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  • A cold-eyed view of allies has left Obama with few overseas friends

    04/19/2016 12:40:19 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2016 | Greg Jaffe and Griff Witte
    For someone who preaches the importance of diplomacy and outreach, even to longtime enemies, President Obama can be awfully tough on his friends. In recent months, he has offended most of the United States’ Persian Gulf allies. “All I need in the Middle East is a few smart autocrats,” he joked privately, according to a recent profile in the Atlantic magazine. Publicly, he has said he “weeps” for Saudi and Kuwaiti children. The United States’ European allies, he complains, have grown too dependent on American firepower to keep them safe. Even the United Kingdom, a U.S. “special” partner, has received...
  • Who is "Economy in Crisis"?

    03/30/2016 1:21:12 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 50 replies
    Economy In Crisis ^ | 03-30-2016 | Economy in Crisis Website
    The rapid deterioration of our economy is attributable to the wholesale liquidation of our best companies to foreign interests. The U.S. has sold more than 16,000 of our best companies in the last 30 years to these foreign interests. This trend erodes our ability to generate earnings, and tax revenues to sustain our current standard of living resulting in our reliance on imports thus creating uncontrolled and escalating foreign debt. Holding our debt our jobs and the production of our goods, foreign countries have ultimate leverage over our policies and our future. If we allow this to continue, it...
  • In Donald Trumps Worldview, America Comes First, and Everybody Else Pays

    03/26/2016 6:22:25 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 161 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MARCH 26, 2016 | DAVID E. SANGER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    In Donald Trumps Worldview, America Comes First, and Everybody Else Pays By DAVID E. SANGER and MAGGIE HABERMANMARCH 26, 2016 Mr. Trumps views, as he explained them, fit nowhere into the recent history of the Republican Party: He is not in the internationalist camp of President George Bush, nor does he favor President George W. Bushs call to make it the United States mission to spread democracy around the world. He agreed with a suggestion that his ideas might be summed up as America First. Not isolationist, but I am America First, he said. I like the expression. He said...
  • Trump questions need for NATO, outlines noninterventionist foreign policy

    03/21/2016 5:24:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 89 replies
    WaPo ^ | 21 Mar 2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Donald Trump outlined an unabashedly noninterventionist approach to world affairs Monday, telling The Washington Post's editorial board that he questions the need for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has formed the backbone of Western security policies since the Cold War. The meeting at The Post covered a range of issues, including media libel laws, violence at his rallies, climate change, NATO and the U.S. presence in Asia. Speaking ahead of a major address on foreign policy later Monday in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Trump said he advocates a light footprint in the world. In spite...
  • The Return of Appeasement, Collaboration and Isolationism

    02/18/2016 5:32:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>World War II broke out when Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. A once preventable war had become inevitable -- and would soon become global -- due to three fatal decisions.</p> <p>Most infamously, the Western European democracies had appeased Hitler during the late 1930s in hopes that he would quit gobbling up his neighbors. Unfortunately, the Nazis considered Western appeasement as weakness to be manipulated rather than magnanimity to be reciprocated.</p>
  • Trump's strongest Republican supporters: Registered Democrats?

    12/31/2015 5:54:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 229 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    That’s odd. What could Democrats possibly see in a lifelong true conservative like Donald Trump? There’s something for everyone in Nate Cohn’s new post. If you’re a Trump fan, here’s the smoking gun that he really is a new Reagan, the guy who’s going to broaden the tent and sweep to victory in November by bringing centrist Democrats into the GOP. If you’re a Trump critic, here’s further proof that he’s the RINO of RINOs, a man who’s blended nationalism, center-left economics, and Jacksonian foreign policy into something that tastes better to members of the other party than it does...
  • The silly “Ted Cruz is an isolationist” argument

    12/17/2015 8:19:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    People expected to debate the isolationist tendencies of a Republican Senator running for the party’s presidential nomination. Who would have guessed that debate would center on Ted Cruz? During the debate on Tuesday night that focused mainly on foreign policy, Wolf Blitzer asked Cruz about the US efforts on regime change over the last twenty years, decisions criticized by Cruz. In his answer, Cruz characterized his approach by using a phrase historically associated with a much different philosophy than the one he espoused (transcript from CNN, emphasis mine): BLITZER: Senator Cruz, you have said the world would be safer...
  • Smearing Ted Cruz as an isolationist is absurd

    12/16/2015 3:26:19 PM PST · by Isara · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/16/15 | Philip Klein
    Back in April, I wrote a column predicting that the most interesting foreign policy fight of the 2016 campaign was likely to be one between Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. So, while I've enjoyed watching their disagreements over America's role in the world take center stage, it's been unfortunate to observe the attempt to smear Cruz as an "isolationist." Though the Rubio vs. Cruz clash has been building for some time, it boiled over Tuesday night as Cruz explained why sometimes allowing dictators to stay in power was more aligned with America's national security interest than promoting democracy. Over...
  • The Republican War -- Over War Policy

    11/13/2015 7:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion. "You cannot be a conservative if you're going to keep promoting new programs you're not going to pay for," said Paul. Marco's retort triggered the loudest cheers of the night: "There are radical jihadists in the Middle East beheading people and crucifying Christians. The Chinese are taking over the South China Sea. ... the world is a safer and better place when America is the strongest military power in the world." Having called for the U.S. Navy...
  • Pearl Harbor Countdown, Admiral James O. Richardson

    12/06/2014 4:51:05 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 70 replies
    Amazon ^ | June 25th 2008 | Skipper Steely
    Adm. James Richardson strongly disagreed about permanently docking navy ships in Pearl Harbor, believing that the Japanese would feel threatened by the proximity of America's Pacific fleet and organize a preemptory attack. With their exposed and isolated location, the ships would be vulnerable to any such aggression. He also recognized that the navy did not have the manpower to fight a war in the Pacific in 1940. He relayed these concerns to all who would listen and protested the decision to politicians in Washington. In response, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt relieved Richardson of his command. This biography covers Richardson's life...
  • Rand Paul: I Am Not an Isolationist

    09/04/2014 1:08:21 PM PDT · by Hugin · 75 replies
    Time ^ | 9/4/14 | Rand Paul
    And while my predisposition is to less intervention, I do support intervention when our vital interests are threatened. If I had been in President Obamas shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS. I would have called Congress back into sessioneven during recess. This is what President Obama should have done. He should have been prepared with a strategic vision, a plan for victory and extricating ourselves. He should have asked for authorization for military action and would have, no doubt, received it. Once we have decided that we have an enemy that requires destruction, we must...
  • Why Calling Rand Paul An Isolationist Is And Was Stupid

    09/03/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/03/2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Various folks expressed surprise when the Associated Press wrote “Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama’s ‘we don’t have a strategy yet’ comments.” Rick Perry, sure, but Rand Paul? Isn’t he supposed to be an “isolationist” as the AP claims in a later paragraph? The broader debate pits those who favor the GOP's traditional muscular foreign policy — a group that includes Perry and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — and those, like Paul and Cruz, who prefer a smaller international footprint. The so-called isolationist approach plays well with grassroots activists...
  • What Have we Accomplished in Iraq? (Barf Alert!!!)

    08/19/2014 3:50:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ron Paul
    We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a US attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress of a young Kuwaiti woman claiming that the Iraqis were ripping Kuwaiti babies from incubators. The woman turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US and the story was false, but it was enough to turn US opposition in favor of an attack. This month, yet another US president...
  • End Torture, Shut Down the CIA

    07/29/2014 4:57:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, "we don't torture people"? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, "this government does not torture people"? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier. Still the US administration denied that torture was torture, preferring to call it "enhanced interrogation" and claiming that it had disrupted so many terrorist plots. Of course, we later found out that the CIA...
  • Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

    07/14/2014 6:49:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    We need a leader to speak out and make clear our intentions. With Israel again under attack, the situation in North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe unsettled and bloody, its time for the grown ups to keep our rendezvous with destiny-- which has always been necessitated by the very best of reasons: Americas best interest. For the last 80 years America has managed to keep the peace world widemostly-- and at a historically small cost. But there are some on both the right and the left today who are tired of this American greatness, tired of protecting...
  • Dick Cheney: Rand Paul Is Wrong On Foreign Policy

    06/22/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2014 | Hunter Walker
    ormer Vice President Dick Cheney fired back Sunday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized his position on Iraq. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Cheney argued Paul, who is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is an "isolationist" who doesn't understand the "absolutely essential" need for America to be involved in the Middle East. "Now, Rand Paul and — by my standards, as I look at his — his philosophy, is basically an isolationist. That didn't work in the 1930s, it sure as heck won't work in the aftermath of 9/11, when 19 guys armed with...
  • Welcome Our Newest Ally! Iran!

    06/17/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    The United States is considering airstrikes against Islamic rebels with our newest ally, um, Iran. from Reuters: Joint action between the United States and Iran to help prop up the government of their mutual ally would be unprecedented since Iran's 1979 revolution, demonstrating the urgency of the alarm raised by the lightning insurgent advance. As a courtesy to those readers who don't speak Obama, let me provide a translation: "We've screwed up so badly that we have to have enemies like Russia, China, and Iran bail us out in foreign policy and war, over and over and over again." This...
  • Rand Paul: Less Aid to Israel Would Increase Its Sovereignty

    01/07/2013 5:49:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 07 Jan 2013 05:34 PM | Stephen Feller
    If financial aid to Israel were slowly decreased over time, it would increase the Jewish states sovereignty because they wouldnt need to get permission from the U.S. every time they need to defend themselves against aggressive neighbors, Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday. Paul said that while he knows the idea of decreasing any kind of foreign aid is a minority opinion in Washington, it will be a lot harder for America to help others if we are out of money, reported Fox News.
  • Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel

    01/27/2011 6:32:30 PM PST · by speciallybland · 217 replies
    JTA ^ | 01/27/2011
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel. Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing. Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end "all foreign aid." Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel. "Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look,"...
  • Rand Paul In Israel: End The Gravy Train Of US Foreign Aid

    01/09/2013 3:45:57 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 15 replies
    The U.S. Senator (R-Ky.), who is already being touted as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is showing some strong Woodrow Wilson-style isolationist tendencies. The role of the committee, according to its own website, is to develop and influence United States foreign policy, and in the past has helped shape foreign policy of broad significance. In other words, the actions of the committee matter just a bit, and the membership of a Senator like Rand Paul, whos primary policy goal seems to be deficit reduction and budget balancing to the exclusion...