The Donald displaying the kind of deep thinking and diplomatic sophistication he would exert if elected President of the United States.
Good lord! If you think the planet is a pretty scary damn place right now, just imagine what it might be like if Donald Trump – the quintessential ‘ugly American’ – was leader of the so-called free world. Perhaps it has some appeal to the pro-Armageddon crowd in Iowa, I don’t know for sure, but if he is serious about running (which I doubt) that’s the only way to account for this kind of unfettered crazy-talk.
If a casual aside by Nicholas Kristoff in his New York Times column today is to be believed, the U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service.
Granted, the military (or the USAF in any case) likes to pretend that these marching bands are “musical ambassadors” – seriously, that’s part of their motto – but surely there’s something staggeringly out of whack when the troop of soldiers quite literally charged with beating the drums of war outnumbers the diplomatic corps.
p.s. Here’s another interesting factoid: With 200 odd courses in the USA and around the world currently under its control, the U.S. military is arguably the largest golf management outfit in the world, rivaling the holdings of Arizona-based Troon Inc.
The question on this afternoon’s edition of “The Cafferty File” segment of CNN’s The Situation Room program was an especially provocative one; asking if, in light of the blatantly insulting snub by the reactionary government of Benjamin Netanyahu when Vice-President Biden recently visited that country, it was perhaps “time for the U.S. to get tough on Israel”…
Not that it will ever do so given the entrenched power of the influential pro-Israel lobby (e.g., AIPAC and so on) in Washington, but maybe now would be a good time to revisit the idea of funneling countless billions of dollars each and every year to supposedly “friendly” client-states around the world.
Considering the heinous insolvency of the U.S. these days, wouldn’t it be prudent to critically re-assess the value of maintaining a far-flung global empire comprising more than 700 military bases scattered about all corners of the planet and backstopping truculent, nettlesome “allies” like Israel or repressive autocratic fiefdoms such as Uzbekistan or Saudi Arabia?
The notion that oil motivates America’s military engagements in the Middle East is often disregarded as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. Blood and Oil, a 2007 documentary by the Media Education Foundation based on the work of Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare, challenges this conventional wisdom to correct the historical record.
The film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years — rendering America’s contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable.
It used to be that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was widely regarded (at least by the mainstream media) as “the man of ideas” in the Republican Party. Now though, it seems he’s been reduced to reckless fear-mongering about imaginary future threats — a sad decline into paranoid madness which perhaps indicates how truly bereft so-called “conservatives” are of actual ideas or any practical solutions to the vexing problems of the world these days.
Can anyone but the most deranged crackpots on the edge of their own catastrophic mental breakdowns seriously think that the harebrained “national security” schemes of this pompous muttonhead deserve any legitimate consideration as matters of policy?
If pseudo-cons want to continue marginalizing themselves into complete irrelevancy, they’re going about it precisely the right way with petulant hissy fits like today’s indignant outburst from the perpetually aggrieved wankers at Power Line claiming to be deeply “embarrassed” by President Obama engaging in civil diplomatic gestures at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.
By the way, it has to be said that Stephen Harper has always had a very pragmatic, fairly realistic approach to relations with Cuba and Latin America, long pre-dating the new administration in Washington. His present stance welcoming a possible thaw in Cuba-U.S. relations is actually nothing terribly new, but simply a more robust affirmation of his previous statements that relations with that country should be guided by principles of “respect for people’s sovereignty, and non-interference, and the right of people to pursue alternative paths to their development.”
Prior to the summit, Harper said he was curious to meet Chavez and other leftist leaders such as Bolivia’s Evo Morales, quipping that it would be “the most ideological heterogeneous” summit he’s ever attended. Heh.
A very cool animation based on Ron Paul’s powerful speech before the House of Representatives last month regarding America’s tragically misguided foreign policy. Original video (Windows media) can be viewed here.