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Foreign Policy Problems Bubbling to the Surface

By Ben Pershing
After spending the first six weeks of his term focused primarily on domestic affairs, President Obama is devoting the bulk of this week to navigating international waters, hosting a "special" ally in Washington as trouble spots continue to bubble up all over the globe.

Gordon Brown will address a joint session of Congress this morning (much of his planned speech is here), one day after the British prime minister huddled with Obama at the White House to discuss the world economic crisis. Obama even did his best Jim Cramer impression, suggesting now might just be a good time for Americans to jump into the stock market, while Brown did his own FDR impression, raising the prospect of a "global New Deal."

At the same time, Obama parried questions about an unusual "secret" letter he sent to Russia recently, one that either did or did not offer to give up on building missile defense installations in Eastern Europe in exchange for Russian help containing Iran's nuclear program. Pakistan's problems are also on the radar, as they are nearly every day, after terrorists there attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, visited the West Bank to meet with Palestinian officials after a round of talks with the Israelis. (Got a caption for this photo? Comment below.) And John Murtha, always on message, suggested it might just take 600,000 troops to pacify Afghanistan.

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By Ben Pershing  |  March 4, 2009; 8:05 AM ET
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let's face it: WaPo and NYT would rather run stories of Michelle feeding homeless or Barack (as Whoopie Goldberg referred to him yesterday) getting a few grey hairs.

Posted by: JakeD | March 6, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Bubbling Up?"

Yeah, its amazing what you find when you look under the rug. Better yet when you look at what's hiding in plain sight.

To talk about international news and diplomacy like it was just discovered in a lab drives me nuts.

I know you'll get over it.

By next week "octomom" will be driving with no underwear and you'll all be right there to "cover" it.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 4, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

For the record, Roe v. Wade is an American genocide.

Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse



Scribes, correspondents and producers:

Still-secret Bush Justice Department memos are believed to have approved the covert use of classified, silent microwave radiation weapons on U.S. citizens -- "targeted" under the pretext of the "war on terror" as "undesirables" and "dissidents."

Victims, including the journalist who authored the articles linked below, say these painful, debilitating and illness-inducing microwave assaults constitute torture and "slow-kill" (a military descriptive) homicide -- what could be described as an American genocide.

Victims of these assaults say their family finances are decimated by an array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" that involve the forced cooperation of private enterprise; surveillance and interception of mail and telecommunications; and the forging of billing, utility, banking and mortgage statements -- what they charge is a process of expropriation and theft by deception.

Sources say these covert programs were justified by the Bush Justice Department under legal theories that are said to include a suspected "nexus to terrorism" and, according to a source, the legal theory that weapons testing and/or medical experimentation on U.S. citizens is permissible if subjects are under federal investigation for suspected offenses.

These microwave weapons assaults have continued under the Obama administration, and are facilitated by an "extrajudicial punishment network" enabled by federal agencies; local police nationwide; and "community gang stalker" citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and volunteer organizations.


Victims have asked the FBI/Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation. They say officials have told them they see nothing to investigate, and hint that victim accounts are delusional.

Victims maintain that marginalizing the persecuted as "unstable" or "mentally ill" is a tactic being used to cover up crimes against humanity, a highly organized and well-funded social genocide.



• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 4, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't want to bring up "sniper fire" re: Hillary DIANE Clinton ; )

Seriously though, why no mention of Russia's response? They shot Obama's idea down. Ronald Reagan, he ain't. Remember that Joe Biden called it: there will be an international crisis because foreign powers will have to test his mettle. Too bad we didn't go with the POW (and "natural born" citizen). Oh well ...

Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

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