Obama Has Three More Months to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Progress before Israel Strikes

March 25, 2012

Obama Has Three More Months to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Progress before Israel Strikes.

Well, we can all sleep better tonight.

Thank you aurelius77!

 

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The Power of Words – What Happened to our Foreign Policy?

March 17, 2012

The REAL hero of the Suez Crisis, a man with compassion beyond measure.

When the World’s oil was threatened under President Eisenhower’s watch, he did not resort to using military force. He set an example of non-interventionism, and helped to ensure a free World Market for years to come.

Here is a brief summary of one of the World’s first oil crises:

Britain and the United States initially offered to fund the building of the Aswan Dam, but they withdrew their offer as a response to the growing relationship between Egypt and the Soviets. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser reacted by nationalizing the Suez Canal on July 26th 1956. About 1.5 million barrels of oil a day were transited through the Suez Canal, and about 1.2 million of them were destined for Western Europe, making it an essential part of the global economy. On August 2nd Britain made the decision to mobilize troops, and the USSR responded by sending Soviet ship-pilots to help Egypt run the canal. On October 1st a 15 nation Suez Canal Users Association is formed in hopes of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis, but Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula by the end of the month. The day after Israel invaded the USSR demanded a ceasefire between Israel and Egypt, but the demand is vetoed by France and Britain. U.S. President Eisenhower had wisely advocated peacefully resolving the crisis, and his example led the UN to approve the USSR’s ceasefire demand on November 2nd.

THIS is war

The use of force was not even a last resort for Eisenhower. The horror of war is no longer recognized in America.


China’s 11.2% defense budget increase should not be a surprise

March 11, 2012

On March 4th China announced a plan that would increase military spending by more than 11%. An increase this large is extremely frightening considering the incredible amount of economic and political power the country already wields.

This move, however, can be easily  justified.

In 2008 America elected a candidate who ran as a peacemaker, as someone who hated military action and would prevent military expansion at all costs. He, Barack Obama, even received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. 

When a candidate runs as a peace time president but deploys 2,500 troops in Northern Australia, as our president did last Fall, one can only be grateful and even relieved that China only expanded by 11%.

To say that Obama is the only cause for China’s expansion would be a dangerous error on my part, and disrespectful to the president, but I do believe his precarious Asia-Pacific foreign policy decisions contributed greatly to China’s decision. I do respect the President’s foreign policy elsewhere and I believe the way he has handled the various situations that have arisen in the Middle East extremely well. It is unfortunate, but I do believe that this will be part of the GOP’s rally cry, but I would be surprised if Obama’s foreign policy harms him in the 2012 election.

If anybody would be kind enough to explain the logic behind Obama’s Asian Pacific, I would appreciate it greatly.