David Sanger of the New York Times published an article over the weekend that must be causing some serious strife within the Romney campaign, as more than a half dozen of the candidate’s foreign policy advisers spoke anonymously about his complete lack of coherent ideas on that subject. Speaking about Romney’s declaration that he would …
Category Archive: Foreign Policy
May 17 2012
Apr 27 2012
If you aren’t cynical enough about politics, this will make it worse. President Obama, who has maintained and even expanded the federal government’s illegal surveillance program and steadfastly refused to hold anyone accountable for torture, actually issued an executive order allowing the U.S. to sanction “foreign nationals” who do the same thing he is guilty …
Apr 23 2012
Truth in Action Ministries offers a perfect example of how the fake family values groups equivocate in their rhetoric on equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people. In this video, they are discussing the new focus by the State Department on human rights for LGBT people in other countries.
Apr 06 2012
CNN reports something that really surprises me, that the number of violent deaths in Iraq has fallen since American troops left the country. In fact, March had the lowest number of deaths since we invaded in 2003.
Apr 05 2012
Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council under Ford, Carter and Reagan, writes at CNN.com that an attack on Iran would have a huge and negative effect on the world economy by sending oil prices through the roof.
Mar 15 2012
David Ignatius adds to the argument against going to war with Iran over their nuclear program with the important point that bombing that country would actually strengthen the position of the mullahs who control it at a time when they may be making themselves obsolete anyway.
Mar 09 2012
Paul Pillar, an intelligence analyst with the CIA for 28 years and former national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asisa from 2000 to 2005 who now teaches at Georgetown, has a long article in the Washington Monthly that points out the vastly inflated rhetoric about the dangers of Iran with a nuclear …
Mar 01 2012
Glenn Greenwald has his dander up over a statement by President Obama’s deputy campaign manager, and rightly so. Faced with the Republican candidates trying to paint Obama as weak on foreign policy and terrorism, she didn’t just defend his record, she pulled out the “Obama can be just as dismissive of the rule of law …
Feb 13 2012
A new Washington Post poll finds a significant shift in the views of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans when it comes to major anti-terror policies. On issues like drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay and the Patriot Act, Democrats are now more likely to support them now that Obama is in office, while Republicans are less likely …
Jan 18 2012
Many on the left, including some of my own readers, seem to think that the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation are practically twins, just two cogs in the right wing movement that they (and I) despise. Naomi Klein famously lumped them together along with the American Enterprise Institute as neo-con groups pushing an aggressive …
Jan 16 2012
Joel Richardson has a column at the Worldnutdaily attacking Ron Paul’s foreign policy arguments and claiming that a man named Robert Pape is the equivalent of Jeremiah Wright for President Obama. And all this because Paul dares to suggest that perhaps American policy has something to do with provoking violence in the Arab and Islamic …
Jan 09 2012
Rick Perry is trying desperately to find some way of making Republican voters like him. During one of the debates this weekend he actually claimed that he would reinvade Iraq immediately. Seriously.
Jan 05 2012
The title of this post is a line from a song by the Verve Pipe, a local band to me that I’ve been watching for nearly 20 years. It came to mind while watching Michele Bachmann’s withdrawal speech, during which she more than once called America “the greatest force for good the world has ever …
Dec 29 2011
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had a press conference in Turkey a couple weeks ago after participating in a ceremony in Baghdad marking the end of America’s official (but not unofficial) military presence in that country. And he claimed that the invasion of Iraq was worth the cost:
Dec 15 2011
Liz Cheney is turning out to be as bad as — maybe even worse than — her father when it comes to sheer mendacity. This past weekend she went on Fox News and criticized President Obama for following the agreement signed by the White House that her own father largely ran: