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Awkward much? We expect more from our leaders.  Common courtesy and a knowledge of diplomatic protocol shouldn’t be too much to ask, should it?  Some will see this as petty partisan politics but it’s not. If you were riding the bus and an old woman got on and was standing next to someone who was seated and they saw her but wouldn’t give up their...

Tristane Banon, victim from 2002? DSK apparently had a history with the ladies including a 2002 incident that went unreported and an affair with a married woman under his oversight (DSK is married, too).  The chambermaid he is alleged to have sexually attacked herself is a single mother after her husband died.  The attack was violent enough for police to find blood...

There is no doubt that Mexico is teetering on the verge of becoming a failed state.  Police chiefs are regularly murdered, often decapitated, violence rages, sometimes spilling over the border.  Recently, a U.S. agent was slain in Mexico.  President Obama has vowed that American agents will not be allowed to carry firearms in Mexico. Too bad U.S. personnel can...

What a nice tune. Every ruling government has a song that is heavily identified with its ideology.  For the United States, it is the Star Spangled Banner and the resiliance of the American spirit to not let our flag fall under enemy bombardment.  The French have La Marseillais which, ironically considering their military performance for the previous 100 years celebrates...

China, America's banker. The United States is a debtor nation and China owns about $1.00 for every $10.00 of U.S. debt.  Politicians might be very trendy today calling out U.S. banks for having been so reckless in their spending but, ironically, now China is doing the same thing to our politicians in Washington, D.C.  China has always bought U.S. debt in the...

President Obama spoke to West Point graduates, to tepid applause, laying out his “vision” for America’s role in the world… and it looked a lot like the failed policies of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.  Obama said: “Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system,” the president told graduating cadets. “But America has not succeeded by stepping out of the currents of cooperation. We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice, so nations thrive...

The popular Liberal view.   This week, Just Politics..? is going to explore 5 Liberal Myths (as they relate to Republicans).  To some readers, these may seem to be facts because they are repeated so many times.  The 5 Liberal Myths are:  America’s International Standing Torture Republicans as Party of “No” Healthcare Ineffective Energy Policy Today being Monday, we will examine America’s poor international standing:  During the term of George W. Bush Liberals would constantly say that he was eroding the positive...

Another 24 season of BS? I stopped watching “24” about 2/3rds through last season because it just became too absurd.  Absurdity always reins supreme in this show but it became too much even for me.  I was sucked into watching the 2 hour premiere last night, however. The first thing that struck me was that Iran’s fiery theocratic president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has instead been replaced by a Savile Row “Omar Hassan” who is president of the Islamic Republic of Kamistan.  He is elegant, he is calm, his English...

Mark Twain said: Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish. Here’s hoping America starts to know its fish! ...

Liberals love internaltional institutions Democrats are very fond of international institutions and treaties – for only they can provide a check on the evilness of American power and domination: “The president is deeply committed to using multilateral tools …,” said Brimmer, who was appointed by Obama. “It is the decision to take the issues back into the United Nations and other international organizations and to empower those multilateral institutions to fulfill their intended roles that makes real the president’s...

Which quotes did Osama bin Laden say? Here’s a little test for everybody… who said the following quotes… Osama bin Laden or Liberals?  Some quotes modified slightly to keep you guessing! Track your answers and see how your scored! 01. Bush moved the tyranny and suppression of freedom to the United States and called it the Patriot Act under the disguise of fighting terrorism. 02. Americans are only able to maintain their level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. 03. Ashcroft said...

10. Quit blaming George W. Bush for everything.  For Harry Truman, the buck stopped with him.  Of course, thanks to massive government debt sales under Obama, a “buck” is now worth less but the concept is the same. 09. Quit blaming the CIA for everything.  You can’t simply say the CIA “dropped the ball” on the one hand then release terrorists to Yemen and politicize the War on Terror on the other and expect positive results. 08. Quit spending so much damn taxpayer money!  Governments aren’t the...

Our Goldilocks president – I call him that because he supports things like the war in Afghanistan but then undercuts himself by saying he still wants to get out of Dodge ASAP and can never find a cause that is “just right” – is going to cause a lot of problems for himself, our soldiers deployed overseas, and for America in general by his constant rhetorical lukewarm statements on American Exceptionalism. al Qaeda and the Taliban definitely want us to leave Afghanistan.  Currently, these two groups are fighting...

2010 is going to be an interesting year.  We have already seen how incredibly partisan Democrats in the House and Senate have been regarding everything from blaming the CIA for their failings (remember when Nancy Pelosi disappeared for a month after her “they didn’t tell me” speech?) to making grand promises and then going back on them (closing Gitmo, banning “torture” but writing in an exception to releasing thousands of pages of pending legislation only hours before a vote was due on it). For 2010 I think...

Yemen is looking like the next Sudan or maybe Afghanistan.  Will President Obama do anything? Hundreds of al-Qaeda militants are planning terror attacks from Yemen, the country’s Foreign Minister said today. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi appealed for more help from the international community to help to train and equip counter-terrorist forces. His plea came after an al-Qaeda group based in Yemen claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day airliner bomb plot. Dr al-Qirbi said: “Of course there are a number of al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen...