Obama Foreign Policy

Doomed to failure, cont’d

Featured image President Obama spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today (video below, transcript here). The video runs about 43 minutes. Listening to it, I would have estimated a Castroite 4 hours and 43 minutes. It is excruciating. The tone is professorial, patronizing, and unmanly. Obama challenged, and was followed by, Vladimir Putin. Putting the merits to one side, the contrast was not to Obama’s advantage. At the United Nations Obama »

Clearing my spindle, Syria edition

Featured image The withdrawal of the United States from Iraq and points elsewhere around the Middle East has created a vacuum that has been filled by forces hostile to the United States. Syria is representative. ISIS has moved into Syria from Iraq. Iran and Hezbollah have both moved into Syria to defend the Assad regime from ISIS. The Obama administration has taken a sort of Stalinist tack. Obama has concentrated on building »

Clearing my spindle, Iran edition

Featured image Steve Hayward notes that there is a certain lack of conviction in some Democrats’ support of the deal with Iran. That shouldn’t be any great surprise. They know they’re doing the wrong thing. The deal is both absurd and unpopular. It cannot muster a congressional majority. It will strengthen a transparently evil regime that remains our avowed enemy. So some Democrats support the deal, but not proudly. One such is »

Democrats Explain the Iran Deal: Feel the Conviction

Featured image Our friends at the Free Beacon have compiled the case against the Iran agreement—entirely from Democrats. Even Debbie Blabbermouth Schulz seems to get it. I sure hope they like owning this thing 100 percent: »

The second time around

Featured image Senate Republicans oppose the catastrophic deal into which President Obama has entered with Iran, yet they have been unable even to secure a vote on the merits. Senate Democrats including Minnesota’s own Al Franken (who undoubtedly thinks it’s a good deal) and Amy Klobuchar (who knows better but acts out of pure political calculation) have blocked a vote on the merits of the deal by means of the filibuster. The »

The Nuclear Option to Stop the Nuclear Iran?

Featured image No, I’m not talking about using nuclear weapons to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, though I have several times over the last few years heard from very knowledgeable and well-placed people in the defense and foreign policy community that if it comes down to Israel having to defend itself alone against the imminent deployment of Iranian nukes they might have to resort to using their nuclear capacities to stop »

Maybe the FDA Can Stop the Iran Deal?

Featured image Obama’s Iran agreement is thought to be a done deal, but what if the Food & Drug Administration stopped it because of its many ill side-effects? That’s the question raised by this 1:30 long video from Jerry Zucker of Airplane! and the Naked Gun and Scary Movie franchises. »

Report: Obama ignored Russian offer to have Assad step down

Featured image More than three years ago, Russia proposed that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, step down as part of a peace deal, according to Martti Ahtisaari, a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time. Ahtisaari is the former president of Finland and a Nobel peace prize laureate. He says the Russian offer, which sounds more like a framework, came in 2012 from Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N. It »

What To Do About Middle Eastern Refugees?

Featured image Millions of people are streaming out of Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Many are fleeing (or have fled, making an intermediate stop in Turkey) from ISIS, others from Assad. This refugee crisis has already roiled European politics, and some are advocating that the United States take in even more Middle Eastern refugees than we already are. What is missing from this picture? Michael Ramirez weighs in with his usual insight; click »

Doomed to failure

Featured image As part of his observance of the 9/11 anniversary yesterday President Obama held “a live, worldwide televised Troop Talk Talk town hall at Fort Meade.” That’s how the White House described it in the preview posted here. If you remember Elvis’s Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite extravaganza of 1973, the preview might have seemed an allusion. By contrast with Elvis’s worldwide audience, however, we (and I believe many in Obama’s »

The Iran Deal In Perspective

Featured image That is the title of this cartoon by Michael Ramirez. I hope it doesn’t come to this, and I really don’t think it will. But it might, which is why I have been a vociferous opponent of Obama’s Iran giveaway. During our podcast tonight, we talked about the grotesque misdirection of Barack Obama, the New York Times and others on the Left who insinuate that opposition to the Iran deal »

Hillary distances herself from Obama’s foreign policy — what does it mean?

Featured image Given the email scandal that has enveloped her campaign, I suspect that few people are paying attention these days to what Hillary Clinton has to say about the issues. Nor is there much reason to take her substantive positions seriously. She will say whatever she thinks it takes. But Clinton’s unprincipled posture makes her statements revealing. They reveal how she views the political landscape. With this in mind, what should »

Russia ignores Kerry

Featured image This past Saturday Secretary Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to express ever so politely “U.S. concerns about reports suggesting an imminent enhanced Russian military build-up there.” Kerry went so far as to “ma[k]e clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL Coalition operating in Syria.” Strong stuff. »

Coping with Corker-Cardin — a reply to Andy McCarthy

Featured image Andy McCarthy, whom we admire, has responded to a post in which I argued (1) that Congress should not follow the voting procedure established by the Corker-Cardin legislation, but (2) if Congress does follow this procedure it will not, by doing so, repeal any sanctions against Iran. Andy has been the leading proponent of the first proposition, but he disagrees with the second. In his original post, which prompted mine, »

Dick Cheney: The (mad) deal with Iran

Featured image Vice President Cheney spoke at the American Enterprise Institute on the Iran deal yesterday. AEI has posted the video along with a brief summary here; I have posted the video below. The speech is about 35 minutes long followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. Cheney’s speech provides a compelling critique of the deal tying together numerous threads against it, several drawn from previous statements made by President Obama »

Surrender…then play-fight: A word from Senator McConnell’s office

Featured image Andy McCarthy’s most recent column on the Iran deal is “How the GOP pretends not to authorize Obama’s agenda.” Andy’s argument with Paul Mirengoff is incidental to Andy’s analysis of what Corker-Cardin has wrought. Andy hypothesizes that the Iran review act (the Corker-Cardin bill) adopted by Congress represents Republican shadow boxing with the administration. In this context, I take it, he judges the act worse than nothing. Nevertheless, he draws »

Andy McCarthy Replies to Paul On Iran [With comment by Paul]

Featured image Andy McCarthy wrote a column over the weekend that urged Congress to refuse to proceed with a vote on the Corker Iran bill, on the ground that President Obama has failed to fulfill the conditions set forth in that legislation, since the full terms of the agreement have not been provided to Congress. (I am summarizing very briefly, there is much more to Andy’s argument.) Paul responded to Andy’s column »