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  • Too Late for Carson to Catch up on Homework

    11/25/2015 6:39:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | November 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No. Carson had a great number of things going for him: his amazing life story, charm, professional accomplishments, eloquence and courage. I had only one major concern: "While he speaks eloquently and passionately about the importance of doing homework in his own life and for children everywhere, it's not obvious he's taken those lessons to heart when it comes to politics." It's now obvious that he...
  • Carson loses his hold on Iowa’s conservatives

    11/21/2015 10:06:51 AM PST · by Isara · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/21/15 | Katie Glueck
    Worried about security, these voters are shifting toward Ted Cruz. SIOUX CITY, Iowa-Hours after terrorists attacked a hotel in Mali and a week after Islamic State fighters struck Paris, Ted Cruz took the floor here to deliver a harsh critique of President Obama's Middle East posture and pledge a hardline approach to Syrian Muslim refugees.It was exactly what this crowd of mostly conservative Christians wanted - and an ominous sign for Iowa's weakened frontrunner, Ben Carson.Across the state and at a major gathering of politically active evangelicals on Friday night, foreign policy was top-of-mind for the voters and state lawmakers...
  • Hillary: Muslims 'Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Terrorism'

    11/20/2015 7:53:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies ^ | November 20, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Behold, the woman who shall soon be crowned Queen of the endlessly self-righteous and self-congratulatory "Reality Based Community:" "Let's be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 19, 2015 This is pure claptrap. Everyone understands that the West is not at war with Islam broadly, and that an overwhelming percentage of Muslims reject violent extremism.  It's been beaten into our heads by politicians of all stripes since 9/11, and we're generally bright enough to draw the relevant distinction: "These Muslims over here are just peaceful, faithful...
  • TED CRUZ: This sentence perfectly sums up Obama's foreign policy

    11/17/2015 7:26:19 AM PST · by Isara · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 17, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas argued Monday that one line from President Barack Obama encapsulated both Obama's foreign policy and that of his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that Obama's statement was a "stunning indictment" of the president's policies after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.Obama made the remark at a news conference in Turkey earlier in the day:What I'm not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of 'American leadership' or 'America winning,' or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to...
  • Paris a 'Sickening Setback' for Obama

    11/17/2015 6:42:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | November 17, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State -- at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead a "sickening setback," he saw no need to reset his Syrian policy. Obama has been in a state of denial about the Islamic State. In 2014, the president famously told The New Yorker that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and in Arabic, Daesh, was a...
  • Former CIA Director Hayden Stuns Mika With Praise of Carson's Foreign Policy Approach

    11/13/2015 5:08:13 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Wow . . . I'm absolutely surprised by that answer . . . Are you sure? . . . Are we talking about the same person?" That was Mika Brzezinski's stunned response after her attempt to recruit retired General and former CIA Director Michael Hayden into her campaign against Ben Carson blew up in her face on today's Morning Joe. Referring to Carson, Mika asked Hayden "are you concerned that there's a front runner whose foreign policy sensibilities seem to lack, to say the least?" But instead of playing along with Mika's leading question, Hayden, while acknowledging that Carson lacked...
  • Israeli assessment of Kerry (infantile)

    11/05/2015 12:23:52 AM PST · by Netz · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 5, 2015 | Jerusalem Post
    'Kerry's mental age doesn't exceed that of a 12-year-old,' Netanyahu's new media czar wrote The appointment of Ran Baratz as Netanyahu's new media adviser has drawn scrutiny and criticism from the Israeli press. Ran Baratz, the man who has been appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as his top media adviser, once referred to US Secretary of State John Kerry as someone "whose mental age doesn't exceed 12." In a column that he wrote for an online media magazine last year, Baratz offered a scathing critique of Kerry's suggestion that the emergence of Islamic radicalism in the Middle East could...
  • Sowell: Hillary 2.0

    10/26/2015 10:26:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders' complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration's foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. An even bigger issue is whether high officials of government can ignore the law and refuse to produce evidence when it is subpoenaed. If they can, then the whole separation of powers — the checks and balances in the Constitution — gives way to arbitrary government by corrupt...
  • Ted Cruz: A fresh approach to American foreign policy – and US-Israel relations

    10/23/2015 7:11:27 AM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Fri, 23 Oct 2015 | Caroline B. Glick
    US Senator and presidential contender issues scathing rebuke of Obama administration's handling of the Mideast conflict. US Senator Ted Cruz, the conservative Republican firebrand from Texas, is running for president. Up until a few weeks ago, his candidacy was met with indifference as the media and political operatives all dismissed the viability of his candidacy. But that is beginning to change. The voices arguing that Cruz, the favorite of Tea Party fiscal conservatives and Evangelical Christians may have what it takes to win the Republican nomination have multiplied. Since arriving in Washington four years ago, Cruz has arguably been Israel’s...
  • Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy for Dummies

    10/22/2015 7:48:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/22/2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago Donald Trump said we shouldn’t have gone into Afghanistan, that it was a “terrible mistake” and now he says he was misunderstood? Uhuh.Sounds remarkably like the same dude who mixed up Hamas and Hezbollah and claimed he was hearing the word Kurds when Hugh Hewitt was asking him about the Quds force. Or the know-nothing who sloughed off his lack of knowledge of terror leader names because, he insisted, they’d be gone before he took office, when the likes of Hasan Nasrallah have been around for decades. Fool me once, as they...
  • Waiting Game (Obama Doctrine Epic Fail, but we all know that already)

    10/20/2015 7:10:33 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-20-2015 | Richard Fernandez
    The most interesting thing about Henry Kissinger’s analysis and rescue plan for American foreign policy, A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse, is the how little hope and optimism it excited. Few appear to regard the article’s recommendations as feasible, and it has been received with the passivity air of a beaten boxer hoping only for a rematch. This fatalism is especially depressing in the light of Kissinger’s diagnosis that Obama has basically unwound every foreign policy achievement of the last 40 years. His considered belief that an outside chance of survival of the American position is still possible...
  • Carl Bernstein: Hillary Clinton Will ‘Murder’ Benghazi Committee

    10/18/2015 2:58:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies ^ | October 18, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    During an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday, veteran journalist Carl Bernstein trashed the Benghazi committee ahead of Hillary Clinton’s testimony and insisted the Democrat will “murder them because it has been a witch hunt. It has been partisan. It's great opportunity for her.” Bernstein also praised Clinton’s debate performance as “her greatest moment in this campaign which has been a disaster for her up until the debate” but ultimately admitted “I don't think that a reset button was successfully hit. We're still back to these basic questions about her truthfulness about the server, the foundation, about the FBI investigation.”
  • Three Types of People

    10/07/2015 4:42:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Allen West
    This past Sunday night I decided to watch some war movies, first “The Thin Red Line” and after that it was “American Sniper.” One of my favorite lines in the movie “American Sniper” is the dinner scene when Daddy Kyle explains that there are three types of people – sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. The statement surrounded a young Chris Kyle coming to the rescue of his younger brother, who was being beaten up by a schoolyard bully. When I think about the three types of people, it relates exactly to the current geopolitical situation we are facing. It is a...
  • Clarice Feldman: No Coherent Identityitis

    10/04/2015 11:37:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 4, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    There’s an illness sweeping the country and even the White House has succumbed to it: No coherent identityitis. In the way that the media highlights and frames mass shootings as a sort of ghoulish entertainment and ignores far more serious events, you might have missed the connection between the shootings in Oregon and Obama’s conduct this week. There’s a great deal of commonality between those murders and the disaster in the Middle East that Obama touched off with his ridiculous Arab Spring and Iran deal, a disaster that certainly has resulted in many more deaths and holds out the terrible...
  • Obama’s Hope-and-Change Foreign Policy

    09/29/2015 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/29/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama applies the same principles abroad that he does at home. At home President Obama is well known for his preference for perceived parity over liberty. Most of his domestic agenda — Obamacare, executive-order amnesties, open borders, near-zero interest rates, quantitative easing, the piling up of $9 trillion in new debt, tax hikes, more regulations — is apparently aimed at shifting power and capital away from the upper middle class to the lower classes. From Obama’s first appearance on the national scene, his rhetoric has been directed against those whom he perceives as the inordinately privileged — much more...
  • GOP candidate Carson: Muslim shouldn't be elected president

    09/20/2015 8:59:22 AM PDT · by yoe · 45 replies
    My Way News ^ | September 20, 2015 | HOPE YEN
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Islam is antithetical to the Constitution, and he doesn't believe that a Muslim should be elected president. Carson, a devout Christian, says a president's faith should matter to voters if it runs counter to the values and principles of America. Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation," Carson said. "I absolutely would not agree with that."[snip] Carson's comments came amid lingering fallout over...
  • Obama's ISIS Advisers -->A Thief, A Qatari, And The Man Who Created Islamist Iran & The Taliban

    09/09/2014 10:56:31 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies
    The LID ^ | September 9, 2014
    Last night President Obama hosted a dinner of "foreign policy experts" to get advice about his ISIS plans. Among the guests were Sandy Berger, a man who got caught stealing federal documents; Strobe Talbott a man whose employer receives major funding from the terrorist-funding government of Qatar, and Zbigniew Brzezinski a man who was involved in creating both the Islamist state of Iran and the Taliban....Samuel R. Berger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, advised Democratic presidents during foreign crises: Mr. Berger, while Bill Clinton was weighing airstrikes in Bosnia and Kosovo; Mr. Brzezinski, while Jimmy Carter was dealing with the Iran hostage...
  • Trump Gets Dinged in Interview for Not Knowing Much About Who’s Who in the Middle East

    09/03/2015 11:39:56 PM PDT · by z taxman · 71 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Elliot Hannon
    Donald Trump found himself briefly cornered during a call-in radio interview on Thursday. The presidential candidate was a guest on the The Hugh Hewitt Show when conservative host Hugh Hewitt began examining the real estate magnate’s foreign policy chops. Trump seemed to know something was coming, as Hewitt has a nose for generating news (most recently by asking Republican candidates if they would attend a gay wedding), but it was not a flattering exchange for Trump, who confessed to gaping holes in his foreign policy understanding. Trump managed to emerge only slightly bloodied from the interview and the damage was...
  • Inspector General Slams Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s Embassy as Amateur Hour

    08/25/2015 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 25, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    Having a celebrity socialite run the huge embassy was as foolish as it looked. [Caroline] Kennedy came to her ambassador’s post with no foreign policy experience, no particular background in Japan or Asia generally, and apparently not much skill at running the $93.6 million-per-year operation that is the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. [Snip] [A]lmost two years into Kennedy’s ambassadorship, the U.S. Embassy in Japan is a mess.
  • The Arrogance of Powerlessness

    08/19/2015 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    To hear our president tell it, the nuclear deal with Iran that he's pushing so assiduously is a great bargain. It guarantees security for all concerned and, to use an all too familiar phrase, peace in our time: "The agreement now reached between the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran builds on (a) tradition of strong, principled diplomacy. After two years of negotiations, we have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It cuts off all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. It contains the most comprehensive inspection and verification regime ever...
  • An America with Donald Trump as President: A Summary of His Openly Stated Policies

    08/11/2015 8:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Investopedia ^ | 08/11/2015
    It's never easy to predict how any presidential term will play out; very few could have anticipated the 9/11 attacks or the Iraq War after George W. Bush won in 2000 or the lingering effects of the Great Recession after Barack Obama won in 2008. Yet the recent and meteoric rise of Donald Trump to the top of the GOP polls begs an interesting question: what if the billionaire real estate mogul actually wins the White House in 2016?As of July 2015, it is hard to nail down precisely what Trump's economic, social and foreign policies are. Trump is big...
  • Twitter Erupts over Jaw-Dropping Debate Abortion Question to Scott Walker

    08/07/2015 12:48:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | August 6, 2016
    Scott Walker was asked if his views on abortion are out of the mainstream and Twitter reacted: [SNIP] - 1:00 Video Stephen Hayes: Deft handling of the abortion question by @ScottWalker. Restates his view, turns to Planned Parenthood.
  • Why I Think Scott Walker Would Make a Great Foreign-Policy President

    08/03/2015 9:14:09 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 2 August 2015 | Kim Holmes
    Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss foreign-policy issues with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Beforehand, I didn’t know him personally and so didn’t know what to expect. Well, here is what I found: Walker has the potential to be a great foreign-policy president. Here’s why. The first thing I learned is that Scott Walker is eager to talk about foreign policy. He relishes discussing the ins and outs of an issue and shows a curiosity that frankly I wish many of our senators had. He engages precisely at the level a president should, asking tough...
  • American President BARACK OBAMA Dancing The Lipala Dance in KENYA -- ( VIDEO)

    07/26/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 25,2015
    ... bringing dignity to his high office by acting presidential ... again!
  • Nets Ignore Controversy Swirling Around Secret Side Deals With Iran

    07/23/2015 9:16:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 23, 2015 | Kyle Drennen
    Despite the revelation on Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made secret side deals with Iran over nuclear weapons inspections and refused to disclose the details to the U.S. Congress, NBC, ABC, and CBS all ignored the story. By contrast, Fox News’s Special Report led with the breaking news that evening as anchor Bret Baier informed viewers: “As President Obama continues to both court and mock critics of his legacy-shaping nuclear agreement with Iran, there is word tonight of a separate covert deal between the Islamic Republic and the U.N.’s nuclear team. Two of them, in fact, that...
  • Don’t Vote for Donald Trump…If (Excellent questions)

    07/21/2015 4:59:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | July 21, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Let's put this all into perspective. I am a S.O.B.- son of a butcher. My butcher dad instilled me with common sense. His favorite saying was, "Don't watch what a man says, watch what he does." Never has that saying applied more than with Donald Trump's comments about John McCain this past weekend. Of course John McCain is a war hero. That is not up for debate. Trump was angry. He was responding to attacks by McCain. He let his anger get the best of him. Trump was offensive. Trump was wrong. He should have attacked McCain's politics, but clearly...
  • Obama Taunts GOP on Iran Deal by Comparing Himself to Reagan

    07/15/2015 11:17:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | July 14, 2015 | Margaret Hartmann
    President Obama has two routes for getting the Iran nuclear deal approved by Congress. The more difficult path involves attempting to woo Republicans, though they've already vowed to kill the deal. Or Obama could just shore up support among Democrats so when he vetoes the GOP's "resolution of disapproval" Congress won't have the votes to override him. Supposedly the White House has not settled on which path it will pursue, but Obama's decision to invoke the name of the GOP's favorite human in explaining his rationale for the deal suggests he isn't all that concerned about angering them further.
  • Obama’s Vienna Concession: A Foreign Policy Disaster

    07/15/2015 7:35:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. Many of our fellow conservatives are saying that President Obama’s deal with Iran is a “nuclear Munich.” That is, they are comparing the Iranian settlement negotiated over these many months by Secretary John Kerry in that Austrian capital with the Munich capitulation negotiated over mere days in September, 1938, by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s failed appeasement of Hitler—as bad as it was—arguably is not as harmful as President Obama’s Vienna concession is. This deal is worse than Chamberlain’s Munich sellout because its implications are immeasurable. Once Chamberlain had given...
  • Of course it seems impossible, but John Kerry has bashed America

    07/03/2015 9:30:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/2/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    commentary by John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer Via CNS News: “ ‘There is nothing sanctimonious’ or arrogant in the State Department’s publication of an annual report on human rights around the world, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, adding that the U.S. cannot help but be humble itself given the racial tensions at home over the past year. Releasing the latest report – covering 2014 and issued 120 days late – Kerry said some foreign governments may take issue with it. ‘My advice to any leader who is upset by these findings is really to examine them, to...
  • Look at the Shiny Object Over Here!

    07/02/2015 11:28:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | July 2, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    While Americans have collectively been wringing their hands and fretting over how to respond to the recent very tragic South Carolina church shooting, many have blamed a relic of our distant past for everything racial that ails America. The Confederate battle flag has become an emblem of our evil past, and calls for everything ‘Confederate’ to be expunged from American society has begun to reach a fevered pitch. It seems those calling for this erasure of history believe its removal will solve our nations racial troubles, when in reality it will only salve for some the divide between races that...
  • Valerie Jarrett’s Family Investigated by FBI For Communist Ties – FBI Files Included (shortened)

    06/24/2015 10:53:17 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Sundance
    Federal Bureau of Investigation files obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government. Jarrett’s dad, … Dr. James Bowman, had extensive ties to Communist associations and individuals…. In 1950 Bowman was in communication with a paid Soviet agent named Alfred Stern, who fled to Prague after getting charged with espionage. Jarrett family Communist ties also include a business partnership between Jarrett’s maternal grandpa, Robert Rochon Taylor, and Stern, the Soviet agent associated with her dad. Jarrett’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett,...
  • Chinese Cabbage: Imperialism with Chinese Characteristics

    06/17/2015 2:52:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | June 17, 2015 | Austin Bay
    The U.S. is betting that the global trading system's economic rewards ultimately will convince China's leaders to curb their "imperialism with Chinese characteristics." That's the phrase U.S. defense analyst Dr. Michael Metcalf used in 2011 to describe what he saw as a disturbing shift in Chinese strategy, from one of "survival" to one of "development." However, the U.S. bet on wealth is no sure thing. Metcalf posed this question: Does identifying development as China's determinative defense interest "raise the prospect that certain military activities overseas might be initiated by China that China might characterize as purely 'defensive' because an overseas...
  • Expanding Relations With the Iranian Resistance: Essential to Correct Iran Policy

    06/16/2015 6:02:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 16, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Last week I joined a bipartisan group of political figures and foreign policy experts in taking two steps to encourage the improvement of US policy toward Iran. The group of nearly forty prominent Americans including former senior US civilian and military officials and governors issued a policy statement urging stronger confrontation of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, regional hostilities, and human rights abuses. That statement also encouraged the US government to reverse its traditional, unspoken policy of remaining at arms’ length from the resistance against the Iranian theocracy. My view and that of the co-signers of the statement is that the...
  • Michael Oren: US altered 40-year policy on ’67 lines without consulting Israel

    06/14/2015 9:52:56 AM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 8 replies ^ | 6/13/2015 | Herb Keinon
    President Barack Obama endorsed the Palestinian position on the 1967 lines in 2011 and by so doing altered more than 40 years of American policy without prior consultation with Israel, former ambassador to the US Michael Oren writes in a book to be published later this month. Oren, in an account of the book that appeared Friday in The New York Jewish Week, wrote that the Prime Minister’s Office was outraged at the move, and instructed him to call congressional leaders. “Israel felt abandoned, I was to say. And that is no way to treat an ally,” he wrote.
  • From the Heartland to Tripoli - American Interests in a Global Economy

    05/30/2015 8:27:54 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 30, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on isolationism and foreign policy, on Decoration Day... When the field is crowded, candidates find a way to differentiate themselves. No surprise there. One way that some candidates have chosen in recent years is to set themselves apart from the “war hawks” of the other party, or even of their own party, by preaching isolationism, and by declaring that isolationism is the true heritage of our Founding Fathers. They will quote Presidents Washington and Jefferson, who warned, on occasion, of the need to “avoid entangling alliances” like those of the Old World. And they will imply that isolationism –...
  • Cuba removed from US terror sponsor list

    05/29/2015 8:35:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015
    The U.S. has taken Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
  • Thank God America Is the World's Policeman

    05/27/2015 1:20:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-26-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Our friends from Prager University have released another great video. The subject (for Memorial Day): is America the world’s policeman? And if so, is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and foreign affairs expert Bret Stephens weighs in: [VIDEO] Let me share my Dutch perspective on this matter: I thank God every day that the United States is the world’s only superpower and that it behaves like an international policeman. Think about it: what’s the alternative? If the United States withdraws, Russia and China will immediately expand their sphere of influence. These countries are ruled...
  • The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

    05/26/2015 9:16:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19. A success for the ISIS, maybe. Lest we forget, less than a decade ago, nearly 1,300 Americans died fighting in Ramadi. Soon after, the U.S. returned control of that city, which had become one of Iraq's safest, to Iraqi forces. A few...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Iraq and the White House Time Machine

    05/21/2015 10:57:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    EVERYONE HAD a field day with Jeb Bush's mishandling of the Iraq question Megyn Kelly posed during a TV interview last week: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?" Over the course of several days, Bush's answer switched from a firm yes ("I would have") to a firm no ("I would not have gone into Iraq"). Other GOP presidential hopefuls, quick to exploit Bush's fumble, quickly declared that in hindsight they wouldn't have gone to war. Obviously there will be no do-over of the Iraq war authorization; the next president can't hop a time machine back...
  • The rise of social media trolls in foreign policy

    05/18/2015 12:36:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-18-2015 | Daniel W. Drezner, Special To The Washington Post
    <p>An awful lot of international diplomacy lately has been downright undiplomatic.</p> <p>Exhibit A: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., used Twitter to goad Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late last month. Cotton tweeted at him: “I hear you called me out today. If you’re so confident, let’s debate the Constitution.” Cotton followed up with other tweets describing Zarif as cowardly. The Iranian foreign minister replied that “serious diplomacy, not macho personal smear, is what we need,” a response that Foreign Policy magazine labeled as trolling. This was hardly the only online provocation Zarif faced during his recent New York visit.</p>
  • Report: King of Bahrain skips President Obama meeting for horse show

    05/13/2015 9:47:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | May 13, 2015 | Adam B. Lerner
    The king of Bahrain has apparently snubbed President Barack Obama to attend a horse show with Queen Elizabeth. According to Reuters, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has elected to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which begins Wednesday, at Windsor Castle outside London.
  • Election Year Security Challenge: Anticipating 2016's Benghazi

    05/13/2015 2:42:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | May 13, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Foreign foes see U.S. presidential election years as opportunities to test and bedevil -- which is a good reason to suspect 2016 will present the American electorate with a violent international challenge. Though this column sketches two representative scenarios, they are not predictions. No one can predict a specific crisis will occur at a specific time. However, climbing a ladder usually entertains more risk than sitting in a chair; a rickety altitude adds gravitational uncertainty. A presidential election year is a moment of extended political uncertainty. Uncertainty, if exploited, may become a psychological vulnerability. North Vietnam's 1968 Tet Offensive is...
  • Foreign Policy: Heilemann Horrified By Huck's Lack of Harvard or Princeton Degree

    05/05/2015 3:58:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For all the good their Ivy League degrees did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—when you consider the smoking ruin that is their foreign policy record—you'd think John Heilemann would have the good sense not to make an Ancient Eight sheepskin the sine qua non for a presidential candidate. But with his MSM elitism on full display, on today's With All Due Respect Heilemann had the chutzpah to suggest that Mike Huckabee doesn't clear the Commander-in-Chief bar because he lacks a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School or Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. Huck has simply picked up some foreign policy talking points...
  • Scott Walker blames Obama, Clinton for world violence - meets with family of Iranian hostage

    05/04/2015 11:59:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Novi, Michigan(CNN)Gov. Scott Walker on Monday sought to use President Barack Obama's slipping popularity on foreign policy issues as a punching bag and sought to bolster his own credentials ahead of a likely presidential bid.</p> <p>Speaking in Novi, Michigan, the Wisconsin Republican rallied around the plight of a Michigan man who has been held hostage in Iran since 2011 and blasted Obama for failing to do enough on the missing man's behalf--as well as failing to ward off attacks by Islamic terrorists around the world.</p>
  • Illusions of Freedom

    05/01/2015 5:44:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/01/15 | Sierra Rayne
    The notion that there is a threshold above which authoritarian nations would democratize is attractive, but our experience since the end of the Cold War suggests this view is too simplistic and results in a risky foreign policy stance for the West A narrative has dominated the West’s foreign policy since the end of the Cold War: if we increase per capita GDP in authoritarian nations, they will democratize. Most notably, this doctrine was applied to China, and yet China failed to move away from its authoritarian system. Russia has gotten wealthier and returned to authoritarianism. Both nations used the...
  • Marco Rubio, Scott Walker Trade Shots on Foreign Policy in Iowa

    04/26/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Scott Walker exchanged fire over foreign policy in Iowa on Saturday, hours before the two are scheduled to appear together at a Faith and Freedom Coalition summit outside of Des Moines. Speaking to The Des Moines Register editorial board on Saturday morning, Rubio said his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees lends him a distinct advantage on “the most crucial obligation the president faces, as commander in chief.” “Governors can certainly read about foreign policy, and take meetings and briefings with experts,” the Florida Republican said, “but there’s no way they’ll be...
  • America Needs Clarity and Conviction of Purpose in the Middle East

    04/22/2015 4:31:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 22, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    For much of the past century, America has embodied, both in word and in deed, a commitment to freedom and democracy that has improved the lives of billions of people all over the world. Leaders such as Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan saw the importance of a foreign policy based on American values and grounded in American leadership. They understood that smart, strategic engagement was the only way to ensure our security, champion our values and advance our interests. One of the most unstable and dangerous areas of the world today is the Middle East. Events that take place there...
  • American Jewry’s Moment of Decision

    04/18/2015 4:49:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | April 17, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    This week in two meetings with prominent American Jews, President Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet. Either the Jews of America will rise to the challenge or they will allow Obama to marginalize them. It is their choice, and now is the time for them to decide. In the first meeting, Obama met with centrist Jewish leaders from major Jewish organizations like the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League and AIPAC. Major donors to these groups, like to almost every other major Jewish organization in America, are largely Democrats. According to The Washington Post, the purpose...
  • My Concern With The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    04/18/2015 4:21:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 18, 2015 | James Lankford
    Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation’s negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation. Our concern is not just Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb; we all know that the leadership of Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and the World. Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism and there is little doubt that if they had nuclear weapons, they could transfer those weapons or nuclear material to their global terror proxies. This week, the...