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I weep: our foreign policy has been reduced to hashtags

Posted by: Phineas on April 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Well, I weep and I mock. For those not familiar with Twitter, “hashtags” are labels preceded by a number sign, as in “#politics.” They were developed to make it easier for people to search for related messages on the system, though people also use them as asides to provide commentary, humor, or snark. A […]

 

Why on Earth are we selling spare aircraft parts to Iran?

Posted by: Phineas on April 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas This is an unbelievably stupid decision. I’ll let my friend Michael Ledeen explain why: Somebody on Twitter posted an upbeat message saying the US delegation to the latest round of talks with Iranian officials was quite optimistic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a born optimist and I love optimism, but I’d rather […]

 

Russia on the march: 10 reasons Putin is likely to invade eastern Ukraine

Posted by: Phineas on March 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s a good article by Michael Weiss giving a list of reasons why Russia’s Vladimir Putin is probably going to make a move soon to take over Ukraine’s largely ethnic-Russian eastern regions. It’s well-worth reading; Weiss covers the realities of power, political considerations, and Russian military movements (1). He also brings up […]

 

Worst Department of State, ever

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This is someone’s brilliant idea of an effective strategy to deal with Putin over Ukraine: To echo @BarackObama today-proud to stand #UnitedForUkraine World should stand together with one voice pic.twitter.com/VeMt578UdY — Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) March 26, 2014   Word of advice to Secretary Kerry and President Obama: Communitarianism is not a foreign […]

 

Crimean “election” and our feckless foreign policy

Posted by: Phineas on March 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas News has been coming in indicating that the Crimeans have voted with about 93% in favor (1) to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Funny how that works, isn’t it, when there are tens of thousands of Russian troops all over Crimea, not to mention these… “campaign workers:” Anyway, I had planned […]

 

John Kerry focuses the State Department like a laser… On climate change

Posted by: Phineas on March 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Because, as we all know, Man-caused climate change the Dread Demon Carbon Dioxide is the “world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction,” a threat we have to deal with now and with all our efforts. Not nukes in the hands of Iranian mullahs yearning to bring about their version of the Apocalypse. […]

 

(Video) John Bolton at CPAC on foreign affairs

Posted by: Phineas on March 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm » Comments Off

**Posted by Phineas National Review’s Jim Geraghty interviewed former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton (1) at the Conservative Political Action Conference and asked him what in world affairs keeps him awake at night. His answer should have you weeping — not because of what he says, so much as the knowledge our foreign policy […]

 

Okay, now Putin is just trolling us. Update: Ukraine sailors to Putin – “You lie!”

Posted by: Phineas on March 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas In an interview with reporters, Tsar President Vladimir Putin said those aren’t Russian troops taking control of Crimea from the Ukraine. No, really. Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at […]

 

Have we ever had a more fatuous Secretary of State than John Kerry?

Posted by: Phineas on March 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Really, all that seems able to come out of that mouth of his is an endless stream of meaningless blather that would make Sir Humphrey Appleby proud. Courtesy of Hot Air, this is what Kerry had to say about the Ukraine crisis yesterday: Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options […]

 

Asking for trouble: the Obama-Hagel defense budget

Posted by: Phineas on February 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Long ago, the Roman writer Vegetius wrote perhaps the wisest thing anyone has ever written regarding war and peace: “If you want peace, prepare for war.” In other words, if your potential foes know you are strong, that you are willing to use force to defend your interests, and that they are […]