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War Weary

War Weary

The Wall Street Journal reports in its survey of popular opinion polls that Americans across the board think the US is doing too much abroad, a shift from eight years ago. On the question of a strike on Syria, majorities of Republicans, independents and even men all say military action is not in the national interest. Even the elites of both parties, who tend to favor an assertive American role abroad because of investment opportunities, now say they favor focus…

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How the Syria Crisis was Defused

How the Syria Crisis was Defused

President Barack Obama’s handling of the Syria crisis had little resonance with his primary audiences. His Arab audiences puzzled over his focus on death by chemical weapons much more than the deaths and suffering of countless others. Moreover, they contrasted the quick reaction to rebellion in Syria to the chaos in Egypt and the Middle East. Obama asked the US Congress to authorize what then Senator John Kerry called an “unbelievably small strike” alienating Republicans and Democrats alike and left…

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US Intervention in Syria

US Intervention in Syria

Pressures are increasing on President Barack Obama to intervene militarily in the Civil War in Syria, a war that seeks to topple the dynasty that has ruled Syria for generations with brutal and undemocratic procedures. The risks that are holding back Obama on Syria are similar to those faced by the United States in its failed interventions in other Arab countries, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan where billions of dollars and thousands of lives were wasted in American attempts to…

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The Drones: Cowboy Behavior

The Drones: Cowboy Behavior

Iran’s defense minister confirmed that Iran fired on a US drone unmanned aircraft that had entered Iranian airspace. US says it was a routine surveillance mission using international airspace over the Persian Gulf. It was the first time Iranian aircraft fired at an American drone that the US says was protecting American interests. US warned that drone flights will continue. Understanding American drone strikes is difficult, because they are based on uncertain information from dubious sources. How many people have…

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The US and Israel get closer on Iran Policy

The US and Israel get closer on Iran Policy

Ever since Barack Obama became President of the United States, American relations with Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu have deteriorated over relations with Iran. Netanyahu insists on harsh threatening measures capped by a “red line that must be drawn limiting Iran’s ability to enrich uranium thereby limiting Iran from further development of a nuclear weapon.” Pres. Obama and his administration accept the objective of denying Iran a nuclear weapon. They have led the international movement to install economic and diplomatic sanctions…

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Obama Will Win in a Landslide

Obama Will Win in a Landslide

President Barack Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by significant margins in virtually every political category. Worse for Romney, his campaign lacks the plan and focus to reverse his difficulties. In contrast, Obama’s campaign has made few mistakes while riding the benefits of incumbency. In a lead editorial, the New York Times, September 25, “Why Romney is slipping: By refusing to supply voters with intelligent answers, his campaign is driving them away.” The prestigious London Economist reports On September 22,…

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Killing Our Citizens without a Trial

Killing Our Citizens without a Trial

Earlier this year, the Attorney General of the United States delivered an extraordinary public address with the following message: if you are a US citizen, the President of the United States can issue an order to have you killed without review or approval from any other branch of government. No other president has ever asserted such authority. The Obama administration has already used this authority. On September 30, Anwar Al-Awlaki, a member of Al Qaeda, born in America, was targeted…

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The GOP Gets a Jump Start

The GOP Gets a Jump Start

The Republican presidential candidate debates were combative and entertaining, attracting large crowds on site and millions of viewers on television. This was hardly due to the brilliance and ideas of the candidates who were unimpressive in word and deed. Is this crop of candidates the best that the Republican Party can present to the nation to lead the world’s prime superpower? Should we entrust our country to a retired pizza maker, or a barely literate governor of Texas, or a…

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Gingrich Will Re-elect Barack Obama – In a Landslide

Gingrich Will Re-elect Barack Obama – In a Landslide

Barack Obama is the luckiest candidate for president in the history of the United States. Struggling with unemployment and desperate business conditions, saddled with the costs of two wars he did not start, Obama appeared politically helpless as the constituencies that elected him in 2008 drifted away from him disappointed with his policies. Zany Newt has reversed the political equation as Obama’s key supporters are terrified at the prospect of a wild Gingrich presidency. That possibility is reuniting the Obama…

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Voting Blocs May Decide the 2012 Presidential Election

Voting Blocs May Decide the 2012 Presidential Election

The political face of America is changing as immigrant groups, legal and illegal, build our population to at least 310 million – and rising. As the presidential election of 2012 approaches, the prime question will be turnout, that is, which voting bloc will respond to which candidate. Will the giant demographic trends already in place benefit President Barack Obama and his Democrats sufficiently to overcome the negative effects of joblessness and unresolved wars in remote lands? The basic constituencies of…

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