Category Archives: Foreign Policy

TRUMP Delivers Major Foreign Policy Speech

AMERICA FIRST Here is a transcript of Republican presidential front runner, Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC earlier today. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. It truly is a great honor. I’d like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace. It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Read more

White House Statement on POTUS Cuba Visit

The White House, Washington, DC ¡Hola desde Cuba! Michelle, the girls, and I are here in Havana on our first full day in Cuba. Cubans have lined the streets to welcome us, and it’s humbling to be the first U.S. president in nearly 90 years to visit a country and a people just 90 miles from our shores. Like so many Americans, I've only known the isolation that has existed between our two governments. I was born in 1961, the year of the Bay of Pigs invasion. A year later, a Cold War confrontation over Cuba pushed the world as close as it’s ever been to nuclear war. As the decades passed, the mistrust between our governments resulted in heartache for our two peoples, including Cuban Americans, many of whom have endured decades of separation from their homeland and relatives. I’ve come to Havana to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. I'm here to bury the last Read more

DE Congressman Carney’s Statement in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal

By: Delaware Congressman, John Carney Congressman Carney Statement in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal In 2010, before I was elected as your congressman, I visited the state of Israel with several other Delawareans. The trip was a transformational experience. As a lifelong Catholic, visiting the Holy Land had a deep spiritual impact on me. And it also seared in my mind the vulnerability of the state of Israel. We met with several representatives of the Israeli government, one of whom was the country’s expert on Iran. The picture he painted of Iran’s nuclear program, and its potential impact on the region, convinced me of one thing I have never forgotten: a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to the state of Israel. Coming home on the plane, I resolved that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would be one of my highest priorities if elected. That’s why I believe Read more

Sweden Demands Answers to Russian Threat

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In a delayed and measured response to comments made by Russian Ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, called him in for an explanation a SFM spokeswoman said, yesterday. Speaking before a press conference in Stockholm, she responded to Tatarintsev’s earlier threat of retaliation and a more recent statement by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, referring to unspecified “retaliatory measures” to be taken in the event that Sweden was to join NATO, according to an 9/11/2015 AFP report. On Thursday, July 16 Russia's ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter, denounced that at what he termed as an “aggressive propaganda campaign by Swedish media.” He further stated that if Sweden were to abandon its alliance neutrality and join the Read more

Find Out Where US Senators Stand on Iran Nuclear Deal

By Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Secureamericanow.org has furnished a link enabling people to determine where their US Senators stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal. http://www.stopthebadirandeal.com/scorecard/?e=c4ed964552f9f0b560c2a2d326600f88&utm_source=san&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fwd_america&n=4http://www.stopthebadirandeal.com/scorecard/?e=c4ed964552f9f0b560c2a2d326600f88&utm_source=san&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fwd_america&n=4 People are encouraged to contact their Senators to express their opinions. Delaware US Senators, Tom Carper(D) and Chris Coons(D) have expressed their support for the proposed Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). Read more

Fallout From IRAN Nuclear Deal (1)

IAEA Withholds Information From US Senate and Obama Administration By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An official spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claims that International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Director, Yukiya Amano, in response to direct Iranian pressure, has withheld secrets of the “Roadmap of Cooperation Between Iran and the IAEA” [an apparent separate agreement with Iran] from the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration. Behrouz Kamalvandi, speaking in a meeting with Iranian lawmakers in Tehran on Monday August 17 declared that “If secrets of the agreement are revealed, we will lose our trust in the Agency.”, according to the FARS News Agency The announcement as it stands can have serious implications for US Senate ratification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 (commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Read more

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal

By Wolf von Baumgart,Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, has announced he will reject the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, despite major White House efforts aimed at securing Senate ratification.

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http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/08/18/Sen-Bob-Corker-rejects-nuclear-deal-with-Iran/6731439894543/?nll=1 .

Embassy for Havana Not Jerusalem

In Obamaland, we reach out to our enemies and stiff our friends. Secretary of State John Kerry personally went to Cuba to celebrate raising the flag in over an Embassy in Havana despite Congressional objections to restoring full diplomatic relationships. My personal view is that arguments are valid on both sides of this issue. Isolation has not worked well. Phasing it out has merit. The Cuban government wants it lifted. It does not benefit or hurt us so why not use our leverage to get strategic concessions? One thing that Donald Trump is right about, we do not negotiate well. Why do we not go for more open communications by dialing back Bejucal? Bejucal is an electronic espionage base used by the Cuban military intelligence designed to intercept, interfere, intrude, and process international communications via communications satellites. Why is that not on the table? Stop the Read more

Is Putin in Trouble?

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Faced with being bogged down in the Donbas, international sanctions, an impending oil and natural gas glut, a receding economy and various internal pressures – all in the context of increasingly blustering rhetoric and daringly provocative military maneuvers; it is logical to ask if he (and by extension, Russia) is in serious trouble. Brian Whitmore (of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) in a recent article in Business Insider claims that he is. Historically, a common tactic of those in power, faced with increased domestic problems and emergent dissent and social instability is to create increased international tension as a method of internal control. These may, in turn, lead to serious external repercussions. • Putin’s recent claim of the North Pole as Russian territory is dubious at best, but makes for international high drama. • Read more

FAS Issues Report on Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Nuclear Verification Capabilites Independent Task Force of the Federation of American Scientists has issued a report, “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing an Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran. “ The intent of the FAS analysis is to outline challenges to and offer constructive suggestions for effective implementation of the proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement. The report emphasizes six feasible steps for executing an effective nuclear nonproliferation verification regime with Iran: 1. Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication 2. Organize Executive Branch Mechanisms to Create Synergy and Sustain Focus on Implementation Over the Long-Term 3. Support and Augment the IAEA in the Pursuit of its Key Monitoring Role 4. Read more

The Iranian Nuke Deal: Why work so hard to get so little?

New polling shows collapsing support for the Iranian Nuclear deal with the public opposed 2 to 1. Only 27% of the public supports the deal making 3 to 1 a distinct possibility when people focus on it in the fall. This deal is politically toxic, but many Democrats seem intent on not embarrassing the President. I am all for not embarrassing the President for the sake of handing him a defeat when it comes to international issues of importance. Embarrassment is not at play here. The issue is Congress fulfilling their role in protecting the national interest. I wish Democrats would be as intentional about fulfilling their Constitutional responsibility as upholding party image. In the long run, doing the job right builds the image. The Gulf states were very skeptical of this deal. The administration had ignored their needs. As pressure mounted at home, they realized that they may actually Read more

Senator Tom Carper Comments on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to a Midlantic Dispatch inquiry, Delaware U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D) has issued the following statement: August 4, 2015 Dear Mr. von Baumgart, Thank you for contacting me about the recent announcement of an international agreement to address Iran's nuclear weapons program. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. As you know, U.S. relations with Iran have been heavily strained in recent years due to Iran's growing nuclear program. As a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, Iran is permitted to maintain a peaceful nuclear energy program in exchange for its commitment not to develop a nuclear weapons program and allow periodic inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency – an independent nuclear watchdog organization that reports to the United Nations on the safety and security of Read more

Iranian Patrol Boats Fire on Singaporean Tanker in International Waters

by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In the third recent incident involving Iranian actions against international shipping this year in the Persian Gulf, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) patrol boats have fired shots across the bow of the Alpine Eternity (a Singapore registered petrochemical tanker) in international waters. The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority issued the following statement on 5/14/15: "With regard to the reported shooting incident on 14 May 2015 (Singapore time), involving a Singapore-registered tanker 'Alpine Eternity' that took place in international waters, Singapore is deeply concerned with such actions.” The (MPA) has requested the Iranian maritime authorities to investigate the incident and prevent future recurrences. The freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce are of critical importance to Singapore and other maritime and Read more

US Response to Iranian Seizure of the MV Maersk Tigris

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The US is prepared to deal with increasing naval tensions in the Persian Gulf in response to the Iranian seizure of the Marshall Islands registered Danish container ship, MV Maresk Tigris, according to Pentagon sources. The US State Department, after consultation with Marshall Islands officials, has clarified its position. “The U.S. continues to have “full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands,” according to the State Department’s website. The Marshall Islands gained independence from the United States in 1986, but continues in the US sphere of defense, according to a treaty. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/30/state-dept-pentagon-send-conflicting-messages-on-us-response-to-iran-cargo-ship Subsequently, FOX News televised reports that the US Navy will escort American-flagged commercial Read more

Latest START ICBM Numbers

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A recent report in the FAS Roundup states that the Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) level has actually dipped below that of the US. Russia currently has 1,582 warheads on 515 strategic launchers deployed and the United States has 1,597 warheads on 785 launchers, according to US State Department data. Both sides are very gradually reducing their ICBM force levels to meet limits set by the Strategic Arms Limitation (START) treaty by February 2018. The entire report, New START Treaty Count: Russia Dips Below U.S. Again, written by Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, is available at: http://fas.org/blogs/security/2015/04/newstart2015/ . Read more

Delaware’s Congressional Delegation Had Differing Responses to BEBE

Senator Carper seemed to forget his moderate image and boycotted the Netanyahu address, while Senator Coons and Congressman Carney found common ground with his concern about Iran. While Carney faulted Boehner for politicizing the format, he thought Netanyahu gave a strong speech and was acting in his nation's interests. I agree with Congressman Carney that the PM was acting his nation's interest, but I also think the Speaker was. He was asserting the duty of Congress to bring to the forefront a critical issue that affects our national interest. It is not politicizing something to debate and discuss it. 90% of the politicizing was on the side of the Obama administration and Minority leader Pelosi. They are the ones who appeal to partisanship and image while refusing to discuss the issue. That is the essence of politicizing the issue. Read more

Bebe Brings The House to Its Feet

Netanyahu struck a tone of reconciliation to Democrats in the beginning but did not compromise on his hardline toward Iran. Most Democrats attended the event despite efforts to rally a boycott. The address even enticed former Congressman, now Governor, John Kasich back to the chambers. For those with slower internet, a taste of the address is below and for those watching, go to about 22 minutes. Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American -- of America's people and of America's presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. (APPLAUSE) We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel. Now, some of that is widely known. (APPLAUSE) Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing Read more

Kevin Wade Update

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On Syria: Silence Is Not Always Golden

Guest Post By: Rose Izzo Delaware Congressional District 1 "Delaware Liberal" a the left-wing Democrat web site which vigorously supports what it calls "humanitarian bombing" has characterized me as having a "new found pacifism" because of my opposition to a military attack on Syria. I resent the implication that I would not call for military action if the United States is directly threatened by a foreign power. I believe that as a voter you are entitled to know why I oppose a military strike against Syria. My opposition to what Liberal Delaware Democrats now call a "humanitarian bombing" of Syria is based on hard facts and common sense. First of all Pres. Obama's Middle East foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster. Beginning with his "apology tour" of Egypt and more recently the collapse of Libya into a haven for radical Islamists. Now Republicans, independents and Read more

Can Rational Government Come To Iran?

An Iranian American Professor at Rutgers University believes he can run against Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and win, in Iran's upcoming elections. Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, 65 is a Public Policy Professor with dual American-Iranian citizenship. He has lived in the US for 40 years, married and raised a family in America but feels overwhelmingly compelled to run for Iran's Presidency against current two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Other sources claim that Amirahmadi's Candidacy in not a serious one at all and say that his American citizenship will easily disqualify him with Iran's Guardian Council headed by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, despite his claim of dual citizenship. All candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council to be eligible to run for office, however Amirahmadi is confident he will be approved. Amirahmadi has stated that he doesn't believe Read more

US Senate Votes 53-46 To Halt US From entering UN Arms Trade Treaty

President Obama’s decision to consider the UN Arms Trade Treaty has been heavily criticized by Republicans and Saturday, Sen. James Inhofe R-Okla, introduced an amendment that would prevent the US from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. The Amendment passed the Senate with a 53-46 vote. Within hours of President Obama’s re-election, the UN was notified to re-start talks on the UN Arms Trade treaty that had stalled in July of 2012, because the White House feared attacks from the Romney Campaign, if his administration was seen as supporting the treaty, a charge that the White House has denied.

What’s He Doing Here? Jerusalem Post Editor Declares Obama ‘Hostile President’

Caroline Glick, a Senior Editor of the Jerusalem Post said that President Obama is considered a “hostile president,” by the Israeli people. Glick said, “the Israeli people can’t figure out what he’s doing here,” when asked about the mood in Jerusalem as the President’s plane touched down for the first time in his presidency. When asked about how the installment of Chuck Hagel as the Secretary of Defense was received by the Israeli people, Glick said, “its’ a hostile act.” I wonder what Obama is doing in Israel besides spending good money and cutting veteran’s benefits as a sequestration revenge act. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/03/20/Jerusalem-Post-Editor–We-Dont-Know-What-Hes-Doing-Here

UN Talks On Global Arms Treaty To Convene Monday In New York

Hours after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a UN committee's call to renew debate over a draft international treaty, to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. UN talks broke down in July 2012 largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney, if his administration was seen as supporting the treaty, a charge that Obama has denied. Talks are to open in New York Monday for the UN to negotiate a UN Treaty that will supposedly regulate the global arms trade. Sources state that although the UN Treaty would not substantially control the domestic use of weapons in any country, it would prohibit states that ratify the treaty from transferring conventional weapons if they would violate arms embargoes or if they would promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. In July 2012, NRA's CEO Wayne LaPierre Read more

US Changes In Missile Defense Plan May Provide Opening For New Arms-Control Talks

WASHINGTON – By adding 14 interceptors to a missile defense system based in Alaska and California, the U.S. is abandoning a critical part of a European system strongly opposed by Russia. Yet the decision also could provide a potential opening for new arms control talks. The Obama administration on Friday cited development problems and a lack of money in announcing the cancellation of the interceptors set to be deployed in Poland and possibly Romania early next decade. Russian officials suspected that the interceptors were a counter to their missiles and had indicated that they would not consider further nuclear arms cuts unless their concerns were resolved. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the cancellation was part of an overall restructuring of missile defense plans aimed at stopping missiles from North Korea and Iran. Foxnews, Read more: Read more