What Will Happen in the Final Debate?

 

THE FINAL DEBATE: The dream of Lynn University namesake Christine Lynn comes true tonight. It is costing the school $5 million to host the third debate, and over 3000 journalists will be in attendance. The university is across the street from where IBM invented the first personal computer.

The topics are: America’s role in the world, Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan, Red Lines – Israel and Iran, The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism [30 minutes] and The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World.
Unfortunately foreign policy debates have typically mattered less than discussions of domestic issues. Survey data indicates the swing voters both candidates are trying to woo care little about foreign affairs right now.
You can expect considerable discussion of the Benghazi attack and China’s monetary policy. The debate is important because while Romney has a clear lead on economic issues, the President has a 10 point advantage in foreign policy according to the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. Tonight is Romney’s best chance to close that gap.
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Foreign Policy: What is the Romney Vision?

 

We expect all of these topics to be covered tonight but we would have swapped “soft power” for “Syria.” Our guess is that Syria will be in the debate headlines on Tuesday morning.
Romney has already made it a sharp contrast and says “In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.”

What is the Romney vision? he says “Obama thinks America’s in decline. It is if he’s president. It’s not if I’m president.” In his 2010 memoir No Apology, Romney has a chapter titled “Why Nations Decline.” He says the “improbability of decline by the great has long piqued my interest.”
He goes on to observe that “No great power in history has endured indefinitely.” The Ottomans, the Portuguese, the Spanish, and the British — all great powers in their day — eventually crumbled, one after another. In Romney’s estimation, each succumbed to some combination of isolationism, protectionism, profligacy, or cultural decay.
Each ignored the warning signals of impending collapse, “turning their ears instead to the comforting voices that claimed continuity and comfort.” Now, Romney argues, it is America that is spending too lavishly and borrowing too heavily.
America’s culture — defined by hard work, educational attainment, risk taking, and religiosity, according to Romney — is “under attack.” Indeed, he writes, “each of the conditions that existed in the failed great states of the past is present in America today. This alone is cause for concern.”
In the past, world powers failed to correct their course because of their “failure to see growing threats, the short-term self-interest of common citizens.” There were “warning voices” among the Ottomans, Spanish, and British, he notes, but they were ignored. Romney will once again give us that warning tonight.

Obama Should Be President of France

 

 

This two level penthouse overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower is one of over 500 Paris properties worth more than $1.5 million which have hit the market since the Socialists took power.  The Socialists plan to raise the tax rate to 75 percent, and they are also sharply increasing taxes on capital gains from the sale of stock. President Francois Hollande won election on a platform of making the wealthy carry more of the load.
According to France24, “Those who are going abroad fear a future tax on capital movements. The profile of those who are leaving has changed, from the idle rich to managers of major international corporations, entrepreneurs and investors much younger than previously who are scared of the marginal tax rate of 62.21 percent on stock sales. Nobody until now believed the capital gains on shares would be taxed so high.
“The head of the French employers federation Medef, Laurence Parisot, has complained recently of emerging ‘anti-enterprise racism’ in France.”

The GOP and HIV/AIDS Funding

 

 

Over 70 million people have been infected with HIV-AIDS, but only one has been cured. Thanks in large part to the generosity of the United States, over 8 million people world wide are now on life saving antiretroviral therapy.
1.7 million people died of an AIDS related illness last year. The International AIDS Society Conference is in Washington this week for the first time in 22 years, and Laura Bush will be speaking to the gathering.
AIDS prevention is a major focus for rockstar Elton John. He says the president who did the most for AIDS victims was George W. Bush: “He was an amazingly informed about AIDS. I had so much respect for him, especially when the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was announced when he gave $15 billion to AIDS.
“He knew what he was talking about. One of the old adages in life is never judge someone until you meet them. I didn’t like his policies but I have to say when I met him, I found him well informed and determined to do something about the AIDS situation so I changed my opinion of him. I learned a lesson.”
The Bush initiative was largest amount of funding by any nation to fight a single disease. The major issue facing prevention efforts today is not a lack of technology or funding, but the social stigma associated with HIV, which deters individuals from accessing both education and treatment programs.
Bush was well known for his Freedom Agenda and says “One aspect of freedom is for people to be free from disease.” He has made three trips to Africa since leaving office.

QUESTION: The World War II Codename for this Island was Bobcat. What is its Real Name?

QUESTION: The World War II codename for this island was Bobcat, and Americans are still very popular here. It was an important U.S. airfield, supply, refueling and ship repair base, as well as an oil depot during the war.
There were only 1,500 residents in 1942, and the American military soon quadrupled the population.
From an economic standpoint, the war was a huge bonanza for Bobcat. American Seabees built the 19 mile road around the island, the airport, schools, water treatment facilities, piers, warehouses, a medical clinic and they installed generators. The U.S. built the first airfield in this island chain, and the wharf which is used by cruise ships today was built by Americans in 1943.
The effort was worthwhile because Bobcat supplied the ships and planes that fought the Battle of the Coral Sea, which was the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other.
One of the over 20,000 war time visitors to Bobcat was James Michener, a Navy lieutenant, who in 1947 wrote the Pulitzer Prize winner “Tales of the South Pacific”. It was the basis for the Broadway and film musical South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Michener described Bobcat as the most beautiful island in the world.
While the islanders had abundant fruit including huge papayas, avocados and cocoanuts, they lacked most modern conveniences. There were no hotels, piers, or tourists before the war, but today there are 18 resorts. (There were 19, but Club Med was destroyed in a hurricane). Practically all the residents are now employed in the tourist industry.
The tourists started arriving in 1961 when the first hotel opened, and despite all the visitors, no one has ever successfully climbed the island’s volcanic peak.
Do you know the real name of this island?

ANSWER: The real name of Bobcat is Bora Bora in French Polynesia of the southern Pacific Ocean. Tahiti is the most widely recognizable name among these islands, which are a semi-autonomous part of France.
Among the 118 Polynesian islands, Bora Bora was the one selected for a major military base. This was primarily because of its enormous interior lagoon which could only be entered through a single passage way that could be easily controlled.
This was a major advantage in stopping the threat of submarines. Bora Bora housed nearly 7,000 men during the war.
Eight massive naval cannons were set up at strategic points around the island, but they were never used in combat. The American presence was uncontested, and the cannons are today a tourist attraction.
The reason no one has ever managed to climb Mount Otemanu successfully is because the volcanic rock crumbles too easily, and will not bear a climber’s weight.
Practically every visitor to Bora Bora says the same thing, the fresh fruit is better than any they have ever had before.

Did America Steal Mexico’s Land?

 

The United States paid for the territory it could have rightfully taken from Mexico after the war. According to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico recognized the independence of Texas, and ceded “Upper California” and “New Mexico” (California, Nevada, Utah, et Arizona) for the price of $15 million.
The US also forgave $3.25 million of Mexican debts. The grand total, in modern US currency would be $462.2 million dollars. The treaty angered many Americans who did not want to pay. There was also the “all of Mexico movement” which called for the total annexation of Mexico.
The land intended to accommodate a transcontinental railroad. However, the American Civil War delayed construction of such a route, and it was not until 1881 that the Southern Pacific Railroad finally was completed, fulfilling the purpose of the original acquisition.

Rick Perry vs. Ron Paul Feud Heats Up Over Gaza

Despite Ron Paul's claims, no one is starving in Gaza. There is no lack of electricity or running water, and Gaza City has a luxury shopping mall.


The feud between Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is continuing, and the new flash point is the Gaza Strip. A new flotilla of large ships will arrive soon and Perry says it is an “unacceptable provocation,” while Paul has always claimed Israel’s Gaza blockade is an act of war. He described the last flotilla of nine ships as breaking the “siege” of Gaza.
Paul has criticized the Governor as an “establishment candidate” and for being “identified with the Bush administration and very much the status quo.” Bush and Perry were gubernatorial running makes in 1998. In 2007, Paul said Perry should be investigated for a criminal violation of the Logan Act when he attended the Bilderberg Conference. That same year Paul said Perry’s attendance was “A sign that he’s involved in the international conspiracy.”
In 2008, Paul endorsed Perry’s GOP primary opponent, Debra Medina, who was linked to the 9/11 Truth movement which believes the U.S. government had advance knowledge of the attack. During an interview with Glenn Beck, Medina would not deny she was a 9/11 Truther.
In his endorsement letter Paul said: “I have known Debra for over 10 years and she been a key supporter and member of my campaign team. . . I asked Debra to serve on the board of directors of my national grassroots action group, Campaign for Liberty.”
Perry is the complete opposite of Ron Paul and says the Gaza flotilla is a propaganda ploy. As the Red Cross has repeatedly confirmed, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Israel’s actions are in accordance with its inherent right to self-defense, and it is foolish to legitimize Hamas.
Every week about 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza. Ron Paul says Israel is violating “Palestinian waters,” but they do not exist because Palestine is not a country. Hamas won the last election in Gaza and they refuse to recognize Israel.
What is Hamas?
Hamas will not renounce violence and they have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction. A suicide bomber who attacked an Israeli pizzeria crowded with children was praised by Hamas. According to the Jerusalem Post:

Hamas is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement. It is a radical movement considered a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union. Hamas leaders condemned America for killing Osama bin Laden, and a founding principle of the Hamas charter calls for Jihad, a holy war on behalf of Islam.
Hamas has been responsible for more than a hundred suicide attacks, and has fired more than 10,000 rockets and missiles into towns and villages in Israel. The international community estimates that Hamas receives $20 million to $30 million in funding from Iran, a tyrannical regime that repeatedly denies its citizens basic human rights and kills any persons who question its principles.

Ron Paul’s Defense of Hamas
Congressman Paul says Hamas is an elected government so Israel should not be blocking the delivery of weapons to Gaza. Once again, an estimated 10,000 Katusha rockets from Gaza have been launched at Israel since their voluntary withdrawal six years ago. Rep. Paul has never described these attacks as an act of war.
In both of the presidential debates this year, the lawmaker has said he wants a “non-interventionist foreign policy.” He often votes alone and will not join his colleagues in condemning genocide, ethnic cleansing, rape camps and numerous other human rights abuses anywhere in the world. He justifies his actions by saying we should not tell other countries what to do, but he always tells Israel what to do and never fails to repeat Hamas and Hezbollah propaganda.
What Ron Paul Does Not Say

  • Israel has always acted in accordance with international maritime law. They are in a state of armed conflict with Hamas. In such cases blockades are permissible under international law so long as humanitarian goods are not prevented from reaching the population. Boarding a vessel is permissible if the ship is bound for a “belligerent” territory.
  • The organizers of the flotilla are affiliated with an officially designated terrorist organization. They have said suicide attacks against Israeli citizens are religiously sanctioned.
  • Gaza shipments do not have to come through Israel. They are allowed to unload their cargo of humanitarian goods at the Egyptian port of El-Arish. The supplies are then transferred on land to Gaza after being checked.
  • According to the International Monetary Fund, Gaza’s economy expanded by 15.2% last year.
  • Hamas strictly limits freedom of the press and religious freedom. Christians do not have the same freedom as Muslims, and any political assemblies must be approved in advance. Women are denied basic human rights.

Should Israel comply with international law and the values of the international community? Yes. Does it? Yes, and like every nation is has a right to self-defense.