Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Of 'presidential' reactions on the world stage

So much in the arena of what is and what isn't presidential can be gleamed from both the current POTUS and the hopefuls over these past few days. There's no need to go over the continuation of Obama 2.0 with Clinton (or Sanders) at this moment. I think we all understand that (or I'd like to think so, but...). Where I'd like to compare/contrast, is where the current race resides in what may or may not be the Republican Party after these primaries conclude. So let's dive right into it...

ON CUBA:

Rather than expounding on what a joke Obama has made of us down in Cuba (amongst elsewhere in the world), what Levin said last night sets the situation in clear perspective...
President Obama wants to have a frank conversation with the dictators who created the situation in Cuba. However, he should really be talking to the Cuban people who are continually oppressed and live in the iron-fisted police state. In the end, it is the people of Cuba who will continue to suffer under the Castro regime. What Cuba needs is a free market system without the tyrannical Castro brothers in charge. ~ ML, 3/21/16
Related links: State Dept. Reports Major Human Rights Abuses by Cuba's Communist Regime
Cuban Repression Accelerates for Obama's Visit

But in a time of presidential campaigning, what is amazing is to watch the stark difference between Cruz and Trump on Obama's visit to Cuba:
TRS: Very solid comments by Cruz on how Obama is basically spitting in the face of the Cuban dissidents by going to drink mojitos with the dictators that are oppressing them.

[vs]

Trump’s only criticism is that Raul Castro didn’t meet Obama on the tarmac? Trump literally said THAT is the reason why Obama should have turned the plane around. Not because he wasn’t allowed to meet the Cuban dissidents. Not because Castro is a brutal dictator oppressing his own people. No, because Castro wouldn’t show up to meet Obama when he arrived.


Related links: WATCH: Here’s your photo and video of the day and they’re DESPICABLE
Feeding the Castro Regime With Crony Capitalism Won’t Make Cuba Free

ON ISRAEL:

Here's yet another stark difference between Trump and Cruz when it comes to Israel (we know how Obama feels). While Trump says, "Pay us back!" without any consideration of Israel's geo-politically sensitive station...
TRS: Trump was asked about his criticism of countries who we send foreign aid to that can defend themselves, like Germany, Japan, and South Korea, suggesting they should pay us back for our help. He was then asked if that same standard applies to Israel and he said yes, they should pay us back as well:

...Cruz exhibits the closeness of alliance with the Jewish State, not through neutrality, and certainly not in reference to Palestine...


(Entire AIPAC speech here)

Related links: 'The Barrier to Peace Is Not Israel': Cruz Slams Trump Over 'Neutral' Comment

ON BELGIUM:

Then in Brussels this morning, we received word of another ISIS atrocity...
TRS: The death toll and number of injured continue to climb after explosions rocked a Brussels airport and metro station this morning. The current number of dead are 34 and those injured from the blasts number close to 200 already:
FoxNews: As many as 31 people were killed and more than 180 injured as coordinated terrorist bombings rocked the Brussels airport and subway system during rush hour Tuesday morning in the Belgian capital.

Two bombings at Zaventem Airport, where 11 people were reportedly killed, and another at the metro station in the Maelbeek section near the European Union headquarters, where the mayor's office said 20 were killed, were almost immediately confirmed as terrorism. The attack at the airport was reportedly accompanied by shouts in Arabic and gunfire, and an unexploded suicide belt was reportedly found in the aftermath. ...

DEVELOPING: ISIS has claimed credit for Tuesday morning’s rush-hour attacks in Brussels, which left at least 31 dead and more than 180 injured.
Well, Obama doesn’t let these horrifying TERROR ATTACKS get in the way of jockeying for an alliance with his commie Cuban comrades...
TRS: Probably the only thing more disgusting than the terror attack in Belgium this morning was this damn degenerate-in-chief who made sure not to let the horrifying attack disrupt his jokey speech to Cuban commies in Havana.



Yes, while the rest of the world reels over the Brussels terror attacks, Obama's enjoying a baseball game in Cuba with his favorite commie dictator...#OutOfTouch
More details are pouring out of Belgium from the terror attacks on the West from the religion of peace, but Obama can’t be bothered – he’s enjoying a baseball game with his favorite commie dictator boyfriend.
These two should be behind more than netting!

Meanwhile, the first person the media sticks a microphone and camera in front of this morning is none other than Donald J. Trump...
Politico: Shortly after news broke of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Donald Trump was on television. He didn’t wait to consult with the foreign-policy advisors he announced a day earlier; instead he quickly condemned the attacks and argued that they serve as further rationale for some of his most controversial ideas...
Apparently, death in Brussels means more Trump votes!
ValueWalk: ‘Well I think I’ve said it. I would close up our borders until we figure out what is going on,’ said Trump.

‘Look at Brussels, look at Paris, look at so many cities that were great cities. Paris is almost as bad. Paris is no longer the City of Lights, Paris has a lot of problems. All you have to do is speak to the people who live there where the same thing has happened and they are in fear. The city is in fear. And we have to be smart in the United States,” he continued.

Trump returned to his familiar discourse on immigrants ... He went to lampoon the Belgian capital and used it as an example of how not to run a country.

“We have to be very vigilant and careful who we let into our country. I know Brussels well and Brussels is a total mess, and I’m not talking about the attack today,” said Trump. “I’m talking about, generally speaking, it is a city that used to be one of the finest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and now its a catastrophic and very dangerous city where the police have very little control.”

He was later pressed to provide more concrete details about what he would do as president.

“I would be very tough on borders and I would be not allowing certain people to come into this country without absolute perfect documentation.”
Related links: UNREAL: Trump asked about using nukes, starts talking about how he’s a COUNTERPUNCHER!
WHAT THE HELL?? Did Donald Trump Actually Say He Might Nuke ISIS?
Trump Wants To Leave NATO, Which Is Headquartered In Brussels. So Dumb.

Then we FINALLY received a presidential address from Cruz...
“Today radical Islamic terrorists targeted the men and women of Brussels as they went to work on a spring morning. In a series of coordinated attacks they murdered and maimed dozens of innocent commuters at subway stations and travelers at the airport. For the terrorists, the identities of the victims were irrelevant. They –we—are all part of an intolerable culture that they have vowed to destroy.

“For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods.

“We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.

“We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.”
Related links: Brussels and Willful Blindness
Cruz Right about Empowering Law-Enforcement to Prevent Terrorist Attacks

...who also held a presser this morning regarding the Brussels terror attacks...
These are the remarks of an adult who knows the gravity of the situation, and the source of the problem.
RedState: “In the wake of Brussels, we don’t need another lecture on Islamaphobia from President Obama.” There is nothing truer than that.

He is also right about our woefully inadequate vetting process. It is not something liberals or the media really care about. They don’t care if it’s effective. They just want to feel good about themselves.

“When you don’t define the enemy, then you don’t have screening programs designed to keep them out,” says Cruz. This is entirely logical. So much so you have to be willfully ignorant in order to disagree. You cannot screen what you will not identify. Utterly irrefutable.

Answering a reporter’s question about Trump, Cruz highlighted the difference between his and Donald’s policies. A stark difference. On the one hand experience and knowledge, on the other a blowhard with neither.
“Donald Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies. Donald Trump is wrong that America should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand Putin a major victory and while he’s at it hand ISIS a major victory.”
Again, for the haters, that was in response to a direct question, not some volunteered political spin.

There’s a lot more in the ten minute clip. I suggest watching the entire thing. And then compare to Trump who discussed his own poll numbers.

There’s at least one serious person left in this primary election.
And there's the crux of it, particularly when it comes to pressing matters on foreign affairs and their probable domestic effects. We desperately need a presidential leader, not showmen. There's one left in this primary cycle.

Related links: Cruz: "We Don't Need Another Lecture on Islamophobia"
Cruz tells Obama: Leave Cuba, come home or go to Brussels

Cruz criticizes Obama and Trump in wake of Brussels attacks
Cruz: Trump's plans for Europe would hand ISIS 'a major victory'
On Muslim Hate And Xenophobia, New York Goes After…Cruz?

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