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Foreign Policy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Society’s Rights

The lectern used by Senator Dianne Feinstein to announce the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation methods bore a label declaring “human rights first.”  Human rights, however, depend entirely upon preservation of the political power and social culture that proclaims and supports them.  Enhanced interrogation methods after 9/11 were essential to that end.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Political Posturing Costs Lives

It’s difficult to escape the conclusion that the unilateral Democrat-Socialist Party condemnation of CIA post-9/11 interrogation tactics is anything other than a flip-flop of opinion aimed solely at diverting attention from the Obama administration’s continually unfolding scandals at the IRS and revelations of lying about ObamaCare, as well as public rage over the president’s imperial enactments of immigration regulation and unauthorized changes to ObamaCare implementation.

Read Putting the “Torture Report” In Historical and Moral Context, Peter Wehner’s article in the Commentary website.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Understanding Why Our Enemy Is Our Enemy

Frank Madarasz alerted me to this article:

The Question of Islamic Reform

Neither wishful thinking nor politically-correct suppression of free speech in the public square will alter the reality of the brutal aims and methods of Islamic Jihad.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Liberal-Progressive Knee-Jerk Blind Spots

Reader Robert Stapler examines some of liberal-progressives’ off-the-shelf, canned responses and preconceptions which have little, if any, congruence with reality.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Obama Does Have A Foreign Policy Strategy

Read Thomas Sowell’s take on what’s really on the secular savior’s mind.

Mainstream Media Finally Are Beginning To Report The Truth About Obama

After more than six years of worshiping Obama as the world’s secular savior who can do no wrong, some liberal-progressive columnists and editorialists have begun to acknowledge the truth: Obama is an extraordinarily skilled politician who has a fatally flawed paradigm of human nature and world affairs.

Read Obama Didn’t Repair Broken Windows Of Foreign Affairs, by Richard Cohen, a columnist for the left-wing Washington Post.

 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Obama’s Middle Eastern Strategy

Read David Goldman’s assessment.

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Obama’s “we-don’t-have-a-strategy” gaffe was so egregious as to distract attention from the fact that he does indeed have a strategy, which has blown up in his face. His strategy is accommodation with Iran at all costs.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hubris (excessive pride or self-confidence leading to downfall)

Obama’s got it, in spades.

Read this editorial by Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post, one of the leading propagandizers of liberal-progressive-socialism.  Hat tip to Jonathan S. Tobin on the Commentary website.

To fix foreign policy mistakes, President Obama must first admit them


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This is not to argue that Obama should dispatch hundreds of thousands of U.S. ground troops to the region. The point is that a doctrine whose first priority is avoiding U.S. engagement is bound to fail. The goal must be offensive: to defeat those forces that are destroying Iraq and Syria, from the Islamic State to the homicidal regime of Bashar al- Assad. That can be accomplished only with U.S. military and political leadership. And it will require Obama to accept the conclusion he still bitterly resists: that he was wrong.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Judaism Exalts Life; Islam Glorifies Death

See John Steele Gordon’s piece in the Commentary Magazine website:

Understanding A Simple Question


...But while the Schleswig-Holstein question might have been hard to understand, the Israel-Palestinian question is not.  Indeed, as Dennis Prager explains in this short lecture, it couldn’t be simpler.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Playing Politics With Our Future

Well-intentioned or not, Obama’s foreign policy has been egregiously simplistic.  As Eric Voegelin observed, left-wing radicals envisioning a perfect world and hubristically presuming that they can change reality succeed only in reducing political society to disorder.  Underlying reality does not change.

Iraq, Middle East Paying for Obama’s Miscalculation