Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rubio discusses America's role in the world.

Senator Mark Rubio gave a well-received speech at the Council of Foreign Relations several weeks ago. Its a serious speech and well worth watching regardless of party.


14 comments:

thusbloggedanderson said...

Anyone curious about the weasel-worded "well-received" (by whom?) can compare what Daniel Larison wrote about that speech in The American Conservative.

"On Libya and Syria, Rubio keeps trying to pretend that earlier or more forceful U.S. intervention would have prevented the worst results of these conflicts. That is very likely wrong, but the remarkable thing about his position is that he never considers what that earlier or more forceful intervention would have cost the U.S. or whether that cost would be worth paying. He simply takes for granted that the U.S. should always be 'leading' and committing itself to these fights without regard for the consequences. That’s not a doctrine anyone should want to follow. It’s a recipe for one foreign policy failure after another."

Anonymous said...

Send ships. planes and land troops Anderson to defend Israel against attack? Yes or No?

Kingfish said...

I will see you one American conservative and raise you one Wall Street Journal editorial page.

thusbloggedanderson said...

The WSJ, master sage of foreign policy? LOL.

Larison's domestic politics would doubtless horrify me if he blogged about them, but apart from Russia, he generally has a good analytical eye for foreign policy, and is an excellent corrective to people who think the US can & should have its way all the time (i.e., the terminally naive).

... We've sent Israel how much weaponry to defend itself? They should have that taken care of by now. Regardless, yes, if there were any credible enemy threatening Israel, they're our ally and we ought to defend them. Entirely hypothetical since there's no such enemy. Syria's neutralized, Jordan's no threat, Egypt can't afford to offend Uncle Sugar.

Until the GOP absorbs what a disaster the Iraq War was, they will be worse than useless on foreign policy. They all seem eager to repeat the experience.

thusbloggedanderson said...

Also, forgot to add: love the example of someone whose FP litmus test is "defend Israel." What a bizarre fetish our FP has turned into.

Anonymous said...

You didn't know Anderson? The Iraq war was a smashing success ( according to them).

But of course we must all bow down to the whims of the war hawks and their contractors lest we be deemed unpatriotic and ' immoral'.

Don't forget about that Iranian nuke, ya hear? It's a comin fur us.

Anonymous said...

What is the basis for your foreign policy expertise Andy?

Anonymous said...

We screwed up toppling Sadam. Those people need a ruthless dictator. (That dude was the worst torturer around but he kept that shit contained.). The Islamic State will spread until they run across the wrong person/people. They're heading west to Syria because they can. They aren't going to f up and go east because those MF'ers will annihilate them. We need to let that solve itself, advise people to avoid the region and quit trying to police that region. Police it only when they step out and touch an ally.

Russia is trying to get what it lost back. Economic sanctions by us and others will have an impact. The oil countries (Saudi Arabia most notably) hate them and are killing them w oil prices.

Anonymous said...

What about Lebanon? After Syria should the world let Lebanon fall to ISIS also?

thusbloggedanderson said...

I might word 8:22 differently, but essentially, sounds right to me.

Iraq was never a nation; it was lines on a map, held together by force. In the biggest gift Iran has ever been given, we went over & toppled Iran's #1 enemy.

This piece by Mitchell Prothero apropos of Ash Carter's recent remarks helps explain today's Iraq w/r/t ISIS etc.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the crass language. Woke up sour. Anderson is spot on. Saddam was the glue that forced those nations together. Dan Carlin gave a great historical review and current perspective on Common Sense last week, one of his 2 outstanding podcasts. Highly recommended.

Anonymous said...

Rubio gives great speeches. The camera likes him.

In person, he looks college age and doesn't engage people well one on one.

I agree with 90+% of what he says in speeches, but I don't think he has a chance at the Presidency. He'd make an excellent VP choice and I'd hope the President would listen to him. Few of those currently running seem to have the ego to let him be a participant.

But, the big edge he does have is that he doesn't wear more make-up than his wife like two of the other GOP candidates!

Anonymous said...

"But, the big edge he does have is that he doesn't wear more make-up than his wife like two of the other GOP candidates!"

Denny Hastert's running again?

Anonymous said...

LOL 12:08 pm I never noticed Denny's makeup. Pedophiles don't usually wear make up. Too many children find those with too much makeup to be clownish.

It's the one in particular who wears eyeliner and lipstick with a bit of pancake that's too heavy that looks the most like a wannabe drag queen to me.

And, then there's the one who every now and again over does the white eye shadow under the brow so it's glaringly white and whose hair highlights are sometimes over done on those pretty curls.

While I know all politicians use makeup before the camera and many dye their hair, over doing such raises some questions for me. Either they have very poor judgment in who they hire do their make up so how will their judgment being in hiring in general? Or, why do their egos require them to hide behind too much make-up? Or, do they like feeling feminine? Add any of those three to being a bit dogmatic positions and I find them a bit scary. They are tightly controlled to hide their real selves.

Of course, in general , for all candidates, I keep wondering how those who are not born wealthy and haven't married rich and never had a job either out of government or a job that earned even $200000 a year are never are questioned about how they became millionaires or live the lifestyle of millionaires once they've been in office a while.

So I guess I just notice things others either don't or don't want to notice. And, I've always thought how people present themselves and behave were far better indicators than what they say... words are cheap... unless they pay for a good speech writer and advisors to put words in their mouths.



Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Loading...

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Who is the hottest reporter?

Archives

Who is the Hottest Reporter in Jackson?

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
.