Though President Obama renewed his pledge to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay last week, many recognize this as his latest attempt to pretend to have a different foreign policy from his predecessor. Despite the president’s strong claims against Guantanamo Bay, there appears to be no indication that the Guantanamo Bay prisoners — a majority of whom are engaged in a hunger strike in opposition to their indefinite detention — are any closer to freedom, even the ones already formally cleared for release. Any discussions of closing the facility seem to be nothing more than attempts to assuage voters who are starting to ask questions about campaign promises that have yet to be fulfilled.
Without obtaining permission from Congress and despite repeatedly vowing not to put U.S. boots on the ground in Mali, the Obama administration has already deployed a small contingent of American troops to help international forces prop up the regime in the capital city of Bamako that seized power in a coup.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the president sent the U.S. soldiers to provide supposed “liaison support” to French and African troops battling separatist rebels in the north as part of a deeply controversial United Nations-backed operation. There are strong indications that American Special Forces are on the ground as well.
The Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution are ecstatic that the Obama State Department is providing huge support to the UN-created, anti-American International Criminal Court (ICC).
Without a declaration of war from Congress or any constitutional authority whatsoever, the Obama administration is reportedly preparing to openly send lethal weapons to so-called “rebels” in Syria seeking to overthrow the regime. The president plans to start sending arms while simultaneously pursuing “political negotiation” in the operation to oust dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to news reports citing “senior administration officials.” The White House is also seeking to assert “more aggressive U.S. leadership” in the battle against Syrian authorities, potentially including overt military intervention.
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) calls for investigation and reporting of all instances of abuse of foreign aid.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the United States knows next to nothing about who perpetrated a chemical weapons attack in Syria, but his ignorance may be feigned.
After the Boston Marathon bombing, various “experts” began calling for more cooperation between U.S. and Russian intelligence agencies.
Responding to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted from April 24-28, only 24 percent of those polled said that the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups. An overwhelming majority — 62 percent — said that the United States has no such responsibility.
The CIA has been sending bags of cash to the office of Afghan president Hamid Karzai every month for over 10 years, fueling corruption but buying precious little influence.