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Republicans, What If…?

22 Mar

Matt K. LewisHonestly, I can live with a Republican party with Matt Lewis in it.

Even, Matt Lewis the social conservative.

Of course, you shouldn’t expect Republicans to come out and admit to distancing themselves from social conservative issues. Instead, it will be couched in the language of Federalism. Rather than saying, “we aren’t interested in social issues,” they will say these issues ought to be “left to the states.”

Regardless of the framing, it’s still tantamount to a surrender. And it occurs to me there are two fundamental reasons for this rapid shift.

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The Real Reason Susan Rice Will Not Be America’s Top Diplomat

15 Dec

Secretary Susan Rice and meles ZenawiWomen can be excellent diplomats, and African-Americans should be on the international stage and crafting government policy. But, Susan Rice, the once-and-never-again nominee for U.S. Secretary of State and still ambassador to the United Nations, is a bad choice for the nation’s top diplomatic post, because of her record on Africa and her professional relationships with various African leaders.

The death knell of her ambitions was probably sounded by a New York Times story on Monday, which detailed how she failed to put pressure on President Paul Kagame of Rwanda to stop fomenting violence in Congo. The liberal establishment’s favourite paper also ran an opinion peace by an Ethiopian activist criticising Rice’s fulsome tribute to the late Meles Zenawi.

In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal recalled how Rice, an Africa specialist, had invested faith in young, progressive-seeming leaders such as Kagame, Zenawi and Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, but stuck by them when they turned out to be not so progressive after all.

Other pieces recalled how in the Clinton administration she had reportedly asked what effect the Rwandan genocide might have on Democrats’ prospects in the 1994 mid-term elections.

The NYT reported that Rice had watered down a UN resolution condemning Kagame’s support for Congo’s M23 rebels, whose recent invasion of Goma, the major eastern city, provoked international condemnation. It emerged that Kagame had been a client of Intellibridge, a Washington consultancy Rice worked for during George W Bush’s presidency.

Senator John McCain, who threatened to block her nomination, and other Republicans would have had plenty of material to make her confirmation hearing very uncomfortable, besides Benghazi.

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Escaping To The Past

22 Nov

The American secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, announcing a truce between Hamas and Israel might have praised Egyptian president, Muhammed Morsi but Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was proving how hollow he wants that truce to be.

But even as the truce was being announced, Netanyahu was warning more “forceful” action might be required if the ceasefire failed – a reference to a threatened ground invasion of Gaza that was postponed by Israel after pressure from the US president, Barack Obama.

Speaking at a press conference, Netanyahu said the operation had destroyed “thousands of missiles” as well as Hamas installations. Israel could not “sit with their arms folded” under attack, he said.

He also repeated his veiled threat of a wider army operation if the ceasefire failed: “I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so.”

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