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International Relations

Crisis Prone Day: Gaza Invasion, Malaysian Air Crash, Persistent Border Issues

July 17, 2014

It’s just one of those days. Israel invades Gaza.  After ten days of on-and-off ceasefires and peace talks, the Israelis decided that a blunt force trauma to the Hamas terrorist infrastructure would be the best move to secure their border.  Can’t blame Israel — they even announced days ago that they were coming in order [...]

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Iraq Descends into Chaos

June 14, 2014

Iraq is descending into chaos as a terrorist militant group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) has seized the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, and have stampeded across Anbar province to within 50 miles of Baghdad. A number of factors are in play:  the fact that the US never renewed the SOFA [...]

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Trouble at the Border

June 10, 2014

How in the hell do tens of thousands of unaccompanied children end up swamping the Mexican border, creating an impending humanitarian crisis? As far as I can tell, there are two reasons:  1) negligent border security efforts and 2) the impression in many Central American countries that an amnesty is coming. So, the Obama Nation [...]

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Crimea Secedes, Russia Succeeds, Ukraine Pleads, America Won’t Lead

March 18, 2014

The last week or so has seen an acceleration of events between Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine which seemingly could spiral anywhere. Russian-occupied Crimea voted the other day to secede — I’m not sure how “legal” the vote was until one thinks, of course, that there is no such thing as international law, just international norms [...]

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False Choice Between Hawkishness and Isolationism

March 6, 2014

Don’t get me wrong — this is not the worst case of the oversimplification of our political process out there, but today’s piece in the National Journal on Rand Paul and Marco Rubio is an excellent example of what I recently labeled as the silliness dominating our discourse.  One of the tricks media outlets, and [...]

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Russia to Invade Ukraine

March 1, 2014

Events are moving fast in Ukraine:  violent protests, parliament removing their leader, an interim government trying to catch its breath, etc.  Complicating the situation is the ethnic makeup of Ukraine — 17.3% are Russian, most of whom live in the eastern part of the country. After making plenty of noise about possibly sending troops, the [...]

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Ukraine on the Brink

February 23, 2014

It was hard to ignore all the craziness coming out of Ukraine this week — the violent protests and police crackdown, the President fleeing, the parliament transferring presidential authority, the East/West showdown renewed, talk of the final battle of the Cold War. Phew!  When revolutions happen, events move fast.  The key concern for national leaders [...]

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The US Navy Has Frickin’ Laser Beams!

February 17, 2014

This summer, the US Navy will deploy its latest weapon system:  a laser beam! While only to be used for “asymmetric” threats, it’s still pretty cool that the military believes such a weapon is deployment-ready!  The article indicates that the weapon’s not so good in bad weather, but for small potential threats in a calm [...]

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NYT Provides Cover for Hillary in Benghazi Story

December 30, 2013

If there was a story that the MSM would want out of the headlines, it’s Benghazi:  the murder of a US ambassador by an al Qaeda-linked militia; the repeated lies about the video by administration officials in the weeks following the attack; the way it makes the President look aloof, Hillary look cold, and the [...]

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Obama at Mandela’s Funeral

December 10, 2013

It was all about Obama Nelson Mandela today in Johannesburg at a funeral service which saw dozens of world leaders come to pay their respects to the former President of South Africa.  It was also a great chance for President Obama to jangle the keys to turn our attention away from Obamacare and his sinking [...]

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Shades of Orange in Ukraine

December 9, 2013

It’s been nearly a decade since Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution,” the massive uprising against a fraudulent election in 2004 which put the ruling elite on notice that pro-Western, pro-democratic waves were still reverberating in Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union’s collapse. Well, the ruling elite are apparently at it again.  The Ukrainian people have wanted to [...]

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Botched Nuke Deal with Iran

November 24, 2013

So the Obama Administration waited until 11pm EST on a Saturday night to announce a major breakthrough in talks with a belligerent foreign power.  Almost seems like he was trying to push the Sunday talk shows away from more bad Obamacare news, but I digress. So what’s this all about?  Iran has made a deal [...]

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CBS’s Random Act of Journalism on Benghazi

October 28, 2013

Benghazi?  Wasn’t that, like, some “phony scandal” from a hundred years ago? Alas, no. The first murder of a US ambassador since 1979 doesn’t just go away, despite the MSM’s attempts to have us look the other way.  Yet, first CNN and now CBS have decided to dig a little deeper into what happened that [...]

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Putin’s Victory Lap Goes Through Iran

September 15, 2013

The ever-funny poignantly honest Mark Steyn wrote a piece for NRO that says everything about the state of American “ineffectualism” which has led us to a point where: A month ago, Assad was a reviled war criminal and Putin his arms dealer. Now, Putin is the honest broker and Obama’s partner for peace, and the [...]

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Putin Echoes Obama on American Exceptionalism

September 12, 2013

The United States of America.  Simply, there has been no nation or people in the history of mankind that has done more for the expansion of human freedom and dignity than the United States.  With an economy which has grown an average of just over 1% for over 200 years, the modern world owes its [...]

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Putin Gives Obama an Out in Syria

September 9, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that instead of an ill-advised US strike on Assad in Syria, Assad should just give up his chemical weapons.  Obama seems to be biting, Ban Ki Moon seems ready to rally the Security Council, and John Kerry remains haughty through it all (it was Kerry’s off-handed suggestion that got this [...]

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Obama: Red Line? Not My Red Line!

September 4, 2013

On August 20, 2012, President Obama first uttered his now infamous “red line” comment regarding use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War: We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of [...]

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Syria: Sarin Gas Used, but Whose Was It?

September 2, 2013

My thoughts on Syria are pretty clear:  with no clear strategic American interest in that civil war, let Iran’s proxies in the Assad regime and the Islamist rebels keep killing each other.  The only other pressing issue is letting the use of chemical weapons go unpunished, especially after all of President Obama’s “red line” statements. [...]

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Anti-War Crowd Rather Subdued on Syria

August 31, 2013

In politics and life, I respect consistency.  For instance, Dennis Kucinich and I have starkly different philosophies, but at least he’s consistent in his views, especially about war. So President Obama, a Progressive Liberal Democrat is on the verge of going to war with Syria: without a broad international coalition of any kind possibly without [...]

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Syria: Brits Out For Now

August 29, 2013

Britain’s Parliament defeated Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to join a potential Obama-Wants-to-Save-Face Bombing Escapade US military strike on Syria by a vote of 282 to 217.  Although the vote was not binding Cameron got the hint, implying that he’d abide by the will of the parliament. Soon Obama’s sentimental legislature, the UN Security Council, [...]

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A Brewing Mess in Syria

August 27, 2013

In the wake of yet another chemical weapons attack against the rebels in Syria by the Assad regime, President Obama has allowed the US military to position itself to strike Assad at any time, with multiple options.  This would be the third major military intervention since our Nobel Peace Prize winning President entered office.  Retired [...]

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Christians Targeted in Latest Round of Egyptian Violence

August 16, 2013

Nearly 700 people have been killed along with thousands of others wounded in this week’s violence in Egypt, capped by today’s “Friday of Anger,” spurned by the Muslim Brotherhood.  Last month’s coup of the Morsi regime, which also ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power and replaced them with an interim military-controlled government, has reached a [...]

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The Al Qaeda Threat Becomes More Clear (Sort of)

August 6, 2013

We apparently “know” (and I use that word loosely) a little bit more about the terror threat bugging out the US from Morocco to Bangladesh:  intercepts between Zawahiri and his AQAP (al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) counterpart in Yemen indicate that the bomber who designed the underwear bomb as well as the body implant [...]

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CNN: Benghazi Bombshell?

August 1, 2013

In a spontaneous act of actual journalism, CNN’s Drew Griffin is reporting that the events of September 11, 2012, at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, may not be so “phony” after all. The highlights of the report include: A number of CIA agents had been in Benghazi that night, adding the CIA to the [...]

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Egypt: Morsi’s Out in Military Coup

July 3, 2013

Egypt has been in massive social, political, and economic turmoil lately, which has now led to the Egyptian military seizing power, ousting a democratically-elected President while suspending the nation’s constitution until further notice.  Some groups cheer, while others are trying to figure out what to do next.  The situation remains fluid. Ousted Egyptian President Morsi [...]

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Egypt’s Revolution Turns Again

July 1, 2013

The Arab Spring, which is still bloodying the Mideast, continues in Egypt.  In early 2011, the Mubarak regime capitulated to angry crowds (and Washington pressure) with relatively little blood as the military took over to maintain stability.  After initial passions subsided, the military yielded to popular elections, which brought the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power, [...]

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The Cost of Big Government Higher than Dollars and Cents

June 19, 2013

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece today by Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson called “The Regulated States of America” which looks into the dollars and cents behind the cost of our massive regulatory state and how it impacts our culture. According to the numbers, the Administrative State (our unelected Fourth Branch of government) costs [...]

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Talking with Taliban and Syrian Rebels Evoke Shades of the Cold War

June 18, 2013

In our not-too-distant past, America clearly stood for freedom and free markets around the world, as those concepts were in our best political and economic interests. Then the Cold War came and we had to do business with sketchy people in order to out-maneuver even more sketchy people bent on world domination.  Yet, we promoted [...]

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Syria Used Chemical Weapons Against Rebels — Now What?

June 13, 2013

Yesterday, Bill Clinton reportedly told a crowd that President Obama risks looking like a “total wuss” if the second black President doesn’t intervene in Syria. Just a few hours ago, the US government finally admitted that the Assad regime in Syria actually used chemical weapons on the rebels, which killed an estimated 100-150 people.  This [...]

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Second-Term Blues For Obama

May 14, 2013

Every President who has been reelected has had a hard time in their second terms.  Some had major scandals, others passed away, others suffered from the public’s fatigue and lame duck status in a way which harmed their legacies.*  No one was immune. Neither is Obama, apparently. Right now Obama’s second-term agenda is slowly disappearing [...]

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