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Korean Nuclear Test Angers Rubio and Many Others

Feb 12, 2013 1:03 PM PT

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the incoming Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is a bit perturbed with North Korea's recent nuclear test. According to Reuters, "Pyongyang said the test was an act of self-defense against "U.S. hostility" and threatened stronger steps if necessary."

“Today’s action should serve as a reminder that we live in a dangerous world and that American leadership is vital to addressing challenges such as the threat posed to the United States and our allies by North Korea.- Sen. Marco Rubio

Israel trusts Americans but does their elected leadership trust ours

Feb 12, 2013 11:22 AM PT

The Middle East's only Parliamentary Democracy is in the final days of forming their new coalition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.

If anyone suggests they know the final outcome, I can assure you based on my first 36 hours in Jerusalem this week, no one knows. The week began with a briefing by President Shimon Peres.

At the top of the foreign policy list is President Obama's upcoming trip followed by the confirmation hearing of Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. I'm asking the questions and will post answers when I get them. 

US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro told us last night that Obama favors a "two states solution" with Palestine.

After him, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke and restated his strong position on the red line with respect to Iran.

I have till Friday to observe this process up close and bring the thoughts of new and experienced elected officials, ambassadors and those involved to The Conversation and my SiriusXM Patriot audience nightly. The guest list will be updated daily. 

More to come...

Lindsey Graham Vows to Block Brennan And Hagel Unless WH Provides More Info On Benghazi

Feb 10, 2013 6:28 PM PT

Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, this morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Bob Schieffer that unless he gets full disclosure from the White House about what directives the President ordered on the night of the attack in Benghazi, he will block the nominations of both John Brennan and Chuck Hagel.

Graham used the example of John Bolton's contentious nomination hearing in 2005 to justify his actions. Democrats had refused to confirm Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations because of their "grave concerns" about Bolton's "diplomatic temperament", and had demanded that the Bush administration
provide documents they said were needed to assess Bolton's fitness for the job.

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Yep, the Benghazi circus was pretty much what we all thought it was

Feb 7, 2013 11:06 AM PT

A President who didn't care... a gigantic government in which nobody talks to anybody else... a genius foreign policy team that didn't realize a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity, in a nearly lawless reason of a shaky country, might be dangerous on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks... a mad morning-after scramble by a terrified candidate to cover up a series of deadly mistakes that might have scuttled his re-election bid.. 

Amazing testimony today from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.  No wonder America had to be buffaloed with a laughably phony story about a "spontaneous video protest" nobody could have predicted.  Hillary Clinton knew all of this when she was telling the families of the Benghazi dead that she'd bring the rogue "video makers" to justice.  Joe Biden knew all this when he lied his way through that deranged, eye-rolling performance at the Vice Presidential debate.  They all knew what really happened that night.  They all remember how they felt when they realized just how badly they had screwed up.  And then they resolved to make sure the rest of us wouldn't know about it, until Barack Obama was safely re-elected.

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