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  • Obama: GOP a bigger problem than Putin or China

    09/16/2015 11:41:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Urging business leaders to lobby Republican lawmakers for higher spending, President Obama said Wednesday that partisan gridlock in Washington is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Chinese cyberattacks or Russian military aggression. “Our problem is not that China’s going to out-negotiate us, or that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is sort of out-strategizing us,” Mr. Obama said. “Has anybody taken a look at the Russian economy lately? That’s not our problem. Our problem’s us, typically. We engage in self-inflicted wounds, like this potential government shutdown. It’s unnecessary.” The president spoke to the Business Roundtable in Washington as the Oct. 1...
  • Who came out against Facebook’s rainbow flags?

    07/01/2015 8:53:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    BBC Trending ^ | 29 June 2015 | Olga Bugorkova and Ghada Tantawi
    It was wildly popular, but not everybody likes Facebook’s pro-gay marriage photo filter—it’s prompted a backlash in Russia and across the Arab world. If you went on Facebook over the weekend you may have seen friends’ profile pictures turned multicolored. Maybe you even tinted your own pic. A rainbow filter tool was introduced by the company after last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision which cleared the way for same-sex marriage across the US. But in some areas of the world, the response to the initiative was less than enthusiastic—and even downright hostile. In Russia, several filters were created which splash...
  • Bill Clinton says nothing 'sinister' in foreign donations to foundation

    05/04/2015 5:39:06 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/4 | Steve Holland
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton defended his charitable foundation's acceptance of large foreign donations on Monday, thrusting himself into a controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of his wife, Hillary Clinton. "I don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up," Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in an interview taped over the weekend.
  • The President as Pest

    01/23/2015 4:19:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2015 | J.R. Dunn
    With the SOTU behind us, what’s left for Obama in his lame duck years?Looking at his record, it’s difficult to see any promise of accomplishment. His entire tenure has been one vast Gobi of negative achievement unparalleled in the history of this Republic. His domestic record--to mention only the highlights--consists of the Stimulus (“shovel-ready jobs”), ObamaCare, forcing tens of millions out of the workforce, decoupling the stock market from the economy as a whole, and a still stumbling recovery. His “post-racial presidency” is a sad joke, with race relations in a state of tension unseen since the late 60s. His...
  • Argentina president defies US court order on repayment of debts

    06/17/2014 5:09:22 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | June 17, 2014 | FoxNews,com
    Argentina's president has said that she would refuse to comply with a U.S. judge's order to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal. Delivering a nationally broadcast address Monday night, Cristina Fernandez expressed willingness to negotiate with the winners, but said there is simply no way that Argentina can pay the amount in cash, in full, starting just two weeks from now, which is what the U.S. courts have ordered. Under the U.S. court orders, Argentina must hand over $907 million to...
  • Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’

    01/16/2014 2:03:22 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.15.14 | Nico Hines
    Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position in the world. President Obama is “chronically incapable” of military strategy and falls far short of his predecessor George W. Bush, according to one of Britain’s most senior military advisors. Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, told The Daily Beast that the United States and Britain were guilty of total strategic failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obama’s attempts to intervene on behalf of the Syrian rebels “has left them...
  • Sowell: Syria and Obama

    09/09/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 10, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    I cannot see why even a single American, a single Israeli or a single Syrian civilian should be killed as a result of a token U.S. military action, undertaken simply to spare Barack Obama the embarrassment of doing nothing, after his ill-advised public ultimatum to the Syrian government to not use chemical weapons was ignored. Some people say that some military response is necessary, not to spare Obama a personal humiliation, but to spare the American presidency from losing all credibility — and therefore losing the ability to deter future threats to the United States without bloodshed. There is no...
  • Sowell: Syria and Obama: Part II

    09/09/2013 1:32:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 10, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Chickens are coming home to roost for Barack Obama, both at home and overseas. When he first entered the White house, to worldwide acclaim, and backed by huge majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, he could do whatever he wanted — and could do no wrong, in the eyes of the mainstream media. People believed whatever he said, whether about how he would cut the federal deficit in half during his first term or how people could keep their current insurance and their current doctor under ObamaCare, which would also insure millions more people and yet...
  • Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto

    05/28/2013 6:56:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 149 replies ^ | May 28th, 2013
    The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war. According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman?

    02/01/2013 1:16:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-31-2013 | Michelle Malkin
    January 31, 2013 Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman? Michelle Malkin Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship. So in the spirit of unity and comity, I'm announcing the formation of a new social justice group: Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob. Now all I need are some principled Democratic ladies and liberal media lionesses to step up to the plate with me to protest the vulgar, sexist behavior of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Surely, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cher, Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria and...
  • P.J. O'Rourke: Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn't Add Up

    12/27/2012 11:47:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Is life like a pizza, where if some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box? Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on winning a second term. I wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you've been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women...
  • EDITORIAL: Hillary’s replacement

    12/04/2012 5:25:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | Editorial
    Susan Rice is not the best choice to lead State DepartmentAmbassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s deceptive Benghazi spin ought to be enough to sink her bid for promotion. Mrs. Rice’s infamous talking points insisted that a YouTube video, rather than preplanned terrorism, prompted the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Yet there’s plenty more in her past that calls into question her fitness as a potential replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Mrs. Rice made the rounds on Capitol Hill last week in an attempt to round up support. She met...

    09/14/2012 9:50:37 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 17 replies
    WND ^ | September 14, 2012 | Tom Tancredo
    A U.S. ambassador is dead, and over 30 U.S. embassies across the globe are under violent attack as a direct result of President Obama’s attempted appeasement of radical Islam. How many more Americans will die before that policy can be reversed and Obama removed from office? Keep in mind that by international treaty and tradition, every embassy in a foreign nation is considered the sovereign soil of that nation. Climbing a wall and invading an embassy compound is the same as invading that country. The horrific events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Egypt and Benghazi were a logical and predictable...
  • The Hip-Hop President: All Swag, No Cattle

    09/13/2012 8:38:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Wazzup, President Obama? You've got room on your schedule to schmooze hip-hop radio DJs, debate Nicki Minaj's rap lyrics, hobnob with big donor celebs Jay-Z and Beyonce, and hang with Hollywood gossip TV anchors. _ We see your passion on the golf course, basketball court and beach. We see you late night on Letterman and Leno. We see your boundless energy on the campaign trail. We see your Twitter donation solicitations from dusk till dawn. But when it comes time to play leader of the free world in times of international crisis, it's "see ya, wouldn't wanna be ya." He's...
  • EDITORIAL: The world Obama created (leading from behind)

    09/12/2012 6:34:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2012 | Editorial
    Leading from behind leads to global chaosThe tragic events that took place in Libya and Egypt this week were the inevitable consequences of weak U.S. leadership. America and the world cannot afford four more such years. In Benghazi, four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered in a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate by Islamic militants. On the same day, al Qaeda released a video in which leader Ayman al-Zawahri eulogized Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan al Qaeda commander believed killed in June by a U.S. drone strike. This was no coincidence. In Cairo, demonstrators — upset over...
  • Bee swarm attacks Hillary Clinton

    08/06/2012 8:07:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 116 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6 Aug 2012 | Justin Sink
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Malawi had an inauspicious finale on Monday as she and her detail were targeted by a swarm of bees at the airport. Clinton and her detail were headed to board her plane at Kamuzu International Airport in the capital, Lilongwe, when a swarm of bees descended on the farewell gathering. According to press reports, Malawi and American officials scampered for cover while Clinton ran onto the jet for cover.
  • Activist Chen Guangcheng wants to leave China, says authorities threatened to beat wife to death

    05/02/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/2/2012 | AP
    Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had he not left the American Embassy. Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing on Wednesday night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side. After six days in hiding, Chen emerged from the embassy Wednesday after U.S. officials said China had assured his safety. His account contrasts with earlier comments by Chen's supporters saying that he had vowed to stay in China to continue his activism. He...

    09/21/2011 10:47:50 AM PDT · by mr_griz · 84 replies
    Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo Rich Shulman writes I don't know much about diplomatic protocols, but I would guess that waving during the group photo is something to avoid.
  • Oops!

    02/10/2011 2:58:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10, 2011 | Richard Fernandez
    Although Saudi King Abdullah warned Barack Obama not to push Mubarak over the edge, according to reports by the Times of London, CIA director Leon Panetta believed the Egyptian president would step down.Just a few minutes ago, the New York Times reported that Mubarak refused to step down. Not only did the speech prove U.S. estimates wrong, it casts doubt over whether their game plan was ever working at all. Even as Mr. Mubarak spoke, angry chants were shouted from huge crowds in Cairo who had anticipated his resignation but were instead confronted with a plea from the president...
  • Obama Donor Brought U.S. Embassy To “State Of Dysfunction”

    02/04/2011 2:10:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 4, 2011
    An Obama fundraiser awarded a cushy European ambassadorship after bundling more than half a million dollars for his presidential campaign ran her U.S. embassy like a hostile dictator, spent government funds on booze and bullied staff.Here comes the good part. State Department leadership (that includes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) knew all about it but took no action, presumably because the wealthy donor—a Seattle philanthropist named Cynthia Stroum—is untouchable. At least that’s what an internal State Department investigation seems to indicate. Made public this week, a scathing report of the probe says that during her year-long tenure as U.S....
  • Obama & U.S. global decline: Year Two--American power is diminished by a weak president

    01/02/2011 3:27:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2011 | Editorial
    The second year of President Obama's foreign-policy and national-security management continued the pattern of decline established in his first year. The unbridled and naive optimism that ill-served the country in Mr. Obama's failed freshman outing gave way to a sense of policy drift in 2010. Even the president began to question whether the United States should maintain its primary global leadership role. Mr. Obama's first-week-in-office pledge to close the U.S. detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year remained unfulfilled, the upside of which is that it has reduced the number of terrorists being released to continue their deadly...
  • Cameron gives Obama graffiti artist's work

    07/21/2010 12:39:12 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/21/2010 | Stephen Adams and Alex Spillius
    It is hardly a typical gift from one world leader to another – a painting by a graffiti artist with three convictions for criminal damage. But that is one of the presents David Cameron chose to give Barack Obama on his first visit to the White House as Prime Minister, apparently to demonstrate they share a common taste in contemporary art. For Mr Cameron picked a work by a little-known British artist who perfected his skill defacing or beautifying – depending on one's point of view – the underpasses, bridges and train carriages of his native south London. Eine's handmade...
  • North Korea-Iran Foreign Relations

    07/02/2010 1:48:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Iran Tracker ^ | 7/1/2010 | Ariel Farrar-Wellman, Robert Frasco
    In June 2009, the North Korean government congratulated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his re-election. The de facto head of state, Kim Yong-Nam, said that he “sincerely wished [Ahmadinejad] success in his responsible work to frustrate pressure and interference of outsiders and build [an] independent and prosperous Iran." Kim also said that Ahmadinejad's electoral victory demonstrated the people’s support of the Iranian president and expressed his hope that Iran would succeed in countering foreign interference in its domestic affairs.[1] Nuclear: According to Kim Chong Ryong, North Korea’s ambassador to Tehran, Pyongyang supports Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology and recognizes...
  • Peruvian Leader Abandons Hillary Clinton at News Conference

    Maybe it was something she didn't say. Peruvian President Alan Garcia Perez walked out on Secretary Hillary Clinton on Monday during a joint news conference in Lima, Peru, creating an awkward moment for the secretary of state. Garcia made a statement in Spanish, praising Clinton for being "a woman who represents modernity, a woman who has fought a virtuous struggle for women's rights for a very long time." He then walked out of the room, leaving Clinton alone to wait for the translation of his comments and to make her own remarks to reporters. "Well, first let me thank the...
  • The Presidential Anti-Semite Strikes Again

    06/02/2010 2:05:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 538+ views ^ | June 2, 2010 | Ben Shapiro
    This is not a presidency known for its reactive speed. After British Petroleum's oil rig sprung a leak in the Gulf of Mexico, it took more than a week for the Obama administration to mobilize; it has been well over a month, and the administration still has no coherent strategy to plug the leak. After Iranian protesters took to the streets in 2009, risking life and limb to defy the terroristic Ahmadinejad regime, President Barack Obama futzed around for days before weakly condemning the regime's crackdown. But this week, when Israel rightly stopped a Turkish ship carrying terrorist supporters from...
  • What would Winston Churchill Think of Obama?

    05/30/2010 5:43:21 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 22 replies · 815+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 29, 2010 | Dan Miller
    Having read Churchill’s The Gathering Storm for the third or fourth time, it strikes me as frighteningly inauspicious, and not only for the United States today. Churchill was a leading proponent of stopping Hitler before stopping him would involve the massive devastation inflicted on much of the world when World War II eventually came. He noted: We must regard as deeply blameworthy before history … [all British parties] during this fatal period. Delight in smooth-sounding platitudes, refusal to face unpleasant facts, desire for popularity and electoral success irrespective of the vital interests of the State, genuine love of peace and...
  • Kosovo Remembered

    05/14/2010 8:15:54 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 112+ views
    Kosovo Remembered Alma Lama, May 14, 2010 AJC Commentary: Although it made the nightly news so often in the 1990s that many Americans could name it more easily than they could their states’ capitals, to a generation of news junkies in the United States, Kosovo is simply another foreign locale they would be hard-pressed to pinpoint on a map. With the aid of NATO forces, the United Nations (UN) and the United States (U.S.), Kosovo won independence from neighboring Serbia and its autocratic leader Slobodan Milosevic, now deposed and deceased. Now it is an independent country, recognized by most of...
  • US Refuses Visas to all Israeli Nuclear Scientists

    04/08/2010 7:39:29 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 396 replies · 11,749+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Clarice Feldman
    In a new and ridiculous policy, the US is denying Israeli scientists who work at the Dimona reactor site an opportunity to refresh their knowedge, Joshua Pundit reports: Ma'ariv reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit the United States for ongoing university education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering had their visa applications summarily rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor.
  • White House won't say if Karzai is still an ally

    04/06/2010 11:42:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies · 1,187+ views
    White House won't say if Karzai is still an ally By Jordan Fabian - 04/06/10 02:00 PM ET White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would not say Tuesday if the administration considers Afghan President Hamid Karzai an ally. Gibbs continued his criticism of the Afghan president after he took a shot at Western leaders and the United Nations for election fraud in last year's presidential contest. Asked at the daily press briefing if the U.S. considers Karzai an ally, Gibbs said "Karzai is the democratically elected leader of Afghanistan." Pressed on the issue, Gibbs said that "the remarks he’s made...
  • Netanyahu and Obama are at point of no return

    03/26/2010 2:12:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1,514+ views
    haarettz ^ | 3/26/10 | Akiva Eldar
    The strife between Israel and the United States concerns something far bigger than the proximity talks with the Palestinians. As far as President Barack Obama and his senior advisers are concerned, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to blame for nothing less than damaging the standing of the the Middle East and the Muslim world. Just as Netanyahu received his standing ovation at the AIPAC conference, Obama and his advisers were ruminating over an altogether different convention - the Arab League begins a meeting Tripoli on Saturday. For the Americans, Netanyahu's Likudnik speech and the Shpeherd Hotel project matched in...
  • Reports: Netanyahu 'Humiliated' by Obama Snub

    03/26/2010 8:09:22 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 123 replies · 2,636+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 3/26/10 | Times of London
    For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Benjamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation. After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Obama walked out of his meeting with Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with...
  • Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim

    03/25/2010 9:22:39 AM PDT · by propertius · 120 replies · 4,199+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/25/2010 | Adrian Blomfield
    Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday. The snub marked a fresh low in US-Israeli relations and appeared designed to show Mr Netanyahu how low his stock had fallen in Washington after he refused to back down in a row over Jewish construction in east Jerusalem. The Israeli prime minister arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening brimming with confidence that the worst of the crisis in his country's relationship...
  • Amazing Pictures of Bibi and Ozero at White House Together (ILLUSTRATED)

    03/24/2010 8:50:10 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 74 replies · 3,305+ views
    various sources ^ | 3/24/10 | Cinnamon Girl
    Here comes Bibi. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in a limousine at the West Wing of the White House to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Bibi getting out of his car at the White House. Here's Bibi entering the West Wing with some unknown staffer to greet him.Bibi taking pictures with the extremely weird Chuck Shumer D-NY and Richard Lugar R-Ind.Some clown (Biden?) sticking his hand in front of camera while Bibi shmoozes around with the senators. Things take a serious turn as Senator John Kerry D-MA shows up and tries the...
  • BREAKING -- Gibbs: Obama cancels his trip to Indonesia (Slip Sliding Away)

    03/18/2010 10:10:51 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 165 replies · 5,678+ views ^ | 03/18/2010 | Chris Frates
    BREAKING -- Gibbs: Obama cancels his trip to Indonesia White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama will postpone his trip to Indonesia until June.
  • Obama postponing trip to Asia to work on healthcare

    03/12/2010 6:10:04 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 239 replies · 6,887+ views
    Fox News | 3/12/10 | staff
    America's Newsroom on Fox News has reported. Just announced on the air, not on website yet.
  • Panic at the Team O: Asia jaunt delayed for Demcare

    03/12/2010 7:11:23 AM PST · by syc1959 · 70 replies · 2,889+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Mar 12, 2010 | syc1959
    The No-mentum is getting to the White House. News is breaking out all over that President Obama will be delaying his trip to Asia from Thursday to March 21. It’s also being reported that the First Lady and his daughters, who had planned to accompany him, will no longer be traveling with him. Jake Tapper writes: “The President will delay leaving for Indonesia and Australia – will now leave Sunday – the First Lady and the girls will not be on the trip,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs sent out on twitter this morning. Gibbs had expressed irritation yesterday...
  • Obama is a Coward

    03/02/2010 4:47:06 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies · 422+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/2/10 | Bill Turner
    B. Hussein Obama was touted as America’s foreign relations savior, the deity who would repair America’s image with the rest of the world. How has Obama done with the middle east? Not so good. He has bowed and scraped in front of the Saudi King, not been able to control Iran and Aquavelvejihad, upset Israel, bowed almost to the floor for the Japanese Emperor, and allowed the North Korean dwarf to push him around. How has B. Hussein Obama done with our greatest ally, Great Britain? He couldn’t have done any worse if he had defecated at the Queen's feet.
  • Big Trouble With Big China

    02/03/2010 2:07:30 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 324+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/2/2010 | John Lee
    U.S. President Barack Obama has spent much of the last 12 months emphasizing the "mutual interests" that Washington shares with Beijing and the "mutual respect" they feel toward one another, despite inevitable disputes. Democratic members of Congress have held their tongues as Obama does his wooing; Republicans have seethed at the soft approach. Yet valiant though his attempts may have been to convince the Chinese (and himself) that power is not a zero-sum game, 2009 proved the opposite. Last year, Obama was ignored, rebuffed, and even humiliated by Beijing. And now the grievances on both sides are piling up: U.S....
  • China threatens U.S. sanctions over Taiwan arms

    01/30/2010 10:23:48 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 16 replies · 681+ views
    Yahoo India News (Reuters) ^ | January 30, 2010 | Ben Blanchard and Chris Buckley
    China threatened to impose sanctions on U.S. arms firms and cut cooperation with Washington unless it cancels a $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, in an unprecedented move signalling Beijing's growing global power. China on Saturday bitterly denounced the Obama administration's announcement a day earlier that it planned to sell the package of weapons to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing views as an illegitimate breakaway province. The dispute deepens the rifts between Beijing and Washington, also at odds over trade, currency, Tibet and the Internet. Beijing said it would sanction U.S. companies that sold arms to Taiwan, a break...
  • State Department official who mocked Britain is arrested as Cuban spy

    06/05/2009 2:47:11 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 23 replies · 1,592+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Wow. This story has just taken my breath away. Do you remember the State Department analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (relatively obscure but one of the US government's intelligence agencies) who caused a storm in late 2006 with his disdainful remarks about the US-UK "special relationship? His name was Kendall Myers and I was one of two British journalists who reported his decidedly undiplomatic comments. He retired quietly in 2007. Well, he's just been arrested as a spy for Cuba for nearly 30 years. The Cubans apparently knew him better as their Agent 202. I'm told that...
  • China slams US report warning of spying by Beijing

    11/23/2009 8:26:36 AM PST · by AreaMan · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 23 Nov 2009 | Staff
    China slams US report warning of spying by Beijing Mon Nov 23, 3:58 am ET BEIJING – Beijing on Monday criticized a U.S. government report that said Chinese spies are aggressively stealing American secrets, saying the report was "full of prejudice" and warning that it could damage US-China relations.The annual report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission to lawmakers said last week that American officials believe Chinese spying is "growing in scale, intensity and sophistication" and urges Congress to review the U.S. ability to meet the "rising challenge" of Beijing's espionage. The report "ignores the facts and is full of prejudice and...
  • Key Dems Order Suppression of Report on Honduras

    11/01/2009 3:25:31 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 1,170+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 31 October 2009 | John Semmens
    The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees—Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), respectively—are demanding the librarians at the Law Library of Congress to suppress a report on the Honduran crisis. The problem with the report is that it concludes that the removal of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was carried out in accordance with that country’s constitution. “This report directly contradicts the President’s position on this crisis,” Berman pointed out. “It creates an air of confusion regarding US policy on this matter. On matters of foreign policy, this nation must speak with one voice...
  • Inhofe joins Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Watch out Hillary!)

    07/21/2009 5:53:01 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 33 replies · 881+ views
    Associated Press - July 21, 2009 4:15 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been appointed to the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.
  • Obama's failing us... even in foreign relations

    06/07/2009 5:16:18 PM PDT · by Righting · 5 replies · 582+ views
    Obama's failing us... even in foreign relations   So much for the left's promises that Obama will improve our relationship with the Europeans.   (never-mind the Islamic world, where the ball is in their hands, when they will stop hating us because we are powerful infidels...)   Rhetorical question: While Europe goes further to the right-conserv. Where's the US heading???     Center-left parties suffer losses in European Parliament elections Xinhua   Merkel, Sarkozy Triumph in EU Vote, in Setback for SocialistsBloomberg - June 7 2009By James G. Neuger June 8 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President...
  • Iran and the Shah: What Really Happened

    05/13/2009 4:32:40 AM PDT · by appleseed · 12 replies · 987+ views
    New American ^ | 13 May 2009 | James Perloff
    Americans have been hearing for several years about potential war with Iran. For instance, on September 17, 2006, Time magazine reported, “The U.S. would have to consider military action long before Iran had an actual bomb.” On October 10, under the heading “A Chilling Preview of War,” Time warned: “As Iran continues to enrich uranium, the U.S. military has issued a ‘Prepare to Deploy’ order.” In September 2007, US News & World Report stated: “Amid deepening frustration with Iran, calls for shifting Bush administration policy toward military strikes or other stronger actions are intensifying.” And in June 2008, President-to-be Barack...
  • Napolitano Draws Resignation Calls After Gaffes on Veterans, Canada

    04/23/2009 2:20:39 PM PDT · by yoe · 56 replies · 2,269+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2009 | Catherine Herridge
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is under fire for what critics see as a string of gaffes, with a small but vocal group of conservatives calling for her to step down. The outrage continues to build over a report from her department that warned of the danger of right-wing "extremists," and singled out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment. Napolitano expressed regret for the reference to veterans -- but she raised eyebrows again this week when she suggested that the Sept. 11 hijackers entered the United States through Canada, even though the 9/11 Commission determined they came to the...
  • What's Behind Barack's Brit Snit

    03/09/2009 2:16:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 84 replies · 2,677+ views
    The New York Post ^ | March 9, 2009 | Arthur Herman
    PRESIDENT Obama's first hosting of a foreign leader, the UK's Gordon Brown, was a diplomatic disaster. Obama failed to hold a joint Rose Garden press conference, the usual protocol when a US president and a British prime minister first meet - a lapse widely noted in Britain and in the diplomatic community. This raised real fears that Obama intends to de-emphasize the decades-old US-UK "special relationship" - fears that seemed confirmed when the White House press secretary referred to a "special partnership." Also notable were the two leaders' choices for the traditional gift exchange: Brown's carefully chosen official gifts included...
  • Mr. President, You Shouldn't Have!

    03/06/2009 2:25:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1,455+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | March 5, 2009 | Nicole Russell
    To celebrate Britain's "special relationship" with the U.S. and celebrate the new President, Prime Minister Gordon Brown outdid himself. During his historic trip to Washington, Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet - once called HMS President. The unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that already takes place in the Oval Office in the White House, after being presented by Britain to the US in 1880. Surely Mr. Obama gave Brown something nice...
  • Feingold could lead Senate Foreign Relations

    11/06/2008 3:57:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 669+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/6/08 | Walter Alarkon
    Vice President-elect Joe Biden leaves an open chairmanship on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that could end up being filled by one of the most outspoken critics of the Iraq war. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), among the chamber’s most liberal members, is the fourth Democrat in line on the committee, behind Biden, Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Sen. John Kerry (Mass.). Dodd said Thursday he plans to stay on as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Kerry is reportedly lobbying to be President-elect Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. That leaves Feingold, an unapologetic champion of civil liberties and a staunch...