Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

What America Should Do

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

South Korea is taking reasonable action to address high fuel prices:

South Korea may build more than nine new nuclear power reactors by 2030, raising the ratio of nuclear power use to 55 percent from the current 37 percent, the Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

If only the United States would follow their lead. (Via ROK Drop)

Sounds Like Another McClellan

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The big news of the past few days seems to be former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s new book in which he is harshly critical of the Bush administration, particularly over the Iraq war. I don’t have very much to add to what has already been said, other than to wonder why, if McClellan’s current account his accurate, he didn’t do more to stop the war while he was part of the administration. And if he failed to stop the war, why didn’t he resign? Certainly if he is telling the truth about the evils of the administration, his conscience should have demanded it.

Drew at the Border

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Drew Carey investigates the situation at our southern border and offers a reasonable and obvious solution. You should definitely watch the video.

Saudi Blogger Freed

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

In Saudi Arabia, blogging can be hazardous to your health:

Saudi Arabia’s most popular blogger was released Saturday after serving four months in prison without charge.

Fouad al-Farhan, 33, was detained Dec. 10 after authorities warned him about his online support of an activist group. At the time of his arrest, the Interior Ministry said only that his violations were not related to state security.

Farhan had used his blog to criticize corruption and call for political reform in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy.

In a telephone interview Saturday, Farhan said he was happy to be free and described his time behind bars as “a unique experience.” He said he had been “fairly treated” but would not comment on the specifics of his case.

“I will be blogging soon,” he said.

It’s so easy for us to blog and criticize the government here in America that we sometimes forget that millions of our fellow human beings do not enjoy this right. I hope that someday Al-Farhan will be viewed as a pioneer who helped bring basic human rights to the Kingdom.

The Worst Former President

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I try to be civil on this blog, but Jimmy Carter really is a scumbag. What is he trying to accomplish? Is he really trying to help–or just get himself some press attention?

The Countries Americans Love and Hate

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Gallup has interesting polling data on how Americans view foreign countries. The results are fairly predictable; the most popular countries being

Canada (92% favorable to 6% unfavorable)
Great Britain (89%-7%)
Germany (82%-13%
Japan (80%-15%)
Israel (71%-25%)

The unpopular nations were likewise fairly predictable:

Iran (8% favorable to 88% unfavorable)
North Korea (12%-82%)
The Palestinian Authority (14%-75%)
Iraq (20%-77%)

Also faring poorly are Cuba (67% negative), Saudi Arabia (61% negative), Venezuela (50% negative), and China (55% negative). Russia gets mixed reviews, with a slim plurality viewing it favorably (48%-46%).

Via Foreign Policy Passport

Sharia Law… in Britain?!

Friday, February 8th, 2008

If the Archbishop of Canterbury gets his way, it could happen:

The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.

Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

Scary stuff indeed. The idea that Britain should adopt Sharia law because some of its citizens don’t relate to its legal system is insane. If someone doesn’t relate to the British legal system, maybe they shouldn’t be in Britain. Britain is a free country; people may migrate elsewhere if they want.

Dr. Williams is probably correct that Sharia law would “help maintain social cohesion” but it probably wouldn’t be the kind of social cohesion he or his countrymen want. As leader of the Anglican Church, perhaps he should be working harder to reestablish Christianity in his nation instead of welcoming an Islamic theocracy (which aren’t usually very good for Christians). It’s hard to think of a more clear example of a quisling since, well, Quisling himself.

Via Dave Schuler; cross posted at Tennesseefree

Is It Treason?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Is a former congressman guilty of providing aid and comfort to the enemy? The AP reports:

A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.

Details are vague at this point. His entry at Wikipedia (hardly an academic source) states he “takes an interest in conflict resolution, particularly in the Islamic world, and in recent years has tried to publicize the common ground between Christianity and Islam, particularly in the portrayal of Jesus in the Qur’an,” a reversal from previous, anti-Islamic positions he held. As of right now, this the most complete source of information about Siljander available that I could find. I suspect this will change in the coming minutes.

Given we know so little, it’s early to hang the guy yet. He could be completely innocent, or perhaps a complete idiot who was duped. But if these charges turn out to be true, he deserves to fry.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

No Nukes for Iran

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

This definitely sounds like good news:

A major U.S. intelligence review has concluded that Iran stopped work on a suspected nuclear weapons program more than four years ago, a stark reversal of previous intelligence assessments that Iran was actively moving toward a bomb.

The new findings, drawn from a consensus National Intelligence Estimate, reflected a surprising shift in the midst of the Bush administration’s continuing political and diplomatic campaign to depict Tehran’s nuclear development as a grave threat. The report was drafted after an extended internal debate over the reliability of communications intercepts of Iranian conversations this past summer that suggested the program had been suspended.

“Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005,” a declassified summary of the new National Intelligence Estimate stated. Two years ago, the intelligence community said in contrast it had “high confidence that Iran currently is determined to have nuclear weapons.”

Defeat for Chavez

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was dealt a major defeat yesterday:

Despite an oil-financed, state-backed campaign, Chavez narrowly failed to muster enough support for a constitutional reform package that would have scrapped term limits on his rule and given him broad new powers.

I am surprised by this, as I thought there was no way Chavez was going to allow this to be defeated. Still it is good news for Venezuela and it’s nice to know that democracy isn’t completely dead in the country.