Friday, May 21, 2010

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The Obama Administration And Hezbollah: Looking For Moderates In All The Wrong Places (Again)

Posted: 21 May 2010 02:26 PM PDT

Who can forget the last time the Obama Administration had decided to root out the moderates of an otherwise radical organization? Last year in March we read:Biden: Taliban negotiations likelyVice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Tuesday that 70 percent of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan are essentially mercenaries who possibly could be negotiated with instead of fought, and said the United States likely will try this approach....President Obama on Friday left open the door to negotiating with elements of the Taliban as part of a counterinsurgency strategy first conceived and carried out in Iraq by Gen. David Petraeus, the...

Whod've thunk it? an eu delegation is too anti-israel?

Posted: 21 May 2010 05:30 AM PDT

It's nice to know that some Europeans have principles. The delegation of 25 parliamentarians from the foreign affairs, development and humanitarian aid committees, is due to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week. In their statement, Italian Fiorello Provera, vice-chairman of the foreign affairs committee and Dutch Bastiaan Belder, chairman of the European Parliament delegation with Israel said: "We think that the delegation's program is too one-sided, and for this reason it is extremely unhelpful to the cause we all wish to promote, at a crucial moment, when the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority are restarting indirect...

Submitted 05/21/10

Posted: 21 May 2010 05:27 AM PDT

This week's Watcher's council submissions are up! Council Submissions Joshuapundit - Update On UCSD MSA Member Who Admitted She Wants A Second Holocaust The Colossus of Rhodey - The U.N. continues to prove itself a sorry joke Rhymes With Right - A Tale Of Two Controversies -- UPDATED & BUMPED Bookworm Room - The "Howling Mob" theory of liberal politics Right Truth - The older you are, the less stress and worry you have, says survey The Razor - Have You Mugged Your Kid Today? Mere Rhetoric - BBC Middle East Editor: Watching Obama Slap Around Israel Is "Enjoyable New...

What's the point of sanctions it there's no way to enforce them?

Posted: 21 May 2010 02:36 AM PDT

The title, Sanctions Effort May Open Door to Press Iran Central Bank, looked promising. The particulars, not so much. American and European officials said Wednesday that the reference, passing though it is, could give them a legal basis in the future for choking off financial transactions between Iran and banking centers in Europe and elsewhere. Previous sanctions have taken aim at specific banks suspected of financing proscribed nuclear activity, but never anything as pivotal as dealings with the central bank itself. What is notably absent from the draft resolution, however, is any binding restriction on transactions with Iran's central bank....

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Posted: 20 May 2010 10:20 PM PDT

Last October Charles Krauthammer identified the premises of President Obama's foreign policy: Henry Kissinger once said that the only way to achieve peace is through hegemony or balance of power. Well, hegemony is out. As Obama said in his General Assembly address, "No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation." (The "can" in that declaration is priceless.) And if hegemony is out, so is balance of power: "No balance of power among nations will hold." The president then denounced the idea of elevating any group of nations above others--which takes care, I suppose, of the Security Council,...

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