Former Defense secretary: Obama ‘double-crossed’ me | TheHill

English: Official portrait of United States Se...

English: Official portrait of United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Español: Retrato oficial de Secretario de Defensa de los Estados Unidos Robert Gates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an amazing story by Washington based political newspaper, The Hill. It reports that Robert Gates, the former Defense Secretary said Obama broke a promise about budget cuts to the Pentagon.

Source: Former Defense secretary: Obama ‘double-crossed’ me | TheHill

Reading the article carefully, one gets the clear impression that Obama was wary of using America’s military strength. Obama’s foreign policy decisions have been a complete disaster for America. Time and time again we have seen Obama outfoxed by Russia and China.

Let’s hope that America’s next president is more successful with US foreign policy.


Do Economic Sanctions Work? by Kenneth Rogoff – Project Syndicate

Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff

Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harvard Professor, Kenneth Rogoff, takes a hard-look at the effectiveness of economic sanctions, published by Project Syndicate. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via Do Economic Sanctions Work? hard look at the effectiveby Kenneth Rogoff – Project Syndicate.

Obviously, the example that comes to mind is US/EU sanctions on Russia, and Russia’s response. It’s the start of a new year and I think that there’s an urgent need to remove sanctions and regain some trust between nations, as highlighted by former Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev.