By Megan G. Oprea • The Federalist
It’s all over the news: Syria has joined the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the world that is not a signatory. Many observers and commentators are using this as an opportunity to chastise America for holding out where a roundly abhorred government has given in. But the questions people should really be asking are why Syria joined the Paris agreement and why it chose to do so now, two years after the agreement was first adopted. The answer is simple. Syria is seeking international legitimacy.
No doubt, copy editors across the mainstream media relished the chance to write headlines like, “As Syria Joins Paris Climate Agreement, US Stands Alone” or “As Syria Embraces Paris Climate Deal, It’s the United States Against the World,” emphasizing America’s isolation over climate change and juxtaposing Syria as the “good guy” with the United States as the “bad guy.” After all, if even Syria is signing on, how bad does that make America? Continue reading
By Babak Dehghanpisheh • Reuters
Iran put a ballistic missile on display as thousands marched on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy, with a senior official accusing President Donald Trump of a “crazy” return to confrontation with Tehran.
Turnout for the annual Iranian street rallies commemorating the embassy takeover, a pivotal event of the Islamic Revolution, appeared higher than in recent years when Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama pursued detente with Tehran.
Last month, Trump broke ranks with European allies, Russia and China by refusing to re-certify Iran’s compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, reached during Obama’s tenure. Under that deal, most international sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing nuclear activity seen to pose a risk of being put to developing atomic bombs. Continue reading
The Obama campaign’s insistence in early July 2008, to have the then first term Senator to deliver a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was the harbinger of what the American people and the rest of the world could expect from him should he be elected president. Following a highly acrimonious debate within Germany, the campaign settled on a new site, the Victory Column, appropriately next to the Berlin Zoo. The speech was vintage Barack Hussein Obama. Soaring rhetoric devoid of accurate facts mingled with meaningless cliches and without any real understanding of the state of the world. Calling himself a “proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world”, he promptly launched into his “blame America first” charade. Mixing his enthusiasm for combating “global warming” with his dream of a “world without nuclear weapons”, he offered not a single solution to the challenges listed in the speech.
Upon having been elected President, his Inaugural Address was no more enlightening. Again, empty rhetoric punctuated by playing with words substituted for in depth analysis of world affairs and workable solutions. Following his inauguration, he embarked on a trip to Turkey and Egypt, two trendsetters for the Islamic communities. In Ankara, he stated that the United States “is not, and will never be, at war with Islam”, which clearly evaded the real issues within and outside the Muslim world. In Cairo, he tried to milk his Muslim background to the fullest by quoting selectively from the Qur’an and shamelessly falsifying history throughout his speech. Most egregiously, he claimed seven million American Muslims, when, in reality, there were only a million and a half Americans of that faith. To cap his dumb catering to his audience, he hugely inflated Muslim contributions to American culture and to the world at large.
By Adam Kredo • Washington Free Beacon
Iran is on the pathway to fully restarting its contested nuclear weapons program due to insufficient international inspections of its military sites and caveats in the landmark nuclear deal that permit it to reengage in nuclear enrichment work within the next several years, according to experts who testified Wednesday before Congress.
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s expected announcement to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, top lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged the administration to preserve the agreement and focus on more aggressive enforcement. Continue reading
By Matthew RJ Brodsky • National Review Online
Republicans have more or less coalesced into two primary political camps regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. Call them “the Fixers” and “the Walkers.” Both see the agreement as fundamentally flawed and would never have offered what the Obama administration gave away. They recognize the deal as both technically and structurally deficient, setting Iran on a patient path toward nuclear weapons while tying America’s hands until the Iranian nuclear program is industrial in scale, lethal in scope, and too costly and difficult to destroy from the outside.
While sharing the same objective vis-à-vis Iran, the two camps differ on the strategy for preventing such an outcome and thus favor divergent paths to reestablish American leverage. Their conflicting aims will become all the more pronounced once President Trump withholds his certification of the deal as a first step down one path or the other. Continue reading
Frontiers of Freedom will Host a Conference on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (529 14th St NW) in the Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge.
Frontiers of Freedom invites the public, the media, policy makers, and opinion leaders to attend this important conference and briefing.
Doug Bandow – Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom
Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi – Vice President, Frontiers of Freedom
Peter Roff, Contributing Editor for Opinion, US News & World Report
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, Vice Pres, London Center for Policy Research
Lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend or for lunch. However, to attend, you must reserve your seat and lunch and RSVP by providing us with your name, firm or affiliation, and email address. Guests are also welcome, but they too much RSVP.
“We feel the time has come to examine America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. They say they are our allies. But do their actions back up their words?” said George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom Institute president. “For far too long their contribution to the world’s problems has gone unexamined. We propose to take a look and see what’s really there.”
Without exception, the history of the last quarter century of Central and Eastern Europe has again furnished the clearest and most convincing proof of the well established view that revolutions almost always have been followed by restorations rooted in deep seated past mentalities and practices. Having been first brutalized by the Stalinist regimes of the 1950s and 1960s, and later completely disillusioned by the faithless crypto communist hypocrites of hopeless stagnation, the peoples of the former Soviet empire plunged into the ethical equivalent of base immorality. Adding insult to injury, loyalty to the dictators and the authorities was measured not by honesty and professionalism but by total devotion to the cause without any scruples or consciences objections. Indeed, the glue that kept the Soviet Union and its so-called empire together was the Faustian bargain between the rulers and the ruled. Accordingly, a scoundrel was far less dangerous than a dissatisfied honest individual.
Frontiers of Freedom will be at the 2017 Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 16th.
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The news is replete of reports of Russia developing new missile systems, escalating a war in Ukraine, selling missile technology to Iran, and intercepting US jets in provocative ways. In this perilous environment, it is easy to see the folly and danger of dealing with these serious risks by unilaterally disarming. The behavior of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and organizations like ISIS make it obvious that unilateral disarmament only invites more bad behavior and puts America at risk.
This important lesson applies to the economic world as well. International trade is an important economic engine for American jobs and American prosperity. But most nations heavily subsidize their own industries to make their products cheaper and more appealing in the international marketplace. That harms American jobs and stifles American prosperity. In this environment, economic unilateral disarmament makes no sense.
Yet, that is precisely what some assert we should do when they argue we should abolish the Export-Import Bank. Continue reading
By the Balkan region’s standards, the Republic of Bulgaria is a country of peace and stability in south-eastern Europe. A member of NATO since 2004, and a member of the European Union since 2007, Bulgaria overcame the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, and has produced since 2014 a solid annual GDP growth of three percent. The currently reigning Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, head of the Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria, also known by its acronyms GERB, which means in Bulgarian “coat of arms”, is into his third term, leading a coalition government that faces some challenges.
The main cause of this concern is the junior partner in the coalition called United Patriots that, in reality, comprises three small nationalist parties: the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, also known by its Bulgarian acronyms NFSB, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, the Bulgarian National Movement, also known by its Bulgarian acronyms IMRO-BNM, headed by Krasimir Karakachanov, and the Attack (Ataka), headed by Volen Nikolov Siderov.
Washington D.C. – Yesterday, a broad coalition of free-market and center-right organizations released a statement regarding a pending decision of Korea’s Seoul High Court, Korea’s court of last resort. The decision will be whether to stay the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s (KFTC’s) overbroad ruling against Qualcomm, Inc., the aggrieved party in the proceeding.
Below is the statement released by the coalition:
“We are troubled by the prospect that the Seoul High Court might fail to stay the KFTC’s grossly overbroad extraterritorial remedies against Qualcomm. Such a ruling by the Court would explicitly condone the KFTC’s intrusion upon U.S. sovereignty, resulting in far-reaching implications harmful to free trade, the United States economy, and intellectual property as a whole.
Earlier this year, the KFTC took the extraordinary step of seeking to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to how patents around the world are licensed. This unprecedented remedy is a bald-faced attempt to slash the value of a U.S. company’s global patent portfolio and shield Korean domestic companies from American competition.
“The KFTC’s extraterritorial remedies go well beyond protecting Korean consumers and purport to dictate the terms upon which a U.S. company can license its intellectual property—even well outside Korea’s borders. Such remedies result in a major transfer of patented technology from U.S. to Korean companies, severely undermining U.S. leadership in innovation and economic growth. This will adversely impact every company in the United States that holds a patent of any kind.
“As the U.S. embarks upon a review of its trade and investment relationship with Korea, we urge the Trump Administration to demand assurances from the highest levels of the Korean government that all U.S. companies will be protected from the KFTC’s extraterritorial overreach. Anything less is a direct attack on our economy, our intellectual property, and our sovereignty.” Continue reading
One of the primary reasons the original 13 colonies formed a constitutional federal government was to provide for the common defense. Even more than 200 years ago, the Founders understood that the world was a dangerous place. Today, it is even more so. We have more adversaries with more powerful weapons, and they are much closer to us than in the 18th century. Oceans once separating us by months, now only separate us by minutes.
Powerful nation states, like Russia and China, now threaten America. But what might be an even larger concern are rogue states with unhinged and unbalanced leaders like North Korea and Iran. While the spreading danger of radical Islamist jihadism is ongoing, since Sept. 11, 2001, we’ve focused primarily on the terrorism threat, and done little to be better prepared for the more traditional nation state threats.
America needs a military force which can deter any who may endanger Americans. And when an enemy will not be deterred, we must have a military which will quickly defeat them. Some believe diplomacy should play a greater role, but I would argue military preparedness also augments our diplomatic efforts, making conflict less likely. Continue reading
The confrontation between the United States and North Korea has reached a critical point. Unlike his predecessors, President Trump does not have the luxury to kick the can further down the road. He must act quickly and he must act decisively.
The North Korean enigma is complicated by Pyongyang’s informal nuclear alliances with Pakistan, Iran, Syria, and to a lesser extent with China. Based on well-documented materials by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and corresponding intelligence reports by the Israeli Mossad, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, the cooperation between North Korea and Iran in developing ballistic missile and nuclear technology has been so close that the WMD programs of both states must be considered a single entity. Continue reading
Despite many UN Security Council resolutions and even more numerous sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, North Korea has always refused to negotiate seriously about its nuclear ambitions. Indeed, neither Kim Jong-il nor his son Kim Jong-un have displayed any noticeable respect for the punitive actions of the UN, the United States and its allies, demonstrating almost on a daily basis their contempt for the toothless diplomacy of the rest of the world. Thus, the list of steady provocations by Pyongyang has been endless. The last one, the successful test firing of an ICBM that could reach the continental United States, just occurred at the end of July. In addition, most recent reports state that the regime is working on developing a hydrogen bomb. In this manner, Pyongyang has managed to keep the world in a state of permanent suspense about its belligerent nuclear fervor and its strategic quest for full military control over the Korean peninsula. Continue reading
About 40 years ago, Ronald Reagan and U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop shared breakfast at U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt’s ranch. Virtually no one knew that this meeting took place or understood how important it would be to America’s security. As friends shared breakfast, Wallop explained the need for a robust missile defense — including developing a space-based defensive system. Once elected to office, President Reagan made it a national goal to develop effective high-tech defenses against missile attacks. That policy objective was an important factor in the U.S. winning the Cold War. Simply stated, even before missile defense was able to shoot down a missile, it was helping America defeat the Soviets.
During most of the last decade, missile defense was de-emphasized. It was a self-evidently foolish policy decision even though some offered misguided defenses of it. But now, given recent news from North Korea, few could argue that the Obama Administration’s disdain for missile defense has served America’s interests. Kim Jong Un has pushed North Korea’s nuclear program to develop nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach our West Coast. Pyongyang intends to threaten not just the West Coast, but all of America. Iran is headed in the same dangerous direction as North Korea. Continue reading