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Foreign Policy

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama’s Foreign Policy

Hope and change the subject. 

Back to his highest priority: rounds of golf and fund-raising.

Will Kerry Hand Hamas a Victory?

Monday, June 02, 2014

All Talk, No Substance

Challenged by China, all Obama has to offer, apparently, is empty palaver.


China’s Strategy Has Completely Eluded Washington

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Defending Our Vital National Interests

In his foreign policy speech at West Point, President Obama proclaimed a policy of common sense with which most people agree: we should take military action if necessary to defend our vital national interests, but we must refrain from military intervention in foreign troubles that are not matters of national interest.  The rub comes in identifying, then in anticipating threats to, short-term and long-term vital interests of the United States.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

While Obama And Kerry Slept

Posturing in a vain attempt to persuade Abbas et al to forego the Muslim aim to destroy Israel, then blaming Israel for failure of peace negotiations, may be great PR moves for Obama and Kerry with their liberal-progressive, anti-Israel fanatics.  But focusing on that effort to bludgeon Israel left them blindsided by Russia and China. 

The need is, not for the U.S. to engage in belligerent confrontation with Russia or China, but to abandon liberal-progressives’ fairy-land view of international relations.  Somebody, somewhere in the administration, ought to be continually looking as far ahead as possible to foresee potential problems and to anticipate the consequences of our own foreign policy.  Weakening our military capacities or reneging on commitments to our allies in the name of socialism’s fantasy of harmonious world government is dangerous and foolish.

The now consummated deal between Russia and China had been widely known for many months, except to Obama and Kerry, who get all their information, after the fact, from TV reports of problems, if we are to believe the excuses offered for the IRS’s criminal actions and mismanagement at VA hospitals.

Read David P. Goldman’s commentary on The New Sino-Russian Alliance.

Mr. Goldman writes, “I may have lost most of my remaining Republican friends for ridiculing the sanctions and saber-rattling at Russia over Ukraine. We spoke loudly and carried a small stick. What do you propose to do now, big talkers?”

No doubt, Obama and Kerry will solemnly intone, “There will be consequences,” a threat that foreign governments by now know is empty rhetoric.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Take A Look At The Whole Chess Board

In Spengler’s view, the United States is oblivious to the extended ramifications of its actions and failures to act in the foreign policy realm.


The Winner in Ukraine is China

Friday, May 16, 2014

Obama’s Polish Pullback Encouraged Putin’s Ukraine Move

Read Richard Miniter’s assessment in Forbes Magazine:


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As Russia devours Ukraine, President Obama’s decision to stall missile defenses for Poland looks more and more reckless.

Let’s go back to 2009, in the heady days when President Obama was sworn in and his advisers were eager to hit “the reset button” with Russia. The “reset button” was self-congratulation masquerading as a bold new idea. Just because the occupants of the White House had changed, didn’t mean Russia’s long-term interests had. The “reset button” mentality assumed that personalities, not interests, drive nations.

Still, Vladimir Putin was shrewd enough to spot a naïf at the poker table and upped the ante. Team Obama was happy to oblige and indefinitely delay the Bush Administration’s move to deploy ballistic-missile defenses to Poland and Czech republic.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A View Of Foreign Policy Reality

Despite the liberal-progressives’ naive faith in one-world under socialistic harmony, all nations still have national interests that often come into conflict.  Sweet talk of “the war to end all wars” or “peace in our time” in the long run buy nothing but grief.


George Friedman’s analysis of the Eastern European geopolitical situation.

Borderlands: The New Strategic Landscape
Geopolitical Weekly
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Friday, May 02, 2014

New-Left Foreign Policy

The fecklessness of Obama’s foreign policy actions in part arises from his being nurtured by the ethos of 1960s-1970s new-left student activism.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Will China Replace The U.S. As Middle Eastern Stabilizer?

Read Spengler’s take on China’s growing role.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Gestures In The Direction Of Foreign Policy

Why Obama’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ Will Prove a Non Event