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The Kind of President We Need

December 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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President Franklin Roosevelt, getting drought information first-hand from families in Julesburg, Colorado in 1936

An effective leadership must have a direction and a strategy to make thing happen. It should engage today’s talent and not stone-age’s wisdom like the kind of pro-Islamic incompetent governance that we are witnessing in White House today. It should present a policy of openness and transparency to promote individuals’ rights and freedom of expression contrary to the kind of political-correctness dogma that has been imposed upon the American society by the current administration to the point that many adherents of political correctness reject free speech, which has now seized hold of national attention.

A post-Obama president, on domestic issues, from economic, education, and health reform, to immigration rules and gun control, to homeland security, etc., should have the will to do all in his/her power to guarantee the well-being of the American people. On foreign policy, he should re-establish American influence, lead and not follow multilateral bodies, restore defense strength, and commit to the eradication of Islamist terror in all its manifestations, and above all should support the Iranian dissidents in their efforts to change the theocratic regime of Iran, which is known as the main source of global terrorism, for a secular democratic government. [DID]

Many Americans are mad as hell at our political leaders — both Republican and Democrat — and are giving voice to their anger through the likes of Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The anger is understandable. The federal government is paralyzed, unable to tackle any of the major problems facing our country or even accomplish basic functions such as enacting annual budgets for federal departments and agencies. The anger derives equally from governmental ineptitude, arrogance and corruption, and self-serving politicians more concerned with getting reelected than with the nation’s future.

The next president will face major domestic problems, as well as the challenges posed by Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, terrorism and a Middle East in turmoil. What kind of qualities should we be looking for in a new chief executive? Based on my experience working for eight presidents, of both political parties, here is my take: Read more…

Major Wars Create Economic Growth

June 16, 2014 Leave a comment

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This article claims that war is the mother of fundamental innovation and invention, creates jobs, put people to work, and produce an increase in the GDP growth of a nation. However it does not talk about some of the hidden truth behind these wars, the fact that Arms cartels and the capitalists are mostly those who financially benefited from major wars, which results in a bigger gap of inequality in the society. The fact that the main prime mover of most of the wars has root in hegemonic intentions, the cities and towns are destroyed and then foreign contractors and workers come to rebuild them. In other word, the boost in economy of a nation is achieved upon the misery of the other. The article has also undermined the loss of lives during major wars. Nonetheless this article can be the indication of an alarming sign  for the coming war that soon will explode the bubble of global peace. [DID]

The continuing slowness of economic growth in high-income economies has prompted soul-searching among economists. They have looked to weak demand, rising inequality, Chinese competition, over-regulation, inadequate infrastructure and an exhaustion of new technological ideas as possible culprits.

An additional explanation of slow growth is now receiving attention, however. It is the persistence and expectation of peace.

The world just hasn’t had that much warfare lately, at least not by historical standards. Some of the recent headlines about Iraq or South Sudan make our world sound like a very bloody place, but today’s casualties pale in light of the tens of millions of people killed in the two world wars in the first half of the 20th century. Even the Vietnam War had many more deaths than any recent war involving an affluent country. Read more…

The Irony of Obama’s Foreign Policy

May 30, 2014 Leave a comment

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There is no doubt about the fact that the Islamic regime in Iran is the mother of all terrorism in the world for more than three decades since its establishment in Iran. The regime has carried out numerous acts of terrorism against the US interests directly by the IRGC militias or indirectly through its terrorist proxies Hezbollah, which ended up with the death of hundreds of American soldiers and servicemen across the Middle East. The mullahs’ regime has been meddling in neighboring countries from Lebanon and Gaza Strip to Iraq and Afghanistan and Arabian Peninsula. The IRI benefits from creating chaos and disorder among Arab world. The IRI has officially been labeled as a State sponsored terrorism by the US State of Department.

The Islamic regime has largely expanded its authority in Syria, which is considered its most important battlefront today. By sending Islamic IRGC militias and Hezbollah guerrillas to Syria, the mullahs in Tehran have managed to keep Assad’s regime in place.

On his speech on Wednesday at West Point, Mr. Obama said “For the foreseeable future the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism.” He singled out Syria, which he said was becoming a haven for extremists and pledged to ramp up support for Syria’s opposition fighters.

Now contemplate this scenario: Obama has been using a stretched-hand and appeasing policy toward mullahs’ regime to curb its nuclear arms program, while in the meantime the mullahs’ militia terrorists are fighting in Syria against the Syrian oppositions, whom the US administration pledges to provide support for! The irony of this foreign policy cannot be missed!

The Iranian mullahs have claimed the country Syria as their own 32nd state and will spend the financial support they receive from US through the sanction relief to strengthen their position in Syrian battlefront till a complete victory for Bashar Al-Assad is accomplished. US also provide materials support and conventional warfare for the Syrian oppositions who are fighting with the mullahs’ militias. In other word, US is playing the part of dare devil pursuing a paradoxical policy that provide fuels to the war to keep its flame burning, which only result in unleashing the force of a broader terrorism that can easily spread beyond the regional borders. Go Figure! [DID]

It’s rare when a commencement speaker tells graduates he’s doing his best to diminish their career opportunities. Yet to a military stretched thin by a decade at war, President Barack Obama’s message at West Point’s graduation was doubtless welcome.

“U.S. military action cannot be the only — or even primary — component of our leadership in every instance,” Obama said. In laying out his vision for the U.S. role in the world, the president aimed for the well-trod high ground between isolationists and interventionists. His last effort to get there, a peevish exposition at a news conference in the Philippines, wasn’t very convincing. His presentation was more polished today, but it’s unlikely to tamp down criticism of his conduct of foreign policy as weak, indecisive and unconvincing. Read more…

OBAMA TO OUTLINE CASE FOR A LIMITED FOREIGN POLICY

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

 

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Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world; he wants to have as little as possible to do with it until he gets out of office. As Syria showed, while he might want to leave the world alone, the world doesn’t seem to feel the same way about the United States. As for Iran, while the administration thinks it has bought six months of “wait and see,” the reality is that, when the clock stops ticking, the West will be no more confident it can shut down the Mullahs’ nuclear program than it is now. His vision of a low-risk and run-out-the-clock strategy made him incapable to stop Russia from annexing Crimea. It’s hard to see that Obama’s foreign policy leading anywhere but nowhere. This is a suggestion for him by some folks: There is just too much time left in office to coast till the end, pack up the Nobel Prize, and move back to Hawaii. [DID]

Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close.

The president will make the case for that seemingly more limited approach during a commencement address Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The speech will come amid growing frustration in the White House with Republicans and other critics who contend that Obama has weakened America’s standing around the world and faltered on problems across the Middle East and in Russia, China and elsewhere. Read more…

U.S. Government Contractors Attend Iran Oil Show

May 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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So much about the President Obama’s pledge to ‘come down … like a ton of bricks’ on foreign firms expanding their Iran business.

That’s what is wrong with the presidency in the United States, the President of America is actually elected by the Corporate Owners, Bankers, Oil cartels, and all those within 1% reach. Without the endorsement of this group nobody (I repeat nobody) can even dream that someday he gets the chance to become the US President, simply because no one can become the US President by just the direct votes of the grassroots. This is the main difference between the European election process and the US’s, which is the key-role factor for Europeans to get a real President of the people and by the people, whereas here the president is in service of just the 1% reach.  

Looks like the oil-cartel puppeteers pulled the string on Obama, made him forget all about his Noble peace prize and let him know that it is time for payback. What did anyone expect? After all he is not a president who cares for the burdens of the oppressed people, he is a mercenary of the rich. [DID]

Companies positioning themselves for return to Iranian market.

At least five companies with U.S. government contracts were in Tehran last week to attend the Iran Oil Show, a several day conference that enables international corporations to hobnob with top Iranian officials and plan for a full return to Tehran’s lucrative energy market, according to an analysis of the 600 companies that attended the oil expo.

At least 20 of the companies in attendance at the oil show maintain a U.S. presence or have contracts with the U.S. government, eliciting concern from watchdog groups that these companies could be helping Iran breach U.S. sanctions. Read more…

How Obama Is Accelerating America’s Decline

May 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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Before the end of 2014, China will have become the world’s largest economy. For the first time since 1872 — when China overtook Britain — the United States will not top the list. This news amid data published last week by the International Comparison Program, a respected institution hosted by the World Bank, came as a surprise. The hierarchical shift of the world’s most powerful economies wasn’t expected to happen until 2019.

But this goes beyond just the field of economics. America’s domination faces more challenges ahead. Though the United States does not yet have a rival when it comes to foreign policy, Washington’s voice is not as strong as it had been for over 70 years. Read more…

Christians Persecuted at Alarming Rate in Iran, Arab world, US Report Says

May 9, 2014 Leave a comment
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Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment.

Christians are under siege in the Middle East, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop religious persecution by its allies, according to a new report from a bipartisan federal commission.

The report, from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, faulted usual suspects Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, as well as North Korea. The number of Christians in the Middle East has plunged to just 10 percent of the overall population from more than 25 percent in 2011. Read more…

Could the U.S. Superpower Commit Suicide?

May 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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Though Russian troops gather on Ukraine’s border, and civil war devastates Aleppo, the view from Washington still sees the ‘big story’ of this century as the rise of China and the mischief it entails. The big question is about the potential switch from an American to an Asian century and the bloody reckoning this could bring with it. Are America and China on collision course in the tradition of Athens and Sparta, or Imperial Germany and Edwardian Britain?

Some observers, such as Graham Allison and Joseph Nye of Harvard University, and recently strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski,sense that the problem is all Greek. Read more…

Obama Hides his Doctrine behind Petulance, Populist Canards and Straw Men

May 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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For most commentators, President Barack Obama’s biggest achievement in his four-nation tour of Asia was the enhanced defense treaty he signed with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The pact permits US forces to operate on Philippine military bases and sets the conditions for joint training of US and Philippine forces, among other things.

There are two problems with the treaty, however. And they reflect the basic problem with US foreign policy generally, five-and-a-half years into the Obama presidency. First, there is the reason that the treaty became necessary.

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Credibility is about Reassurance as well as the Use of Force

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment

A nagging doubt is eating away at the world order—and the superpower is largely ignoring it.

“WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?” America’s cerebral president betrayed a rare flash of frustration on April 28th when dealing with a question in Asia about his country’s “weakness”. Barack Obama said his administration was making steady, if unspectacular, progress. By blundering into wars, his critics would only harm America.

Mr Obama was channelling the mood of his people, worn out by the blood and treasure squandered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more…