Archive for the ‘Barack Obama’ Category
The LatAm countries are Mexico, Peru and Chile (which in turn are members of the Pacific Alliance):
U.S. Reaches Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal With 11 Pacific Nations. Trans-Pacific Partnership created after bitter fights over automobile industry, intellectual property rights and dairy products. China is not included since it did not meet criteria. The TPP is yet to be approved by Congress,
But Mr. Obama faces a steep challenge in the months ahead to win approval for the deal in a deeply divided Congress. Only a handful of Democrats support Mr. Obama’s trade policy, and Republican support is unpredictable in the 2016 election year, depending on the stance of presidential candidates and new leadership in the House. As it is, the deal can’t go to a vote before Congress until early next year.
Ian Bremer commented on the TPP on Facebook – now on YouTube,
While Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power busied themselves in a video conference with Pres. Obama, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a most powerful speech, which you can watch in full:
Read my post on Netanyahu’s thunderous silence and the West’s moral vacuum.
I’m not sure in exactly what form, or exactly when, but in our connected world, there are storm clouds gathering:
You don’t have to be a supporter of Putin’s domestic to recognize that he is successfully expanding Russia’s influence and strengthening his country’s global position, while Obama has thoroughly squandered American prestige, abandoned allies, embraced our enemies, and reduced American influence to third-rate status.
But Putin sees a necessity in humiliating the United States. That’s business. And yet, despite Putin’s obviousness, the White House team and its acolytes publicly scratch their heads and other body parts, saying, “We’re not certain what the Russians intend.”
4. In Obama’s world posturing is enough to produce an conclusive result. That may be, but Obama is actively working towards a conclusive result in other areas. I have stated several times that I fully expect Obama to cede Guantanamo to Cuba. You can be sure Putin and the Castros already are planning to gain from that eventuality. Or do you really believe Putin wasn’t listening when John Kerry declared “The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over”?
Lest you find me unduly alarmist, my gut tells me that, once a Russian three star general warns US officials ‘we request your people leave’, all bets are off.
And remember the signing amount of $100 billion Obama administration released to Iran for agreeing to the Nuclear Deal? Russia is getting a big chuck of that money. Tehran is ordering missile equipment as well as satellite and space technology worth $21 billion from Moscow.
Another storm cloud, which may or may not be catching Putin’s attention, is the Colombia/FARC agreement. Alvaro Uribe sums it up in one tweet:
“I helped elect Santos in 2010 and he brings terrorists to power, buried our policies that elected him, and offers me a guaranteed jail sentence.”
Ayudé a elegir a Santos en 2010 y lleva terroristas al poder enterró nuestras políticas que lo eligieron y me ofrece la cárcel de garantía
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) September 30, 2015
Uribe may prove to be an optimist.
Colombia is Latin America’s third-largest economy. If the FARC is legitimized, all sorts of hell is going to break lose.
In a lighter mode, The Art of Manliness has How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide
Raul Castro is on a roll:
Cuban Dictator Castro Thanks U.S. With Insults And Grievances, since too much is never enough,
“After 56 years in which the Cuban people put up a heroic and selfless resistance, diplomatic relations have been re-established between Cuba and the United States of America,” the military dictator said.
Normalization of relations “will only be achieved with the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba; the return to our country of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo naval base; the cessation of radio and TV broadcasts and of subversive and destabilizing programs against the island; and when our people are compensated for the human and economic damages they still endure,” he said.
After a speech, there’s always a photo-op:
Words fail pic.twitter.com/DMdWOXUo4y
— Fausta (@Fausta) September 29, 2015
Capitol Hill Cubans want to know, Which Conditions for Lifting the Cuban Embargo Does Obama Disagree With?
[Post corrected to add two final links]
Nancy and Joe on abortion? Anything but Catholic.
Read my article here.
Carly Fiorina is especially being battered by these “misleading’ claims horseshit, because she gave such a riveting accounting of the videos, daring people to watch them.
Well, the media is very insistent that you not do that. That’s why they tend not to run the tapes when they claim they’re misleading — the public would see the media’s claims are bullshit.
Well, Fiorina’s PAC is running them in their response to these bullshit claims.
CONTENT WARNING — contains the upsetting footage the media doesn’t want you to see.
My initial reaction:
F*** / Obama Clinches Vote to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal http://t.co/jnPOxtfiUY
— Fausta (@Fausta) September 2, 2015
I fully expect the Obama administration to close not only the prison but also the U.S. base at Guantanamo, after which, Obama will do a turnkey ceremony in Havana with photo-op with Raul Castro.
Here’s the latest headline, on the latest hurdle:
Obama, Congress head for showdown over defense bill curbs on Gitmo
The House version of the fiscal defense authorization bill, now in House-Senate conference, contains language that prohibits transferring any Guantanamo detainees abroad or to the United States.
The bill does so by barring the Pentagon from spending any funds on the transfers or constructing or modifying prison facilities in the United States. It also bans putting the detainees in any Pentagon facilities worldwide or to combat zones.
Lastly, the House bill prohibits using any defense funds to send terrorists from Guantanamo to any foreign country unless the defense secretary provides a certification that past transferees haven’t returned to terrorist activities.
Although the bill fully funds the president’s budget request, Mr. Obama has threatened a veto on the grounds that it misuses the Overseas Contingency Operations to fund other defense programs. His real rationale for a veto, however, may be the House’s Guantanamo restrictions.
No similar restrictions are in the Senate version of the bill. However, the House bill notes that the White House ignored previous legal restrictions on Guantanamo prisoners, thus bolstering the argument for keeping the more restrictive House language.
As Drudge says, developing . . .
Please read my article, The foreign policy house of lies, on one of the many lies the Obama foreign policy is based.
The title comes from this line,
a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary.
Change consultant for community organizer. The dollar signs in the logo fit well with the money the Castros stand to get.