US Foreign Policymakers Cannot Be Trusted by Sheldon Richman — Antiwar.com

If you have become a regular follower of IST then you are well aware that I have zero confidence in our foreign policy ‘experts’…….and respect them even less.

My biggest bitch is these people are dinosaurs……….they are trying to plug-in Cold War solutions to today’s world…….their solutions are falling dead from the start and yet they still think we are still dealing with situations in a vacuum tube world……

Finally, others are starting to see what I have been going on about for years.  With an election approaching I still do not see a candidate that is capable of dealing with 21st century problems with 21st century solutions……neither party will get this world back to a sane footing…..

Some in the media have called 2016, the Foreign Policy Election…….if so then I suggest that you pray for the country…..there is NO one running at this time that has even the slightest knowledge of foreign policy or international relations…..Clinton has some experience but I do not trust her to make the right choices…….

Do not take my word for it…..read on…….

 

US Foreign Policymakers Cannot Be Trusted by Sheldon Richman — Antiwar.com.

Saudi Arabia, US Strongest Ally!

The official statement coming from the State Department is ….”Saudi is America’s strongest ally and the strongest supporter of the fight against ISIS”…….seriously?

There has been much in the media of just how important Saudi Arabia is to the US…..endless reporting for what reason?

The American people need to know that the facts on TV have little to do with reality…Few realize that the atrocities committed by ISIS are NO different than the “justice” handed out in Saudi Arabia…………Let’s look at the differences in Saudi Arabia and ISIS….Can you find the differences?

 

Crime and punishment: Islamic State vs Saudi Arabia | Middle East Eye.

Boehner, Netanyahu and George Washington’s Farewell Warning | Nomadic Politics

BiBi the puppet master will come to DC and get to lie and bang around to our Congress, hopefully they will stay awake long enough to get in the cash line after the speech…..

Ike warned about the power of the Military-Industrial Complex   (M-IC) and NO one heeded his words……and then there is Washington, the man not the town, that all Americans, especially the Right wing, loves and adores as a Founding Father…..but he made some predictions that hold true today…..and NO one heeds his words either……

Why is that?

Please check out this piece and comment….I want to hear your thoughts.

 

Boehner, Netanyahu and George Washington’s Farewell Warning | Nomadic Politics.

Cuba: What To Do, What To Do?

The surprise of 2014 was the announcement that the US would resume relations with the island nation of Cuba.  Of course, this news sent the GOP into a batcrap crazy rage…..they babbled….they whined….and they warned…….and as usual they threatened..

There is a minor battle going on between Rubio and Paul……it is silly theatrics…….but I am sure that there are those that will be very vocal on all this……

So I ask Congress….whatcha going to do?

They will do whatever it takes…at least that is their promise……a hollow promise at best…….why?

Not likely, according to experts, who say that President Obama has considerable leeway to curb the embargo against Cuba unilaterally, and Congress has limited options as far as stopping him.
All they can do is make lots of noise, which they excel at, and in the end…..cry in their beer.

Does The US Have A Foreign Policy?

It’s a curse…..my interest in international situations….but Hell someone has to have an opinion other than the ‘approved’ ones we get daily from our slumbering media….

I have been a critic of Obama and his foreign policy….in short, from my perspective, it SUCKS!

Other critics will fixate on the Syrian line in the sand thing but that would be short sighted and requires no thought what so ever.  After all his back up from the line is not new…..even Bush1 drew a line in the sand in the Balkans and never acted it took a new president, Clinton, to move to more aggression.  I guess selective memory is a contagious disease.-

Let’s look at few situations…….Obama will bring the troops home this year….not new that was the plan all along….but some of the usual suspects will try to make political hay out of the withdrawal and it will be nothing more than political posturing.  His, Obama’s, team got Egypt wrong….all wrong.  They have done NOTHING creative in dealing with Russia.  And their ME plan sucks!  Not all of it will be their fault, Israel needs to man up and accept that they do not want a peaceful conclusion to the conflict.

I can little that I would consider a successful foreign policy…..wait!  There is China.  They have called  China out on their cyber attacks, help maintain calm in any of their disputes and of course they were handled with kid gloves….would not want to piss them off, eh?  And then there is the Iranian deal………..I think that this deal would have eventually happen regardless who was prez….but I will give them a passing grade for the deal.  That is about it….other than a couple of pretty good speeches but that is NOT a foreign policy.

While the prez and his posse have not been what I would call successful it is not their fault completely……The Congress has tied their hands on numerous occasions and after they attacked the deficit with a meat clever no one’s policies can work without the support of the nation and the Congress

The US top diplomat, John Kerry, has been talking……..

Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“There’s a new isolationism,” Kerry said during a nearly one-hour discussion with a small group of reporters.

“We are beginning to behave like a poor nation,” he added, saying some Americans do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests.

In speaking of what he called the “new isolationism,” Kerry cited the limited support in the US Congress to back Obama’s plan to launch an air strike against Syria last year because of its suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Obama, in a decision criticised by some allies in the Gulf and elsewhere, asked Congress to vote on a strike. With limited congressional backing, he ultimately abandoned a strike and pursued a deal to get Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

I realize that foreign policy is a game of juggling relationships to achieve an overall peaceful existence……some where some one has dropped one of the pins….we can blame Congress or the Prez…..it matters not….a lousy foreign policy helps NO ONE!

And now with the Ukrainian crisis we are back to some thinking big spending on the M-IC is the only answer to this situation……all politics and lame talking points……..that is where our foreign policy is at this time in history.

Clowns, asshats and morons……..but they say we get the foreign policy we deserve……Merry Christmas…a little early.

John Kerry’s Diplomacy May Be Failing in the Peace Process | New Republic

Continuing with my focus of the day….foreign policy…….

Peace is a diminishing return as long as all concerned will not give an inch…..the institution of war precludes a viable peace.

Every prez comes to power with a plan to stop the killing and maiming in the Middle East…..and every prez fails…..John Kerry and Pres. Obama will meet the same fate as their predecessors….

John Kerry’s Diplomacy May Be Failing in the Peace Process | New Republic.