The foreign policy bait-and-switch continues. First, President Barack Obama declared the end of combat in Iraq, withdrawing some U.S. troops but leaving many others behind, possibly for decades, and redefining their role as “advise and assist” — whereupon they continued engaging in combat. Now, with Obama having publicly stated his intent to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next July, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus are arguing for a long-term, if not permanent, U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
Leftist billionaire George Soros continues to make headlines with his disturbing sentiments regarding a new world order. At the Canadian International Council on Monday evening, where he accepted his Globalist of the Year award, Soros not only defended the formulation of a new world order, but asserted that China should be one of the global leaders.
On the one hand, the British government has been talking lately about restoring some of its subjects’ lost civil liberties and privacy. On the other hand, it has just taken another step down the road to the total surveillance society: The Financial Services Authority, according to the New York Times, has instituted new rules requiring “all financial services firms … to record any relevant communication by employees on their work cellphones” and to discourage “employees from taking client orders or discussing and arranging transactions on their private cellphones, where conversations cannot be recorded.”
Ireland is one of many nations within the European Union that faces profound doubts about its ability to maintain its financial credibility. During the last several days, ministers of the European Union have tried to cobble together a rescue package that would allow the beleaguered country to manage its public debt.
Apparently, tobacco companies are facing stricter marketing restrictions not only in the United States, but on the global scale as well. However, in an effort to increase sales in developing nations, as well as combat the efforts of public health officials from 171 nations who are working to enforce a global anti-smoking treaty, known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, cigarette companies are prepared to go down fighting.
No matter how many times wealth redistribution fails to achieve prosperity for all — and it has failed every time it has been tried — there are always those who think that they can make it work if given the chance. Hence, reports Fox News, “a coalition of 183 organizations from 42 countries,” featuring such left-wing bodies as unions, environmental groups, and UNICEF, “issued a plea this week urging leaders at the G-20 summit in South Korea,” including President Barack Obama, to adopt the “so-called ‘Robin Hood tax,’ aimed at collecting money from rich nations to give to the poor.”
For those who wonder what the entitlement mentality looks like when it is out of control, they need not look beyond Europe. In Greece, what were dubbed “anti-austerity” riots by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin were violent outbursts committed by mobs. The riots were led by left-wing vigilantes angered over new austerity measures instituted in Greece to combat the burdensome financial effects of socialism.
President Obama’s return to Indonesia, the nation where he spent four years of his childhood, has brought further confusion regarding the response of his administration to the ideology of Islam.
President Bush told British officials in the heat of the 2008 presidential election, “I’d have endorsed Obama if they’d asked me,” according to a November 9 blog entry by Financial Times of London correspondent Alex Barker. The Financial Times is the chief British financial newspaper, a newspaper that corresponds roughly to the New York-based Wall Street Journal.