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International Relations

Chinese Century? Maybe Not.

May 9, 2013

In real numbers, last year China’s GDP was around $8 trillion, while ours was about $15.7 trillion.  Based on that pattern many believe that statistically China’s economy will surpass the size and scope of United States by 2017… but something may get in the way of that forecast:  China itself! This article comes to the [...]

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Benghazi: Not Going Away

May 8, 2013

No one should be surprised that the Benghazi scandal dominates the headlines once again, this time with whistle-blowers.  The Obama Administration has stone-walled, subverted, intimidated, and just plain lied about that they knew and when they knew it. The outrage isn’t new and isn’t going away.  This isn’t Watergate or Iran-Contra or Zippergate.  Four people [...]

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Panetta, Dempsey Paint Awful Picture of Benghazi Response

February 8, 2013

Buried in the hinterlands of media coverage yesterday was the testimony of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as well as Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on the administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11. Apparently, Panetta informed the President of the attack during an already previously scheduled telephone meeting.  However, no [...]

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Hagel Hearing Debacle

January 31, 2013

In the spirit of full disclosure, we here at AOR have a history of not liking Chuck Hagel.  Mike even wrote this in September 2007: As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s [Hagel] worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party. That was then.  In [...]

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Rand Paul’s Great Week

January 26, 2013

Rand Paul had two opportunities this week to shine and did so brilliantly.  Here was Senator Rand Paul taking it to Hillary Clinton and the administration on Benghazi: Here’s Rand Paul the next day asking John Kerry (who wants to be Secretary of State) to reconcile his support of Obama’s constitutionally suspect actions in Libya, [...]

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France Leads Military Effort in Mali, Latest Front in the War on Terror

January 14, 2013

I’ve always thought that President Bush’s greatest accomplishment was his recognition that terrorist acts committed by networks of global reach and the nations who harbored them were really acts of war that should be treated as such.  Rather than serving terrorists with legal papers and affording them U.S. Constitutional rights, Bush believed that a wider [...]

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Morsi Declares Himself More Powers

November 23, 2012

Egyptian President Mubarak Morsi has declared that all the decisions that he’s made (and will make) until a new constitution is formed are not subject to appeal from any court or anywhere else for that matter.  Morsi has his own executive authority, has a toothless parliament, and is now bullying the courts.  This situation kind [...]

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On the Latest Violence Between Israel and Hamas

November 19, 2012

I only have a few things to say about what has been happening the last six days between Israel and Hamas, and none of it favors Hamas.  My whole life I’ve seen the same story play out:  Israel gets hit one time too many and decides to retaliate as suddenly the international community gets apoplectic [...]

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Some in China Begin to Confront Its Dark Shadows

November 16, 2012

This article from Foreign Policy reinforces an idea that China’s “state capitalism” is really just the old “national socialism” and that China needs to move quickly to avoid the mistakes of the past.  The article chronicles the stories and insights of former UBS banker He Di.  He Di paints parallels between the days of national [...]

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Steven Crowder Gives Lesson on History of Israel

November 16, 2012

It can be difficult to ask people to learn the history of Arab-Israeli conflict before making comments on the situation.  With our corrupt liberal media the way it is, it’s hard enough to ask people to learn the brief history of whatever event happens to be the news of the day.  Thankfully, Steven Crowder has [...]

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Russia Wants John Kerry in the U.S. State Department

November 8, 2012

Two days ago, we all hoped to be speculating who President-Elect Romney would select for his cabinet.  There would have been articles on blog posts discussing whether Rudy Guiliani would replace Eric Holder as Attorney General and how it would be nice if Steve Forbes would run Treasury instead of Tim Geithner.  There even would [...]

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Ryan’s 2012 Election Prediction

November 5, 2012

It’s almost go-time America!  Tomorrow, there’s a major fork in the road staring at us all.  Neither direction fully solves our problems, but one leads us to the abyss a lot faster.  A President Romney will try to take on the big issues and maybe get us pushed in the right direction.  A re-elected President [...]

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The Final Presidential Debate of 2012

October 23, 2012

The final Presidential Debate of the 2012 election season took place last night.  The topic was foreign policy and the affair was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News. Honestly, I didn’t watch it (I was a bit under the weather and barely made it through the Monday Night Football kickoff), nor have I watched [...]

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Benghazi-gate Hearings: “I Want to Know Why We were Lied To”

October 10, 2012

The House Oversight Committee heard testimony today about the September 11th debacle in Benghazi.  The Blaze has robust coverage of the details, so check out their links and timeline including Rep. Trey Gowdy’s warranted outrage which includes this post’s title quote. How’d we get here?  Four Americans died on September 11 as a result of [...]

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Romney on Foreign Policy

October 8, 2012

Giving a major foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute today, Mitt Romney took it to President Obama, saying amongst other things that “Hope is not a strategy” while calling Obama out on the 9/11 Libya attack and Obama’s foreign policy drift. Predictably, the Obamabots in the MSM immediately panned it, calling it vague.  [...]

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New Austerity Riots Ravage Greece and Spain

September 26, 2012

The latest round of austerity measures in Greece sparked an outburst of violence over the last 48 hours: Similar-type measures in Spain produced a similar reaction: Of course, international markets weren’t too pleased at these developments either. Why wouldn’t they be spooked?  There’s social unrest all over the world:  the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Iran, [...]

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Beck’s Take on the Benghazi Attack

September 22, 2012

It’s been fascinating to watch the Obama Administration hang itself on all the inconsistencies relating to the 9/11 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi.  Some believe that all the confusion paints a picture of an administration in disarray, which may give some indeterminate political advantage to Romney in this election game of inches. Yet, [...]

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Romney vs. Obama on 9/11 Embassy Attacks

September 12, 2012

Yesterday, the US embassy in Egypt and the US consulate in Libya were attacked, leaving four dead including our ambassador, and tarnishing American prestige even more in the region. These events are still in flux as more information seems to be coming out by the hour.  The catalyst for the violence is a 14-minute film [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 2: Rice and Ryan Rock the Hall

August 30, 2012

After many solid speeches throughout Day 1 of the convention, I was interested to see if the message would shift on Day 2.  It did.  Yesterday the was time to take it directly to Obama (finally).  The specific criticism missing from Chris Christie’s speech was on full display in prime time last night! The warm-up [...]

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Movie Review — 2016: Obama’s America

August 19, 2012

Finally, Dinesh D’Souza’s controversial movie, 2016: Obama’s America, made it to a nearby market!  I had to go into New York City and wade through a sea of gawking tourists in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon in order to see it.  Here’s the trailer: The film is based off of D’Souza’s latest book, The [...]

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Romney’s Hiccups in London

July 26, 2012

While presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney tours a number of countries over the next few weeks, he’s currently in London for tomorrow night’s 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies.  In the meantime, he met with Prime Minister David Cameron and others to talk about the games, etc., which offered a small moment of tension — Romney [...]

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Mitt Takes the Mitts Off at VFW

July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney upped his game today at a speech in front of a Nevada VFW.  Romney soon embarks on an overseas trip to various countries, including the UK, Poland, and Israel, so a speech on foreign policy to a group of veterans makes sense before he leaves.  He acknowledged the victims of the Movie Massacre, [...]

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Greek Troubles Beginning to Spiral

May 15, 2012

Greek troubles are reaching a tipping point.  The new government couldn’t form a governing coalition willing to deal with their financial woes as the leftists are unwilling to be forced into unpopular austerity measures.  So, a new election must be held with the populist left riding an anti-austerity wave.  Not good. But events are moving [...]

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France Goes Socialist

May 7, 2012

The people of France voted for change yesterday — from a right-leaning President in Sarkozy to the Socialist Francois Hollande.  The markets voted today — first down, then profit-taking.  Not a tantrum, but not an endorsement either. The people of France, like those in Greece and Italy, have chosen to wait until another day to [...]

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Not So Cozy with Sarkozy

April 23, 2012

Sunday’s elections in France have produced a May 6 run-off between socialist Francois Hollande and President Sarkozy.  In the first round of voting Hollande edged-out Sarkozy for a 28.2% to 27% plurality.  Sarkozy’s second place finish is the first time that a sitting president was out-polled in the first round.  Sarkozy is apparently pegging to [...]

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Titanic, 100 Years Later

April 15, 2012

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic after striking an iceberg far off the coast of Newfoundland in the early morning hours of April 14-15, 1912.  The story of the sunken ship had so many story lines along with so much tragedy that then, as now, people are draw to [...]

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Greek Suicide Stokes Protests

April 5, 2012

It’s not just young people going to extremes in Greece as apparently a 77-year-old man shot himself due to the government’s austerity measures.  In a completely, totally, absolutely shocking development, there were protests on the streets of Athens: Suicide is a cowardly act.  On top of everything else, this man was an anti-austerity activist whose [...]

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Bad Week for the Obama Nation

April 1, 2012

I figured that on April Fools Day I’d post on the terrible few days our very foolish fine President has had to endure.  The Washington Times really hit the nail on the head that over the last 10 days: Obama waded into the Trayvon Martin issue, race-pandering (skip to 1:34) and aggravating an already tense [...]

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Greece Gets $170 Billion Bailout

February 21, 2012

The Eurozone decided today to spend around $170 billion to prevent Greece from defaulting next month.  Those who hold Greek bonds were asked to take 53.5 cents on the dollar as part of the deal.  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also lurking in the shadows as billions of American dollars have already gone to [...]

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Talking Up the “Anglosphere”

January 2, 2012

There’s been a bit of theoretical buzz out there about the future of Britain in the European Union.  Britain doesn’t quite fit in and ultimately, with the impending collapse of the euro a real possibility in the next few years, along with a hidebound European Union dragging them down, some have postulated that Britain needs [...]

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