Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Foreign Policy

Harvard Study Confirms Media Bias Against Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 19, 2017:

NBC Nightly News broadcast

NBC Nightly News broadcast

Thomas Patterson, Harvard’s Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, opened his study of “News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days” by noting not only that President Trump was the topic of more than 40 percent of all news stories during his first 100 days (three times the amount of press coverage received by previous presidents), but also that the coverage he received “set … a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.”

What’s surprising isn’t Patterson’s conclusion, which readers of The New American likely agree with, but the source:

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Sweden Revokes Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 19, 2017: 

Little is likely to change for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who just learned on Friday that his arrest warrant issued by Swedish authorities back in 2010 has been revoked. Until the British government decides to revoke its own warrant for Assange jumping bail in November of that year, he’ll stay put inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Sweden’s top prosecutor, Marianne Ny, said she gave up trying to serve him but added that “if he were to return to Sweden before the statute of limitations on this case expires in August 2020, the preliminary investigation could be resumed.”

At issue was a rape charge levied against Assange by two women with whom he had sexual relations while in Sweden to make a speech in 2010. When Interpol issued a Red Notice for his arrest, Assange gave himself up. In December that year he posted bail in London but

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Is Obama Worst U.S. President?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 20, 2017:

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President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010.

If one asks Joe Hoft, a corporate executive with a Fortune 300 company based in Hong Kong about President Obama’s economic policies during his eight years as president, he will note that Obama “currently ranks as the fourth worst president on record in GDP growth.” At just 1.45 percent average annual GDP growth over those eight years, only Herbert Hoover (minus 5.65 percent), Andrew Johnson (minus .7 percent) and Theodore Roosevelt (1.4 percent) have worse records. However, “Barack Obama will be the only U.S. president in history who did not deliver a single year of 3.0 or better percent growth.”

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On Iran Deal’s First Anniversary, Obama Warns Trump Not to Undo It

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 16, 2017:

In a thinly veiled warning to incoming president Donald Trump, President Barack Obama celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Iranian nuclear deal on Monday by warning Trump that undoing the agreement — formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA — would result in much worse consequences:

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Trump Names ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson Secretary of State

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 13, 2016:  

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Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobile.

On Tuesday President-elect Donald Trump named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (shown) to the top spot in his Cabinet, secretary of state, calling him “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.”

Trump had high praise for Tillerson’s accomplishments, stating:

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Trump: TPP RIP; Put “America First”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 23, 2016:  

On Tuesday, November 8, the election of Donald Trump foretold the death-knell of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — assuming of course he meant what he said when he made opposition to the jobs- and sovereignty-destroying TPP a signature part of his campaign. On Monday, November 21, President-elect Trump posted a short video message on Facebook (available on YouTube) citing several executive actions he would take on “day one” as president. First mentioned: “I am going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country.”

In the same video, Trump also said:

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Who Is Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s Pick for Nat’l Security Advisor?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 18, 2016:

On Thursday Donald Trump not only announced his appointment of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, but he also advised of a significant shift in Washington’s view of Islamic terrorism under his incoming administration.

What is Flynn’s background? A 33-year career Army soldier, he focused the last decade of his career on intelligence gathering, serving as director of intelligence for the U.S. Central Command, director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, director of intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force, and, finally, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was forced to retire a year earlier than planned by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (who, incidentally, just announced his retirement when President Obama leaves office in January). Flynn apparently got sideways with Clapper over the issue of Islamist terrorism.

Upon retiring in 2014,

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OPEC Lives in a Dream World

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 18, 2016:  

There are at least two problems with Saudi Arabia’s oil minister’s dream as he expressed it on television on Thursday: one, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and two, what he does know is wrong.

Mark Twain put it well: “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you. It’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.”

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid al-Falih (shown), still thinks OPEC can impact the world oil markets the way they were able to just a few short years ago:

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Saudi Oil Minister “Optimistic” That OPEC Will Cut Production

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 1, 2016:  

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Flag of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on television on Thursday that the crude oil market is close to becoming “balanced” between supply and demand and that the OPEC meeting happening in less than two weeks will likely generate an enforceable limit on the cartel’s production:

Reaching (a decision) to activate that ceiling of 32.5 million barrels per day will speed up the (market) recovery and will benefit producers and consumers….

 

I’m still optimistic that the consensus reached [last month] for capping production will translate … into caps on [each cartel member’s] levels.

He also added that he “hoped” an agreement the cartel might reach would be honored by non-OPEC member Russia.

Hope is not a strategy. Neither is optimism based upon it,

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Venezuela’s Congress Calls Maduro’s Blocking of Recall Vote a “Coup”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 24, 2016:  

The economic chaos in Venezuela turned political on Sunday. When Brazil’s President Nicolas Maduro’s National Electoral Council (CNE), packed with his cronies, declared attempts to call for a national recall referendum on Maduro’s presidency null and void on Friday, opposition leaders called it a “coup.” A resolution was passed by the National Assembly (under control of Maduro’s opposition since January), declaring that the Congress would try Maduro starting on Tuesday, while also calling for national public protest demonstrations on Wednesday.

Julio Borges, the opposition leader, said,

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John Podesta’s Payoff for Helping Hillary Give American Military Technology to Russia’s Putin

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 17, 2016:  

English: John Podesta in 2010.

John Podesta

As part of just-inaugurated President Obama’s new foreign policy to improve relations between the United States and Russia, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in March 2009. Meeting in her hotel’s Salon Panorama in Geneva, she presented him with a small gift box containing a bright red button symbolizing the Obama administration’s desire to “reset” the relationship between the two governments.

Thus began an effort to transfer American technology to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s own “Silicon Valley,” called Skolkovo.

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Was CIA Director Brennan’s 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 26, 2016:

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During a panel discussion Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, CIA Director John Brennan was trying to make the point that just because an individual has an “activist” background, that wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, keep him from working for the federal government in sensitive positions. After all, he said, the CIA hired him even after he admitted voting for a communist in the 1976 presidential elections.

In 1980, Brennan was trying to obtain a top security clearance for the Central Intelligence Agency, and part of the process involved taking a lie detector test. He was asked: “Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?” Brennan explained to the panel what happened next:

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Latest CBO Report “Grim”; Offers No Solutions to National Debt

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 15, 2016:  

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Ida May Fuller, holding the first check from the Social Security Administration

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its annual report on the country’s long-term budgetary and financial outlook. One need only to see the chart on Page One of the report to see why CBO’s Justin Bogle said the outlook was “grim”: It shows government spending growing so much more quickly than anticipated revenues that annual deficits will likely triple in the next 30 years, if not sooner. Bogle called this scenario unsustainable.

For the first time, the CBO built into its assumptions the projected impact of ObamaCare, the country’s declining birth rate, the explosion of Baby Boomers demanding benefits from Social Security and Medicare over that period, plus Boomers’ increasing life expectancies and the increasing costs of providing them healthcare along the way.

It also assumed that government debt will

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Will this Effort Finally Break Through the Clintons’ Teflon Coating?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 15, 2016:  

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

The chemical name for Teflon is Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE. For Hillary Clinton it’s called the Mainstream Media. They have the same properties: nothing can get through. Appropriately it is used not only to coat pans and other cookware but also as a “graft” material (pun intended) in surgical procedures to keep bacteria and other infectious agents from adhering.

Marsha Blackburn may have the solution (pun still intended):

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Tennessee Representative Calls for “Public Corruption” Investigation of Clinton Foundation

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 14, 2016:  

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Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.

Within days of FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend indictment of Hillary Clinton in the e-mail scandal, Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn began circulating a letter among her House colleagues to generate support for an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. As of Wednesday more than 40 members had signed onto the letter. It is to be sent to Comey on Friday, with copies to the heads of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission.

In her letter she claims that

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Will Cruz’s Hail Mary Save His Campaign?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 29, 2016: 

Before that miraculous toss that put the Dallas Cowboys on top of the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL playoff game in 1975, the last-second desperation throw was called the “Alley-Oop.” But when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was asked about it after the game, he said “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary” and changed its name forever.

History is replete with Hail Mary tosses that worked.

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Trump: I’m Now Running Against “Crooked Hillary”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 27, 2016:  

As a basketball player plants his pivot foot to the floor, allowing him to move away from danger and toward opportunity, Donald Trump has pivoted his campaign away from further dialogue with and attacks on Ted Cruz and John Kasich and toward his increasingly obvious opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton.

Some are calling it a master stroke, basing his pivot on the assumption that

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Council on Foreign Relations Doesn’t Understand Voters’ Anger

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 25, 2016:  

In his article published by the Project Syndicate on Thursday, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) revealed that he doesn’t understand voters’ anger manifesting itself in the unexpected success of candidates viewed as establishment outsiders such as Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

He noted voters’ “considerable anxiety” and even their “outright anger” but cannot understand why they feel that way. After all, he said,

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Canadian Oil Company Thinks the U.S. Constitution is Still Relevant

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 15, 2016:  

Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...

The blogger at InvestmentWatch concluded last June that the “Constitution Is Irrelevant. Rule Of Law Is Dead. Ruling Class Oligarchy Is The Power.” In less histrionic terms, the New York Times agreed, noting that the Constitution is “losing its appeal” with people around the world. Some want to replace it, including a Supreme Court justice. Some want to amend it. The present administration apparently doesn’t bother itself over the matter. On the day after the State of the Union speech, Obama’s chief of staff, ignoring any Constitutional limitations on the power of the president to issue executive orders, said to get ready for “audacious executive actions” by the president in the last year of his second term.

But a Canadian oil company still thinks there’s relevance in the language of the Constitution,

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TransCanada Sues Obama for Exceeding his Authority in Rejecting Keystone

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 14, 2016:  

When TransCanada filed its two lawsuits on January 6, company spokesman Mark Cooper said, “TransCanada has undertaken a careful evaluation of the [Obama] Administration’s action and believe there has been a clear violation of NAFTA, and the U.S. Constitution, in these circumstances.”

In the federal lawsuit, filed in Texas, TransCanada is seeking to limit presidential powers to prohibit future presidents from unilaterally rejecting such projects based on how the United States might be perceived by the international community.

Environmentalists want to leave untapped oil reserves in the ground and fought successfully over the past seven years to have the president finally reject the project altogether last November. TransCanada wants to complete the Keystone XL pipeline in order to bring crude from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines. If and when completed,

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.