International Affairs

International Affairs

America's Credibility in Iran

What's happening in Iran is INSANE.

We should applaud the brave Iranians who are in the streets demanding liberty and their freedom from the oppression of the ayatollah. Who is speaking up for these people fighting for their lives, trying to get their freedom after decades of repression?
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Memorandum

TO: President Bashar al-Assad
FR: Committee on Election Strategy
RE: Lessons Learned from Ahmadinejad Election

Dear Mr. President,

While most analysts and fellow dictators look at the election of our comrade Mahmoud and think “amateur,” we actually believe that it shows the future for elections in our region of the world.
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What, No Halo?

U.S. politics is boring.

From The Associated Press:


The current reformist salvo is a video clip sent by e-mail and on CDs of [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad telling a top cleric, Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli, that a "light" enveloped him during his address to the U.N. General Assembly in 2005 and that the crowd stared without blinking during the entire speech.
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The Approaching Armageddon

The Obama administration is globally known for appeasement to despot countries that will only betray them in a matter of time.

As our president embarks upon his travels to the Middle East this week, one could only pray that he will speak the cold truth to his Arab partners.

The situation in the Middle East is about to reach a tipping point. In May 2009, Iran launched a missile capable of striking Israel. In defiance of U.N. resolutions and sanctions, Iran has been developing the capability to make a nuclear bomb for years. It is not an unreasonable inference that if Iran, under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had the capability, it would destroy Israel.
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What Brits Should Be Kept Out of the U.S?

Earlier this week, the British government decided that Michael Savage should be kept out the U.K. because he spews hate on his radio talk show. I am not going to defend everything Savage has ever uttered on his radio program, but he is not exactly the next coming of Adolf Hitler. He is a talk-show host. Give me a break.

That got me thinking, though. We here in the States should take this opportunity to retaliate by keeping some dangerous British citizens out of this country.
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Netanyahu Can Be Israel’s Nixon-to-China Peacemaker

The following article appears in The Washington Times of Monday, April 13.


A very wise Republican friend of mine, star pollster Frank Luntz, has made it a science to convince politicians of the supposedly self-evident proposition that words count.

New Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is known in Israel and throughout the world as a man of the right. He is often referred to as a "hard-liner" when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians. The early impression in American and European media has been that Mr. Netanyahu, as one Jerusalem-based think tank fellow put it, "has refused to commit himself to a two-state solution."
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Are We All Still Georgians?

If we are all Georgians, which side do we take in the latest protests? Today’s protests are further evidence that Bush’s and McCain’s unconditional support for Mikheil Saakashvili’s government last year was unwise.

When John McCain declared that we were all Georgians he had little understanding for the ethnic politics in the region that were driving the conflict. Substantial reporting done since the Russian-Georgian war has revealed just how muddled the events were leading to the outbreak of war; both countries clearly acted provocatively.
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Guest Blog: Tom Friedman's Magical Mystery Tour

I know this is somewhat unorthodox, but Thomas Friedman couldn’t reach his editor at the Times in time to get his column in for today, so he asked if I would publish it for him in this space.

KHULISAL — This South Asian country, slightly smaller than Iowa, is quickly becoming one of the new Asian Tigers that might drive the world economy out of its recession. Long ignored by world investors, Khulisal is making China’s and India’s economies look downright sluggish and backward.

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Another Deadly Attack in Northern Ireland

This is really depressing news coming from County Armagh, Northern Ireland. For the second time in less than a week, a splinter IRA group is trying to upend a decade-long peace by targeting members of the police service (PSNI) and British army.

The groups are likely trying to take advantage of the weakening economy to provoke an overreaction by the police and security services, though it seems so absurdly warped and murderous that it will almost certainly fail. The Real IRA, the group that claimed responsibility for Saturday’s ambush of an army barracks, claimed that the gunned-down pizza deliveryman was a legitimate target, because he was “serving the occupational force.” This isn’t freedom fighting; this is the D.C. sniper set on anarchy.
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Some Things Never Change

The reactions of organized professional tennis to the United Arab Emirates’ refusal to enter an Israeli athlete in its Dubai tennis tournament says wonders about modern anti-Semitism.

Imagine if they didn’t accept James Blake or Serena Williams because they don’t like blacks: Would organized tennis accept that and continue participation, deploring the discrimination on its way to playing for money? Not likely.
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