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Old 02-17-2014, 09:13 AM  
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Barack Obama ‘lost’ abroad

Let's face it this guy doesn't know what hes doing, he leaves people in our embassy to die rather then rescue them, draws lines in the sand only to made a laughing stock, completely disses Israel and keeps funding the Islamist to name only a few.

Eric Cantor: Barack Obama ‘lost’ abroad

By JOSE DELREAL | 2/17/14 8:25 AM EST

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will deliver a “major national security speech” on Monday sharply criticizing President Barack Obama’s leadership abroad, touching on a variety of topics ranging from Iranian nuclear negotiations to Russian-American diplomacy.

“America’s friends worry we have lost our way, that we have lost the will to live up to our values or stand up to aggressors. They see a divided, inward-looking America that is focused on its weaknesses rather than its strengths, and they know this is an America that invites challenges and emboldens adversaries,” Cantor will say, according to remarks obtained by POLITICO’s Mike Allen in Playbook.

Cantor’s speech, which seeks to lay out a vision of “clear principles” that should drive American foreign policy, hits the Obama administration particularly hard for its approach to negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

“I can imagine few more destabilizing moments in world history than Iran on the threshold of being a nuclear power,” Cantor says in the remarks. “Make no mistake: Iran is a brutal theocracy. Its leaders violently repress dissent at home and support conflict and chaos abroad. We should lay the groundwork now for additional sanctions in the event Iran violates the terms of the interim agreement.”

Cantor’s full speech will be delivered at 11 a.m. at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

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Old 02-17-2014, 09:55 PM   #16
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:33 AM   #17
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It's not much of a surprise that Cantor is criticizing the President.

As for Iran and further sanctions, the last I heard (read), Iran was softening up and just thinking about coming to a diplomatic table, entertaining the idea of shutting down and handing over their nuclear program. At the same time, far right sanction-hawks (Lindsay Graham was the one I remember) wanted MOAR SANCTIONS, which at least potentially threatened those talks. I've been busy and sadly haven't been keeping up, though - whatever happened to those Switzerland talks? Anyone know?

If sanctions are going to ruin the chance for productive diplomatic actual peace talks, whoever's calling for those sanctions should shut the hell up until we see if they work.

Obama's weakest point is foreign affairs, but last I read these Switzerland talks had at least a glimmer of hope for real results.
Support for triggered sanctions in Congress is bipartisan.

With this President's track record of foreign policy fail and empty happy talk, I don't know how anyone can have any confidence that Iran is thinkin about abandoning it's nuclear weapons efforts. If the threat of sanctions being triggered by failed talks is enough to cause talks to fail, you have to question the Iranian sincerity.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:20 AM   #18
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Apparently Merika was doing great prior to 2008. Were you all embarrassed with our previous president or is this just like most stuff with you. ..because it's Nazi Obama and his evil black agenda!
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:51 AM   #19
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It's good that someone is saying it in a high profile way. We need more of that. We need democrats to speak up too. Maybe then our local apologists won't continue to pretend that everything this administration does in foreign policy is OK, no matter how much real world fail.
That article made absolutely no point – except fear mongering about Iran. It's not even a speech he's given yet, just a pre-speech summary. Yes, we need more people to stand up and say in the most vague terms possible that the US has lost its way – that will get a lot done.

What is exactly is the Republican position here? That we should already be at war with Iran?

Or let me guess "something something Merica, something something this will not stand something something…" Mr. Pres. we need more and louder saber rattling!
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:56 AM   #20
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It's obvious that Obama is a complete amateur in politics and is in way over his head. But that was obvious since his declaring himself a Presidential candidate after 100-something days in the Senate. He was never someone you'd vote for if you wanted a person qualified for the office. For some reason, people started thinking that being unqualified was actually a qualification or an advantage somehow.

We can see now that this was basically like taking a college professor out of academia and dropping him in the office. Sure, he might bluster behind his lectern about how great the world would be if he were president, but this is the predicable result. Arguably the most feckless and frankly embarrassing presidency in modern history.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:58 AM   #21
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Apparently Merika was doing great prior to 2008. Were you all embarrassed with our previous president or is this just like most stuff with you. ..because it's Nazi Obama and his evil black agenda!
I can only speak for myself, but in my case it's pretty much just this President. Clinton wasn't anyone to write home about when it comes to foreign policy, but he wasn't the utter disaster that this President has been. The Bushes were far better than both.
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I can only speak for myself, but in my case it's pretty much just this President. Clinton wasn't anyone to write home about when it comes to foreign policy, but he wasn't the utter disaster that this President has been. The Bushes were far better than both.
I didn't agree with a lot of things Clinton did, but he was at least basically competent. There's a difference between opposition and incompetence.
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That article made absolutely no point – except fear mongering about Iran. It's not even a speech he's given yet, just a pre-speech summary. Yes, we need more people to stand up and say in the most vague terms possible that the US has lost its way – that will get a lot done.
Yes, I know. I read it. My comment was prospective.

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What is exactly is the Republican position here? That we should already be at war with Iran?

Or let me guess "something something Merica, something something this will not stand something something…" Mr. Pres. we need more and louder saber rattling!
You're terrible at guessing. And why would you even need to guess? The speech happened yesterday. Let me help you with a link. You can read about it there.
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It's obvious that Obama is a complete amateur in politics and is in way over his head. But that was obvious since his declaring himself a Presidential candidate after 100-something days in the Senate. He was never someone you'd vote for if you wanted a person qualified for the office. For some reason, people started thinking that being unqualified was actually a qualification or an advantage somehow.

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At VMI, Cantor Argues for Interventionist Foreign Policy

LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 17, 2014 – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a sharp call for stronger, more interventionist American foreign policy in a speech delivered at Virginia Military Institute earlier today.

Cantor, a Republican who has represented Virginia’s 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2001, entitled his remarks, “An America that Leads.” With that theme in mind, Cantor offered several examples of nations and regions around the globe that he feels are in need of greater leadership by the United States.

In referring to that need for greater presence and authority, Cantor said that U.S. allies currently “see a divided, inward-looking America that is focused on its weaknesses rather than its strengths, and they know this is an America that invites challenges and emboldens adversaries.”

The House GOP’s second-highest-ranking member drew parallels between what he sees as a weak and somewhat isolationist foreign policy by the administration of President Barack Obama and a similar stance taken by presidential administrations in the years preceding World War I and World War II.

Having recently toured the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, Cantor warned that America must not repeat its past mistakes. “Human nature has not changed since World War II,” said Cantor, who formerly chaired the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.

As examples of countries currently ruled by powers with such ideologies, Cantor offered Iran, Syria, North Korea, Russia, and Libya, among others.

Referring to Iran as a “brutal theocracy,” Cantor argued that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is not nearly the moderate reformer he seems, and that in actuality, Rouhani is less powerful than Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“If given the opportunity, Iran’s leaders would make good on their call to wipe Israel off the map,” the congressman said. “Armed with nuclear weapons, Iran would be a threat to all within range of their missiles, which someday soon may include our own shores.”

Cantor called for additional sanctions on Iran as a means of deterring that nation’s nuclear ambitions, and a “big stick” approach that warns of military intervention if changes are not forthcoming.

In the case of Syria, Cantor was sharply critical of Obama’s policy toward that nation, which he said hasn’t dealt seriously enough with President Bashar Assad. In particular, the congressman criticized Obama’s decision to have the United Nations deal with Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
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“[Syria] is not merely ‘someone else’s civil war,’ but a regional sectarian conflict that has become a vortex of jihad,” Cantor warned.

Wavering on Syria has undermined the confidence of U.S. allies in Asia, Cantor maintained, as they watch a steadily arming North Korea gain strength.

“An America that leads is an America that must redouble our efforts to stop a nuclear North Korea and stand by and support our ally South Korea,” he said.

Turning his attention to Russia, Cantor said that nation’s president, Vladimir Putin, “is still living in the Cold War.”

As evidence of this, Cantor pointed to Russia’s support for Assad’s Syria, as well as that nation’s provision of asylum for Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who leaked details of a global NSA surveillance operation to the media.

“An America that leads must have policies based on a clear understanding that Russia often behaves like an adversary,” said Cantor. He advocated a return to the diplomatic policies of former President Ronald Reagan, who set the stage for the fall of communism.

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Cantor was perhaps most sharply critical of Obama’s policy toward Libya, where an attack on the American diplomatic compound in the city of Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, resulted in the death of four Americans, including the American ambassador.
“Since that deadly day no one has paid a price for this outrageous attack,” said Cantor. “No one has been brought to justice. What message does it send to the terrorists that an American ambassador can be killed with apparent impunity?”


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Cantor concluded his remarks by mentioning that he’d recently attended a ceremony in which the American Legion Post 186 in Midlothian was renamed for Charles A. Ransom ’01, an Air Force officer killed in Afghanistan.

“We must remember that the international community needs an America that leads in the face of rising threats,” said Cantor. “We honor Major Ransom, and tomorrow’s servicemen and women by having a foreign policy rooted in American strength and humility, with clear purpose and unwavering certainty.” ~Obama no clear purpose and wavers

The congressman’s remarks were greeted with a standing ovation from an audience that included the entire Corps of Cadets; Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, and his wife, Maryellen; George P. “Pete” Ramsey III ’72, president of the VMI Board of Visitors; and faculty and staff.

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