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Obama Admin Failing to Follow ‘Don’t Do Stupid S***’ Policy in Egypt

One of the promises the Obama administration made when it came to foreign policy was simple and straightforward: Don’t do stupid s*** (stuff).  While they’ve been successful in living up to that mantra by doing things like making the nuc...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 6, 2015

Obama Admin Failing to Follow ‘Don’t Do Stupid S***’ Policy in Egypt

One of the promises the Obama administration made when it came to foreign policy was simple and straightforward: Don’t do stupid s*** (stuff).  While they’ve been successful in living up to that mantra by doing things like making the nuc...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 6, 2015

Some Lessons Society Still Hasn’t Learned From Martin Luther King, Jr.

As I listened to the newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech from December 7, 1964 in London, I couldn’t help but notice how many different lessons from his speech we still haven’t learned as a society. ...
by Sparking the Left on Jan 20, 2015

Conservatives Criticizing Obama for Paris Photo-op Forget World Hates Their Foreign Policy

It’s not surprising that conservatives have jumped on the Obama administration for sending ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, to the photo-op of free-press-hating world leaders (an issue that, in all fairness, the Obama administration has its...
by Sparking the Left on Jan 13, 2015

Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

Yesterday, Israel showed the world just how much it wants peace in its land by taking more land away from the Palestinians, a move sure to make matters worse.  And they did this by giving a stunningly laughable reason for the seizure: Israel Radio s...
by Sparking the Left on Sep 1, 2014

Have to Admit, Sometimes Russia is Painfully Correct

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, had some comments for the United States government regarding Syria and the Islamic State that deserve acknowledgement.  While the future of this situation can be debated, the past cannot.  And the truth some...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 26, 2014

Embarrassing Weekend for NSA and CIA Good for Democracy

U.S. intelligence took a couple of pretty hard slaps in its face this past weekend and, when reading the articles about their wasteful and ridiculous actions, the slaps were clearly justified. First off, it was announced on Friday that Germany had ar...
by Sparking the Left on Jul 7, 2014

Who is Weak on Foreign Policy?

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by Sparking the Left on Jun 23, 2014

John Kerry Shows off U.S. Hypocrisy on Foreign Policy

As the situation in the Ukraine continues to rear its ugly head, Secretary of State John Kerry had some tough words for Russia: stay out or we might do bad stuff to you. Kerry said that he spoke Saturday with foreign ministers from the G-8 and other...
by Sparking the Left on Mar 2, 2014

A Comparison Study of The Washington Post’s Coverage of Violence in Syria and Mexico

My final project to finish off my Master’s degree.  Was a fun one to do. Introduction             Since the beginning of the Arab Spring in late 2010, American media have closely covered the changing of regimes in the Middle East an...
by Sparking the Left on Dec 13, 2013

Syria, Iraq, and America’s Maturation

As what once looked like an inevitable march to war in Syria stays on hold longer, it seems the United States’ public has put to use the lessons learned from the debacle in Iraq.  And one of the most important lessons was the reality that we c...
by Sparking the Left on Sep 23, 2013

A Critical Look at Some of the Rhetoric of Obama’s Syria Speech

President Obama made his case for possible/eventual intervention in Syria last night.  Let’s jump right into some of the language with a critical eye. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled the country. Clearly, the first 99,...
by Sparking the Left on Sep 11, 2013

Ridiculous U.S. Rhetoric to Justify Syria Intervention

As we edge closer to what is a virtually unstoppable march toward bombing Syria, the United States continues to throw out whatever rhetoric it can to justify a military strike on the Assad regime and look like the world’s good guy.  More of th...
by Sparking the Left on Sep 4, 2013

Why Doesn’t the U.S. Wait for U.N. Test Results in Syria Before Striking?

As the apparent fervor to blow stuff up in the U.S. government can no longer be stymied, I can’t help but wonder: why the rush? Obviously, the argument “because people are dying” is ridiculous in the case of Syria since 100k people...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 28, 2013

Interesting Comments From Top Adviser to Iranian Leader

The top adviser to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dished out a few comments worth noting in an interview with the AP recently.  After reaffirming the Ayatollah, and not new the new president, always has the last word on what happens with the co...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 19, 2013

U.S. Still Following “How to Make People Hate Us” Playbook in Bahrain

If people ever wondered how foreigners could hate the United States so much, there is a simple formula for how it happens: People live under an oppressive regime that quashes any chance at expanded freedoms or a move to democracy using horrific metho...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 12, 2013

Blatant Hypocrisy in Manning Sentencing Phase by Prosecution

As the sentencing of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning continues, a bit of sad hypocrisy from the military crept out today.  As reported by Reuters: Testifying for the prosecution, (Navy Commander Youssef) Aboul-Enein said al Qaeda used a vi...
by Sparking the Left on Aug 8, 2013

Iraq War a Failure, Afghanistan Now on Its Way

There is very little in the way of a rational argument supporting the idea the Iraq War was in any fashion a success.  By just about any measure imaginable, it was an outright failure.  And the situation in the country continues to get worse, as in...
by Sparking the Left on Jul 31, 2013

Sanctions Increase on Iran Despite Little Proof to Justify the Added Burden

Additional sanctions on Iran came into effect this week and we must still ask the question as to what the reasoning is for the increase?  What exactly has Iran done to deserve the increase and does this really get the world closer to a long-term res...
by Sparking the Left on Jul 2, 2013

Two Questions About the NSA Spying on EU

As more info is released surrounding NSA’s spying tactics, more questions arise as to why they are doing what they have been doing.  We now know “US agencies bugged European embassies and parliament buildings” and it is no surprise...
by Sparking the Left on Jul 1, 2013


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