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FREEDOM: Foreign policy that ‘redistributes the wealth’ (Part 3)

Policy - Foreign - Part 3RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 9, 2014 – What would happen if the world began to accept its joint responsibility for maintaining humanity? What if it were to demand that the United Nations be true to its name and its mission rather than lackadaisically expecting the United States to fulfill that role? What would the consequences be from the United States’ perspective and how might our Nation recast its role on the global stage? … Read more

FREEDOM: Foreign policy leveraging coalitions and the U.N. (Part 2)

Policy - Foreign - Part 2RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 6, 2014 – In today’s increasingly dangerous world, we need leadership more than rhetoric when it comes to foreign policy. That means we need to constantly evaluate what is transpiring on a global basis, what different paths those situations might take, how those paths might impact our Nation, and how and when we should deploy them. One path is built upon coalition management while the other is executed independently … Read more

FREEDOM: The need to form a rational foreign policy (Part 1)

Policy - Foreign - Part 1RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 29, 2014 – Life cannot exist in a vacuum and neither can global stability. To politically paraphrase the first and second laws of thermodynamics: If energy is not expended to maintain equilibrium, the world will gravitate toward disorder. Less “energy” is required to maintain equilibrium than to rebuild it, so a proactive foreign policy is inherently superior to a reactive one … Read more

Election season and ISIS: The two contexts of ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’

Degrade and Destroy MontageRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 8, 2014 – In recent months, the Islamic State went from “a JV team,” according to President Obama, to “a threat to the civilized world… beyond anything that we’ve seen … (and) as sophisticated and well-funded as any group,” according to Secretary of Defense Hagel. The President has since revised his position to reflect a need to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIL. Had the President reflected upon the political environment in which he participates, perhaps he would have come to that conclusion earlier. After all, it’s an election season; a time when the Parties traditionally attempt to “degrade and ultimately destroy” each other … Read more

Using the power of the People to fix a failed foreign policy

SYRIA - LEBANON Weariness and resignationRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 10, 2014 – We live in a strange and troubling world. There is a civil war in Syria and civil unrest in Ukraine. A 72-hour ceasefire is as close to peaceful coexistence as Israel and Hamas seem to be able to get. ISIL is orchestrating a caliphate against Christians and non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq, and “Green on Blue” attacks continue in Afghanistan.

How will the United States respond to each of these situations as they move forward? No one knows for sure … Read more

 

Embarrassment: Applying the President’s view of Iraq to US

Barack_Obama_&_Nouri_al-Maliki_in_Baghdad_4-7-09RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 23, 2014 – With a demanding schedule the prior week that included a round of golf, a few fund-raisers, and several fairly irrelevant speeches, President Obama must have been pressed for time to prepare for his scheduled press conference on June 19th. Arriving an hour late, the President spent slightly less than 30 minutes presenting his five-point plan and answering a limited number of questions about the crisis in Iraq. However, that was more than enough time to raise serious concerns about his strategy and to draw a disturbing parallel between the sectarian regimes in Iraq and the political regimes in America … Read more

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