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  • Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Iran

    11/09/2011 7:48:37 AM PST · by casinva · 18 replies
    Rick Perry for President Website ^ | November 9, 2011 | Governor Rick Perry
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the recently released International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report: “The new IAEA report is the latest indicator that the regime in Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. Evidence that this includes work on a nuclear warhead design is particularly alarming – and again puts the lie to Tehran’s claim that its nuclear program is for peaceful, energy-related purposes. “President Obama’s policy on Iran, based on outreach and limited sanctions, has failed. This administration has labored under the misconception that Iran’s nuclear program could be negotiated away. But the...
  • Meeting the Iranian Threat

    10/17/2011 6:08:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | Oct. 17, 2011
    We need homeland missile defenses to counter Iran’s growing threat. As the United States withdraws its combat forces from Iraq and begins a similar drawdown in Afghanistan, Iran is rapidly broadening its reach and presence in and beyond the region — and its technological prowess in weaponry — to undergird a strategy of global proportions, to threaten Americans at home and abroad as well as our overseas friends and allies. As the United States draws down its presence in the region, Iran is moving to fill the resulting power vacuum. U.S. missile-defense plans and programs need to adapt to the...
  • Have Something to Ask President Obama - Via Yahoo Today

    10/03/2011 6:49:03 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 16 replies ^ | 10/3/11 | Howard Morrison
    Today, we will present an exclusive live interview with the president, conducted by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and presented on both Yahoo! News and at 2:35 pm ET. Submit your questions here. Yahoo! and ABC News will pick some of them to ask the president live.
  • Sarah Palin to visit South Korea (Newsworthy *IF* true)

    08/31/2011 7:49:14 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 7 replies
    channelnewsasia ^ | Wednesday August 31, 2011
    <p>SEOUL: US conservative politician Sarah Palin will visit South Korea for the first time to speak at a Seoul forum in October, the organisers said Thursday.</p> <p>Maeil Business Newspaper said the former vice presidential candidate would make a keynote opening speech at the forum organised by the paper from October 11 to 13.</p>
  • Poll: Majority says military involved in too many places

    06/20/2011 1:34:42 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/20/11 | Ian Swanson
    An overwhelming number of voters believe the United States is involved in too many foreign conflicts and should pull back its troops, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill. Seventy-two percent of those polled said the United States is fighting in too many places, with only 16 percent saying the current level of engagement represented an appropriate level. Twelve percent said they weren’t sure. Voters also do not think having U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has made the country safer, according to the poll. Thirty-seven percent said the continued presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan makes...
  • Obama's lax dollar is to blame for oil's spike, not bankers

    04/30/2011 9:52:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/30/2011 | Garry White
    For the real drivers of the oil price, the President needs to look closer to home. The US has continued to devalue its currency by allowing the Federal Reserve to print dollars like they are going out of fashion. This has boosted the price of all commodities – and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of this year. Commodities such as oil are priced in dollars. When the dollar falls, these commodities – be they copper, wheat or oil – become cheaper in other currencies. This prompts "speculators" to buy. Prices of raw materials have therefore risen...
  • Finland election: nationalists make huge gains

    04/17/2011 5:12:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/2011
    Conservative National Coalition won a narrow victory in Finland's parliamentary election on Sunday, marked by the dazzling rise of the nationalist True Finns party that came in third, according to a final tally. Chairman Timo Soini of the True Finns Outgoing Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi's Centre Party was toppled from power, losing 16 seats in parliament to end up with only 35, in a deeply disappointing fourth place. The once tiny populist, anti-immigration and anti-EU True Finns meanwhile captured 39 seats, up from only six in the outgoing parliament, making them the only party to gain any seats in a...
  • The tar of humanitarian imperialism

    04/08/2011 11:12:09 AM PDT · by libertycause13 · 1 replies
    Freedom Politics ^ | 4/8/2011 | George Will
    Several weeks ago, when President Obama reportedly assured congressional leaders that America's intervention in Libya would involve "days, not weeks," skeptics mistakenly worried about mission creep. They should have feared mission gallop. Or perhaps mission meander. At about this point in foreign policy misadventures, the usual question is: What is Plan B? Today's question is: What was Plan A? When Obama inserted America into what was, and ostensibly still is, a pre-emptive war to protect Libyan civilians from Libya's government, he neglected to clarify a few things, such as: Do the armed rebels trying to overthrow that government still count...
  • Ousting the U.S. Ambassador Does Not Help U.S.–Mexican Crime Fight

    03/22/2011 1:44:13 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | March 21, 2011
    The resignation of U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, under pressure from President Felipe Calderon, is bad news for the Obama Administration. There is little doubt that this is a “blow to U.S.-Mexico relations, in that the personal overcame the institutional.” It will damage joint U.S.–Mexico efforts to fight organized crime in Mexico and protect U.S. security at home by turning a common fight against a real enemy into a political contest between national leaders. Since assuming the key ambassadorship in 2009, Pascual played an active role in efforts to speed delivery of Plan Merida assistance to Mexico, stand up...
  • Violence linked to Refugee Resettlement Program

    02/15/2011 7:55:52 AM PST · by Drayah · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2/14/2011 | Frank York
    Since the 1990's the United Nations has dictated to the United States who is allowed be part of the Refugee Resettlement Program. President Obama issued a letter to Congress requesting an astonishing 80,000 Muslim refugees. In his letter he states " justified by humanitarian concern or in otherwise national concern". According to Refugee Settlement Watch,these refugees are eligible for the following benefits: TANF,food stamps, housing,supplemental social security,child care benefits,energy assistance,educatinal grants and loans,and health care. These individuals have been raised in a culture that hates infidels therefore any crime committed against infidels is justified.There have been increses in crime rates...
  • White House Losing Egypt

    02/10/2011 5:55:49 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 21 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | February 10, 2011 | Neoavatara
    I have been about as supportive as any conservative out there when it comes to the decisions made by the Obama Administration during the Egyptian crisis. I have, time and again, explained how the reserved response by Obama in this crisis, unlike Iran, was the right path. And even when the White House appeared confused during last weeks up and down roller coaster ride, I was willing to give them leeway. Today's events puts all of that into serious doubt.

    02/10/2011 11:43:05 AM PST · by FromLori · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/10/11 | Tyler Durden
    From Stratfor, citing BBC Arabic. EGYPT: MUBARAK HAS ALREADY LEFT COUNTRY - REPORT Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly already left the country, and his speech scheduled for the night of Feb. 10 has been pre-recorded, BBC Arabic reported. Some reports indicate Mubarak will speak within two hours, while other unconfirmed reports say he left the country as early as yesterday.
  • title:Palin Abandons Plan for Early Visit to Israel

    02/08/2011 9:44:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    inn ^ | 2/8/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin turned down a chance to speak at the prestigious Herzliya Conference this week, abandoning her plan to visit Israel early this year. "She was invited; the president was invited,” a conference spokesman said, according to the Washington website The Hill. “All of the top people in the U.S. were invited. But it's not as if her attendance was imminent or expected." Palin's advisors have not commented on her no-show. The former Alaska governor reportedly planned to visit Israel early this year to try to improve her image of being poorly informed on foreign affairs....
  • They Got to Merkel: Her Call for a One World Europe

    02/05/2011 9:25:14 AM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 2/1/2011 | Robert Wenzel
    NYT reports today: In a remarkable about-face, [German Cahncellor Angela]. Merkel now wants more economic integration in the euro zone, including regular meetings of its leaders. What will this mean for the average person in the EuroZone? Get a load of this: When they meet in Brussels on Friday, the 27 heads of government will hear new ideas on how to save the euro, delivered by Mrs. Merkel and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, but written largely in Berlin. In exchange for bolstering the euro zone rescue fund, Mrs. Merkel will press others to mimic Germany’s economic rise. She is...
  • The Rest of the World and Obama

    01/28/2011 8:22:16 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2011 | Steve McCann
    One of the primary narratives of the Democrats and the media during the entire tenure of the George W. Bush's term was that the United States was held in historically low regard throughout the rest of the world. This became, after "Bush lied," the second-most frequently repeated talking point. Whether there was any basis for this claim was immaterial; it was a handy cudgel for defeating and humiliating the president. For the past twenty-five-plus years, I have been involved in the international marketplace, having dealt in countries as varied as the United Kingdom, China, and Ghana. Never in that period...
  • Clifford.D.May: U.S. should heed Canada’s message to Iran

    01/27/2011 4:10:26 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Last week, Canada’s Free Thinking Film Society – love that name – was scheduled to screen Iranium, a new documentary about the regime that has ruled Iran since 1979, its drive to acquire nuclear weapons and the dangers that poses for the West. But then the Iranian embassy complained and – coincidently – threats and “suspicious letters” were received at the National Archives in Ottawa, where the event was to take place. The Archives cancelled the screening and shut the building. Archives spokeswoman Pauline Portelance explained: “We deemed the risk associated with the event was a little too high.” Apparently,...
  • The Direction of Turkey’s Foreign Policy and Strategic Partnerships (Michael Rubin)

    01/04/2011 5:04:18 AM PST · by nuconvert
    Euro-Atlantic Quarterly ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    For much of his first term in office, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan pursued a balancing act: He sought to reinvigorate ties to the Islamic world while, committing simultaneously committing Turkey to the European Union accession process. After winning reelection in 2007, however, ErdoÄźan veered Turkish foreign policy further toward the Islamic world. TurkeyÂ’s European ambitions fell by the wayside, into the realm of lip service only. TurkeyÂ’s September 2010 referendum marked another milestone. While the poll centered on constitutional reform, the size of ErdoÄźanÂ’s victory imbued him with new confidence. In its wake, he has cast aside any pretense...
  • The Queen and the Somali plot

    12/29/2010 7:13:59 AM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies
    Klein Verzet ^ | December 29, 2010
    In her Christmas speech, Queen Beatrix told people to show solidarity with others in society. She said we should try to find a good balance between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Fear and suspicion could be vanquished if people adopted a social perspective....These high-minded thoughts were nullified immediately afterward by the news that 12 Somali suspects of plotting a terror attack had been arrested in Rotterdam and Gilze-Rijen. Apparently, they were planning to shoot down an Apache attack helicopter at Gilze-Rijen airforce base, home to 85 of such aircraft. In the mean time all but one of the suspects have been released....
  • Obama Has Lost The World

    12/26/2010 10:44:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies · 18+ views
    Eurasia Review ^ | December 26, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield
    After the 2010 elections, it’s not exactly news that Obama has lost America. But in a less public referendum, he also lost the world. Obama’s cocktail party tour of the world’s capitals may look impressive on a map, but is irrelevant on a policy level. In less than two years, the White House has gone from being the center of world leadership to being irrelevant, from protecting world freedom to serving as a global party planning committee. Even the Bush Administration’s harshest critics could never have credibly claimed that George W. Bush was irrelevant. He might have been hated, pilloried...
  • Clinton Pledges Bigger Role for Besieged State Department

    12/15/2010 8:14:59 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | Dec. 15, 2010 | Mark Landler
    Seeking to reassert the State Department's role as the primary agent of Washington overseas, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday announced an ambitious overhaul of diplomacy and development. And she promised to do it without spending a lot more money. Mrs. Clinton, in presenting a two-year review that has been one of her signature projects, declared that "leading through civilian power saves lives and money." Among key changes is a heavier emphasis on resolving conflicts and a pledge to reinvigorate the United States Agency for International Development.