpe
    am trying not apply cynical and disturbing motivations to Obama's disjointed foreign policy but it's really hard when you look at the situations in Iran and Honduras. So, rather than getting inside his head, I will simply lay out the facts.
  • U.S. sees Syria as key player for Mideast peace

    06/24/2009 6:40:07 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 608+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6/25/2009 | Akiva Eldar
    U.S. President Barack Obama's administration is examining a proposed Israeli-Syrian peace plan that is based on demilitarizing the Golan Heights and transforming it, along with a strip of the Jordan Valley, into a nature preserve, or "peace park," that would be open to visitors during the day. The decision to send an American ambassador to Damascus after a four-year absence, along with the recent visit to the Syrian capital by U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, were meant to prepare the ground for a resumption of Israeli-Syrian talks under American auspices. A senior diplomatic source told Haaretz yesterday that Washington...
  • What Now of the Obama Doctrine

    06/21/2009 8:47:39 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 10 replies · 367+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 06/21/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There are many different reasons why President Obama doesn't want to be more forceful in his language in condemning the Iranian government's crackdown against the protesters. Bill O'Reilly believes that coming out too strong could mean that the Iranians will step up attacks in both Iraq and Afghanistan. There is another school of thought that getting to close to the protesters means that the regime would use that as a means of isolating the demonstrators. Still, others believe, cynically, that Obama wants to hedge his bet. If he comes out too much in favor of the protesters, then he will...
  • World 'Watching Iran', Obama Says [World Watching 0!]

    06/19/2009 4:44:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 1,371+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 19, 2009
    Friday, 19 June 2009 World 'watching Iran', Obama says US President Barack Obama has warned Iran that "the world is watching", after its supreme leader criticised voters who protested over the election. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said opposition leaders would be blamed for further "bloodshed" if protests did not stop. President Obama said that the way the authorities dealt with people who were "trying to be heard" would send a message to the international community. More protests are due on Saturday as poll officials meet losing candidates. The Guardian Council - Iran's main electoral authority - has invited Mir Hossein Mousavi,...
  • Five Ways Obama Could Promote Freedom in Iran (POTUS AWOL--Day 6 and Counting)

    06/18/2009 3:39:55 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 10 replies · 509+ views
    First, Mr. Obama should contact Mr. Mousavi to signal his interest in the situation and Mr. Mousavi's security. Our own experience with dissidents around the world is that proof of concern by the U.S. government is helpful and desirable. Second, Mr. Obama should deliver another taped message to the Iranian people. Only this time he should acknowledge the fundamental reality that the regime lacks the consent of its people to govern, which therefore necessitates a channel to the "other Iran." He should make it clear that dissidents and their expatriate emissaries should tell us what they most need and want...
  • The Emergence of an “Obama Doctrine?”

    06/17/2009 7:31:27 AM PDT · by Jbny · 23 replies · 712+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 17th, 2009 | J. G. Thayer
    It’s still very early in the Obama administration, but a pattern is beginning to emerge in how the president deals with foreign nations. And it isn’t a very pretty one. Thus far, it seems that the guiding principle of this administration is summed up in a single, concise phrase: “Treat your enemies like friends, and your friends like enemies.” It’s doubtful the plan was envisioned as such, but that is the impression they’re giving so far. Others here have already discussed at length how the Obama administration is dealing with Israel, so no recap is necessary — but the statements...
  • North Korea Deserves the Diplomacy of Silence

    06/10/2009 4:19:17 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 482+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | June 10, 2009 | Edward N. Luttwak
    What Churchill called 'jaw-jaw' has produced nothing, except more provocations. In recent weeks, North Korea has detonated a nuclear bomb and violated U.N. Security Council prohibitions by launching ballistic missiles. It has threatened war against South Korea, repudiating the July 1953 armistice agreement and thus ostensibly reverting to a state of war with the United States. It has also sentenced two American journalists -- Euna Lee and Laura Ling -- to 12 years in a labor camp. These are extreme provocations. Only a military attack could exceed them. Our response, of course, must be diplomatic. But only a very special...
  • Clinton says U.S. mulls putting North Korea back on terror list

    06/07/2009 5:51:11 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies · 721+ views
    UK Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 7, 2009 | Sue Pleming
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is looking into putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism in response to its nuclear test last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview on Sunday. "We're going to look at it. There's a process for it. Obviously we would want to see recent evidence of their support for international terrorism," she said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Asked whether she had evidence of the North's support for international terrorism, Clinton said: "We're just beginning to look at it. I don't have an...
  • Obama to outline outreach to Muslims next week

    05/28/2009 5:50:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 56 replies · 1,584+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2009
    (AP) — WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he will use next week's speech in Egypt as an effort to improve the United States' image in the Muslim world. Obama said Thursday that he plans to discuss his country's outreach to Muslims around the world and contributions of Muslims in the United States
  • Analysis: US looking for Russians, Chinese to lead (on North Korea)

    05/26/2009 4:25:34 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 25 replies · 911+ views
    AP ^ | 05/26/09 | STEVEN R. HURST
    The Obama administration has tough words for North Korea, but it's looking to China and Russia to do the heavy lifting to punish Pyongyang for its latest nuclear explosion. Whether China is willing to pull away from its traditional ally is an open question given fears of raging instability that might erupt on their common border. North Korea may have overplayed its attention-getting hand with its test of a nuclear weapon one day and the launch of offensive missiles the next. Or it may be moving its nuclear brinksmanship to a higher and more opaque level. In either case, the...
  • Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?

    Commentary Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter? Bahukutumbi Raman, 05.25.09, 11:35 AM ET During the U.S. Presidential primaries last year, I had expressed my misgivings that Barack Obama might turn out to be another Jimmy Carter, whose confused thinking and soft image paved the way for the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The subsequent Iranian defiance of the U.S. and Carter's inability to deal effectively with the crisis in which Iranian students raided the U.S. Embassy in Teheran and held a number of U.S. diplomats hostage led to disillusionment with him in sections of the U.S. and to his...
  • Obama's 100 Days in Foreign Policy: Triumph of the Personal

    05/09/2009 9:44:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 400+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | May 09th 2009
    April 27, 2009 Obama's 100 Days in Foreign Policy: Triumph of the Personal Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. In his first 100 days in office, President Barack Obama completed two whirlwind tours of Europe and Latin America. His message on both continents was simple: America has made many mistakes in the past, but we're ready now to listen to others and be more flexible. I t was a hugely popular message that brought him thunderous applause, particularly when he criticized or apologized for America--to an extent that no other sitting American President had done before on foreign soil. The question is...
  • Obama misreads his Iraq war

    05/03/2009 12:58:30 PM PDT · by givemELL · 9 replies · 764+ views
    Iraqoilreport.com ^ | March 30, 2009 | Ben Lando
    "Perhaps no one explains the ongoing political developments in Iraq better than author and scholar Reidar Visser who in a recent article writes: ”It can be useful to discuss the emerging landscape on the basis of two different ways of looking at Iraqi politics. One is to emphacise ethno-sectarian divisions between Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis (which in turn are seen as internally unified monolithic blocs), and to interpret the Iraqi parliament as a tripartite construction where an alliance of Kurds and Shiites dominate. For a long time this sort of paradigm prevailed in US policy-making circles, where it gave rise...
  • Obama initiates sweeping foreign policy changes

    04/28/2009 12:19:42 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 1,771+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | April 28, 2009 | STEVEN R. HURST
    In just 100 days, President Barack Obama has broken the American foreign policy mold. He's turned the focus of the anti-terror war away from Iraq and toward Afghanistan, lifted decades-old restrictions on Cuban-Americans' visiting and sending money to their homeland, moved to reverse a slide in relations with Russia and reached out to tell Muslims worldwide that the U.S. is not their enemy. He's declared repeatedly he knows the United States isn't immune to mistakes SNIP Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says Obama has initiated a "vast diplomatic agenda." And, he suggested in a recent opinion column in The...
  • Stop lecturing, help us, Pakistan tells West

    04/26/2009 9:20:47 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 30 replies · 988+ views
    IANS ^ | 26 Apr 2009, 0915 hrs IST | IANS
    NEW YORK: Pakistan's ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani has urged the international community to help Pakistan in its efforts to prevent the Talibanisation of the country's Swat and Buner regions instead of giving lectures, the Online news agency reported. "We have shared our concerns with the US and do not want Talibanisation in Pakistan at all", Haqqani said. The Swat deal aims to establish peace besides loss of human lives, he said, and made it clear that the deal did not mean, "We have surrendered to militants". Haqqani said: "If the militants did not abide by the deal than...
  • Dick Cheney Slams Obama Again-Calls Overseas Trips "Disturbing" (Video)

    04/20/2009 10:04:18 PM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 9 replies · 697+ views
    Dick Cheney appeared tonight on "Hannity". Once again Dick Cheney says it better than any of us Conservatives ever could.