Foreign Policy

Obama Targets Holocaust Deniers

President Obama calls out Holocaust deniers and says he will work for an end to intolerance. Elie Wiesel calls Iranian President Ahmadinejad the world's greatest Holocaust denier.


Clinton: Tougher Sanctions on Iran

At a House Foreign Affairs hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives an update on relations with Iran, urging that the U.S. will place tougher nuclear sanctions on Iran if talks are unsuccessful.


President Makes Serious Mistake by Aiding Cuban Oppressors (Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart)

President Obama stated in his inaugural address, “to those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” The Cuban dictatorship has done nothing to unclench its fist.  In fact, it continues to repress peaceful pro-democracy activists, torture prisoners of conscience, and refuses to allow international human rights observers into the country.  Yet today’s announcement by the Administration will provide the Cuban dictatorship with hundreds of millions of dollars annually; the financial resources to further clench its totalitarian grip on the Cuban people.  These unilateral concessions are a serious mistake.

It is my hope that President Obama will not grant any further unilateral concessions to the Cuban dictatorship, and insist upon the three fundamental goals for Cuba enshrined in U.S. law which have long constituted a bipartisan U.S. policy of State:  The liberation of all political prisoners, the legalization of all political parties, independent labor unions and the press, and the scheduling of free internationally supervised elections.


It is not at all surprising that President Obama has decided to welcome gays to the Easter Egg Hunt. After all, he is really a closet supporter of homosexual marriage. Yes, he said during the presidential campaign that he opposes same-sex marriage, but his opposition to Proposition 8, the California resolution limiting marriage to a man and a woman, suggests otherwise. After all, if someone said he was opposed to racial discrimination but then opposed laws proscribing it, everyone would know where he really stands.

Gays at an Easter Egg Hunt makes as much sense as two men showing up at a sorority party. They don’t belong. Who says? Nature. And what nature ordains, society should not dismiss without just cause.

What a Difference a Family Can Make

This morning, among the sea of 30,000 people participating in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll were a small band of parents and their children whose arrival on the White House lawn signaled a quiet, but significant, change in the way our country, and our president, sees the American family. For the first time, families including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were officially invited, and welcomed, to participate in the First Family’s celebration.

At 9:30 this morning, several of those families gathered with me at the offices of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) as they prepared to head to the White House.  The children among the group, who ranged in age from 1 to 13 years old, were simply excited to be part of this festive day in the nation’s capital.  But the parents, including a gay dad and his 6-year-old son, a lesbian mom and her 13-year –old, and two mothers and their children’s grandmother, understood all too well the change that their event tickets, given to PFLAG by White House staff, represented.

We Must Solve the Immigration Issue and We Can

How can we reform our broken immigration system when the economy is in shambles and unemployment continues to rise?  In fact, successful economic recovery requires that we fix our broken system.  The Obama Administration’s recent statements that it plans to roll up its sleeves and start making progress on this challenging issue is welcome confirmation of the views of the President.  And it is clear that the promise of reform will require a creative partnership between the Administration, Capitol Hill, grassroots communities, and businesses around the country where employers, families, communities of faith, and workers all firmly support forward-looking and comprehensive reforms that will put our nation’s immigration system back on track to meet the needs of a 21st century America.

Moving forward with comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that all workers are here legally, will punish unscrupulous employers who undercut their honest competitors, and will restore integrity to the labor market.  It will lift wages for workers, ensure all workers are paying taxes, and restore fairness to our immigration system.  It will eliminate punishing family backlogs and restore unity to divided families.  And it will create a new legal framework that will allow future temporary and permanent immigrants to meet the needs of the U.S. economy in a highly regulated and tightly controlled manner.

The Big Question for April 3rd: England vs. China

The Big Question is a feature where influential lawmakers, pundits and interest group leaders give their answers to a question that’s driving discussion in news circles around the country.

Some responses are gathered via e-mail, while others are gathered in person via tape recorder.

Today’s Big Question is:
Which is more daunting: Diplomacy with the Chinese premier, or tea with the Queen of England?

Read responses below from Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Dean Baker, Grover Norquist, Dr. Larry Sabato, and Dr. Herbert London.

Read the last Big Question here.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) said:
The Queen’s life is marked by great formality and dignity.  It is extraordinary to watch the recordings of her speeches during World War II, as a young woman during Great Britain’s darkest days.  Frankly, she very much reminds me of my great-grandmother, and this way of life is rapidly and regrettably fading from our Western culture. Read the full response here.

Dean Baker, Co-Director at the Center for Economic Policy and Research, said:
They both sound like a tea party. Actually, President Obama should be pushing the Chinese to carry through on their recently implied threat to stop buying U.S. Treasury bills.

If China stops buying U.S. debt, then the value of the dollar will fall relative to the yuan and our trade situation deficit with China and other countries would fall. This is what Congress has been asking China to do all along. Read the full response here.

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, said:
Tea with the British Monarch is silly, inconsequential and a nod to a dying past. Who cares…well, more Americans will respond to how Obama deals with an unemployed descendent of British mobsters (i.e. nobles who stole everyone’s property around them and set the peasants to work for them.) aka the Queen. Read the full response here.

Larry Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics, said:
With all due respect to the Chinese, the answer is tea with Her Majesty, hands down. I’ve had the honor of seeing the Queen twice, once in the U.K. when I lived there, and once in the U.S. on the day of our Bicentennial. I was a nervous wreck both times. When greeting big-shot politicians, they always tell you to imagine them in the bathtub, and that brings them down to earth. It’s sacrilegious to even compose a sentence with “Queen” and “bathtub” in the same sentence. Read the full response here.

Herbert London, President of the Hudson Institute, said:
If you are unaware of tradition or have limited diplomatic training tea with the queen can be a daunting challenge. However, the dangerous challenge, the one that makes a difference, is dealing with a Chinese government increasingly concerned about its dollar assets... Read the full response here.

Keeping Intelligence Accountable

The Hill's Jim Mills interviews Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) about the committee’s work with National Intelligence accountability and protecting National security hot spots.