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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Osama bin Laden hoped to kill Obama, make 'utterly unprepared' Biden president

    05/04/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    ny daily news ^ | may 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    But Bin Laden, who was killed in a Navy SEALs raid a year ago this week, still believed his fragmented organization could deliver a horrific blow to the U.S. He wrote that he wanted to target airplanes carrying President Obama and Army Gen. David Petraeus, at the time the leader of the American military effort in Afghanistan. Bin Laden wrote that a successful assassination would propel an “utterly unprepared” Vice President Biden into the Oval Office and send the United States spiraling into chaos.
  • Osama Bin Laden thought CBS might be a good network to air his propaganda

    05/04/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    “We should also look for an American channel that can be close to being unbiased, such as CBS, or other channel that has political motives that make it interested in broadcasting the point of view of al Mujahadin,” Bin Laden wrote in one of the letters uncovered in the raid that killed him. But one of his top aides, American-born Adam Gadahn, raged against coverage of the terror group on U.S. television. Gadahn believed that several of the American networks, in particular CNN, were “in cooperation with the government” —and saved much of his scorn for Fox News. -snip However,...
  • Argentina the Outcast

    05/04/2012 7:03:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Luiz F Lampreia
    Roughly 20 years ago, an important Argentine minister startled a newly arrived Brazilian ambassador by telling him that “Argentina is prodigal in three things: meat, wheat, and insane gestures.” The decision to expropriate 51% of YPF, Argentina’s biggest energy firm, from the Spanish company Repsol is one of those gestures. Added to its contempt for foreign creditors, and to the growing and arbitrary protectionism that violates all global and regional rules, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s decision pushes Argentina closer to being deemed internationally as a lawless country.
  • China: We’ll let Chen, er, study abroad

    05/04/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Both China and the US acted overnight to bring an embarrassing string of incidents with dissident Chen Guangcheng to a rapid conclusion. Beijing announced earlier that they would look favorably on a request from Chen to "study abroad", which would rid them of the international focus on their repressive regime that suddenly erupted this week: ChinaÂ’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the dissident Chen Guangcheng can apply to study outside China in the same manner as more than 300,000 Chinese students already abroad, signaling a possible breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis that has deeply embarrassed the White House and...
  • Georgetown prof: US not overstretched; ‘our world role is affordable’

    05/04/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/02/2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Don’t believe the claims by those on the left — and some on the right — that America is overstretched abroad, says Georgetown University professor Robert J. Lieber. “[W]e managed to maintain the world’s most advanced and capable military (including a volunteer army), fight two wars plus a global war on terror, and yet at the peak last year we spent just 5 percent of gross domestic product on defense — a figure lower than the average during any of the Cold War years,” Lieber told The Daily Caller. “The percentage is already on the way down, toward less than...
  • The Foggiest War

    05/04/2012 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Cliff May
    The “fog of war” is a concept derived from the writings of Carl von Clausewitz, the great 19th century Prussian military theorist who recognized that those leading troops into battle often lack data, perspective and situational awareness. Enveloped within this “fog of uncertainty,” they may not know whether they are winning or losing, and they may take actions that weaken their position and strengthen their enemies. Would Clausewitz not be fascinated by the war dominating the 21st century, a conflict so murky we can’t even agree on its name? It is the War on Terrorism or the Long War or...
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    05/04/2012 4:56:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Diana West
    Remember the sci-fi cult classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"? The 1956 movie is about a small town where extraterrestrial "pods" take over the townspeople. Even pillars of the community change into zombielike clones, as revealed by their blank stares and abnormal impulses. Outwardly, though, the "pod people" remain unchanged. The town doctor, played by Kevin McCarthy, figures out what's going on, but, as the movie progresses, there are fewer real people to warn. Soon, they've all gone over to the Other Side! The climactic sequence features McCarthy, the last free man, running across a rugged landscape and onto a...
  • Obama Fails on Human Rights

    05/04/2012 3:58:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The Obama administration's record on human rights, never strong, just got a whole lot worse. This week's dramatic saga of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest in Shandong province to safety inside the U.S. Embassy to the embassy's role in handing him over to Chinese authorities is a disgraceful tale. Once again, the Obama administration has chosen to put human rights violations on the back burner, as it has nearly every time it has been asked for help, whether from Iranian protesters in 2009 or Syrian freedom fighters today. Chen's fate was complicated by the arrival in...
  • Obama's Disgraceful Abandonment of Chen Guangcheng

    05/04/2012 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Mona Charen
    It's hard to know which is worse: one's grief over Chen Guangcheng's fate or the fury over the Obama administration's abandonment of him to that fate. Chen was already an internationally known human rights activist when he remarkably showed up at the U.S. embassy in Beijing last week seeking refuge. A blind, self-taught lawyer from Shandong province, Chen had been held prisoner for 19 months for the crime of publicizing Chinese atrocities by those enforcing the "one child" policy. Chen had chosen a moonless night (his captors were not blind) to scale several high walls and stumble his way to...
  • Allen West Blames Obama for Afghanistan Suicide Bombing [If the shoe fit, liberal whiner]

    05/04/2012 1:58:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies ^ | 5/2/12 | Rich Abdill
    In a tweet this morning, Congressman Allen West linked to an article detailing a suicide bombing in Kabul, the Afghan capital that President Barack Obama had just departed from, and... took the side of the Taliban. "Pres flew into Afghanistan at night for 7 hrs," West wrote. "As sun came up, Taliban gave its response 2 his Chamberlain like actions."
  • Great New Video: Two Taliban Carrying IED... One Trips... Wait For It... Wait... Oooops

    Oooops! Great closeup color video
  • [Red] China takes interest in South Sudan pipeline

    05/04/2012 12:54:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/3/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    President Salva Kiir of South Sudan is in China to open a new embassy and meet with President Hu Jintao. Kiir is seeking Chinese financing for an oil pipeline through Kenya that would bypass Sudan. Beijing has already pledged technical assistance for the pipeline and will contribute heavily to the project, including labor, loans and development aid. Chinese construction companies and oil companies are likely to bid for the project, the Associated Press reports. This month Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation completed a feasibility study for the pipeline and is putting together a proposal to begin construction. Landlocked South Sudan is...
  • PLA Daily takes aim at the Philippines

    05/04/2012 12:11:13 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/3/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    The official PLA Daily has issued Beijing’s harshest warning yet about tensions with the Philippines, claiming that U.S.-Philippine military exercises have increased the likelihood of armed confrontation over the disputed South China Sea. “Behind these drills is a mentality that will lead the South China Sea issue down a fork in the road towards military confrontation and resolution through armed force. Through this kind of meddling and intervention, the United States will only stir up the entire South China Sea situation towards increasing chaos and this will inevitably have a massive impact on regional peace and stability. The U.S. strategy...
  • The euro crisis just got a whole lot worse

    05/03/2012 11:38:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2012 | Jeremy Warner
    With Europe plunging back into recession and unemployment soaring, Francois Hollande, the French presidential candidate, is calling for growth objectives to be reprioritised over the chemotherapy of austerity. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has meanwhile continued to insist that on the contrary, Europe must persist with the hairshirt. What's needed is political courage and creativity, not more billions thrown away in fiscal stimulus. Stick with the programme, she urges, as the anti-austerity backlash reaches the point of outright political insurrection. Hollande and Merkel are, of course, both wrong. What Europe really needs is a return to free-floating sovereign currencies. Only...
  • Attorney for Christian pastor on death row in Iran reportedly sentenced to 9 years

    05/03/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 03, 2012
    Prominent human rights advocate and attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who represents the Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran in a case that sparked international condemnation, has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in jail for allegedly "acting against national security" in Iran. Dadkhah has represented several political and human rights activists jailed since Iran's 2009 disputed elections, including Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian pastor charged with apostasy and sentenced to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. "I have been convicted of acting against the national security, spreading propaganda against the regime and keeping banned books at home," Dadkhah...
  • Welcome to the G-Zero World

    05/03/2012 10:01:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | Ian Bremmer
    For the first time in seven decades, we live in a world without global leadership. In the United States, endless partisan combat and mounting federal debt have stoked fears that America's best days are done. Across the Atlantic, a debt crisis cripples confidence in Europe, its institutions and its future. In Japan, recovery from a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown has proven far easier than ending more than two decades of political and economic malaise. A generation ago, these were the world's powerhouses. With Canada, they made up the G7, the group of free-market democracies that powered the global...

    05/03/2012 7:55:53 PM PDT · by garjog · 39 replies
    UK Daily Express ^ | Friday May 4,2012 | By Macer Hall
    SENIOR Eurocrats are secretly plotting to create a super-powerful EU president to realise their dream of abolishing ­Britain and other nation states, the Daily Express can reveal. A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. The new bureaucrat, who would not be directly elected by voters, is set to get sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union.
  • Second Inaugural Address: President George W. Bush, January 20, 2005

    05/03/2012 7:46:19 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies
    Vice President Cheney, Mr. Chief Justice, President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, fellow citizens: On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the deep commitments that unite our country. I am grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the consequential times in which we live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have sworn and you have witnessed. At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For...
  • Free Chen, Free China, Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion

    05/03/2012 7:38:57 PM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/3/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Over the last several days the sad, confusing and now disheartening saga of a courageous man named Chen Guangcheng has filled the news. Much of the focus seems to be on who botched this entire affair diplomatically, rather than the even more important underlying issues. Chen is a 40 year old Chinese citizen who taught himself the law and, as a human rights lawyer, courageously stands up against the evil, inhumane and barbaric forced abortion and sterilization policies of the nation he loves, the Peoples Republic of China. Chen was released from jail in 2010 and placed under house arrest....
  • Destabilizes (Chen Guangcheng) China

    05/03/2012 7:27:16 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | May 2, 2012 | John Batchelor
    Spoke China hands Gordon Chang, Perry Link, Kelley Currie, Ann Lee, Bob Fu, Joseph Sternberg, re the Chen Guangcheng crisis in Beijing to learn the the US Embassy had plenty of reason to know that Chen was threatened BEFORE he decided to leave the sanctuary of the U.S. Embassy and enter a Chinese hospital. This is a major detail and will be the center of contention when Congress insistes upon hearings with China Ambassador Gary Locke and SecState HRC. What did you kno and when did you know it about threats to Chen's family by Chinese authorities? All this is...