Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

Here’s my nomination for FBI Director…

May 15, 2017

Pundits have been throwing around names of possible Comey replacements.

For example, the NY Times list includes:

Andrew G. McCabe, the acting director of the F.B.I.;

Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas;

Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York State Court of Appeals and the former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York;

Alice Fisher, a former top Justice Department official who would be the first woman to run the agency.

Mike Rogers,  the former chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, who represented Michigan and once served as an agent in the bureau.

One person strikes me as a perfect choice … but I haven’t heard his name mentioned.

Here are his qualifications:

  • Considered by all to be squeaky clean
  • Holds a JD from Harvard (Obama’s alma mater).
  • Has a track record turning around big organizations
  • Was an outspoken Trump critic during the campaign
  • ID’ed the Russian threat before it became fashionable

So, who’s my pick?

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Tell me again: When did Dems start thinking that Russia was a threat?

February 17, 2017

This recent brouhaha about General Flynn chatting up the Russian ambassador seems  to have stoked new flames for hair-on-fire Dems.

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Let’s go back a few years.

Remember the 2012 Presidential debates?

A key moment was when President Obama ridiculed Gov. Romney’s knowledge of foreign affairs.

Given Democrats reaction to recent events, this clip is a classic …  try to stay calm when you.watch it

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Here’s more that’ll make make you scream …

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Obama’s CIA chief says that Trump is naive about Russia …

January 17, 2017

Wonder if the guy watched the 2012 Presidential debates when Obama mocked Romney and declared the cold war to be over …

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 On the Sunday talk shows, outgoing CIA Director John Brennan had some sharp criticism and warnings for President-elect Trump.

Brennan said  that Trump is a bit naive and doesn’t have a “full understanding” of Russia’s power and the threat to the world posed by Russia’s aggressive actions.

Brennan failed to mention that — up to a couple of months ago — President Obama didn’t consider Russia to be much of a threat.

I wish the shows’ anchors had asked Brennan if he remembered the 2012 Presidential debates?

A key moment was when President Obama ridiculed Gov. Romney’s knowledge of foreign affairs.

The clip is a classic …  try to stay calm when you.watch it

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Here’s more that’ll should make you scream …

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Flashback: Obama schools Romney that “Russia isn’t a threat”

December 14, 2016

Remember the 2012 Presidential debates?

A key moment was when President Obama ridiculed Gov. Romney’s knowledge of foreign affairs.

Given the current hysteria over Russia, the clip is a classic …  try to stay calm when you.watch it

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Here’s more that’ll should make you scream …

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Flashback: Obama schools Romney that “Russia isn’t a threat”

October 1, 2015

With Russia now propping up the Assad regime, “requesting” that the U.S. pull all troops and planes from Syria, and clearly establishing its sway in in the Middle East, I think a flashback is in order.

Remember the 2012 Presidential debates?

A key moment was when President Obama ridiculed Gov. Romney’s knowledge of foreign affairs.

Given recent events in the Ukraine, the clip is a classic …  try to stay calm when you.watch it

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Here’s more that’ll make make you scream …

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Flashback: Obama schools Romney that “Russia isn’t a threat”

March 3, 2014

Remember the 2012 Presidential debates?

A key moment was when President Obama ridiculed Gov. Romney’s knowledge of foreign affairs.

Given recent events in the Ukraine, the clip is a classic …  try to stay calm when you.watch it

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Here’s more that’ll make make you scream …

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The true value of campaign promises …

August 28, 2008

Excerpted from Foreign Affairs, “The Next President’s Daunting Agenda”, by Richard Holbrooke, September/October 2008 

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It is a well-established historical fact that what candidates say about foreign policy is not always … what they will do if elected. Historians point to a myriad of examples:

  • Franklin Roosevelt’s 1940 promise to not send “your boys . . . into any foreign wars,”
  • Lyndon Johnson’s statements in 1964 that he would not send ground troops to Vietnam,
  • Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. ground troops from South KoreaRichard Nixon’s 1968 references to a nonexistent “secret plan” to get out of Vietnam,
  • Ronald Reagan’s 1980 pledge to upgrade U.S. relations with Taiwan to “official” status,
  • Bill Clinton’s 1992 promises to stand up to the “butchers of Beijing,”
  • George W. Bush’s 2000 call for a “more humble” foreign policy that would never again have the United States involved in “nation building.”

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Whatever their ultimate fate, however, campaign positions are key indicators of the priorities and thinking of each candidate as he approaches the most powerful and difficult job in the world. It is therefore valuable to examine them carefully.

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Richard Holbrooke was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001

Full article:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/the_next_presidents_daunting_a.html

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