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  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Jpost.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • A U.S.-Russia War Over Ukraine?

    04/17/2015 3:40:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Pat Bchanan
    "Could a U.S. response to Russia's action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?" This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest. The answer the authors give, in "Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. Russia Conflict," is that the odds are shortening on a military collision between the world's largest nuclear powers. The cockpit of the conflict, should it come, will be Ukraine. What makes the article timely is the report that Canada will be sending 200 soldiers to western Ukraine to join 800 Americans...
  • Marco Rubio's 7 Lousy Foreign Policy Judgments: If you liked George W. Bush, you'll love Rubio

    04/15/2015 12:16:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    REASON ^ | 04/15/2015 | Matt Welch
    On Monday, I wrote about how Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is the foreign policy antithesis to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) in the 2016 GOP presidential field, frequently sparring directly with his fellow member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. To collect some of Rubio's foreign-policy uber-hawkery in one place, I've compiled a list of seven highly questionable judgments by the Cuban-American freshman senator. 1) Supported regime change in Libya. March 30, 2011: [T]his resolution should also state that removing Muammar Qaddafi from power is in our national interest and therefore should authorize the President to accomplish this goal. […]For more...
  • The Obama Doctrine

    04/14/2015 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past -- we're looking to the future. I'm not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born." Obama was not yet born when Fidel rolled into Havana, Jan. 1, 1959. He was 1 year old during the missile crisis. His mother belonged to a 1960s generation that welcomed the Cuban Revolution. His father came from an African...
  • Will 2016 Really Be A Foreign Policy Election?

    04/14/2015 4:40:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Byron York
    There's an emerging conventional wisdom that the 2016 presidential race, once predicted to be mostly about economic issues, will instead be dominated by foreign policy. "This is going to be a foreign policy election," National Journal's Ron Fournier said recently. "A foreign policy election (more or less) is upon us," declared "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. "We are likely to have a foreign policy election in 2016," said the Weekly Standard's William Kristol. The argument is that the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an ongoing crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Russian aggression and...
  • A New Opportunity Mr. President

    04/14/2015 4:19:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Tom Rich
    In October 2013, then-Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki visited Washington for the last time before being forced to relinquish his seat in the face of the sectarian violence that his policies helped to inflame. Unfortunately, the Administration had done little to confront those policies at the time, or to challenge Maliki’s close relationship with neighboring Iran. And now, even as the U.S. negotiates a nuclear treaty with Iran, that mullahs expand their military and terrorist presence throughout the region. On Tuesday, Maliki’s successor Haider al-Abadi will go to White House to visit the President. The two are expected...
  • Fifty Shades of Obama Diplomacy

    04/11/2015 5:38:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Too bad Barack Obama didn’t spend less time in Chicago with Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dohrn and more with typical South Side “homeys.” The future president of the world’s most powerful nation might have learned about real- world diplomacy. Community organizers indeed! Those gentlemen really know how to “organize a community” in their favor. Any of these gang leaders (and even members) could teach Obama that earning real-world respect and defending your turf is a cinch. And it’s not by emulating Anastasia Steele at the hands of Christian Grey Obama arrived in Panama City On April 10th for the Summit...
  • Walker Says He Expects to Meet With Netanyahu in Israel

    04/10/2015 7:29:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    ABC ^ | SCOTT BAUER Associated Press
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "absolutely" expects to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first visit to Israel next month, the Republican said as he prepared to depart for a western European trade mission. The likely presidential candidate told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the Netanyahu meeting in mid-May is not yet confirmed, but that it's his "hope and expectation" it will happen. A spokeswoman for Walker's political group, Our American Revival, did not immediately confirm Friday whether the meeting has been set up. Walker met with British Prime Minister David Cameron during a trade mission...
  • Gov. Scott Walker Heads To Europe On Trade Mission

    04/09/2015 12:40:11 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Street ^ | April 9, 2015 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker heads to Europe this week on a trade mission featuring private meetings with business and government representatives in Germany, France and Spain, as he ramps up for a likely bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The most high-profile event on Walker's itinerary comes Tuesday when he's slated to deliver a 15-minute speech titled "Opportunities for bilateral trade and investment" at the Hannover Messe trade show in Germany. That is the world's largest industrial fair, Walker's office said in the documents detailing the trip provided to The Associated Press.... Walker's last trade...
  • Scott Walker: Iranians not coming to table ‘out of the good nature of their hearts’

    04/09/2015 6:12:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    "......Mr. Walker said the Iranians are not coming to the negotiating table “out of the good nature of their hearts trying to push for world peace.” “They’re coming to the table because they were being brought to their knees because of the sanctions from the United States and from our allies particularly in Europe,” he said. “And right at the time when they’re working think about this kind of negotiation. We should have been saying here’s the deal: you take it or if not we’re going to go back to our allies and push for even stronger sanctions because we...
  • Obama's Iran Deal: Someday the World Will Cry, "Why?!"

    04/09/2015 5:37:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Barack Obama is a young man. By the time he leaves office, he will be in his mid-50s. Based on life expectancy, he could live for another 40 years or so. So he will be around to see the full consequences of his disastrous Iran nuclear "framework." The deal is done. No matter what Republicans do, Europeans fully intend to let sanctions expire. They just needed an excuse to do so, an excuse that Obama provided. Someday, nations will ask why the world's superpower ignored chants of "death to America" and "death to Israel" and allowed Iran to slow-walk toward...
  • Scott Walker slams back at Obama

    04/09/2015 4:19:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 9, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Possible presidential contender Scott Walker came out swinging on national television against President Obama, who had publicly suggested the Wisconsin governor was “foolish” for taking a hardline stance on nuclear negotiations with Iran. The public tiff took off when Walker simply said he would not agree to any nuclear deal with Iran that allowed the country to enrich uranium – and Obama couldn’t let the comment go. The president said Walker had adopted a “foolish approach,” and added: “Perhaps Mr. Walker, after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.” Walker, late Wednesday...
  • An Early Look at the GOP Candidates’ Positions on Foreign Policy

    04/08/2015 7:18:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Tanner
    Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul formally announced his candidacy for president, becoming the second Republican, following Ted Cruz, to throw his hat into the ring. Almost immediately, a PAC organized by the same group responsible for the famous anti–John Kerry Swift Boat ads launched a $1 million advertising campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina attacking Paul for being soft on national security and, specifically, soft on Iran. Paul’s candidacy and the quick response by Republican hawks lays open what may be a significant divide in the party over foreign-policy issues. There is no doubt that Paul is the most...
  • Obama issues dire prediction for Saudis

    04/08/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    WND ^ | Aaron Klein
    “I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading,” said Obama. “It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” While the president’s remarks were mostly overlooked by the U.S. and Western media, the comments received headline coverage in news outlets run by Iran and by the Hezbollah jihadist organization. Obama sat down Saturday with Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who asked about “protecting our Sunni Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.” Obama explained he thinks “that our friends in the region, our traditional Sunni states, have some very real external threats, but they...
  • Will Bob Corker Save the GOP?

    04/07/2015 2:58:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "Pat, sometimes it seems like our friends want me to go over the cliff with flags flying," President Reagan once told me. Today, it is "Bibi" Netanyahu and the neocons howling "kill the deal" and "bomb Iran" who are shoving the Republican Party toward the cliff. The question, which may decide 2016, may be framed thus: Should a Republican Congress meticulously point out the flaws and risks of this nuclear deal with Iran and, if the Iranians do cheat or attempt a breakout, be rewarded for their skepticism and statesmanship? Or should the GOP sabotage and scuttle the deal and...
  • 'Nothing personal,' White House says of Obama jabs at Walker

    04/07/2015 12:28:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 7, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama has tried really hard to stay out of the 2016 race for his job, except when it comes to one person: Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker. First, Obama ripped Walker last month for signing into law a right-to-work bill. Then, in an interview with NPR published Tuesday, the president said Walker needed to "bone up on foreign policy" after suggesting he would undo any nuclear pact with Iran were he to win control of the White House. Yet, the White House insists that Obama isn't going out of his way to rip Walker. "It's nothing personal," White House...
  • Barack Obama thinks Scott Walker is an empty suit on foreign policy; Walker responds

    04/07/2015 8:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2015 | Noah Rothman
    For many, President Barack Obama entered the White House a coddled narcissist whose thin set of accomplishments was papered over by his supporters. They liked his ideals, his identity, and how he made them feel about themselves. That was sufficient to prompt millions of Americans to bury their concerns about this energetic but untested freshman senator and his readiness for the presidency. Six years later, the nationÂ’s affairs are in a shambles. The presidentÂ’s once ascendant party has been decimated, his signature achievement the focus of endless court challenges and political fights, and the international environment appears less stable...
  • Obama thinks Scott Walker is an empty suit on foreign policy Update: Walker responds

    04/07/2015 7:57:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 7, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    For many, President Barack Obama entered the White House a coddled narcissist whose thin set of accomplishments was papered over by his supporters. They liked his ideals, his identity, and how he made them feel about themselves. That was sufficient to prompt millions of Americans to bury their concerns about this energetic but untested freshman senator and his readiness for the presidency. Six years later, the nation’s affairs are in a shambles. The president’s once ascendant party has been decimated, his signature achievement the focus of endless court challenges and political fights, and the international environment appears less stable than...
  • GOP’s bizarro foreign policy: Alienate America’s closest allies on “day one”

    04/06/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | April 6, 2015 | Simon Maloy, political writer
    When Republicans criticize Barack Obama’s foreign policy, their critiques usually break down into two broad themes: America’s enemies no longer fear us, and America’s allies no longer trust us. The part about our enemies fearing us is usually a reference to Russia – conservatives believe quite earnestly that Russia’s military expansionism over the last few years is a consequence of Vladimir Putin sizing up the president and determining that he’s a weakling. No less an authority than Peggy Noonan made this very argument just last Friday, lamenting “a Russian president who took the American’s measure and made a move, upsetting...