An Appreciation of the Obama Administration’s Policy on Syria

Though it is difficult to precisely state Mitt Romney’s policy on Syria, it appears from the recent Biden-Ryan debate that his current desire is to be more hawkish and directly arm the Syrian rebels. I must say here that Romney and Paul Ryan appear to be trying their best to hurt this country with such plans.… [Read more]

Paul Ryan’s Ayn-Rand-Worldview Flunks the Foreign Policy Test

According to most media outlets, especially the spectacle of cable news, the best way to judge a political debate seems to be tantamount to judging a beauty pageant or American Idol contest without the musical talent evaluations. It’s all about presentation, facial expressions, what one is doing while the other is speaking, “looking presidential.” Numerous pundits have advised viewers to best take in the debate with their volume off.… [Read more]

Presidential Debate, Round 2, Part I.”What I’ve Tried to Do is Be Consistent.”

This is painful to watch. It’s so hard to listen to someone misrepresent what he will do with such aggression and no details.

President Obama set the tone for what was to come when he said, “What I’ve tried to do is be consistent.”

Tonight’s highly anticipated second presidential debate, moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley already had eyebrows raised even before it aired.… [Read more]

‘Malarkey’ Is Not An ‘F-word’

“Hello, 9-1-1? There’s an old man beating a child on my TV.”   ~ Bill Maher

The debate moderator, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz’s decades as a respected professional journalist (and motherhood experience) kept the peace between squabbling pols and the tough questions flowing. No Fox News softballs or a first Presidential Debate open brawl which Jim Lehrer often was unable to keep on topic last week.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney is a Wizard and his Foreign Policy is Magic

Electoral politics generally involves promising the impossible. During the 2008 election, Obama promised stabilization of Afghanistan, improved relations with Iran, and justice for the people of Darfur, Sudan. And before him, numerous other presidential candidates and politicians have promised results that were, by most measures, highly unlikely to be reached. It’s the nature of beast.

However, we may have reached a new high in outlandish foreign policy promises with Mitt Romney’s latest speech at the Virginia Military Institute.… [Read more]

The Limitations of the United States and its President

Despite his empty-chair-talking tendencies, I still remain a fan of many of Clint Eastwood’s movies. And one of my favorite Eastwood scenes occurs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force where Clint observes “Man’s got to know his limitations.”

I only wish more people heeded this advice.

Most recently, the Romney campaign has been peddling the asinine idea that riots in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, etc.;… [Read more]

Right or Left: The Incomplete Portraits of Al Qaeda

Every year around this time—the time near the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks—numerous articles and TV segments sprout up professing to explain the true motivations of “those who hate us,” or, in other words, of the broadly-based Al Qaeda movement. And every year, I find that most of these assessments come up a little short.… [Read more]

Are Obama’s Policies “European?” Who Cares?

In all honesty, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews often annoys and creeps me out, but there are those valuable times when the man has a point. In a recent exchange with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Morning Joe, Preibus accused President Barack Obama of “looking to Europe for guidance” on issues like healthcare, spending, and economic stimulus.… [Read more]

The Case Against Iran

Lately it seems that a war between Iran and Israel is nothing but inevitable, and by proxy of alliance it would mean the U.S. would extend its military hand in aid of Israel, if not declaring an all out war on Iran itself.

Iran, who has a notorious record of supporting the radical Shia organization Hezbollah (who is a known terrorist clique), has been at odds with the United States since the Iranian revolution of 1979 when the Shah of Iran was forced to flee the country, which subsequently transitioned Iran into the Islamic republic we know and love today.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney: A Foreign Policy of Incoherence

Although the 2012 presidential campaign may still be in its early stages, one thing is clear: foreign policy is not the Republican Party’s strong suit this year. Not only are the party’s overall views on foreign policy disjointed and incoherent (as opposed to the 2004 election where the party was mostly united in a strong hawkish, neoconservative philosophy) but its candidate himself, Mitt Romney, is both inexperienced in and, as can be more clearly gleaned from his recent world travels, uneducated about the international arena.… [Read more]