It could be argued that the single biggest contributor to President Barack Obama’s election victory was voter dissatisfaction with former President Bush’s neoconservative warmongering foreign policy (which was embraced by Republican presidential candidate John McCain). Ironically, since taking office, Obama has turned out to be eerily similar in the warmongering department.
Breaking the silence masking an almost unanimous consensus among U.S. government leaders in support of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, a group of U.S. senators have made public statements asking the Obama administration to look at both sides of the power struggle between Zelaya and newly appointed President Roberto Micheletti.
President Barack Obama tried to strike a conciliatory tone with his June 4 speech at Cairo University. The president referred to such developments as algebra and the magnetic compass as being part of “civilization's debt to Islam.” He included verses from the Koran and the traditional Muslim greeting meaning “peace be upon you” (“Assalaamu alaykum”). He said: “I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
The “international community” needs to do more to help Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the eighth Asia Security Summit this weekend. The meeting with Asian defense ministers in Singapore concluded Sunday with the 27 countries represented there calling for “peaceful and cooperative” solutions to security challenges in the region.
The New American reported last Friday that the Obama administration and Pentagon were engaging in "non-denial denial" when they supposedly denied British newspaper accounts that they were suppressing photos of female rape and homosexual rape of teenage boys at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The Obama administration has often promised a more open and less secretive presidency, but on May 28 Obama was again on both sides of the issue by trying to suppress in court Abu Ghraib pictures depicting abuse and rape of detainees in the war on terror. It doesn’t matter that the genie is already out of the bottle, as British newspapers have already published descriptions of the photos depicting female and homosexual rape.
Item: A May 6 Reuters article, detailing President Obama meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, described the president’s approach as “pragmatic,” “measured” — and of course “diplomatic”:
On April 30, Captain Richard Phillips, the heroic skipper of the pirated Maersk Alabama, told U.S. senators that “hardening” commercial shipping vessels, arming senior crew members of commercial ships, and employing armed military or private security details should be among the top policy options considered to combat the increasing wave of piracy in the troubled Horn of Africa region, and elsewhere on the high seas.