Tea party darling, Obama foe, Texas Republican Cruz announces presidential run | The Japan Times

Barack Obama during his speech at the Victory ...

Barack Obama during his speech at the Victory Column in Berlin, July 24, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s very interesting that the Japan Times is paying close attention to what’s happening on the right wing of US politics. This article is well worth a read. Check it out!

via Tea party darling, Obama foe, Texas Republican Cruz announces presidential run | The Japan Times.

The Republican presidential candidates are increasing attracting new interest around the World. Perhaps people remember Obama’s promises and his famous Berlin speech?

I encourage you to take some time out, open this Youtube link to President Obama’s historic speech in Berlin.

These days, the Obama/Kerry potential legacy scares many people around the World. And the Democrat nomination seems to be a one horse race. But given the speculation around Hilary Clinton’s emails, one wonders if she’ll ever get on the campaign trail proper? The media know all about Hilary Clinton, so it’s hard to see how she’s going to attract attention. I wonder if Clinton is already yesterday’s news? Clinton could well fall, so who would pick up the Democratic nomination?

Overall, I am hopeful that Americans are ready for a change from Obama and the Democrats?

Thoughts?

Merkel in Munich – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. Th...

English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. Türkçe: Berlin Duvarı, 1989 sonbaharı (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, must-read article by Judy Dempsey and published by think-tank, Carnegie Europe. Check it out!

via Merkel in Munich – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Angela Merkel has now gone public, after her long meeting with Presidents’ Putin and Hollande in Moscow on Friday.

Most critically, Angela Merkel has ruled out a military solution to the Ukrainian crisis. She cited her own first hand experience of life behind the Berlin Wall in East Germany. She argued that the West was right not to seek a military solution after the erection of the Berlin Wall.

Angela Merkel will now have to face the US, where there is increasing pressure for arming Ukraine. Personally, I am deeply worried by President Obama’s foreign policy record, so I think Angela Merkel is right.

For another excellent article exploring the crisis in Ukraine, I recommend the detailed analysis in the FT.

I assume that President Putin will be reviewing his options to regain the initiative?

Thoughts?