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  • 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 · 6 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...
  • A Change of Heart at the White House?

    04/01/2015 6:42:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    During today’s unscheduled press conference President Barack Obama responded to a wide range of questions varying from race relations in the United States to the Russian incursion into Ukraine. The president spent over an hour answering questions from the White House press contingent, offering the frankest assessment of his administration’s policies to date. With regard to Israel the president came down strongly on the side of Israel and directed a stern warning against the Iranian regime in Tehran, advising the ruling mullahs that the United States stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel, our staunchest ally in the Middle East. The...
  • Where the Red Line Came From -- Before it Was Crossed

    03/31/2015 5:26:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Michael Barone
    There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama's presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify one costly error: his refusal to follow through on the implied threat in stating that the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons would be a "red line." That statement was made in a press conference on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The president was not scheduled to appear; press secretary Jay Carney said, "Looks like there's a surprise guest here." After fielding questions on other topics (Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, Mitt Romney's attack ads and tax...
  • The Stooges Rule

    03/30/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    Never in the history of our nation have we experienced such a frighteningly inept and incompetent presidential administration. One could make a good argument that this would apply in all areas, but it’s particularly applicable in the area of foreign policy and national security. Right after Bowe Bergdahl’s release in the trade for five senior Taliban commanders, National Security Advisor Susan Rice described the Army deserter as serving with “distinction and honor”. The very same soldier now charged with ‘desertion and misbehavior’ by the military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice. Charges that can send Bergdahl to a military prison for...
  • Stumped: Urban Radio Reporter Can't Cite Obama Foreign Policy Successes

    03/30/2015 6:58:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not even a lifeline could have helped her . . . There was a telling moment on today's Morning Joe when Joe Scarborough challenged April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks to cite some of President Obama's foreign-policy successes. Ryan was reduced to replying "that's kind of tough. Hmm, that's a tough one . . . I have to really ponder that." View the video here.
  • Afghan Gratitude, American Folly

    03/29/2015 7:30:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership" between the United States and Afghanistan. He couldn't have laid it on any thicker if he'd been using a trowel. Americans in uniform, he attested, "have come to know our snowcapped mountains, our verdant valleys, our windswept deserts, our parched fields, our unharnessed, flowing rivers, and our plains of waving wheat." He said, "Veterans will always...
  • Critics? Or Traitors?

    03/27/2015 4:38:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And why? Because 47 GOP senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and other countries. Their message: The next U.S. president can overturn “with the stroke of a pen” any deal Congress doesn’t approve. “Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?” one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked...
  • Obama's Mideast 'free fall'

    03/26/2015 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | March 26, 2015 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    Mounting chaos in the region puts the administration on the defensive. Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy. “If there’s one lesson this administration has learned, from President...
  • Obama To Bibi: It Isn't Personal, It's Business

    03/24/2015 4:10:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama said at a White House press conferenceTuesday that his decision to reevaluate United States policy towards Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election is not personal, it's strictly business. "One last point about this because I've heard a lot of the commentary," Obama said in response to a question about whether there was anything Netanyahu could do to stop Obama from changing his administration's policy on Israel. "There is a tendency I think in the reporting here to frame this somehow as a personal issue between myself and Prime Minister Netanyahu." "I have a very businesslike relationship...
  • Stopping Iran: Where are the Wise Diplomats?

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

    03/24/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    It sounds like a replay of Eastern Europe in the 1940s, complete with the Red Army sweeping aside old borders in the wake of the Second World War and establishing Russian supremacy over one captive nation after another from the Baltics down to the Balkans, while a stunned West mainly watched in dismay. These days the old borders that a revived Russian empire has violated extend from Crimea in the south, now part of that empire again, all along the eastern Ukraine to what used to be Russia's border but is being expanded again and again. A new reign...
  • Jeb Bush Condemned Over Speech at Anti-Israel Conference [Mark Levin]

    03/24/2015 10:22:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015
    Jeb adviser James Baker to keynote J Street conference Leading talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin assailed Jeb Bush last night over the revelation that one of his top foreign policy advisers, James Baker, will keynote an anti-Israel conference this weekend. The annual conference of the activist group J Street features an array of anti-Israel speakers, including proponents of the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divest (BDS) movement, which seeks Israel’s destruction, and advocates for the terrorist group Hamas. Jeb Bush’s selection of Baker as a foreign policy adviser has sparked concern among conservatives and in the Jewish and pro-Israel...
  • Feldman: Old Dogs Doing Old Tricks

    03/22/2015 12:09:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 22, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    There’s more than a passing similarity between Obama’s race baiting and his Netanyahu baiting: lies, agitprop, media complicity, shady financing, and prejudice -- in one case against whites, in the other against Jews. Jack Cashill, who often graces these pages, explains this week how the president has been ginning up racial animosity with the help of his friends and funders, describing techniques which I see Obama also using against Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel. Begin with some big lies and a media willing to “dismiss as racist anyone who challenged anything about Obama.” The war against the tea party was...
  • President is not Commander in Chief of Foreign Policy

    03/21/2015 9:16:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 41 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | March 20, 2015 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Politicians should stop referring to the President of the United States as "the Commander-in-Chief," as he is often referred to. Most recently, Hillary Clinton, whom I admire, said the following about Republican senators who wrote an open letter to Iran: "Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the Commander-in-Chief in the midst of high-stakes international diplomacy." But the president is not the Commander-in-Chief for purposes of diplomatic negotiations. This characterization mistakenly implies that President Obama — or any president — is our Commander, and that his decisions should receive special deference. This is...
  • Keystone Kops Government

    03/19/2015 11:49:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the United States to warn Congress about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. He spoke without the invitation of an irritated President Obama, who claimed that he did not even watch the address on television. Obama declined to even meet with the Israeli prime minister, announcing that it would have been improper for him to have such a meeting so close to Netanyahu's re-election bid. But if Obama was so concerned about not...
  • we petition the obama administration to:Award medals to the 47 courageous Senators (truncated)

    03/19/2015 8:14:59 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 7 replies
    petitions.whitehouse.gov ^ | Mar 13, 2015 | C.F. from Madison, AL
    Full title: we petition the obama administration to: Award medals to the 47 courageous Senators who wrote a letter to the Iranian government against Obama's wishes. As one of three co-equal branches of our government, and with power to approve of or reject any treaty with foreign governments, the 47 Senators were perfectly justified in writing a letter informing the Islamic Republic, a sponsor of world-wide terrorism, that any agreement signed by this administration is subject to approval by our Senate. The courage shown by these 47 Senators deserves a medal for their opposition to the proposed agreement, which will...
  • Crazed Penn State Prof Busted for Flying While Liberal

    03/17/2015 7:59:29 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 17, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Many of you probably saw the network news reports about the United Airlines flight yesterday that returned to Dulles International airport when a crazed passenger yelling something about Jihad was restrained by other passengers. What you might have seen only on local but not on national broadcasts was a crazed Pennsylvania State University professor who began ranting loony left slogans on a flight from Nicaragua to Miami last weekend.  The Washington Post published a story about professor Karen Halnon whose rantings sounded too embarrassingly close to an MSNBC host for NBC Nightly News or the other national broadcasts to cover. Even the...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz on Morning Joe

    03/17/2015 7:53:57 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 48 replies
    youtube.com ^ | March 17 2015 | Ted Cruz for Senate
    Joe Scarborough introduces Cruz and makes note of recent stories of little girl, Julia, in New Hampshire about the world being on fire. (clip) Cruz speaks about how he spoke to the mother of Julia yesterday. Discussion about New Hampshire press and national press .The local press was not focused on the “world on fire”. Asked by Joe, and Cruz answered: The tough question is: How can we trust you? Joe brings up other issues such as crony capitalism. Do you talk about these things? Cruz responds that working men and women are hurting and the way to resolve it...
  • Why our prep-school diplomats fail against Putin and ISIS

    03/15/2015 12:27:25 PM PDT · by x · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | Ralph Peters
    Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?
  • Barack Obama: A Man For The Ages!

    03/12/2015 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill. I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It's so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America's victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty "red line" threats to Syria. He could call ISIS "Islamic." But anybody could do that -- even ISIS calls itself "Islamic."...
  • This is what a real leader sounds like

    03/11/2015 7:36:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Nick Adams
    While American leadership on the Islamic State terrorist group has been marked by reluctance and lethargy, the response of its Australian ally has been strikingly different.The anodyne words of the Obama Administration in describing the terror threat have been conspicuously absent in the highest levels of the Australian government. The latter has demonstrated repeated willingness to identify the enemy, with repeated references to “Islamist” and “the Muslim community”, and is yet to use the term “violent extremism”. This comes amid reports that Prime Minister Tony Abbott canvassed unilateral action against ISIS in Iraq with 3500 ground troops, with Australia’s leading...
  • 7 TIMES DEMOCRATS ADVISED AMERICA’S ENEMIES TO OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT

    03/10/2015 11:12:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/10/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, 47 United States Senators sent an open letter to the Iranian regime warning that any deal cut by President Obama could be revoked by Congress. “The next president,” the letter stated, “could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen, and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.” This sent the Obama administration and its media allies into a tizzy of rage. After all, it is one thing for the president of the United States to send secret love letters to the ayatollahs; it is quite another for GOP members...