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Archive for the ‘Diplomacy’ Category

North Korea Sinks South Korean Ship-II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 26, 2010

We have received a thought-provoking response to yesterday’s posting related to North Korea’s torpedoing a South Korean naval vessel killing over 30 sailors (North Korea Sinks South Korean Ship). A reader took umbrage to this Blog’s criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy and blaming his policies for the belligerent actions of North Korea and Iran.

Posted below is this Blog’s response and criticism received.  The exchange shows one difference between those that see America as the problem and those that see it as the solution.

Enduringsense’s Response

OK, you asked a question that I assume wasn’t meant to be rhetorical so I’ll answer it.

What do you suggest President Obama does to handle Iran and North Korea?”  First Obama needs to start treating our friends like allies and enemies like adversaries.  His Kumbaya approach to foreign policy has failed.  The bad guys are more belligerent since the election and that is in response to his policies.  They are testing a president that they see as weak and that has increased the likelihood of conflict, not decreased it.  Wars occur when one side misjudges the other side.  That is occurring with North Korea and Iran.

As for your comment: “Starting a war with either country (especially Iran) is not a viable option given the current state of our military and the lack of public support for another war”, is the reasoning England and France used in 1937 when confronted with and aggressive Nazi Germany.  Had the western powers started the war against Hitler in 1937, tens of millions would have been spared.  Thus the appeasers have culpability in what came.

Finally, it’s time to stop making excuses for Obama’s failures such as: “What did G.W. Bush do to crack down on Iran and North Korea that Obama has backed off on?” Obama should not be judged by his predecessors’ failures.  He ran on a platform for foreign policy that promised a safer world with his diplomatic approach.  Obama has not met that promise and needs to be held accountable.  He got plenty of passes on his poor judgment before the election.  It’s time to stop the whining.  He is the president and the buck stops with him.

Readers Criticism of Enduringsense’s Posting

What do you suggest President Obama does to handle Iran and North Korea?  Starting a war with either country (especially Iran) is not a viable option given the current state of our military and the lack of public support for another war. China and Russia have denied harsher sanctions from the UN for both countries as well. Obama’s options seem limited at this point.

What did G.W. Bush do to crack down on Iran and North Korea that Obama has backed off on? North Korea and Iran have been building nuclear weapons for years, not just since Obama came into office. I think the problem is that both countries have us between a rock and a hard place and they know it. They can afford to make demands and engage in the saber-rattling that they are so fond of.

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Progressives Compare Arizona Law to China’s Human Rights Violations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 18, 2010

ABC News’ Kirit Radia has reported on a remarkable story, even for the Progressives in the Obama Administration.  Obama is now equating the new Arizona immigration law with human rights abuses in China.  What a stretch and how convenient!

Let’s see; the Arizona law allows local authorities to check one’s immigration status only if that person is stopped for some other legitimate legal cause and if found to be illegal, can be deported.  Over the years China has murdered thousands of its citizens, violently put down protests and even today dictates how many children its citizens may have.  If you are having difficulty equating Arizona and China, then you are thankfully not part of the Cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs Progressives currently occupying our White House.

According to Radia, a human rights meeting was held last week between China and the United States.  Incredibly, the Obama team raised the Arizona immigration law as an example of “racial discrimination” in America.  Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner indicated that We brought it up early and often.  It was mentioned in the first session and as a troubling trend in our society, and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination.  And these are issues very much being debated in our own society.

Even though Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has admitted that Arizona’s law is not racist (see Eric Holder Admits ….), the President allowed his negotiators in China to state otherwise; typical diplomatic and Progressive double talk.  In the words of US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, We’re talking about issues that are uncomfortable, quite frankly, but it is a sign of maturity that we can talk about specific cases“.  What dribble!  This group will never let facts interfere with diplomacy.  And these folks are supposed to be working for us?

The day the Arizona law was voted in President Obama called it “misguided.”  Now he is resorted to outright false statements about the law and using these misrepresentations in a way that not only damages American prestige, but also damages the cause of real Human Rights violations worldwide.  With friends like this, ……….

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A Worthy Quote on Appeasement

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 5, 2010

“No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.”

Those readers who disagree with the logic of this quote may see it as coming from a right-wing tea partier intent on bashing President Obama for his foreign policy.  His initiatives have included apologizing to the world for previous American behavior and his “feel-good” approach to Iran and dictators like Chavez.  Those readers not in favor of Obama’s foreign policy might see the quote coming from Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.  Both types of readers would be off the mark.

The quote was actually from Dean Acheson, a long time Democrat statesman who served in the Truman, Kennedy and Johnson administrations.  Yes, he was educated in Yale and graduated from Harvard Law Schools, today’s bastions of Progressive thought.  This pedigree is curious since anyone making that quote today would probably have their intellect impugned by Progressives.  It is sad what the Left has done to political discourse in more recent years.

It has been said that John Kennedy would be thrown out of the Democrat Party as it now stands ideologically.  That is sadly true.  It is not the Republicans who have gone further off center and to the Right.  In fact, just the opposite has occurred.  George W. Bush outspent all Democrats before him, only to be trumped by Obama.  No, the words from a dean of the Democrat Party in the 20th century conclude that it is the Democrats that have marched far off center and to the left.  More important, the failure of Obama’s charm offensive with Iran and others proves how correct Dean Acheson was.

Mr. President, spend some time reading Mr. Acheson’s writings.  To help get you started I supply additional Acheson quotes below.  While each generation narcissistically believes it invent something new, like sex, it’s all been done before!

More Dean Acheson quotes:

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.

I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.

Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.

Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.

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Appeasing Iran; A Losing Strategy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 30, 2009

This week’s news from Iran proves that the West is traveling down a dangerous path similar to its appeasement of Hitler’s Germany in the mid 1930s.  Let’s look at the reports:

Wall Street Journal – Mohamed ElBaradei, departing chief of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency, said Iran’s continued refusal to accept tighter scrutiny of its nuclear activities would likely force the international community to impose new sanctions.

CNN Breaking News – Iran’s Cabinet approves building 10 uranium enrichment plants, according to the state news agency IRNA.

Financial Times – Iran’s move to build ten uranium enrichment plants puzzles the West.  Ali-Akbar Salehi, Iran’s top nuclear official, said the decision was a “firm response” to a vote two days before to censure Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran’s actions should not puzzle anyone.  It should have been clear to all but the knuckleheads who call themselves “diplomats” what is going on in Iran.  This failed state is run by theocratic fascists and has been caught in a time warp since the clerics seize power shortly after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.  But our State Department has been so wrapped up with errors made in the early 1950’s that it cannot focus on the problems we now face.  Yes, Jimmy Carter’s gift just keeps on giving! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Untied Nations Has no Moral Clarity

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 17, 2009

The Wall Street Journal today reported on the widening offensive by Saudi Arabia in the border area of Yemen.  This report stated:

Saudi Arabia‘s offensive against Yemeni rebels entered a second week.  United Nations workers said the number of displaced on both sides is growing.

Late last week, Saudi Arabia set up a six-mile buffer, or “kill” zone, inside Yemen.  Its navy set up a blockade off Yemen‘s northern Red Sea coastline.

In Saudi Arabia, 240 villages have been evacuated.  The toll in Yemen, the region’s most impoverished country, is steeper.  25,000 additional people have been displaced since the Saudi offensive began, according to UNICEF.

The Saudi operation began after unknown gunmen crossed the border this month and killed a Saudi border guard. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Islamofascism”: The Shoe Fits!

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 12, 2009

-Chinese-Warrior-With-A-Dragon-And-SwordThe great Chinese general Sun Tzu stated: “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.”  The Art of War hasn’t change centuries later.

In the days before Obama, we had the “War on Terrorism”, “Axis of Evil” and “Islamofascism”.  These have since morphed into “Overseas Contingency Operation”, “other countries” and “terrorists”, none of which adequately describe our enemy.  If we cannot properly label the enemy, how can we expect to know them?

Islamofascism was coined to indicate the similarities between the Muslim Extremists, some of which are terrorists, and the Fascist regimes of Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  This term has fallen out of favor during recent years, the victim of the PC (political correctness) police.  That obfuscation does not change the striking similarities between the Muslim extremists and their Fascists counterparts of the past. Read the rest of this entry »

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Professor Gates & the Lockerbie Bomber

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 24, 2009

Two seemingly independent events met this past week, the result of separate comments made by President Obama.  Let’s start with a background on both events.

Professor Gates

On July 16, 2009, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. returned to his house, butAPTOPIX Harvard Scholar Disorderly could not enter due to a defective door.  A neighbor called the police, who when they arrived, asked Professor Gates for identification.  Professor Gates went ballistic, immediately assuming that he was being racially profiled.  Police Sergeant James Crowley arrested Gates for disturbing the peace, but later dropped the charges.

When President Obama was questioned about the incident, he stated that while he did not have the facts, Officer Crowley acted “stupidly”.  After a public outcry towards Obama’s precipitous comment, the President responded with a weak apology:

“Because this has been ratcheting up and I helped contribute to ratcheting it up, I want to make clear that in my choice of words I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sgt. Crowley specifically and I could have calibrated those words differently.”

No Mr. President, you did not “give an impression” that you were maligning the police, you maligned them, period!  And what does “I could have calibrated those words differently” suppose to mean?  A simple; “I apologize for the error” would have done nicely, thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fallacy of Negotiations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2009

arguingDiplomats perpetuate the theory that negotiations between antagonistic parties is always the best approach.  This is fallacious.  If negotiations lead to a positive outcome, they are productive.  If they lead to a bad outcome, then the negotiation’s process is counterproductive.  Sounds obvious?  It is.  But, why then do we seemingly continue to ignore this reality? Read the rest of this entry »

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