Posted on October 18, 2011 in Campaign Statements
"I think it's time for this country to have a very real debate about foreign aid. Clearly there are places. As a matter of fact, I think it's time for us to have a very serious discussion about defunding the United Nations. When you think about -- when you think about the Palestinian Authority circumventing those Oslo Accords and going to New York to try to create the conflict and to have themselves approved as a state without going through the proper channels is a travesty. And I think it's time not only to have that entire debate about all...Read more
Posted on October 17, 2011 in Washington Watch
This Presidential election is beginning to look a lot like the contest of 1996, which saw a battered Bill Clinton win a second term in office by defeating Republican Senator Bob Dole. There are differences, to be sure, but the similarities are striking.
Coming into the '96 election season, Republicans were still in a heady frame of mind. In the 1994 mid-terms, they had taken advantage of Clinton's sagging approval ratings, swamping Democrats nationwide and taking control of Congress. Claiming a mandate, Republicans declared the President "irrelevant" repeatedly pressing their agenda on the White House. At one point Congressional hardliners...Read more
Posted on October 14, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Aaron Snipe, Spokesperson, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, discussed the controversy at the center of the attempted assassination of the Saudi Ambassador on U.S. soil as well as State Department efforts in Libya and Egypt.
Ausama Monajed & Dima Moussa, Founding Members Syrian National Council, discussed Syria and the work their organization is doing to support the aspirations of the Syrian people.
Shane D’Aprile, Editor, Campaigns & Elections, discussed the current GOP presidential field, providing analysis of Herman...Read more
Posted on October 13, 2011 in Countdown
Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Blog
This evening The Washington Post and Bloomberg will host a debate for the Republican presidential candidates at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. While the debate season got off to a slow start, recent debates have caused definite shifts in the momentum of various campaigns. The focus of tonight’s debate will be on the economy. Given the importance of this issue to voters, this particular debate has the definite potential to make or break the chances of Presidential hopefuls and launch a new phase of the Republican primary race. Here are some stories to watch for in tonight’s debate: ...Read more
Posted on October 11, 2011 in Washington Watch
Having spent time this week in both New Hampshire and Iowa, the states featuring the first presidential nominating contests of 2012, and having been in Michigan the week before, I am getting the feeling that this has all the makings of a very strange election. Foremost among the reasons for this is the fact that the country is in a deep funk. The numbers tell it all.
The economy has not recovered from its near collapse three years ago. Unemployment levels are still double what they were a little over a decade ago. Pension funds are still reeling, having lost...Read more
“If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President -- you have that President today”
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"God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will."
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"It is in the interests of all three nations to see that Afghanistan and the Afghanistan/ Pakistan border region are rid of the Taliban and other insurgent groups.... Pakistan should understand that any connection between insurgent forces and Pakistan’s security and intelligence forces must be severed. The United States enjoys significant leverage over both of these nations. We should not be shy about using it."
"This past June, President Obama disregarded the counsel of his top military commanders, including General David Petraeus, and announced a full withdrawal of those 30,000 surge troops by September 2012. That date falls short of the commanders’ reported recommendation that the troops remain through the end of 2012 and the Afghan “fighting season” to solidify our gains. That date also happens to be just weeks before a U.S. presidential election. There is no military rationale for it. It raises questions about whether the timing is politically inspired."