Appease and Compare
posted at 9:35 am on May 25, 2009 by Keemo
I started paying attention to politics some thirty-five years ago. I watched as the watergate scandal covered the TV screen along with most every newspaper and magazine. I watched in horror as Jimmy Carter and his politics of appeasement, fumbled the football around the globe. I watched closely as Ronald Reagan faced off with Gorbachev and the mighty Soviet Empire. I watched as the charming Bill Clinton closed military bases around the country, killing thousands of small businesses and small towns in the process. I watched as George Bush stared International Terrorism in the eye, sending the American war machine to foreign soil in an effort to protect the American homeland following the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
Through the years I’ve noticed a sharp contrast between Democrats and Republicans. This is especially true when dealing with the military apparatus. President Reagan used the force of the American military apparatus to tear down the Soviet Empire without ever firing a weapon. President Clinton followed the path of many Democrat leaders before him, believing that appeasement is the way forward. The one dynamic that has held true during my lifetime and throughout American history, is the fact that weapons are going to be used to protect the homeland and the threats to our way of life that are developing on foreign soil around the globe. President Clinton’s attempts at appeasement failed utterly, with bombs being dropped and missiles launched despite his brilliant ability to deliver an eloquent speech. Speeches that were often loaded with gifts at the expense of the American tax payer.
President Obama has recently finished up a world tour, where he took it upon himself to apologize to foreign nations for American misdeeds of the past. Apparently President Obama has decided to follow Democrat leaders from the past, taking the appeasement approach while relying on the eloquence of his words to squash the many threats America faces. How has this approach worked so far? Maybe I’m biased, maybe I’m simply unwilling or incapable of the truth. So far, it seems to me that President Obama has been shut-out; 0 for 4… President Obama has apologized, thrown billions of tax payer dollars at every troubled region, promised a brand new America… But yet, his batting average is zero. The eloquence of his words are having no greater effect on our enemies than that of President’s Carter or Clinton. In fact, it would seem that our enemies our ramping up their collective efforts in the face of such incompetence. These people have studied history, and can easily predict the next American move based upon a country lead by Democrats. Been there, done that…
North Korea today risked further international isolation after it claimed to have successfully tested a nuclear weapon as powerful as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
President Barack Obama called the test a matter of grave concern to all countries. “North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community,” Obama said in a statement. “North Korea’s behaviour increases tensions and undermines stability in north-east Asia.”
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday.
Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected a Western proposal for it to “freeze” its nuclear work in return for no new sanctions and ruled out any talks with major powers on the issue. The comments by the president, who is seeking re-election in a June 12 presidential vote, are likely to further disappoint the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama, which is seeking to engage Iran diplomatically.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rebuffed U.S. calls for a full settlement freeze in the occupied West Bank and vowed not to accept limits on building of Jewish enclaves within Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s defiant stance set the stage for a possible showdown with U.S. President Barack Obama, who, in talks with the new Israeli prime minister in Washington last week, pressed for a halt to all settlement activity, including natural growth, as called for under a long-stalled peace “road map”. “The demand for a total stop to building is not something that can be justified and I don’t think that anyone here at this table accepts it,” Netanyahu told his cabinet, referring to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to an official. Netanyahu said Israel had no plans to set up any new West Bank settlements. But he told Obama, according to the official, that his government “does not accept limitations on building” within what Israel defines as its capital, the Jerusalem municipality, an area that includes Arab East Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank captured in a 1967 Middle East war.
The decision, which would make it hard for Americans in London to open bank accounts and trade shares, is being discussed by executives at Britain’s banks and brokers who say it could become too expensive to service American clients. The proposals, which were unveiled as part of the president’s first budget, are designed to clamp-down on American tax evaders abroad. However bank bosses say they are being asked to take on the task of collecting American taxes at a cost and legal liability that are inexpedient.
Andy Thompson of Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS) said: “The cost and administration of the US tax regime is causing UK investment firms to consider disinvesting in US shares on behalf of their clients. This is not right and emphasises that the administration of a tax regime on a global scale without any flexibility damages the very economy it is trying to protect.”
One executive at a top UK bank who didn’t want to be named for fear of angering the IRS said: “It’s just about manageable under the current system – and that’s because we’re big. The danger to us is suddenly being hauled over the coals by the IRS for a client that hasn’t paid proper taxes. The audit costs will soar. We’ll have to pay it but I know plenty of smaller players won’t.”
World leaders have seen the eloquence and glitter of a well spoken American Democrat many times before. Behind the eloquence and the glitter, are many opportunities for foreign nations to tap into the American wealth, while shrinking America’s power and influence around the globe. While President Obama strokes himself as a messiah of sorts, the rest of the world is very much in the game…