During my 30 years in Congress, I was privileged to visit most countries on this planet as a representative of the U.S. government. From the heart of Africa, to the jungles of Asia, to the rain forests of South America, I have seen it all.
Typically, the congressional delegations with which I traveled would visit these countries during major events, transitions or turning points in their histories. As a result, I consider myself honored to have been present and active in many of the world’s most significant events over the past 30 years.
Some of these events have a prominent place in our history books and our national consciousness, but many more do not.… Seguir leyendo »
A week or so ago, the president of the United States picked up the phone and spoke with the president of Iran — the first direct contact between an American president and an Iranian leader since 1979. A historic moment for sure, but is it a game changer?
The president’s ardent supporters think so. They have practically declared the Iranian nuclear crisis all but over. Yet, strangely, the Iranian centrifuges are still spinning and pumping out enriched uranium. Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism, propping up the regime in Syria and supporting terrorists in Lebanon and Gaza. Iran is still spreading revolution to places such as Bahrain and Central Asia.… Seguir leyendo »
In October 2012, I sat in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, completely appalled by the Obama administration’s mishandling of the entire debacle.
To someone like me who served for more than 30 years on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the hours of political theater, partisan crosstalk and bureaucratic flackery on display at that hearing proved to me that the tragic event was the direct result of the weak and misguided policies of an administration completely out of touch with the realities of an unpredictable and violent world.… Seguir leyendo »
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems hell-bent on enriching uranium and developingthe other complex components and specialized parts necessary to deliver and detonate a nuclear weapon. President Obama's policy in response is far from clear-cut.
We recognize that any assessment of the secret activities of a closed society like Iran is both difficult and necessarily tentative. Even with a well-honed intelligence network, it is impossible to understand the precise status and contours of the Iranian nuclear enterprise. Although some public accounts have indicated that intelligence agencies believe the Iranian bomb quest has been set back by sabotage and the defection of essential individuals, the inherent limitations of intelligence collection and analysis means that these assessments may be wrong.… Seguir leyendo »