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  • Bill Kristol Claiming He Has An Independent Candidate

    05/29/2016 2:56:32 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 216 replies
    Twitter ^ | May 29, 2016 | Pinkbell
    Per Twitter "Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate--an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance." -Bill Kristol Who is it, Mittens? This absolutely disgusts me. This fool is going to cost us the election because he and some bitter Cruz supporters didn't get their way. He knows it will split the vote and we won't win. A few things: 1)He wants to cause enough of a vote split where no candidate has the 270. Ok. Let's say he does that. He will literally be usurping the will of all...
  • Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump

    05/15/2016 9:00:07 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 49 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 14 at 12:36 PM | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    A band of exasperated Republicans ó including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia ó is actively plotting to draft an independent presidential candidate who could keep Donald Trump from the White House. Those involved concede that an independent campaign at this late stage is probably futile, and they think they have only a couple of weeks to launch a credible bid. But these Republicans ó including commentators William Kristol and Erick Erickson and strategists Mike Murphy, Stuart Stevens and Rick Wilson ó are so repulsed by the prospect of Trump...
  • Mark Levin on ĎTrumpTradeí: More Bernie Than Reagan

    05/09/2016 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 95 replies
    One area in which Trump can be nailed down is his overall view of trade. As I explained at Conservative Review, when it comes to Trumpís own financial dealings, he is an unrepentant globalist, from which he has made a fortune. But these days, as he runs for president, the billionaire is a radical protectionist who has repeatedly declared his intention to impose massive tariffs aimed at the economies of other countries, such as Japan and Mexico, and a forty-five percent tariff on products from China. Such broad tariffs would most certainly result in retaliation by the targeted countries. This...
  • Bill Kristol: I Hope a Third Party Candidate Comes Forward

    03/25/2016 6:20:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 131 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 25, 2016 | by Bill Hoffman
    Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, tells Newsmax TV he hopes a third-party candidate will emerge if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are anointed the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. "I just don't think [Trump] has the character or temperament to be president of the United States ... [and] we're certainly not going to vote for Hillary," Kristol said Friday to J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime." "There are a lot of fine Republicans and conservatives in the country, some of them are retired generals, some of them are businessmen, some of them are civic leaders, some of...
  • Rep. Jack Kingston: Marco Rubio‚Äôs Tough National Security Talk is Cheap

    02/19/2016 4:17:52 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Redstate ^ | Friday February 19, 2016 | Congressman Jack Kingston
    On the campaign trail, Senator Marco Rubio has been pushing a media narrative that he is the most ‚Äúserious‚ÄĚ foreign policy candidate. It‚Äôs an odd position since he missed all but one of the 19 votes connected to the National Defense Authorization Act last year! But far more damaging than his missed votes is his inability to learn from our past national security mistakes. Whether it‚Äôs Libya, border security, or major security gaps in our visa and refugee programs, when he has voted, it‚Äôs often on the side of misplaced liberal ideals and illegal immigrants instead of America‚Äôs One disturbing...
  • [ From October 15, 2015 ] Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    02/15/2016 7:59:00 PM PST · by true believer forever · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016. Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House. The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet (shown). Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue...
  • Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    01/31/2016 5:26:31 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 84 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet.Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue going in the same...
  • Chris Matthews makes RINO bimbo Eliana Johnson STFU

    01/22/2016 6:23:06 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Jan. 22, 2016
    From MSNBC Hardball.
  • Limbaugh: ‚ÄėNationalism And Populism Have Overtaken Conservatism‚Äô In GOP [VIDEO]

    01/20/2016 11:40:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 184 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-20-2016 | CHRISTIAN DATOC
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that Trump's popularity is evidence that "nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism" in the Republican Party "The Trump triumph - the Trump coalition - is exposing the fact that it isn't conservative orthodoxy, or conservatism or any of the hard work of the conservative elite," explained Limbaugh, "that is causing people to be conservative." LIMBAUGH: It's something really simple... They're fed up with the modern day Democratic Party... The Republican Party establishment does not understand this. They do not know who their conservative voters are. They've over-estimated their conservatism... They're not liberals. They're...
  • The Term 'Neocon' has Run its Course

    01/06/2016 6:43:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    In interviews and on the stump, Sen. Ted Cruz likes to attack President Obama, Hillary Clinton and "some of the more aggressive Washington neocons" for their support of regime change in the Middle East. Every time we topple a dictator, Cruz argues, we end up helping terrorists or extremists. He has a point. But what interests me is his use of the word "neocon." What does he really mean? Some see dark intentions. "He knows that the term in the usual far-left and far-right parlance means warmonger, if not warmongering Jewish advisers, so it is not something he should've done,"...
  • The 'Isolationist' Smear

    12/18/2015 11:25:52 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | December 18, 2015 | David Harsanyi
    After the latest Republican presidential debate, the Washington Post‚Äôs Jennifer Rubin argued that Ted Cruz had undone himself ‚Äúcourting‚ÄĚ the ‚Äú‚ÄčTrumpkin base,‚ÄĚ sinking ‚Äúfurther into the far-right brew of isolationism and xenophobia.‚ÄĚ And to prove this contention, Rubin grabbed hold of two words Cruz used, ‚Äú‚ÄčAmerica‚ÄĚ‚Äč and ‚Äú‚Äčfirst,‚ÄĚ‚Äč to claim that the senator from Texas was signaling support for 1930s/‚Äô‚Äč40s-style isolationism. This is a pretty popular accusation on the hawkish Right. Marco Rubio has also called Cruz an isolationist. Having watched the debate, though, as Donald Trump might complain, I think it is unfair. What I heard was not a...
  • The silly ‚ÄúTed Cruz is an isolationist‚ÄĚ 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...
  • GOP Establishment: Ted Cruz Is An Anti-Semite Because He Is Anti-Interventionist

    12/15/2015 1:42:13 PM PST · by Isara · 24 replies
    Red State ^ | December 15th, 2015 | streiff
    The place we have reached in our political discussions is really a shame. Here I’m not talking about disagreements between parties. I am talking about the current GOP primary. It isn’t enough that you disagree with a person’s views, the person, themselves, and anyone who supports that person must be discredited and made odious. There are a lot of good reasons, for instance, to really dislike Donald Trump. But we can’t be satisfied with disliking Trump. His supporters have to be racists, neo-Nazis, dimwits, Democrat trolls, nativists, and all manner and means of odious. These attacks, in particular, puzzle me...
  • Rand Paul: 'Hillary Clinton is a neocon' [Crashes DNC Forum, dings Rubio]

    11/06/2015 11:08:32 PM PST · by UncleRicosFootball · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/15 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    ROCK HILL, S.C. ‚ÄĒ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hammered Hillary Clinton for her hawkish foreign policy Friday evening, less than an hour before the former secretary of state was scheduled to arrive at Winthrop University for the "First in the South" Democratic presidential forum. "I think Hillary Clinton is a neocon," the GOP hopeful told MSNBC's Chris Matthews. "She supported the war in Iraq, in Afghanistan," Paul said of the presumptive Democratic nominee. He added, "If Hillary Clinton is president, we will be back at war in the Middle East." The Kentucky senator also took jabs at one of his...
  • Face Facts: Trump Supporters are Often as Incoherent as He Is

    08/10/2015 6:14:20 AM PDT · by libertarian neocon · 109 replies
    Libertarian Neocon ^ | libertarian neocon
    Last night, instead of focusing on True Detective, I ended up getting into a bit of a flame war on Twitter with some Donald Trump supporters.† Oh my, those people have no clue and you really couldn't pin them down on anything.† Ask a simple question like "how do you know Trump will govern as a conservative?" and the responses you get are "do your homework", "you're not very bright are you" and "Trump/Cruz is the only hope for this country".† The last is would only be true if your hope is for a historic route of the Republican Party.†...
  • GOP Establishment Readying New Primary Challenge for Dovish Rep. Walter Jones

    06/02/2015 2:46:10 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | Alex Roarty
    The Republican establishment is ready to take another crack at unseating Rep. Walter Jonesóand it might have found a new candidate to lead the charge. Anthony Tata, the Republican secretary of transportation in North Carolina and a veteran with nearly three decades of military experience, is preparing to run in a primary against the longtime GOP House member, according to a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the planned campaign. One source close to Tata, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said the secretary is "seriously looking" at a campaign but cautioned there was not yet a timetable for his decision.
  • On the Red Carpet, Lena Dunham Trashes 'Deranged Neocons' Who Criticize Her Online

    01/12/2015 7:28:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 11, 2015 | Tim Graham
    You donít usually here denunciations of ďderanged neoconsĒ on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, but HBO star Lena Dunham uncorked this attack on her Twitter enemies to Ryan Seacrest on the E! Network. Seacrest noted that her show ďGirlsĒ began its fourth season on Sunday night, and he asked if she would be checking for online reaction:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)LENA DUNHAM: I deleted Twitter because I tried to create a safer space for me emotionally. RYAN SEACREST: Explain. DUNHAM: People threaten my life and tell me what I cow I am, so I decided....I check it occasionally but itís not the...
  • Marco Rubio Considers POTUS Run as a Pro-Amnesty Adviser Leaves Office

    11/08/2014 2:35:40 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says he will decide on a potential 2016 presidential run "in the coming weeks." He'll do so without the help of a pro-amnesty adviser and former chief of staff who has left his office. "For me, the decision is made based on the following: I have my agenda that I have talked about for more than 4 years, and the decision that I have to make is where is the best place to advance this agendaóas a presidential candidate or continue at the majority in the Senateóthat is a decision I will make in the coming...
  • Beware of False Conservatives! Neocons and Their Leftist Mistreatment of Christians

    10/29/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 8 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Beware of False Conservatives! Neocons and Their Leftist Mistreatment of Christians By Julio Severo I received a report yesterday from Peter LaBarbera, one of the major Christian voices against the gay agenda in America, that he was detained by customs agents when he entered Canada. They did an intense search of his phone, laptop and belongings. No, no. LaBarbera is not an Islamic terrorist. According to the Gaystapo and the politically-correct mob, he is worse: he is ďhomophobicĒ ó a vague term that can be loosely interpreted to refer to criminals or merely Christians quoting Bible verses condemning homosexual...
  • The Neocon Moment

    10/01/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | October 1, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    If I were a libertarian, Iíd want my money back. No less an authority than the New York Times proclaimed the dawn of a ďlibertarian moment,Ē and the moment lasted a single month. There was no time to savor it. On August 7, when the journalist Robert Draper aired libertariansí views favorably in a cover story in the paperís Sunday magazine, advocates of a noninterventionist foreign policy surely felt vindicated. Draper declared that America was abandoning its role as guarantor of international security and embracing same-sex marriage and pot. No longer would the electorate be limited to Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Obama's Ukraine Folly Comes Full Circle

    09/07/2014 11:02:10 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 20 replies
    National Interest ^ | September 6, 2014 | Robert W. Merry
    is has been one of the underlying themes of those who have argued from the beginning of this drama that the West doesnít have a stake in Ukraineís fate to even approach the stake of Russia, which has included Ukraine within its sphere of influence for the past three and a half centuries and has viewed that relationship as crucial to its sense of national security. This raises a question: If we donít have a serious stake in the matter, and weíre very clear with ourselves and the world that we wonít fight over it, and the preponderance of power...
  • Behind the Crack-up of the Right

    08/14/2014 7:20:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | August 14, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In introducing his new book, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America, Paul Gottfried identifies a fundamental divide between neoconservatives and the traditional right. The divide is over the question: What is this nation, America? Straussians, writes Gottfried, ďwish to present the construction of government as an open-ended rationalist process. All children of the Enlightenment, once properly instructed, should be able to carry out this Ö task.Ē For traditional conservatives, before the nation is born, Ēethnic and cultural preconditionsĒ must exist. All ďsuccessful constitutional orders,Ē he writes, ďare the expressions of already formed nations and cultures.Ē To the old...
  • Arming the Mullahs: Boeing and GE given export licenses to sell aircraft components to Iran.

    04/08/2014 7:26:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/08/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Somebody on Twitter posted an upbeat message saying the US delegation to the latest round of talks with Iranian officials was quite optimistic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a born optimist and I love optimism, but I’d rather revel in victory than hope for good news, and the Iranians have every reason to revel. The Obama crowd has just ok’d something the Tehran tyrants have desperately wanted since the eighties: spare parts [1] for their long-grounded American passenger aircraft. Boeing and General Electric were given export licenses by the Treasury Department and everyone involved has been chanting “we take...
  • Obamaís Nuclear NaÔvetť

    03/30/2014 10:09:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/28/2014 | Mona Charen
    In the Netherlands this week, President Obama confessed a fear: ďI continue to be much more concerned, when it comes to our security, with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.Ē It would be reassuring to think that the president worries about this (when heís not busy filling out his NCAA brackets), except that he is failing to do the most important thing to prevent such a catastrophe.
  • Why did Europe choose the chaff over the wheat?

    03/20/2014 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Autonomous Nonprofit Organization ďTV-NovostiĒ ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick L Young
    The poor citizens of Ukraine remain poor while the world bickers with their plight, an apparent after thought. Engagement in Ukraine by the European Parliament has been clearly apparent in recent years. Alas the transcripts provide an unfortunate reminder that the size of the EU apparatus has ultimately fed an incompetent blob as opposed to producing rational decisions. An obsession with expansion at all costs of the EU sphere of influence has dominated thought. Back on December 13, 2012, the European Parliament passed a rather chilling motion, made more acutely frightening by subsequent events: "The EU is concerned about the...
  • Putinís sanctions on Americans unite Democrats, GOP

    03/20/2014 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Oliver Knox
    Vladimir Putin probably didnít expect that newly announced Russian sanctions on nine Americans Ė three top White House aides, three Republicans and three Democrats in Congress Ė would spark a bipartisan love-in in Washington.But thatís exactly what happened on Thursday as Moscow retaliated for expanded U.S. sanctions by freezing the assets of a select handful of high-profile Americans and banning them from travel inside Russia.Hereís an early response from a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Twitter to Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, for making the list...
  • Not Your Fatherís Cold War

    03/19/2014 8:39:16 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The West has forgotten the foreign-policy lessons that predate 1945. Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War? However badly things work out between Russia and the United States and the West, a new Cold War isnít in the cards because Russia today isnít the Soviet Union. Sure, there are similarities. We are in a diplomatic and geostrategic conflict with Russia, which was the heart of the old Soviet Union. Also, Russia wants much of the real estate that belonged to the Soviet Union before it collapsed. And Vladimir Putin is a former KGB colonel who now waxes...
  • Stephens: How Obama 'Gets Things Done'

    03/18/2014 12:55:22 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/17/2014 | Bret Stephens
    Maybe Barack Obama should have given Zach Galifianakis an off-ramp, like the one he keeps trying to offer Vladimir Putin. Those were some pretty barbed lines the president unloaded on the comic actor last week in their semi-parodic "Between Two Ferns" interview. In case you're wondering why I'm writing about thisówell, I am too. A Malaysian jetliner has vanished into thin air, while Russia has completed its seizure of Crimea and may yet invade other parts of Ukraine. Serious stuff, you might say. But the big story of last week as far as the president is concerned is his appearance...
  • War-Weariness As an Excuse

    03/18/2014 4:40:40 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 71 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | William Kristol
    Are Americans today war-weary? Sure. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been frustrating and tiring. Are Americans today unusually war-weary? No. They were wearier after the much larger and even more frustrating conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. And even though the two world wars of the last century had more satisfactory outcomes, their magnitude was such that they couldn’t help but induce a significant sense of war-weariness. And history shows that they did. So American war-weariness isn’t new. Using it as an excuse to avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities isn’t new, either. But that doesn’t make it...
  • 2016: The Battle to be Reagan's Heir

    03/12/2014 6:47:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Itís on! Ostensible allies for the last couple of years, senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Rand Paul (R., Ky.) have commenced the battle for the unofficial title of conservative front-runner. Thatís no surprise, but what is remarkable is their choice of weapons: foreign policy. For the last several years, there has been a lot of overblown hype about how the GOP, particularly the party base, is becoming isolationist. So itís interesting that Cruz would seek to get to Paulís right on the issue. The first round began in earnest less than 24 hours after Paul ó to no oneís...
  • New World Disorder

    03/06/2014 2:08:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 6, 2014 | Cliff May
    Count me among those ó a dwindling minority, Iím afraid ó who think that politics should end at the waterís edge. No one, Republican or Democrat, ought to take pleasure at the spectacle of Americaís foreign policies failing and the perception of America as a hobbled giant. That is, self-evidently, what weíre seeing: Russian boots are on the ground in Ukraine. North Korea is firing missiles. Iranís negotiators are playing high-stakes poker, while the U.S.-led side doesnít seem to know a flush from a straight. In Syria, Iranís proxies confront al Qaeda forces (forces the administration two years ago congratulated...
  • Ted Cruz Stakes Out Bold Foreign Policy Vision to Rand Paul's Right

    03/07/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    In what may have been his most significant foreign policy speech to date, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday positioned his Reaganesque foreign policy views between the hawkish Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) and what he described as the dovish Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY), while blasting President Barack Obama as a fool on the international stage. Speaking at the second annual Uninvited II†national security forum across the street from the Conservative Political Action Convention, Cruz brutally mocked the Obama administration's description of Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an "uncontested arrival." He called this yet another example of Obama's "tortured semantics" which...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz opens 2014 CPAC with 'principles' speech

    03/07/2014 6:40:02 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Thursday, March 6 2014 10:43 p.m. MST | Erik Raymond
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opened the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday morning by defining how conservatives can take back Washington. Cruz said GOP candidates need to ‚Äústand for principle‚ÄĚ and make clear distinctions between themselves and their Democratic opponents. ‚ÄúThere are a lot of D.C. consultants who say there‚Äôs a choice for Republicans to make: We can either choose to keep our head down, to not rock the boat, to not stand for anything, or we can stand for principle,‚ÄĚ Cruz said. ‚ÄúThey say if you stand for principle you lose elections. The way to do it ‚ÄĒ...
  • Bolton: ĎOur Biggest National-Security Problem Is Barack Obamaí

    03/06/2014 9:23:28 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | March 6, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    With the Obama administration grappling with a crisis in Ukraine, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday and declared that the countryís ďbiggest national-security problem is Barack Obama.Ē Bolton honed in on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which he described as paradigm of President Obamaís foreign-policy failures because the president ďhas done nothing to avenge Chris Stevensís death.Ē
  • Senator Ted Cruz: Obama is most hostile U.S. president to Israel in modern times

    03/06/2014 4:40:30 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies ^ | March 5, 2014 | Chemi Shalev
    ďPresident Obama has been the president most hostile to the nation of Israel in modern timesĒ Ė this is the harsh if somewhat unsurprising verdict of firebrand Republican Senator Ted Cruz. In an interview with Haaretz on the sidelines of the AIPAC Policy Conference this week, the former Texas solicitor general laid out the various counts of his indictment of Obama. The U.S. President, Cruz said, has undermined Israelís national security as well as the ďspecial relationshipĒ between Israel and the United States. And Obamaís talks with Iran and relaxation of sanctions against Tehran ďmay well be setting the stage...
  • Stephens: Anatomy of a Feckless Presidency

    03/04/2014 10:14:54 AM PST · by Jarhead9297 · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2014 | Brett Stephens
    "Vladimir Putin†seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Thursday, and†Barack Obama†delivered a short statement about it on Friday. The former tells us nothing we didn't know already about Russia's strongman. The latter tells us everything we need to know about a weak president's feckless foreign policy. Let's take a look at what Mr. Obama had to say: "I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily contact with Russian officials." "OK, but why? What's the point of talking if you won't even make use of what's said? On Oct. 18, 1962, Soviet Foreign Minister†Andrei Gromyko†visited...
  • How We Can Make Putin Pay, and Why We Must

    03/04/2014 7:15:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2014 | Elliott Abrams
    The usual voices are arguing against any ďexcessiveĒ American reaction to Putinís invasion of Ukraine. After all, Crimea only became part of Ukraine in 1954. True. And many people there are Russian-speaking and not loyal to Kiev. Also true. And given the geography, we have no military options and neither does the Ukrainian government. Right again. And nothing we can do through sanctions will matter as much to Putin as gaining the Crimea and destabilizing the new, pro-European government in Kiev. Correct. So why should we do anything? Why throw the Russians out of the G-8, and seek trade and...
  • Itís the War, You Dolt

    03/03/2014 6:43:03 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 3/2/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    No surprise that the intel guys, like their political bosses, reassured themselves that Russia wouldnít invade. Even though they made the same mistake just a few years ago when the morsel was Georgia. Indeed, that kind of error, revolving around the phrase ďrational actor,Ē is the trademark of Western confusion about the world. They refuse to see that our enemies are waging war against us, thus refuse to think about winning that war, thus lose many battles, and happily retreat. After all, if our enemies are rational actors, what could go wrong? We could even slash and burn our own...
  • Obama Consciously Engineering Americaís Decline

    02/25/2014 12:41:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 24, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In remarks today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said U.S. global military dominance can ďno longer be taken for granted.Ē He said this even as he was in the process of announcing that the Obama administration plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup. (For context, the Army will go from a post-September 11 peak of 570,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000, the smallest Army since 1940.) Max Boot does an excellent job laying out the problems with this proposal here and here. Iíd simply add that the fact that...
  • Ted Cruz Says Obama Should Threaten Iran

    02/07/2014 5:32:24 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 77 replies ^ | February 7, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Expanding his attack on the administration's nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Ted Cruz Thursday said that President Obama should end talks, demand Tehran give up its nuclear program immediately and use military force if the terrorist nation doesn't give in. A "responsible president," the Texas Republican told a conference on Iran's grab for a nuclear weapon, "would stand up and say unequivocally, in terms that allow no confusion, 'Under no circumstances will the nation of Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapon capability, and they will either halt now or we will use every step necessary including direct military force...
  • Ukraine stands on the brink Ė and Europe must bring it back

    02/04/2014 2:16:17 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 2 February 2014 20.00 GMT | Timothy Garton Ash
    This is no velvet revolution, but nor is it an uprising of fascist Cossacks or a zero-sum game with Russia. Europe must intervene on the side of democracy and human rights Ukraine has not yet died Ė as the country's anthem observes. But the face of Ukraine today is that of the bloodied, scarred opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov. Comparisons with Bosnia are still far-fetched, but think of this as a political Chernobyl. I have no idea what will happen in Ukraine tomorrow, let alone next week. But I know what all Europeans should want to happen over the next year...
  • A superb foreign policy speech ó from Ted Cruz (yup!)

    02/01/2014 2:05:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin - Right Turn
    "..........I differ with Cruz on a number of things and think his misguided behavior in the shutdown hurt the GOP and the cause of conservatism. Nevertheless, just as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is leading the right to a more constructive, positive domestic agenda, Cruz can do the same on foreign policy. If he does continue his defense of a strong U.S. foreign policy, he can help himself, his party and his country.
  • The Persian Triangle

    01/17/2014 1:12:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.01.14 - 12:00 AM | Clifford D. May | Clifford D. May
    The Persian Triangle Clifford D. May On November 24, 2013, a ďJoint Plan of ActionĒ was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Councilóthe United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and Chinaóas well as Germany. ďWe have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program,Ē President Obama exulted. This agreement, added Secretary of State John Kerry, will ensure that Iran ďcannot build a nuclear weapon.Ē Their confidence was not universally shared. ďThis deal appears to provide the worldís leading state sponsor of terrorism with billions of dollars in exchange for cosmetic concessions that...
  • Obamaís Losing Bet on Iran (NYT Op-Ed Max Boot)

    01/15/2014 2:43:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL DORAN and MAX BOOT
    WASHINGTON ó A great deal of diplomatic attention over the next few months will be focused on whether the temporary nuclear deal with Iran can be transformed into a full-blown accord. President Obama has staked the success of his foreign policy on this bold gamble. But discussion about the nuclear deal has diverted attention from an even riskier bet that Obama has placed: the idea that Iran can become a cooperative partner in regional security. Although they wonít say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a ďNixon to ChinaĒ masterstroke. They are quietly...
  • Fmr. Kerry Aide: Iran Should Not Be Required to Cease Terrorism Against U.S.

    01/14/2014 8:22:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 1/14/14 | Adam Kredo
    Edward Levine, a Kerry confidant who formerly worked on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lambasted the anti-terror mandate in a recent analysis for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Requiring Iran to cease its terror activities against the United States could harm the negotiations over its contested nuclear program, according to Levine. ďThis language would mean that if, say, Hezbollah were to explode a bomb outside a U.S. firmís office in Beirut, the sanctions would go into effect (because Iran gives financial and other support to Hezbollah) even if Iranís nuclear activities...
  • 2014: The World Without America. Or Is It?

    2014: The World Without America. Or Is It? Michael Ledeen January 1st, 2014 At the end of last year, President Obama was in Hawaii. French President Hollande was in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders openly declare their contempt for American leaders. Obama is basically having fun. Hollande and the royal family are basically doing strategy. They are designing actions to advance their interests in the new world; not, as is often said, a world without America, but a world in which American leaders have turned against America. Which is not an easy task. Those of us who lived abroad during the...
  • ĎRushingí to War with Iran?

    12/19/2013 5:00:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 19, 2013 | Adam Turner
    - FrontPage Magazine - - ‚ÄėRushing‚Äô to War with Iran?Posted By Adam Turner On December 19, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments In November, there was some talk of ¬ďa¬†march¬†(or rush) to war¬Ē against Iran.The Obama Administration used¬†this line to dismiss those ¬Ė including EMET ¬Ė who dared to disbelieve the sincerity of negotiations regarding the Iranian regime¬ís program to develop nuclear weapons, and seek to expand U.S. sanctions against that nation so as to keep the pressure on them to prove their sincerity.The major problem with this charge¬†is that Iran and the U.S. are¬†already...
  • The Robert Taft Republicans Return

    09/04/2013 9:52:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 125 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 3, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    The Robert Taft Republicans Return - Isolationism has never served the interests of America, or the GOP. 'We'll be lucky to get 80 Republicans out of 230." That's an astute GOP congressman's best guess for how his caucus now stands on the vote to authorize military force against Syria. At town hall meetings in their districts, the congressman reports, House Republicans are hearing "an isolationist message." It's not America's war. The evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons is ambiguous, maybe cooked. There isn't a compelling national interest to intervene. "Let Allah sort it out." We'd be coming in...
  • Stephens: Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

    11/14/2013 4:38:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    France, Israel and Saudi Arabia confront an administration conducting a make-believe foreign policy. When the history of the Obama administration's foreign policy is written 20 or so years from now, the career of Wendy Sherman, our chief nuclear negotiator with Iran, will be instructive. In 1988, the former social worker ran the Washington office of the Dukakis campaign and worked at the Democratic National Committee. That was the year the Massachusetts governor carried 111 electoral votes to George H.W. Bush's 426. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sherman was briefly the CEO of something called the Fannie Mae Foundation, supposedly a charity...
  • America Jumps Off The Tiger's Back

    11/14/2013 4:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 14, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States has ridden -- and tamed -- the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous, to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again. The crowning achievement of postwar American policy was the defeat of Soviet communism. After the fall of the Berlin...