Americans are tired of sending our troops to intervene in the affairs of other nations, according to a new poll released on March 15 by the Pew Research Center. Syria is in the news a great deal these days. Uprisings against the Baathist regime of President Assad have been serious and growing over the last year. An estimated 8,000 Syrians have died in this fighting.
Time truly flies on the Internet, and political campaigns may sometimes lead to strange alliances, both real and fanciful. By the time the Barack Obama campaign released its much-publicized YouTube video, The Road We've Traveled, Thursday night, the Republican National Committee had produced a poster that, while not exactly promoting the "docuganda" (what the Washington Post dubbed the combination documentary and propaganda production), it did call further attention to it.
On Wednesday, March 14, cnsnews.com reported that gun battles between Mexican military and Mexican drug traffickers caused U.S. authorities to shut down two international crossings in Texas. The two bridges form the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) port of entry in Eagle Pass (county seat of Maverick County) Texas, about 140 miles southwest of San Antonio. They connect the city to Piedras Negras in the Mexican border state of Coahuila. The Eagle Pass Business Journal (EPBJ) reported that traffickers used high-powered automatic weapons, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenades.
The President of Afghanistan has called for U.S. troop presence in his country to be limited to American military bases by 2013, insisting that the transition of control of the country to the Afghan military be moved up a year from the previously agreed to date. The announcement by President Hamid Karzai came only hours after President Obama had pledged to stick to the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by 2014, the New York Times reported.
Though two-thirds of Americans are opposed to American military intervention in Syria, and despite the lack of constitutional authority to intervene in Syria, Arizona Senator John McCain continues to advocate for the United States military to involve itself in Syria’s affairs.
A journalist is arrested, convicted by a kangaroo court, and imprisoned because he reports stories embarrassing to the government under which he lives. After a great public outcry, the President of the country is preparing to pardon him when he receives a telephone call from the leader of a foreign country. That leader, also shamed by the journalist’s reporting, asks him to keep the man behind bars. The President complies; and an innocent man remains incarcerated for the crime of telling the truth.
John Liu’s ties to the Communist Party leadership of China and North Korea, as well as his connections to the Communist Workers Party in New York City, should have been sufficient to stop his political career long ago. However, the New York City media not only turned a blind eye to Liu’s troubling relations with our nation’s avowed enemies, they also provided him with favorable coverage that enabled him to be elected comptroller, the city’s chief financial officer.
President Barack Obama's reelection campaign will launch a YouTube video Thursday evening that will feature a 17-minute Hollywood-style video at a site that will function as a "one-stop shopping" venue to enlist volunteers, solicit contributions, and disseminate information and campaign videos on an ongoing basis. The interactive technology "will allow viewers to post campaign content to their Facebook pages, volunteer and donate all without having to leave Mr. Obama's dedicated YouTube page," the New York Times reported Thursday. The site reflects a growing reliance on "social media" of political campaigns, which have traditionally run all their videos and audio messages on TV and radio.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, comprised of human rights violators like Saudi Arabia, China, and Cuba, has turned its attention to American election laws. Ironically, the council is investigating the impact of American election laws on minorities in the United States, even as some of the Council’s member nations have only just recently permitted women the right to vote, and Saudi Arabia still bars women from voting completely.
March 16 is the birthday of James Madison, known as the "Father of the Constitution." Several years ago, the American Society of News Editors initiated a program called Sunshine Week, intended to coincide with the birthday of this illustrious Founding Father. The purpose of Sunshine Week was "to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy."
Throughout the race for the Republican presidential nomination, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has attempted to portray himself as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For example, campaigning in Alabama last week, he told supporters that if he could come in first or second in their state and neighboring Mississippi during this week’s primaries, “then we can, again, make the case that there’s one conservative who can win in every other place in this country, that has earned the right to take on Gov. Romney, one-on-one, and give conservatives a chance to coalesce around one person able to win this nomination for the conservative cause.”