Category: Our Foreign Policy

Sources: Osama bin Laden is Dead. President: Still Trying to Organize a Press Conference About It

Sources: Osama bin Laden is Dead. President: Still Trying to Organize a Press Conference About It

| May 1, 2011 | 5 Replies

At about 10 PM Eastern, I caught the breaking news on Twitter that the White House had called a 10:30 PM Press conference that would involve major national security news. Speculation (and more than a few jokes) ran rampant for a half hour. I caught tweets that intelligence personnel had been recalled and the military […]

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Again, Ban Ki-Moon Will Vote "Present" on Human Rights

Again, Ban Ki-Moon Will Vote "Present" on Human Rights

| April 27, 2011 | Reply

I’m going to go way out on a limb and suggest that it’s not a good thing for the UN Secretary General to vote “present” on the matter of human rights. The brutal crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad may finally be getting the attention of world leaders — but apparently not enough to stop […]

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President Obama's Foreign Policy: In the Rear with the Gear

President Obama's Foreign Policy: In the Rear with the Gear

| April 25, 2011 | Reply

Both Mollie Hemingway and Paula Gardner noticed something very curious about a description of President Obama’s leadership style in a recent New Yorker article. Obama’s reluctance to articulate a grand synthesis “has alienated both realists and idealists,” Lizza writes. However, he “may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine.” One of Obama’s advisers describes his […]

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Barack and Hillary Sitting in a Tree. P-U-N-C-H-I-N-G!

Barack and Hillary Sitting in a Tree. P-U-N-C-H-I-N-G!

| March 31, 2011 | 2 Replies

Have you ever played Pinochle, or some other bidding card game with a bad partner? Every time you toss in a bid, your partner’s bid either undercuts you or they over bid of, God forbid, you find yourself bidding against them. Well, that’s what appears to be happening lately in the Obama administration. consider their […]

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Moussa Koussa Busted Loussa*

Moussa Koussa Busted Loussa*

| March 31, 2011 | Reply

This is very good news. BREGA, Libya — As rebel forces in Libya began a cautious regrouping after a panicked retreat, Britain on Thursday offered new details about the defection of Libya’s foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, insisting that there had been no deal to lure him in return for immunity from prosecution. [...] Mr. Koussa […]

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After the President's Libya Speech, I Still Have Questions

After the President's Libya Speech, I Still Have Questions

| March 29, 2011 | Reply

Last night, President Obama did his best impression of an embarrassed schoolboy handing in a two-week late term paper he hastily finished the night before and told us what he thinks we’re doing in Libya and why Operation Air Quotes is the right thing. You can read the speech here and determine for yourself if […]

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An Exit Strategy That's Not an Exit Strategy for A War That's Not A War

An Exit Strategy That's Not an Exit Strategy for A War That's Not A War

| March 24, 2011 | 4 Replies

Sunday, I wrote a post titled “To Heck With an Exit Strategy, Can the President Tell Us His Entry Strategy for Libya?”. When I wrote that, I thought surely President would have such a strategy for whatever the heck it is he’s doing in Libya, considering the Democratic Party’s obsession with the phrase “exit strategy” […]

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The Telework War, Day 3: Wherein President Obama Finally Notifies Congress

The Telework War, Day 3: Wherein President Obama Finally Notifies Congress

| March 21, 2011 | 2 Replies

We’re well into our brand-new, remotely-commanded war in Libya and our Commander-in-Chief has decided on a bold new strategy. First, he deigned to take a question on the war from his whirlwind tour of Chile wherein he pointed out: a) Muammar Ghaddafi can not remain as the leader of Libya, and b) we’re not going […]

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Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli “Spy Vulture”

Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli “Spy Vulture”

| January 4, 2011 | 3 Replies

I’m honestly not sure whether this story is funny or depressing. A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday. The bird was found in a rural area of the country […]

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Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli "Spy Vulture"

Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli "Spy Vulture"

| January 4, 2011 | 3 Replies

I’m honestly not sure whether this story is funny or depressing. A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday. The bird was found in a rural area of the country […]

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