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  • UPDATE: "Glitch"; After Obama Administration Caught Lying About Iran Deal,

    05/10/2016 7:21:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it over the weekend, National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes admitted in a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile that the Obama administration used the media to manipulate and lie to the American people about the nuclear deal with Iran. Here is one of the lies pushed by the administration, which David Reaboi highlighted yesterday at The Federalist. First, the lies and the denials about the negotiations. It took months before a few dogged journalists started to ask questions about the talks Obama officials were engaged in with Ahmadinejad’s regime. In February 2013, then-State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland...
  • Obama cites Cuba, Iran as examples of his ‘principled’ diplomacy

    03/14/2016 11:05:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama gave a pep talk to U.S. diplomats Monday, urging them to “finish strong” as his administration enters its final months, and defending his diplomatic “breakthroughs” with Iran and Cuba. “There are those who criticize our commitment to diplomacy, for investing so much effort in trying to resolve conflicts that seem intractable,” Mr. Obama said during a visit to the State Department in Washington. “Here’s the truth: conflicts and wars do not end on their own. Breakthroughs don’t just happen. Agreements don’t write themselves. It takes diplomacy, being willing to sit down with others.” Citing the Iranian nuclear deal,...
  • The Enduring Relevance of America’s Aircraft Carriers

    02/27/2016 10:59:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2016 | Michael R. Groothousen, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
    Pentagon budget battles inevitably bring out the long knives. But in the age of sequestration absolute lunacy has taken over. Left-leaning and libertarian think tanks as well as pundits of various stripes have declared open season on our Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers and the carrier strike group (CSG) concept, calling them outdated and obsolete in light of current threats. Some politicians agree with them. These pols see the high cost of building and operating carriers as a pot of gold to be raided to pay for everything else they can think of, and they can think of a lot...
  • Joe Biden's diplomacy described as 'a Disney ride with dips and spins'...

    01/30/2016 2:17:31 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1-29-16 | Nikki Schwab & Francesca Chambers
    Traveling the world with Vice President Joe Biden is an 'adventure,' said one Hillary Clinton associate in emails released today from the State Department. 'It's like a Disney ride with dips and spins and surprises around every bend,' the email, addressed to 'H' read. The note came to Clinton from diplomat Kurt M. Campbell who accompanied the veep to Beijing in 2011. Clinton, serving as secretary of state, replied that she couldn't wait to hear stories – and asked if it was anything like 'W and beach volleyball?' Former President George W. Bush had made his own trek to China...
  • Obama Heralds Iran's Release of American Prisoners as ‘Smart’ Diplomacy: 'This Is a Good Day'

    01/17/2016 11:01:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01/17/2016 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    President Barack Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held prisoner in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic, holding both up as victories for "smart" diplomacy and his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States. "This is a good day," Obama said in a statement from the White House. "When Americans are freed and returned to their families, that's something we can all celebrate." The president spoke at the close of an extraordinary weekend of diplomacy that saw the back-to-back release of the five Americans and the lifting...
  • Erdogan: 'Turkey needs Israel'

    01/02/2016 3:05:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/16
    Turkey must accept that it needs Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, as the two countries seek to thrash out a deal on normalizing ties. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. AFP reports that Erdogan further raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish State. But the atmosphere has transformed following the revelation last month the two sides were making progress in secret talks to...
  • Obama takes credit for 'stamping out' Ebola

    12/20/2015 8:43:20 AM PST · by amorphous · 36 replies
    WND ^ | 20 Dec 2015
    In a remarkable show of chutzpah, President Obama has claimed credit for "stamping out" Ebola. In his last press conference of 2015 held on Friday, Obama states that his leadership, his diplomacy, and most important his belief in climate change all helped craft the Paris climate agreement, and these same leadership qualities stamped out Ebola. "When I went to Copenhagen, I essentially engaged in 24 hours of diplomacy to salvage from a pretty chaotic process," he stated. "This would not have happened without American leadership. And, by the way, the same is true for the Iran nuclear deal. The same...
  • US refuses to host Russian delegation for Syria talks

    Moscow: The US declined to host a high-ranking Russian delegation on Syria and also refused to send its own mission to Moscow, Russia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of refusing to cooperate and share intelligence on Syria and said he was willing to send a high-profile delegation led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the United States. “Literally today, we got a reply,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, speaking in parliament. “We have been told that they can’t send a delegation to Moscow and they can’t host a delegation in Washington...
  • Is Francis ready for a confrontation at the Cuban altar?

    09/14/2015 6:44:58 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 09/14/2015 | Paul Kengor
    On August 23, a Coptic Christian soldier was killed in his army unit in Egypt. Baha Saeed Karam, 22, was found with four bullet wounds at the headquarters of his battalion in Marsa Matruh. Although transferred to a hospital in Alexandria, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
  • The Iran Debate and the Echoes of History (Barf)

    07/16/2015 7:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    If Rip Van Winkle had gone to sleep sometime in the past five decades and awakened today, he would know nothing about the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. But he would have no trouble following the debate, because he's heard it before. Presidents, adversaries and the world have changed; the arguments have not. It's no surprise that the Republicans running for president find the accord to be lacking in any merit whatsoever. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ranked it among Barack Obama's "worst diplomatic failures." Jeb Bush called it "appeasement." Even Rand Paul, who sometimes diverges with GOP hawks, rejects it. Some of...
  • CUBA DEMANDS RETURN OF GUANTANAMO, END OF US TV BROADCASTS IN RETURN FOR DIPLOMACY

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as “not merely symbolic” and a move representing the liberation of the American people from “the past” in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantánamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.
  • Rise in Sexual Harassment Cases at State Department [semi-satire]

    06/22/2015 9:04:26 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 June 2015 | John Semmens
    In 2014, under the leadership of John Kerry, 248 sexual harassment cases were filed at the US Department of State. This is considerably higher than the 88 cases filed in 2011 under the leadership of Hillary Clinton. Kerry attributed the bulge in complaints to “employees’ misunderstanding of new training protocols I’ve introduced. It is not a scandal.” According to the Secretary, the new protocols “involve intentionally stressful interactions carried out under my orders. If you’re going to work for the Department you must learn skills of diplomacy. Being diplomatic in circumstances where everyone behaves politely and appropriately is no challenge....
  • The Gathering Storm - 1974

    04/02/2015 3:06:12 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Winston Churchill (book), Colin Morris (TV/movie)
    Published on May 23, 2014 The story of British prime minister Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II. Starring: Richard Burton, Virginia McKenna, Robert Hardy, Ian Bannen Directed by: Herbert Wise
  • Stopping Iran: Where are the Wise Diplomats?

    03/24/2015 11:11:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Robert Charles
    Where are the wise diplomats? Day upon day, the Secretary of State, President and those who stand in firm opposition to current US diplomacy with Iran, make their pleas to the public. The gist of the pleas by the Secretary and sitting President boil down to: “We can get a deal,” although “gaps remain.” The rejoinder is: “A bad deal is worse than no deal.” Within this frame, the arguments go back and forth. Missing is wisdom, hard-headed, history-anchored, sage and solemn wisdom. In essence, one side thinks any deal that retards or slows the break-neck pace of Iran’s ambition...
  • US group: Chen Guangcheng's nephew arrested (Chinese dissident Hillary turned over to Chinese govt)

    05/12/2012 10:23:04 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 11 replies
    NHK (Japan) ^ | 5/12/2012
    Video at link. A US-based human rights group says the nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been arrested on suspicion of murder. It says the arrest was made in revenge for Chen's actions. ChinaAid Association on Friday revealed the photo of a notification of arrest issued by police authorities in Shandong Province. The notice says the arrest took place on Wednesday. The group quoted the nephew's lawyer as saying that he wounded 3 intruders with a knife at his home in Shandong Province on April 26th after noticing that his parents had been beaten up. More than 20 people...
  • Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah's funeral (by skipping Taj Mahal visit)

    01/24/2015 3:05:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama will forego a visit to the Taj Mahal during his visit to India in order to travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah’s funeral, the White House announced early Saturday morning. Vice President Biden was initially scheduled to lead the U.S. delegation, but he will instead now remain in Washington and Obama will add the stop onto his return from India, where the president is embarking on a three-day trip to foster economic ties with the nation. “President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects to King...
  • 'We are Charlie': Across France, nearly 4 million march to honor victims of terrorist attacks

    01/11/2015 5:41:47 PM PST · by truth_seeker · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-11-2015 | staff
    At least 3.7 million people including more than 40 world leaders are marching throughout France on Sunday in a rally of national unity to honor the 17 victims of a three-day terror spree that took place around the French capital. The French Interior Ministry said the rally for unity against terrorism is the largest demonstration in France's history, more than the numbers who took to Paris streets when the Allies liberated the city from the Nazis in World War II. The ministry said between 1.2 million and 1.6 million marched the Paris streets. But it said a precise account is...
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Forced To Defend His "Golf Diplomacy" With Obama

    12/28/2014 6:31:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/28/14 | tyler durned
    Amid floods that have forced 100,000 people from their homes, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been forced to defend his recent golf outing with President Obama in Hawaii. As The Hill reports, Najib has come under fire at home, cutting short his trip on Friday to return to Malaysia amid headlines such as the Malaysia Chronicle's "Stop Playing Golf, Najib," which appeared above images of the flooding and of Najib on the golf course with Obama.  As The Hill reports, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday was forced to defend his recent golf outing with President Obama after coming...
  • (Satire) Kerry May Be on Way Out at State

    11/03/2014 5:40:46 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) hints that Secretary of State John Kerry may be ousted sometime after the November elections are over. “At best, his performance at this job has been underwhelming,” Blumenthal asserted. “Many of his public statements evince a poor and almost dimwitted perception of the issues. He has grievously embarrassed both himself and President Obama.” Anonymous White House officials complain that “Kerry is out of sync with the Administration. It’s not so much a case of being wrong about the President’s policies as it is too openly expressing them. On issue after issue Kerry’s candor is repeatedly disclosing...
  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: THE UNAPOLOGETIC BENEFICIARY OF A TERROR REGIME

    10/21/2014 6:00:04 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    Political Illusions Exposed ^ | October 21, 2014 | C. Nethery
    DESCRIPTION: Georgetown University is the beneficiary of funds from Qatar, the same country which funds Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Let us imagine a hypothetical scenario, shall we? You have a friend. In spite of a few personal shortcomings and a penchant for choosing some unsavory friends in his other social groups, from what you can tell, he shares similar ideals, political views and objectives. One day, your friend approaches you with an idea. “Why don’t I build and pay for a ‘mother-in-law’ suite in my backyard which you can live in, and you’ll only have to pay for the...
  • Explaining the Vatican’s surprising pro-US line on Iraq John Allen-Boston Globe link only)

    08/12/2014 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | John Allen
    Link only from the Globe
  • Report: Obama Has Not Spoken With Netanyahu Since Israel-Hamas Violence Flared Up

    07/10/2014 4:42:36 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 17 replies
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama has reportedly not spoken to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since violence flared up between Israel and Hamas this past week. The Times of Israel reports that the Israeli prime minister has spoken with Secretary of State John Kerry, but has yet to have a conversation with Obama or Mideast adviser to the White House Philip Gordon. “Gordon met with his opposite numbers from the Israeli national security team,” an official from the prime minister’s office told The Times of Israel. Gordon was in Israel and the West Bank earlier this week and met with...
  • US ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns

    03/31/2014 10:31:58 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 3 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | March 31, 2014 10:18 pm | Press Trust of India
    In a sudden development, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Monday resigned in the midst of general elections in India in which Narendra Modi is perceived to be a front runner for the post of Prime Minister. The announcement of her resignation to her colleagues in the US mission here today came a week after media reports here that she may be shipped out by the Obama Administration to “clean the state” with India. Powell has been in India for less than three years. “US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell announced in a US Mission Town Hall meeting...
  • Top U.S. Diplomat For Europe: “F*** The EU” [Told to U.S. Ambassador to...UKRAINE]

    03/11/2014 2:59:48 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 2/6/14 | Rosie Gray
    A phone call is leaked that appears to expose a conversation between a top U.S. State Department official and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The United States’ top diplomat for European affairs appears to have been caught on tape saying “f*** the EU” in a leaked phone call with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
  • Upper house to demand recall of Moscow ambassador to U.S.

    03/01/2014 12:16:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2014 | Lidia Kelly
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's upper house of parliament will ask President Vladimir Putin to recall Moscow's ambassador from the United States, the chamber's speaker said on Saturday....
  • Iran Won’t Take Part in Syria Summit

    01/07/2014 4:32:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Time ^ | 1/7/14
    Tehran snubs U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion that it participate from the ‘sidelines’ Iran’s government has rejected a U.S. offer to participate in the upcoming Syrian summit in Switzerland. Reuters reports that the move is a snub to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion earlier this week that Tehran could play a constructive role “from the sidelines.” The U.N.-backed Geneva 2 peace summit is set to convene on Jan. 22 and will host representatives of the Syrian opposition and President Bashar Assad’s government, with the aim of brokering an end to a bitter civil war that has killed...
  • MK, Police Chief Link Bus Bomb to 'Peace Talks'

    12/22/2013 1:04:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Orit Struk of the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party called on the Israeli government to stop releasing Arab terrorist murderers from jail, following the terror attack Sunday on a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. The release of the murderers has been presented to the public as a “gesture” accompanying “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority (PA). "The release of terrorists is the fuel on the fire of the terrorism that is returning to our streets,” MK Struk said. “I call on the government to stop the release of terrorists and bring back sanity, responsibility and security...
  • Yaalon: Iran Using Diplomatic Mail, Drug Routes to Attack U.S.

    12/09/2013 9:31:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/13 | David Lev
    Iran is using diplomatic pouches to smuggle weapons into and out of the country, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday. “The Iranians are taking advantage of diplomatic mail in order to transfer these items,” Yaalon told Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who is visiting Israel. “They are taking advantage of the drug smuggling routes from South America into the United States in order to move weapons there,” he said. Iran, said Yaalon, was pulling out all stops in order to export its Shi'ite Islamic revolution to the West, preparing communities of Shi'ite Muslims for the day they must help Iran...
  • A New ‘Rough Patch’ in U.S.-South Africa Relations

    12/07/2013 4:18:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    International Policy Digest ^ | 5/4/12 | Scott Firsing
    The U.S.-South Africa bilateral relationship over the past eighteen months has been a diplomatic minefield. Issues include everything from military equipment and nuclear energy/weapons to oil, communication companies and the global north versus the global south. The most recent, and the most serious issue regarding U.S.-South Africa relations is Iran.
  • Setting the record straight: DEBKA exposed secret Obama-Tehran track in January 2012!

    11/26/2013 6:27:41 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Debka ^ | November 25, 2013, 2:53 PM (IDT)
    Certain US media suddenly this week claimed to have broken the news of a secret track used by President Barack Obama for secret negotiations with Tehran through Oman’s Sultan Qaboos. debkafile and DEBKA Weekly were in fact way ahead of the field. We uncovered the Qaboos track on Aug. 26, 2013 and were on the trail of back-channel communications between Washington and Tehran on Jan.26, more than a year earlier, when he exposed the first secret rendezvous between US and Iranian emissaries in Baghdad. For a while, they continued intermittently at venues in Ankara and Vienna (next door to the...
  • Brazil debates internet law in wake of NSA scandal [Obama makes new enemies on every continent]

    11/12/2013 6:39:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | Bruce Douglas
    Along with Russia, China and Iran, Brazil was one of the countries of most interest for US intelligence agencies, according to the leaks from the US National Security Agency (NSA). But whereas those other countries may not have appeared too surprised by the extent of US spying, Brazil was outraged.
  • The Global Vatican: A Supra-National Force for Good

    10/30/2013 6:47:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The American / American Enterprise Institute ^ | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Ambassador Francis Rooney
    The Catholic Church has been disparaged at times throughout its long history, and sometimes rightly. But while it has occasionally fallen short of its ideals, that does not overshadow the good it has accomplished — and can accomplish in the future. With the latest controversy in Germany and the ongoing scandal over priests charged with sexual abuse, it is clear that the Catholic Church, being a human enterprise, occasionally falls short, and its leaders sin greatly. But these lapses do not overshadow the good the church has accomplished in the past and — more to the point — can accomplish...
  • Kissinger Awarded Honorary Russian Doctorate in Diplomacy

    10/29/2013 11:50:55 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 9 replies
    MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that its diplomatic academy had bestowed an honorary doctorate upon former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is currently on a visit to Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov congratulated Kissinger on the new title, and the two men exchanged thoughts about prospects in US-Russian diplomatic ties, the ministry said in a statement. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also met with the veteran US diplomat, said Kissinger’s views on global problems were always of particular interest to Russian politicians and diplomats, according to a Kremlin transcript. “You...
  • Kerry: US won´t succumb to Fear tactics of those who oppose Iran diplomacy

    10/29/2013 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/29/13 | Staff
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that it would be "the height of irresponsibility" for Washington not to test Iran´s diplomatic overtures in regard to its nuclear program. In what could be construed as a reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s warnings to the world not to fall for the "charm offensive" of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Kerry stated that the US would not "succumb to fear tactics," of those who oppose diplomacy. Speaking at a Washington gala in support of nuclear disarmament, Kerry said that the US has "an opportunity to try to put to test
  • Cheney: Mid East Allies No Longer Trust The US, Enemies ‘Don’t Fear Us’

    10/27/2013 5:13:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/27/13
    Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown. The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthy for the party to work to rebuild. The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.”
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria

    10/23/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 133 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | Staff
    Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a 'major shift' in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria's civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to...
  • Rouhani: Israel Trying to Sabotage Our Diplomacy Efforts

    10/20/2013 10:53:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/10/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran’s president on Sunday blamed Israel for trying to sabotaging his country’s efforts to get closer to the West. According to PressTV, President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic’s “active diplomacy” has slowed down the increasing pace of illegal sanctions against the country. “The administration’s diplomatic initiative in constructive interaction with the world ... has both made the [world] governments praise the democracy in Iran and halted the growing process of [imposing] sanctions [against the country],” the Iranian president was quoted as having said. “Iran’s active diplomacy has taken the initiative and attracted world public opinion ... and is moving...
  • Saudi Arabia, angered over Mideast, declines Security Council seat

    10/18/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:58am EDT | Angus McDowall
    Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues, said on Friday it would not take up its seat on the United Nations Security Council. The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council. Riyadh's frustration is mostly directed at Washington, its oldest international ally, which has pursued policies since the Arab Spring that Saudi rulers have bitterly opposed and which have severely damaged relations with the United States, Saudi...
  • Report: US sends back antique artifact to Iran

    09/28/2013 11:06:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The United States returned to Iran a 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by US Customs officials a decade ago, NBC news reported. The cup is valued at a million dollars at least. … The cup, cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been stored in a New York warehouse, since authorities seized it from an art dealer who was arrested trying to sell it. For years, US officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until diplomatic ties with Tehran were normalized. …
  • Obama's Weak-Horse Diplomacy Claims Another Victim: Brazil

    09/19/2013 11:43:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 Sept 2013 | Editorial
    Geopolitics: President Obama put all the U.S.' foreign policy eggs on Latin America in a Brazilian basket, lavishing attention on the giant in a big "reset." Now that Brazil has walked out on a state visit, the U.S. has egg on its face. It's believed to be the first time ever that a world leader has canceled a state visit to the U.S., a visit so special, so elaborate, and so intent on showing the esteem in which the U.S. holds its guest of honor that it was the only one planned for 2013. Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday told...
  • SharkNATO is Real!

    09/18/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 18, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    Remember when Thunder Levin, the writer of Sharknado, said that when he was approached to write the film he misheard and thought they were pitching a movie called SharkNATO? About a daring international treaty organization battling a shark army? NOW IT IS A THING.
  • Obama Diplomacy Is Making Him A Laughingstock

    09/10/2013 11:53:46 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Instapundit ^ | September 10, 2013 | http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/175684/
    Full title:MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Obama Diplomacy Is Making Him A Laughingstock. And that was written before yesterday afternoon’s absurd new developments. I am aware that 'USA Today' forbids direct links to their news stories, articles but as I understand it, providing a link is permitted
  • China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit [Obama FAILURE on worldwide display; US Media Silent]

    09/05/2013 3:35:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/13 | Timothy Heritage
    China warned on Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin's attempts to talk U.S. President Barack Obama out of air strikes. The rift over Syria could overshadow a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg at which global leaders want to forge a united front on growth, trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion. The club that accounts for two thirds of the world's population and 90 percent of its output is divided over issues such as turmoil in emerging markets...
  • Quiz: Great Moments in US Diplomatic History

    07/08/2013 4:56:19 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jewish PRess ^ | July 8th, 2013 | Barry Rubin
    In this test, find which entry does not belong on this list. The young Teddy Roosevelt studying foreign policy from his cat, Slippers. Speak softly but carry a big claw. Originally published at Rubin Reports. In this test, find which entry does not belong on this list. 1914: President Woodrow Wilson allies with Britain and France to fight autocracy in World War One and “make the world safe for democracy.” 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt allies with Britain, France, and the USSR to fight fascism and destroy it. 1947: President Harry Truman allies with the Free World to fight Communist aggression...
  • Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his NBA diplomacy

    07/03/2013 10:33:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his NBA diplomacy Dennis Rodman sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Franz Lidz to talk about his controversial trip to North Korea, saying that his efforts in world diplomacy should be enough to earn him a Nobel Peace Prize. “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” he said. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in...
  • Kerry: Syria peace talks unlikely until at least September [SMELL the FAIL!]

    07/02/2013 5:51:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/2/13 | Karen DeYoung
    A proposed peace conference on Syria will likely not happen until at least September, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday after meeting here with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry spoke privately with Lavrov for nearly two hours outside an Asian security meeting that both diplomats are attending. He said in a statement that he concluded from the conversation that both the United States and Russia are “serious, more than serious, [and] committed” to ending the bloody civil conflict in Syria and working toward a negotiated peace.
  • Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an ‘insult’ (BHO nominates homosexual activist to Dominican Republic)

    06/30/2013 9:05:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2013 | James Morrison
    Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an ‘insult’ Church leaders in culturally conservative Dominican Republic are outraged that President Obama nominated an openly homosexual activist to serve as ambassador to the Caribbean nation. Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, Bishop Pablo Cedano and the Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, are urging President Danilo Medino to reject the nominee, Chicago lawyer James Brewster. “It’s an insult to good Dominican customs,” Father Cardozo said last week. Bishop Cedano denounced the nomination for showing “a lack of respect,” and added cryptically:...
  • Kerry Extends Diplomacy – Possible Sign of Progress

    06/29/2013 4:15:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry extended for a third day on Saturday his shuttle diplomacy between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, raising speculation of progress in reviving long dormant "peace talks." In a sign of Kerry's desire to keep negotiating, AFP reported, he paid a rare visit to Jerusalem during Shabbat – the sabbath day. Kerry arrived just before sundown to see Peres, with aides warning that the two would have been obliged to cancel a photo opportunity after the sabbath began at around 7:15 pm. Peres, realising that they were cutting it close, quipped that the sabbath began at...
  • Extending a Hand, Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad

    06/19/2013 11:31:19 AM PDT · by what's up · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | June 19, 2013 | Mark Landler
    “You don’t need to be buddies with someone to establish an effective relationship,” said Mr. Burns, who now teaches at Harvard. “Not everyone can be Roosevelt and Churchill forming a personal bond to end the Second World War.” Even with friends, however, there is tension. President François Hollande of France was initially thrilled with Mr. Obama because he saw him as an ally against Ms. Merkel on economic issues.
  • A Call for Convicted Civility

    06/17/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    In the early 1990's an influential Lutheran thinker, Dr. Martin Marty, affirmed the practice of "convicted civility." He observed, "People who have strong convictions these days aren't very civil, and people who are civil often don't have very strong convictions. What we need is 'convicted civility.'" The future of any republic depends upon the active participation of an informed electorate. It's built on a patriotism laced with free disagreement and vital dialogue about our differences. It's not built on just "getting along" or "bipartisanship." It thrives when "convicted" citizens care enough to attempt to influence politicians and their neighbors on...