Bashing The Chinese Is The New Sport In America Among Republicans

February 1, 2012

Bashing The Chinese Is The New Sport In America Among Republicans

Martin McCauley writes from Tampa: Well there you have it: Mitt Romney has won the primaries in Florida convincingly, dashing Newt Gingrich’s hopes of gaining the Republican presidential nomination. Although the latter has insisted that whatever happens in Florida, he would go on fighting all the way up to the National Convention. Very doubtful that, but time will show. Still, what is interesting is that both men have been attacking President Barack Obama over his policy towards China. Romney accused him of being soft on the Middle Kingdom, identifying China as America’s greatest challenge in the 21st century. Mind you, you don’t really need to be Sherlock Holmes to work that one out. So what does Romney suggest? He says America must ‘stand up’ to China, that Beijing is manipulating... 

Let’s Have President Obama Battle Mitt Romney For The White House. Should Be Great Fun

January 31, 2012

Let’s Have President Obama Battle Mitt Romney For The White House. Should Be Great Fun

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: I don’t know about you, but I would love to see President Barack Obama take on Mitt Romney at the presidential election this year. I have a feeling that both men would go for each other with gusto, giving us all plenty of enjoyment. I would even welcome their wives join in and having a debate or a mud wrestling contest, standing up for their hubbies. Let’s face it, a no holds barred contest is what we all want. Especially as Mr Obama is currently raising some pretty impressive amounts to fund his election campaign – 1 billion dollars, to be exact – and with that sort of money at hand anything is possible, even a change in appearance and taking lessons to master the art of not reading from script every bloody time. Make no doubt, though, that... 

Newt Gingrich Has Crazy Ideas. But They Might Take Him To The White House

January 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich Has Crazy Ideas. But They Might Take Him To The White House

Martin McCauley writes from Washington: There are two things US voters can’t stand: a clever politician and one whose ideas and convictions are immovable. It doesn’t play very well to quote de Tocqueville, Josephus or Confucius. It gives the audience an inferiority complex and that’s bad for ratings. So how does one win over the voters? Well, that genius Barack Obama has demonstrated that you can sweet talk some of the people most of the time. He just has to be sure that he can continue to con 51 per cent of the voters to win re-election in November 2012. How does he do that? Simply by promising them jam tomorrow. ‘Folks, just stay with me. Everything will turn out right eventually.’ The idea is not to put a date on when the promises will become reality. Hope springs eternal... 

America Limiting Its Military Power? Yeah, Sure, That Would Be The Day

January 21, 2012

America Limiting Its Military Power? Yeah, Sure, That Would Be The Day

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: The funniest part about President Barack Obama’s recent announcement about America’s cuts to its military budget is that so many people actually bought the whole thing as if it was actually a real scaling down of the US firepower. In case you have forgotten what it was all about, President Obama came to the Pentagon and announced to the supposedly stunned nation that America would not be able to wage two ground wars at the same time anymore, all because the economic crisis has supposedly forced it to cut its military expenditure by around $500 billion in the next ten years. Not to mention cutting down its troop numbers by about half a million during the same period and wounding down some of the Pentagon’s programmes. Mr Obama had assured the nation... 

Dissent Is The Highest Form of Patriotism

January 20, 2012

Dissent Is The Highest Form of Patriotism

Mark Donahue writes from Washington DC: During the eight years of the Bush administration rage engulfed the world with demonstrators declaring that America’s aggressive stance on terrorism had trampled on human rights and tarnished its image in the eyes of the rest of the world. Throughout Europe and America hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo, the Patriot Act, rendition and military tribunals, to name just a few. The endless turbulence of dissent no doubt helped facilitate the meteoric rise of a relatively unknown Illinois Senator named Barack Obama, catapulting him at lightning speed to the upper echelons of the political spectrum. With captivating speeches of hope and change Mr Obama effortlessly swayed the adoring multitudes... 

Barack Obama Should Thank His Lucky Stars He’s Not A Republican President

December 31, 2011

Barack Obama Should Thank His Lucky Stars He’s Not A Republican President

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: President Barack Obama should thank his lucky stars that he is not a Republican. Because if he were, he would be looking at a meltdown at the next presidential election, finding himself on the receiving end of some serious ridicule in the media and on the comedy circuit. Why, why so, I can hear some people out there asking. Well, for starters he would not have had such an easy ride in 2008 when he had had the support of practically all the media, apart from Fox News. The three TV debates that he took part in with John McCain would not have been presented as his great success, because, to be honest, he didn’t really fare all that well in them. And his campaign funds, all the $750 million, that he had gathered from the ordinary people would have been scrutinised... 

Guess Who Said The Invasion Of Iraq Was The Right Thing To Do

December 14, 2011

Guess Who Said The Invasion Of Iraq Was The Right Thing To Do

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: I wonder, I just wonder what was it that US President Barack Obama’s advisors told him before he made that speech in Fort Bragg in North Carolina today, in front of US service men and women some of whom had served in Iraq. Go on, Sir, they probably said to him, go out there and tell the nation the good news: the war in Iraq is over and all our boys will be back home by Christmas. And tell them how proud you are of them and how you will look after them from now on, considering that they are all voters. And so Mr Obama did exactly that. Came out in front of the troops, introduced by his wife Michelle for some reason, and launched one of the most disgraceful propaganda exercises since Joseph Stalin praised his troops for adding Eastern Europe to the Soviet... 

Signs Of Desperation On President Obama’s Part Shine Through. Big Mistake

December 9, 2011

Signs Of Desperation On President Obama’s Part Shine Through. Big Mistake

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: Signs of desperation are becoming visible in the White House, with President Barack Obama apparently missing his targets in raising the one billion dollars that he wants to spend on his election campaign next year. It’s not that the money isn’t flowing in nicely, mind you, it’s just not coming in on the scale that was anticipated. One hope is that Goldman Sachs that has helped Mr Obama so much in the previous election would come up with some serious injection of cash into his campaign, prompting other big boys from Wall Street to put their money where their mouth is. Yes, in case you don’t know this, they did promise to help this time round again. But President Obama is still a worried man. Even though the Republicans have obviously decided to make... 

President Obama’s Secret Weapon: A Witches’ Coven

November 29, 2011

President Obama’s Secret Weapon: A Witches’ Coven

Martin McCauley writes from Colorado: I am sitting on my haunches in a circle with Air Force officers. We are gazing at a set of stones arranged in asymmetric fashion. Why are we here? This is now part of military training for budding officers of the mighty US Air Force. The goal is to get everyone to connect to their primeval past. In so doing they will suddenly acquire the secrets of the pre-modern world. In simple language, we are all being trained as witches and wizards. Eat your heart out Harry Potter fans. America separates state and religion. Just how do you define a religion? Well, apparently any bright spark can invent one or simply look up an encyclopaedia and reinvent one. It must have something to do with the Harry Potter mania which is sweeping the planet. As some of the Harry... 

Newt’s Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants. And How About Some Craziness From Others?

November 25, 2011

Newt’s Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants. And How About Some Craziness From Others?

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: As the current front-runner in the Republican nomination race, Newt Gingrich, promises to introduce an amnesty for all illegal immigrants in America if he gets elected, how about other potential presidential candidates coming up with some seriously radical proposals, hostile to their nature but capable of tilting the balance of public opinion in their favour – or at least giving everyone a shock? Take Mitt Romney, the former front-runner in the race, who is a Mormon by religion and insists that he enjoys every moment of it. How about Mitt saying that he would ban religion and promote atheism if he gets elected? I know, I know, it sounds drastic, but it’s still catchy and progressive, in a Bill Clinton sort of way, so who knows, the growing atheist... 

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