Tag: foreign relations
Want to make the world a more dangerous place? Elect Rick Perry
What a fucking moron. Governor Perry might want to notice that there are many differences between Turkey and Iran. … Turkey still hosts that Incirlik Airbase where the young Rick Perry says he was stationed but where he apparently did not bother to learn anything about his host country. If anything, US-Turkish military relations are…
Obama’s ‘Doctrine of Inconsistency’
Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley wonders why the president hasn’t told Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down. Although Obama seemed to embrace the concept of “responsibility to protect” in intervening in Libya and calling for Muammar Gaddafi to step down from power, he has not done the same in Syria. If Gaddafi…
Wouldn’t want to offend China
Neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has singled out China for public criticism over the latest wave of arrests, though both have said that they always raise human rights in their private conversations with Chinese officials. Which makes them just like every administration, Republicans and Democrat. Artist Ai Weiwei, who collaborated…
why is obama defending zelaya?
On principle, he asserts, but why say anything? The ousted Honduran president is allied with Chavez and Castro, and his departure should be quietly welcomed by the U.S. administration. Hell, Zelaya’s own political party wonders if he’s mentally fit to remain in office. I understand opposing military coups. I don’t understand speaking out when one…
thugs on patrol
The BIG question going forward: Should the U.S. engage an outlaw government, and if so, do we risk legitimizing a fragile regime?
An unapologetic apology I can defend
I despise the pseudo-mea culpa, the forced public apology that usually begins with, “I’m sorry if anyone was offended …” In other words, go fuck yourself. But this is an exception I can tolerate: “Obviously we are sorry if there are people who have taken very much to heart this honour, which is after all…