Isolationists like to pretend the neoconservative movement has failed. They suffer from historical amnesia and root for the war-weary public’s rejection of all foreign policy. The reality is that the neoconservative movement and its policies have been massively successful and become mainstream. This is not to argue that there have been no policy failures, it is to argue that these are overshadowed by its vast successes. Isolationists like to typify the movement as an imperial plot bent on global domination but two out of three neoconservatives’ greatest successes were domestic policy issues.
First, and most relevant to urban dwellers, was the NYC implemented policy of zero tolerance based on the Broken Windows theory. The theory, in simple terms, is that if a neighborhood is left to crime that crime will get worse. By having fast and visible (but proportional) responses to even minor crime, greater and violent crime can be avoided and quality of life increased.
Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.
“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.
The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”
The Hollywood community is certainly no stranger to worthy causes. From matters of free speech to human rights, members of the community have frequently made their voices heard and helped influence important change on those fronts.
This is why Hollywood’s silence on the current situation in Ukraine is both perplexing and disturbing.
Earlier this year, the Ukranian people, in a move reminiscent of the American Revolution, overthrew a corrupt leader who, in concert with a succession of cronies including his own son, had pocketed up to 40% of Ukraine’s GDP for their own personal use.
En route to Fair Lawn, heavily-armed Russian troops arrive at nearby Teterboro Airport.
In a move certain to carry dire geopolitical consequences for the world, the Russian Federation has moved troops into the 32,000-person borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, only days after annexing Crimea and strengthening its troop positions along the Ukrainian border.
The Kremlin also moved quickly to assert a rationale for its provocative act as Asian stock markets and Dow futures tumbled, one which the Christie Administration is labeling a “naked invasion” and “clear violation of international law as well as, most troubling of all, Governor Christie’s clearly-articulated town hall meeting rules.”
Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)
The world is on fire, Save Jerseyans. In case you hadn’t noticed.
My fellow Americans seemed distressingly willing to give President Obama a partial pass on Libya and Syria since that portion of the globe is constantly inflamed and, after all, it’s clearly a product of George Bush’s instigation. Right?
Unfortunately for the DNC and DCCC, the unchecked resurgence of Russian territorial ambitions is a little harder to push off on their leader’s predecessor. There isn’t an American alive who can remember a peaceful Middle East. Most Americans (myself included) can remember watching the Berlin Wall crumble on live television.
There are two moving pieces to the Ukrainian crisis, Save Jerseyans, in the wake of Sunday’s Crimean “referendum” (at gun point): (1) the Kremlin’s troop build-up and (2) the West’s snail-paced response. There were a number of things we could’ve done immediately; there simply wasn’t the will to make it happen. The people of Eastern Europe may pay for it soon if history is any guide.
In the short term, the de facto annexation of the Crimea (and possibly more of Ukraine) by Comrade-Czar Putin will have little to no ramification for US national interests, Save Jerseyans.
In the long term, however, it emboldens totalitarian regimes everywhere and many, though not all, harbor expansionist dreams. One need only look at Putin’s actions in Europe to understand the totalitarian playbook of manufactured crisis and territorial expansion.
Revanchist Russia has been aiding and abetting the Iranian nuclear program, assisting the Syrian Assad regime and views itself as juxtaposed the US. Despite the billions in aid we donated to the post-Soviet Russia, the U.S. is blamed for all of Russia’s problems. That the aid we graciously gave to a former enemy was misspent is clear; that it was part of the era of rampant Russian crony capitalism is as well. What is unclear and thoroughly irrelevant to the current crisis is how Russia’s socio-economic downward spiral is ours to blame.
One of the first rules of politics is that one should never waste a good crisis. With that no doubt in mind, and Russia’s planned annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea seemingly all but inevitable, Republicans are pouncing on this latest opportunity to criticize President Obama for his ineffectual leadership, demanding, as they are, results without really proposing any viable solutions.
This, incidentally, has become a Republican trademark.
Forgetting for a minute that it used to be conservatives who would caution against playing global police officer, it is fair, regrettably, to observe that not more than a month ago, in the days leading up to the Sochi Olympics, the Obama Administration seemed much more concerned with Russia’s treatment of gays than in the fomenting civil discord in the Ukraine. Even when the Administration voiced its support for the protesters, it was hard not to see the irony (or double standard) in an administration lauding anti-government protests overseas, when it has so vocally and with great antipathy denounced Americans attending rallies calling for smaller and more responsive government as unpatriotic and un-American.
I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.
For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions:
And yes, it was all preventable. Western weakness invites eastern aggression. Every. Damn. Time. Yet the Left never learns its lesson because its adherents are too busy trying to rewrite history than learn something of value from it.
Is it not okay to die in one war because it was George Bush’s but okay to die in another because it’s Obama’s war, Save Jerseyans? Why is this not an electoral issue? Have Obamacare, illegal immigration, and gay rights turned everyone’s attention away from the fact there is still a war going on?
When the last U.S. combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaeda and an Iraq; two years later, al-Qaeda had seized major cities where hundreds of U.S. troops died. Even as we drawdown in Afghanistan, as was proven with Iraq, any gains made by the United States will be quickly lost under the wrong leadership.
Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple starring together in ‘That Hagen Girl’
A heartbroken country is mourning the loss of Shirley Temple this morning, Save Jerseyans, the childhood film star who stole the nation’s hearts – and kept people smiling – throughout the most difficult depths of the Great Depression.
What does it say about contemporary America that today’s downtrodden, hopeless, jobless, and health care-less citizens have to rely on Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus? But I digress…
Shirley Temple ventured onto an entirely different stage as she grew older and left Hollywood behind: the realm of electoral politics and foreign policy.
Excessive TV consumptive may have led you to mistakenly believe that Chris Christie is the first “bully” in American political history, Save Jerseyans.
Buy Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a drink or tweet him at an off hour and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell you about the time Barack Obama’s OFA put the fear of God into him. This is, after all, the same Administration known for turning a blind eye to IRS profiling of tea party groups. The former secretary of state’s own campaign kept a revenge list! You don’t mess with these Obamacrats or Clintonites and not expect retaliation. They won’t simply close your bridge lanes.
They’ll bury you under the bridge without batting an eye.