What is U.S. foreign policy anyway?

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If there were an award for stating the obvious when it comes to the Middle East it would go to The New York Times. On its front page last Friday, the newspaper ran a story headlined, “Muslim Group is Rising Force in New Egypt.”

What group would that be? Why, the Muslim Brotherhood, of course. We have been repeatedly assured by certain pundits and members of the Obama administration that the Brotherhood are a small minority with no major influence in Egypt and that those Cairo protesters clamoring for “democracy” that led to the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak would be the ones to chart the country’s future. Each time another myth is busted, the deniers of what is happening throughout the region simply create a new myth, one they desperately cling to against all evidence to the contrary.

It would be well for the willfully blind to memorize the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood: “Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” Got that?

The London Daily Telegraph interviewed Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, leader of the rebellion in Libya. He admitted some of the rebels have ties to al-Qaeda, but not to worry. Hasidi claimed that even members of al-Qaeda “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists.” Sure they are. We should take them at their word, even though they have been known to lie. At what point do we begin to wake up to this nonsense? Is anyone at the State Department paying attention? How about the White House?

President Obama has been forced by growing criticism to better explain his non-policy in Libya and his reasoning behind bombing the country without deposing Moammar Gadhafi. The president went to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution, not Congress, for constitutional approval to launch air strikes on Libya. Perhaps this is an extension of his stated belief that America is no more exceptional than any other country. “While regime change in Libya is the U.S. policy,” reports ABC News, “Gadhafi’s removal is not the goal of the operation.” No, President Obama tells us the U.S. is in Libya “to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.” Huh?

What about Syria where security forces are shooting civilians in the streets on the apparent orders of President Bashar al-Assad? Under the new “humanitarian” rules of engagement, shouldn’t president Obama send bombers to Syria? Will the U.S. seek authorization from the U.N. for military air strikes there? And then there is Bahrain where thousands of protesters spilled into the streets last week after Friday prayers and were confronted by security forces firing tear gas and pellets. Can live ammunition be far behind?

If humanitarianism is the new standard for U.S. military intervention, what about bombing North Korea, liberating Tibet, strafing The Congo, Darfur and scores of other countries where authoritarian regimes deny basic human rights to their people?

In last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) wrote that what is taking place in the Middle East “could be the most important geostrategic shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” That’s the wrong analogy. When the Berlin Wall fell, people were liberated. What is happening in the Middle East could be the most important geostrategic shift since communists came to power in Russia and China, oppressing and killing millions.

This is just the beginning. Saudi Arabia is next and already the fault lines in that creaking monarchy are visible. The hand of Iran is behind much of this turmoil and behind Iran is al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s vision for the toppling of every regime in the region, each to be replaced by the most religiously fundamentalist and politically repressive of leaders.

While President Obama fiddles, the Middle East burns.

At a private dinner last week in Washington, attended by a group of conservative journalists, someone said if a Democrat must be president, he would rather it be Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama. There was general head nodding. Mine was among them.

[Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, appearing in more than 600 national newspapers. He is the author of more than 10 books and is a FOX News political contributor since 1997. Email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.] ©2011 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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As to what PTCO?

The thread is so far down I cannot connect it to what it is you object to.

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JeffC - That's

That's ok, I was simply objecting to you name calling. Generally, based on what I have read of your posts, it's not like you.

Even if we disagree on politics, I still respect your input and will defend to the death your right to say it.

Even if it's name calling.

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It's his Diet!

Hard to make the right decisions eating what O is having -LOL http://morallowground.com/tag/obama-turd-sandwich/ Not very presidential, but about what one would expect from a community organizer. -GP

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GP

LOL! THANKS FOR SHARING. That really put Newt and Palin in proper perspective. Where were the answers to the 'unanswered questions' in 2003? Yea Colbert!!

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The funniest part was Newt's "open fly zone" and his divorce -LOL. Bottom line is, here we are, once again, wasting money nation building. It ALWAYS turns out bad. -GP

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Foreign Policy

The US is damned if they do intervene and damned if they don't. (Rawanda).
This alliance of nations to assist the 'freedom fighter' in Libya is interesting and historical because it includes Arab nations.
The next steps will be interesting. If Kadahfi makes an acceptable deal this week to step down . .then NATO was correct and the US was in good company..

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DM - Outcomes

"If Kadahfi makes an acceptable deal this week to step down . .then NATO was correct and the US was in good company.."

"Nations don't have friends they have interests." B. Franklin

If this happens, it remains to be seen whether or not is was in the USA's interests.

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Qaddafi is not hurting us

Mr Qaddafi is not hurting us here in the good old USA. I really dont care if he has a war with his own people. We should keep our nose out of it. Now good old obama has increased spending 25 percent. I guess we can file for bankruptcy due to government ignorance. Therefore who is the bad guy here. I voted for Barack. But nothing he promised has come true. Just financial destruction of the country. When will Americans start marching in the streets of washington. Enough already.

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Mark this Date

For the first time EVER, I agree with Farrakhan: http://www.blacknews.com/news/farrakhan_slams_president_obama_libya_atta... -GP

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Normal: Can you answer just one little question for me?

I've found the blogs uninspiring lately due to reasoned argument coming here only to die. No one supports their opinions; just bluster and one-liners. A good place to farm bumper stickers, but not much else. But you may be a break from that mold. You may be onto something I happened to miss. You said this above:

" I voted for Barack. But nothing he promised has come true. Just financial destruction of the country. "

Fidelity® Survey Finds Millionaires’ Outlook for Economy at Highest Level since 2006

The NYSE closes above 12,000 AGAIN

Corporate profits are at historical highs, and their tax burdens historically low.

My question is this: When you say "economic destruction of the country," What in the bejesus are you talking about? Comments such as yours which are unfounded in reality make looking out of a rain-fogged window seem intellectually fulfilling.

My cerebellum hurts.

Thanks a lot.

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Kevin

Don't despair. As the unreasoned remarks continue, it doesn't hurt those who are working hard to make sure that America 'rises' out of this mess whole. Look at Wisconsin, recalls being considered. Look at what has been found to be the reality of 'Tea Party Tax Reform' - the burden being shouldered by the middle class - and breaks for the 1% considered 'wealthy'. Citizens are taking advantage of an open press - and reading ALL media - not just conservative or liberal - and gaining a true insight into what is/is not going on in local government as well as the federal government. Thank heavens we have leadership that is able to multi-task - not since World War II have we had more problems on the table at once. There appears to be some solutions that are worth considering coming from both sides of the aisle. Let's hope that those 'secret' meetings will benefit the American people. I'm sorry that the Tea Party was co-opted by some extremists. It has thrown the Republican Party into the 'fight for our life' mode rather than 'fight for America'.

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The Tea Party

That I know has never moved and still stands for personal responsibility and individual freedom. This so-called war with R's is pretty much wishful thinking by some although I will admit a RINO cleansing will probably occur in 2012. The TP is not waning as the left would love and will be there strong in 2012!
I think it was Mark Twain that said "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated!"
Why don't you check out this http://www.teapartypatriots.org/Mission.aspx and then report back what you have a problem with? -GP

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Which Tea Party though?

There are several groups calling themselves something with Tea Party in them so it's kind of difficult to say exactly what the TP stands for or doesn't. The Tea Party Patriots(the above link posted) is probably the biggest and also does mean it when they say they don't take a position on social issues. Same with New American Patriots....the focus is on fiscal conservatism, liberty and limited govt. Not a word on abortion, gays, DOMA, etc.etc. That thinking is not shared with some TP groups at all.

Contrast that philosophy with Tea Party Nation that is a group that loudly despises GOProud, the conservative gay faction and sort of "competition" to the existing Log Cabin Republican group. The TPN being very outspoken against GOProud to the point of condemning them to the media and calling them a "disturbing group" and "Not conservative" shows that social issues are big to them. Heavily-backed by various TP groups were the very anti-gay and very awful candidates Angle and O'Donnell. Same with bozo Joe Miller in Alaska whose campaign chief ripped into Rush Limbaugh of all people for associating with gays like Elton John. These factions aren't for limited government or anything else besides the usual fundie agenda.

It's pretty tough to say exactly what the "Tea Party" stands for or doesn't when the whole movement was sort of designed in parts by the usual Repubs along with a mix of people who shared the same focus and didn't really organize nationally but locally instead.

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Tea Party Patriot's Mission

Few, if any, will take time to read the mission statement as they do not want to give up their bias against the tea party movement.

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GP typical rants from the left

The Teaparty is over or it's corrupted or it's been co-opted yada, yada, yada.

Anyone who thinks the economy is on solid ground right now looks for bridges to buy. This administration has been inept from day one. Events wag this dog.