Our foreign policy is much easier, I think, when the countries of the world like us and our leadership. What does it suggest that most of the world backs Obama? Certainly it backs up the notion that Romney is no foreign policy master.
Given the amount of investment that Romney has made in companies that benefit China, I find it very interesting that the Chinese are on the Obama backing side,
But what is it about Romney that makes him nore favorable to Pakistan?
- The wider world wants Obama – except Pakistan (standard.co.uk)
- You: Romney has no policy to deal Pakistan: John Kerry (nation.com.pk)
- Poll finds 20 of 21 countries strongly prefer Obama (exception: Pakistan) – Washington Post (blog) (washingtonpost.com)
- BBC poll finds Pakistan is only country in the world that prefers Romney (o.canada.com)
- Polls Show Obama Would Cream Romney in Every Country in the World–Except Drone-Bombarded Pakistan and Israel (alternet.org)
- World Favors Obama Over Romney (drudge.com)
- World Overwhelmingly Rejects Romney And Favors Obama In BBC Poll (addictinginfo.org)
- The Least Enlightening Debate – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Nahlah Ayed: Why the world wants Obama to win (cbc.ca)
Remember what Romney said during the foreign policy debate? Think about this:
“I look around the world, I don’t see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding. […] But unfortunately, in nowhere in the world is America’s influence greater today than it was four years ago.”
Well, I wonder what the influence of America is in the real world? Here’s a chart by Ezra Klein evaluating 16 countries we deal with:
Gee… looks like they like us. As a matter of fact, some countries like us very much… and they really like Obama:
Pakistan, however, seems to go more for Romney. Why? Because he criticizes Obama’s mid-east accomplishments?
- Why Romney Lost the Foreign Policy Debate (shortlittlerebel.wordpress.com)
- U.S. election: Romney outplayed by Obama in foreign policy debate (thestar.com)
- Obama Has Massive Lead in Global Poll (weeklystandard.com)
- Best Romney Quotes … (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Who Won the Foreign Policy Debate? The [Instant] Surveys Say … (slate.com)
Summer Solstice… today. Sunshine from early morning to early evening… the longest stretch of the year. We began the morning with rain, but the sun is out now (although there is a 60% chance that the rain will return later in the day or overnight. Great for the gardens, though.
I spent most of the morning at the dentist having a replacement tooth installed after a root canal. On the way home I stopped in the new local pharmacy to get my dentist’s prescription filled and ran into Delegate Doyle, our representative at the State legislature and a frequent visitor to the radio show. We exchanged some pleasantries and, later, the pharmacist said Doyle was checking out the new store… so he’s showing interest in his District.
I’m back at home now watching the Senate on C-Span2 as they debate Leon Panetta‘s nomination for Defense Secretary and whether or not to pull out of Pakistan, or Afghanistan, or Libya. Doesn’t look like we’re going to really get out anytime soon, although Obama is supposed to be presenting a partial Afghanistan withdrawal tomorrow (I don’t expect the percentage to be a big one or the time it takes to do it to be very fast.)
Meanwhile we move forward into the muck of the future..
- The longest day – Summer Solstice 21st June 2011 (mbcalyn.wordpress.com)
- Summer Solstice (stephaniezide.wordpress.com)
- Tuesday, June 21, 2011: Happy Summer Solstice! (eaststreetweatherblog.wordpress.com)
- Summer Solstice: Time for Reflection and New Beginnings (bloomnaturalhealth.wordpress.com)
- Let the summer begin! (tammyheff.wordpress.com)
- Weather could not dampen Solstice (mirror.co.uk)
- Welcome Summer (fremontlibraries.wordpress.com)
WASHINGTON (Reuters/Tim Reid) – Pakistan‘s Washington lobbyists have launched an intense campaign on Capitol Hill to counter accusations that Islamabad was complicit in giving refuge to Osama bin Laden.
Alarmed by lawmakers’ demands to cut off billions of dollars of U.S. aid after bin Laden was found living in a Pakistani safe house for six years, President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered a full-court press to quell mounting accusations that it helped the al Qaeda leader avoid capture.
Mark Siegel, a partner in the Washington lobbying firm of Locke Lord Strategies — which is paid $75,000 a month by the Pakistani government — told Reuters on Thursday he had spoken twice to Zardari since U.S. special forces killed bin Laden on Sunday, and “countless” times to the Pakistani ambassador in Washington.
“They are certainly concerned,” Siegel said, adding that suggestions the Pakistani government knew about bin Laden’s whereabouts was nothing more than speculation.
Wow. $75,000 a month to put out press releases.
“It’s impossible for them not to have some idea he was there.“
Mark Siegel, referring to claims by the Afghan government that Pakistan must have known bin Laden’s whereabouts, said:
“Must have known doesn’t mean knew.”
“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.”
– Jack Handey, ive
The news this morning and into the afternoon has been fairly single focused and I haven’t had a chance to get back to some things I’ve been discussing in the last week or so. I’m sitting over at Mellow Moods having a cup of coffee and a vegan sandwich (black bean burger with fruit and salsa roll-up) and their wifi is working… so here goes:
4 Days into my SuperFocus glasses…
I know I bored everyone over the last few weeks with my enthusiasm and expectations for the SuperFocus glasses I ordered and have bee. waiting for. Well, they arrived late on the 28th and I’ve been wearing them for a hair over four days now.
And they are spectacular!
It took a little over a day to get used to changing the focus manually depending on what distances I was looking at. And I found out that, unlike my old bifocals, there were at least five regular viewing ranges I use regularly: reading, short distance, average distance, driving and very long distance. I’m amazed at how minimal a concern as my daily crossword puzzle now doesn’t require squinting and tilting my head to make sure I was at the close bifocal distance. And I can actually read road signs quite a way down the highway now.
I really like them. My wife got so interested that she just made an appointment with her optometrist and will be ordering her own soon (right now she wears trifocals and has great trouble with computer-use distances.)
Getting Excused From Jury Duty
I got called up for a month of Jury Duty in June and I had to call my Doctor and get a note about my ischemic seizures which can happen at any time (the meds I take have them pretty much under control, but I’ve had at least one in the last few weeks.) It would be awfully embarrassing to go into a seizure while watching testimony… not to mention the fact that there’s a lot of driving back and forth and my wife is convinced I’ll have an attack at 60 miles per hour.
Anyway, my Neurologist’s office is giving me the note to attach to the form I had to fill out. Apparently they do this kind of thing all the time.
I’m working this afternoon on the basis of my podcast. I’m still very unsure of how everything is done, but I’m doing it live at 10 AM tomorrow. If you listen to it then, or get it later, please excuse my early user mistakes. I’ll get better.
I woke up this morning to the news I should have heard last night (I went to bed early) – Osama Bin Laden has been killed in a U.S. strike ordered by Barack Obama and based on US Intelligence. This was actually done on April 29th in an action that was kept in tight secrecy. It is notable that not even the Pakistanis were informed that this was going to happen (in the past, every time they were informed of such an action, Bin Laden curiously escaped just in time to save himself.)
From early reports, Bin Laden was shot in the head by a Navy Seal and, reportedly, he was hiding behind a woman at the time. The attack was made by four helicopters and a small team. No Americans were harmed. The US took custody of Bin Laden’s body after the attack and then followed Islamic law by having him buried at sea so that no tomb could be made on land… since Bin Laden was not a sailor, but the burial at sea was a traditional burial of an enemy.
This attack plan began in June of 2009 when Obama ordered CIA director Leon Panetta to have as his primary goal locating Bin Laden. The plan was kept in complete secrecy – even from members of Congress – and no information was leaked before its occurence.
My wife’s comment this morning was “This will get Obama reelected.”
- White House: Osama Bin Laden is Dead (benzinga.com)
- Osama Bin Laden killed in Pakistan (pakistanic.com)
- US kills Osama bin Laden (prolificmovementblog.com)
- Morning Read: Osama Bin Laden (observer.com)
- Osama bin Laden killed by U.S. Navy Seals – No American Fatalities (devil67712.wordpress.com)
- Food for conspiracy theories – Osama bin Laden “buried” at sea (ktwop.wordpress.com)
- Al Qaeda Leader Osama Bin Laden Killed (news.sky.com)
- CNN: Osama bin Laden killed, U.S. has body (nj.com)
- Osama Bin Laden Dead, Body In US Custody, Obama Makes Statement, Interrupts Sunday Night TV (wtpotus.wordpress.com)
- Bin Laden compound on fire (wdsi.wordpress.com)
- Osama Bin Laden death Photo (pakistanic.com)
I always find it highly moving when salesmanship can overthrow politics. This from KABOBfest.
America had a very great loss this week with the death of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, 69, The Bulldozer, who served this country as a negotiator and State Department problem solver for nearly five decades. Known for the Dayton Accords which ended the Bosnia conflict, at the time of his death during 20 hours of surgery for a torn aorta he had been working on the AfPak portfolio… solving the Afghanistan/Pakistan conflict diplomatically.
The Washington Post reports that Holbrooke’s last words came just before the 21-hour operation:
As Holbrooke was sedated for surgery, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon, family members said: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”
- Richard C. Holbrooke Dead at 69 (seattlepi.com)
- Obama pays tribute to Richard Holbrooke (bbc.co.uk)
- Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69 (nowpublic.com)
- “Richard Holbrooke Dead from Heart Surgery Complications” and related posts (rajeev2004.blogspot.com)
- An Homage To Richard Holbrooke & To Diplomacy (themoderatevoice.com)
- Richard Holbrooke has died (dailykos.com)
- Richard Holbrooke Dead At 69 (alan.com)
- US diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69 (thejc.com)
- What is the legacy of the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke? (politico.com)
So here we are with another Muslim country to accidentally kill women and children in and make them love us. Thanks, Glenn.
I watched on Olbermann as the last “full combat” brigade (440 soldiers) pulled out of Iraq and rode their Strykers into Kuwait last night (I have no idea how long it takes them to actually get out of the country) leaving 50,000 “non-combat” troops who are to serve as trainers and are not to get into any combat incidents… not to break up fights between Sh’ias and Sunnis, or anything like that.
The American Ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, was interviewed and said that this was the keeping of Obama’s promise to get combatants out. The Iraq war is, therefore, ending… but we still have a commitment there. We’ve gone from 140,000 troops to 50,000 and it appears to be a positive mood. The Ambassador’s biggest worry is that there is still not an effective coalition government in Iraq and they are going to have to do it pretty much by themselves.
It is now up to the Iraqis… at least that’s what we’re saying.
I’m also wondering if these troops are going to end up in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Re: terrorism and our response to it…
“This double game goes back to 9/11. That terrorist attack was basically planned, executed and funded by radical Pakistanis and Saudis. And we responded by invading Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? The short answer is because Pakistan has nukes that we fear and Saudi Arabia has oil that we crave.”
– Thomas Friedman to Fareed Zakaria on CNN