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Capital Journal: Republicans Grapple With the Rand Paul Conundrum - WSJ
Updated June 2, 2014

Rand Paul is, of course, the junior senator from Kentucky and a rising star in his party. He mixes tea-party appeal with the libertarian instincts he inherited from his father, former Rep. Ron Paul .

He attracts some constituencies other Republicans have a hard time reaching—college-age voters, in particular—and is diligently trying to reach out to minority groups that have slipped further from the grasp of others in his party. Indeed, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, an organization not known for its close relations with Republicans, invited him to appear at its July annual meeting, Mr. Paul's office says, though a scheduling conflict likely will prevent him from appearing....Mr. Paul doesn't consider himself an isolationist, of course. In fact, in an op-ed written earlier this year for the Washington Post, he essentially described the debate between isolationism and interventionism as a phony one: "False choices between being everywhere all of the time and nowhere any of the time are fodder for debate on Sunday morning shows or newspaper columns. Real foreign policy is made in the middle...."
Gerald_Seib  Rand_Paul  GOP  U.S.foreign_policy  millennials  NAACP  isolationism  false_choices  constituencies  conundrums 
march 2015 by jerryking
So Far, Russia's Oil and Gas Allow It to Act Badly -
By GERALD F. SEIB | April 22, 2014

Of all the lessons one might draw from Russia's bullying of Ukraine, this may be the most coldblooded of all: If you want to behave badly, it helps to have a lot of oil and gas. Much will be forgiven, or at least ignored.

European nations, international energy companies and China are all, in their own ways, driving home the point. The Europeans are afraid of pushing economic sanctions against Moscow too far lest they be cut off from the Russian natural gas that provides a significant share of their energy.

The international energy companies are busy reassuring the Russians that they will keep working to help develop Russian energy supplies, the Ukraine crisis notwithstanding.

And the Chinese—well, they may be on the verge of completing a deal that has been under negotiation for 10 years to begin buying a lot of Russian natural gas. Russian officials said last week that they expect the negotiations to be completed before Russian President Vladimir Putin visits China in May.

For Mr. Putin, a China deal would amount to a multibillion-dollar strategic security blanket. If European nations to Russia's west don't want to buy his gas because of his annexation of Crimea and intimidation of Ukraine, never mind. He soon will have a large market for his gas to the east as an alternate.
natural_gas  oil_industry  Russia  Gerald_Seib  Ukraine  China  petro-politics  large_markets 
april 2014 by jerryking
Election Highlights Stark Partisan Divide -
December 10, 2012, 5:46 p.m. ET

Election Sharpens the Partisan Divide

Gerald_Seib  Campaign_2012  partisan_warfare  political_polarization 
december 2012 by jerryking
U.S. vs. Islam: A Belief That Makes No Sense -
October 24, 2001 | WSJ | Gerald F. Seib.

Throughout the time the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon were being planned, U.S. troops were on the ground defending Muslims from persecution in Bosnia and Kosovo. In fact, for almost a decade, young American lives have been put at risk in the former Yugoslavia to prevent abuse of Muslim populations at the hands of more-powerful Christians.

As terrorists were learning to fly planes into American buildings, the U.S. wasn't ignoring the plight of the Palestinians. Rather, it had helped them come closer than ever before to achieving an independent state of their own. Then-President Clinton, sometimes working around the clock, had persuaded Israel to accept not only a Palestinian government next door, but to share at least some sovereignty over the holy city of Jerusalem with Palestinian Muslims.

The one person on Earth responsible for the deaths of more Muslims than anyone else is himself a Muslim. That would be Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who has ordered his troops to invade three Islamic nations: Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. All told, the murderous Iran-Iraq war he started may have taken as many as a million lives; it's safe to say the killing of Muslims in a few intense weeks of that conflict surpassed all those killed during Israel's years of occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

THIS ISN'T TO say there aren't legitimate complaints about America in the Islamic world. Surely, there are.
myths  Gerald_Seib  Islam  U.S.foreign_policy  OBL 
july 2012 by jerryking
Portman Could Help Romney as Running Mate -
May 28, 2012| WSJ | By GERALD F. SEIB.

The Buzz Around Portman, the Un-Palin
Campaign_2012  GOP  Mitt_Romney  Gerald_Seib 
may 2012 by jerryking
Pivotal Time for America's Mideast Interests -
Starting on the day in 1977 when former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
made a dramatic flight to Israel to start making peace, American policy
in the region has been built on the premise that Egypt was at least the
titular leader of a bloc of moderate, pro-Western Arab states. Those
states, including Jordan, Morocco and the Persian Gulf sheikdoms, have
provided a semblance of stability, at least a cold peace with Israel, a
bulwark against Islamic extremism and a free flow of oil.

The future of that model became much less certain with Friday's change
in Egypt.
Gerald_Seib  U.S.foreign_policy  Middle_East  Persian_Gulf  national_interests  Arab_Spring 
february 2011 by jerryking
A New Era in Mideast History -
* FEBRUARY 1, 2011

Now Dawning: The Next Era of Middle East History

Middle_East  Egypt  Gerald_Seib 
february 2011 by jerryking
Obama's State of the Union Speech to Kick Off Fight to 'Win the Future' -
* JANUARY 25, 2011

Obama's Speech to Kick Off Fight to 'Win the Future'

Gerald_Seib  Obama  speeches 
january 2011 by jerryking
White House Renovation Calls for a Bridge Builder -
NOVEMBER 16, 2010 / Wall Street Journal / By GERALD F. SEIB who argues for Kenneth Duberstein for the role.
Gerald_Seib  Obama  White_House  consensus  lobbying  chief_of_staff  bridge-builders 
november 2010 by jerryking
Gulf Oil Spill's Fallout Widens Debate on Government's Proper Role -
MAY 28, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By GERALD F. SEIB. New
Rules in an Old Tug-of-War. A presidential commission soon will put
the relationship (govt.-offshore oil industry) in therapy. The risk is
that the wrong question may dominate the coming discussion—namely,
whether there was too little regulation of the offshore oil industry.
The better question is less about quantity than quality: Were
regulations smart and up to date? They almost certainly weren't. ...The
broader point is that the BP oil spill is just the latest in a series of
traumatic events forcing a rethink of government's relationship with
business. Bank bailouts, energy plans, auto-maker rescues, Toyota
accelerator problems: All have forced both politicians and average
Americans to rethink the proper role of government in the private
bailouts  Gerald_Seib  government  private_sector  BP  oil_spills  regulation  event-driven  events  regulators  business-government_relations  politicians  offshore  offshore_drilling  questions 
may 2010 by jerryking
One Goal, Two Presidential Personas -
MARCH 23, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by GERALD F. SEIB.
President Barack Obama, by inclination and experience, has always been
half intellectual law-school lecturer, half street-smart community
organizer. In the long march toward passage of a historic health-care
bill, it was the intellectual who started the journey; it was the
community organizer who finished it off.

That's as good a way as any to summarize how Mr. Obama handled the first
major, and perhaps defining, issue of his presidency. In the long and
tortuous year of unfolding debate, two very different presidents could
be seen, much as two different Candidates Obama could be seen during his
presidential campaign. It seems highly likely these two different Mr.
Obamas will continue to alternate places for the remainder of his term.
Gerald_Seib  Obama  personas 
march 2010 by jerryking
Threat Persists in Yemen, Somalia -
OCTOBER 13, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by Gerald Seib
Somalia  Yemen  Islamic  extremism  Gerald_Seib 
october 2009 by jerryking
Change Lies in Iran's Institutions -
JUNE 30, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By GERALD F. SEIB. Look
first at the military. Iran essentially has two different military
forces -- or, perhaps more accurately, two and a half.

It has a traditional military, the descendent of the Shah of Iran's
imperial army, which is in charge of defending Iran's borders and
maintaining a traditional military infrastructure.

But the force that has the real power is Iran's Revolutionary Guard
Corps. The Revolutionary Guard is a parallel military organization set
up after the 1979 revolution to ensure that clerical leaders would have
at their disposal a force with unquestioned loyalty and a check on
traditional military officers, who were suspect because of their roots
in the Shah's regime.

During the long and grinding Iran-Iraq war, the Revolutionary Guards
also developed a kind of junior offshoot, the Basij militias, to bring
more idealistic and fearless young men to the war front.
Iran  institutional_change  Gerald_Seib  Basij  Revolutionary_Guards  fearlessness 
july 2009 by jerryking
Obama Faces Tests From Abroad -
Feb. 10, 2009 GERALD F. SEIB lays out a series of challenges
(i.e. :* Iran launching its first satellite into orbit, # Pakistan
freeing A.Q. Khan, # The government of Kyrgyzstan, ordering the closure
of a crucial American air base in its country), that Obama needs to
Obama  foreign_policy  Iran  Pakistan  Kyrgyzstan  challenges  U.S.  Gerald_Seib 
february 2009 by jerryking
Lessons From '92 Give GOP Hope -
Dec. 26, 2008 Gerald Seib article on steps that Haley Barbour
took to resuscitate the Republican brand following George H Bush's
defeat in 1992.
republicans  GOP  rebuilding  rejuvenation  Gerald_Seib  turnarounds  George_H.W._Bush 
january 2009 by jerryking
In Crisis, Opportunity for Obama -
NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | By GERALD F. SEIB.
Piece on Rahmn Emanuel's desire not to allow the financial crisis to go
to waste and an itemization of things that can be accomplished.
barack_obama  crisis  opportunistic  Rahmn_Emanuel  Gerald_Seib  chief_of_staff 
january 2009 by jerryking

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