foreign policy

Scott Walker Brings CPAC Crowd To Its Feet

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the newly-minted frontrunner in many early primary state polls focused on foreign policy during his CPAC speech. The CPAC audience rose to its feet several times as Walker spoke, with deafening cheers from the crowd when he said he wants a commander-in-chief who will “do everything in their power to ensure the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil."

Jeb Bush’s Puzzling Foreign Policy Speech

Lincoln Mitchell, New York Observer

Jeb Bush's speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs included several strange pronouncements, but the takeaway from Bush’s speech is primarily that he is a Republican who doesn’t like President Obama, lacks any brilliant or new ideas about foreign policy, will position himself more hawkishly than Obama, and fits comfortably in DC establishment thinking on foreign policy.

Saudi Arabia is a Frenemy Which Makes the World More Dangerous

The House of Saud for years has helped spread radical and violent Islam by subsidizing fundamentalist Wahhabi teachings at home and abroad. This theology celebrates hostility to modernity and encourages extremism and terrorism.

Address North Korea by Listening to China

Successive U.S. Presidents have sought China’s aid to restrain North Korea, but have failed to listen to Beijing while lobbying Chinese officials for their support.  If Washington hopes to win backing from the People’s Republic of China, American policymakers must respond to the China’s recommendations and concerns.

The Comedy Value of a Graham Prez Bid

Daniel Larison, American Conservative

The idea of Graham running for president is inherently silly, and it probably won’t amount to much. One can assume that the purpose of a quixotic Graham campaign would be to promote his toxic cocktail of hard-line foreign policy and “centrist” immigration views. 

The Foreign Policy Of The First Tea Party Prez

Angelo Codevilla, The Federalist

The first Tea Party president, transcending today’s sterile confrontations between “interventionism” & “isolationism,” between “moralism” & “realism,” would practice a foreign policy as defined by GWashington: to “choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.” 

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: The Real Atrocity Is Religious Persecution, Not Free Expression

There is no disguising reality. The problem of violent religious intolerance is almost uniquely Muslim. In most countries in which Muslims constitute a majority religious minorities suffer discrimination and persecution.

RPaul: Paris Killings Should Make France Rethink Muslim Immigration Policy

David Weigel, Bloomberg

"Maybe every Muslim immigrant that wishes to come to France shouldn’t have an open door," Rand Paul said. "France has been a target for many, many years," Ron Paul said, "because they’ve been involved in foreign affairs in Libya."

Communists Win The Day

Erick Erickson, Red State

After a week of libs bellyaching about the US “torturing” terrorists, we have bowed to the terrorists of N. Korea and bailed out the Cuban regime that jails gays, Christians, & dissidents and engages in physical torture. The leftist outrage is more about hating the U.S. than hating human rights abuses.

Republicans' Populist Moment: Squander or Capitalize?

Melanie Kowalski, American Thinker

Now that the once proud Democratic Party has turned itself into the Stalinista party, the Republicans have a quintessential moment in time to reshape domestic and foreign policy. 

Cruz: The World Is On Fire

Colin Campbell, Business Insider

Sen. Ted Cruz attacked what he described as "the Obama-Clinton foreign policy" in a wide-ranging speech. As an alternative, Cruz presented his own three-part plan for "reasserting American leadership in the world."

Russia Should Bury Lenin’s Body and the Rest of Communism

Burying Vladimir Lenin would be a powerful symbolic gesture to close an era. That still might not help the West understand what Vladimir Putin is, but it would emphatically show what he is not. And that would be no small feat at a time of dangerously rising tensions between Russia and the West.

When Liberty Knocked Down the Berlin Wall

We should celebrate a quarter century after the collapse of communism.  The events of 1989 represent a massive increase in liberty, a fantastic triumph of the human spirit.  With so little bloodshed everyday people ousted a gaggle of tyrannies.  They have given hope for future generations, and themselves, that freedom can emerge against seemingly impossible odds.

Santorum Speech to Promote Hawkish Foreign Policy

Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics

Former Sen. Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy address that'll outline his perspective on what he calls “the mounting conflict between the Western civilized world & radical Islamists” and will push back against the GOP’s noninterventionist faction. 

Congress Should Tell Obama No to War Against the Islamic State

President Obama did the right thing by belatedly asking Congress for authority to go to war.  Congress also should do the right thing—by saying no.

Learning That Warmongering and Nation-Building Don’t Work

Washington officials of both political parties have yet to tire of America’s permanent state of war; a testament to the foolishness and arrogance of those who believe themselves to be engineers of peoples, societies, and nations. Only when the American people insist that politicians make peace, not war, will The Libertarian Moment finally arrive.

Paul to Lay Out Foreign Policy Vision

Manu Raju, Politico

Aides say it will be the first time he fully spells out his “conservative realist” ideas.

West: O's ISIS Operation Is a Farce & We're Losing

Allen West, AllenBWest.com

"The quasi-military operation being conducted in Iraq and Syria that has no name is a farce. It is a complete violation of every single principle of war — but then again, Obama doesn’t want to call it that so I guess he and Valerie Jarrett are doing just fine."

Why Are Bushies Attacking Cruz?

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

The neo-cons will not (and cannot) take on the conserv. foreign policy sages who don’t believe in silly nation-building. They vilify Cruz as an opportunist.

Paul: ‘Can You Imagine If Our Soldiers Catch Ebola?’

Associated Press Staff

Sen. Rand Paul is questioning Obama’s decision to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to help combat Ebola, worrying that troops might contract the virus.