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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FRSFreeState: AP: Mitt Romney Talks Foreign Aid at Clinton Conference: What Foreign Aid Should Be For

Foreign Aid should be an investment that the United States makes to see that third World countries. Don't go under so to speak, that encourages them to develop their economies and so they can have a government that can govern their country, not rule over its people like Authoritarians but govern. Its country, Foreign Aid should be an investment not a gift on our part, they get money to help them survive, while they are building up their country to become less dependent on Foreign Aid and even Self Sufficient. What we get in return is a Trading Partner and as these economies develop, more customers to buy our products and ally we can rely on when it comes to Foreign Policy. In a perfect World, we would only invest in countries that are Democracies or countries that are becoming Democracies, rather then investing in Authoritarian States, that just takes our money. And uses it to keep the current regime in power so they can rule over its people, the common wisdom use to be, that we had to invest in Authoritarian States in the Middle East, to keep these. Authoritarian Regimes in power, because we would dislike what came after it even more but as it turns out we've paid a price for that thinking. Because the people in these countries who would like freedom, see right through that and say America is not on our side, they are with the dictators and we pay a price for that.

For example investing in Israel and Turkey have been good investments, why both countries are Middle Eastern allies. Both countries are Democracies, both countries can defend themselves very well and don't have to worry about another country in the area attacking them or invading them. Israel has used some of our money to develop a developed economy that buys our goods and products, Turkey is moving towards becoming a developed economy as well and one of the wealthiest. Nations in the Middle East, Egypt as it turns out not such a great investment, they've been helpful in the sense when it comes to terrorism and other Foreign Policy matters. Like leaving Israel alone and even have a diplomatic relationship with them but haven't used the money to develop the economy, a large country that also has 80M people with a working class and an educated class. Yet they were a third World country fifty years ago and still are today and haven't really moved the ball at all to becoming a developed economy and not quite a Democracy yet.

Foreign Aid is a good thing if we invest in countries that have similar goals and ideals, not that we agree on everything. But that we both believe in Democracy and progress, that the people should have a large say in how they live their lives, whether they are Social Democracies. Like in Europe or a Liberal Democracy like America but that they believe in Individual Freedom, Human Rights and Civil Liberties and are against Authoritarianism.

AP: President Obama Warns Iran on Nukes

I don't believe letting the Islamic Republic of Iran, a fundamentalist Islamic Theocracy, thats living in the stone age. As far what it believes when it comes to Human Rights and Civil Liberties and the fact they are willing to spread this far right ideology around the World, through Terrorist Organizations. Is acceptable and we should do everything we can as a country, short of going to war with this large country of 75M people. A war with Iran even through a coalition, which will never happen, where we were to invade it, knockout the government, so we can knockout their. WMD but here's the kicker even if we are successful there, we are talking about ground troops, of at least 500K people, Iran is the size of Saudi Arabia and Libya physically, with 75M people. If we were to invade this country, we would be obligated to occupy it, until a new government is formed and ready to govern the country, so a war with Iran is also completely unacceptable. So what we need to do is prevent them from getting Nuclear Weapons, short of invading the country, which would require a coalition and perhaps air strikes.

The New Republic: A 2009 Video Clip Shows Mitt Romney Speaking Out Against Anti-China Trade Protectionism

A 2009 Video Clip Shows Mitt Romney Speaking Out Against Anti-China Trade Protectionism -- The Total Opposite Of His Current Anti-China Line. | The New Republic

This is all about pandering about China to Americans who are concerned about China's Trade Policy. There's no Leadership here, Mitt Romney is not the first nor will he be the last Presidential Candidate to pander about China. Democrat or Republican but pandering is exactly what he's doing here.

USA Today: Colo. Prison Inmate Kills 1 Prison Worker, Wounds Another

Colo. inmate kills 1 prison worker, wounds another

This inmate can probably forget about ever leaving prison alive

The Hill: President Obama to Answer Foreign Policy Criticism in UN Address

Obama to answer foreign policy criticism in UN address - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill |

Here's another advantage that President Obama has over Mitt Romney, actually being President itself and being. Able to command the World Stage, when he gives a speech at the United Nations, the whole World sees it and its an opportunity for him to tell Americans, I'm not just running for reelection but I actually have. The job and this is what I can do with it and speaking on these issues, especially as they relate to Foreign Policy, is something he does very well, especially for a first term President.