China’s Self-Absorbed Nationalism, The Diplomat Blogs,
August 31, 2012 [Post 764]
By Robert Sutter
Beijing has long interwoven strands of victimization and self-righteousness into Chinese nationalism, which have made compromise more difficult.
The mid-August popular demonstrations in Chinese cities and accompanying media and internet commentary against Japan over disputed i[......]
Marco RubioTranscript of Marco Rubio’s speech at the RNC, Fox News
Published August 30, 2012 [Post 763]
The following is a transcript of Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, 2012.
RUBIO: Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you. I think I just drank Clint Eastwood’s water. Thank you. (LAUGHTER) Thank you so much. Thank you so much for having me here today and thank you so much for doing this convention here in Florida. Before I begin — (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Before I begi[......]
Ryan Grim, Paul Ryan Address: Convention Speech Built on Demonstrably Misleading Assertion, Huff Post, August 30, 2012 [Post 762]
TAMPA, Fla. — Paul Ryan pledged Wednesday that if he and his running mate Mitt Romney were elected president, they would usher in an ethic of responsibility. The Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential candidate repeatedly chided President Barack Obama for blaming the jobs and housing crises on his predecessor, saying that his habit of “forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago -– isn’[......]
August 31, 2012, 1:48 am124 Comments
By TIMOTHY EGAN
He was going to fill in the blanks, a nowhere man no more. He was going to show his human side, to offer us a glimpse of the guy who said he “lives for laughter.” Not lovable, or even very likable, but at least a fleshed-out leader with a plan.
The empty chair that a befuddled Clint Eastwood spoke to had to compete with the famous empty suit of Mitt Romney. In the speech that was supposed to seal the deal with a divided public, the man who sheltered his money in foreign lands went on about his “belief in America”; it[......]
August 29, 2012, Post 760 has been deleted.
Five things we learned from Day Three of the RNC
By Peter Hamby, Kevin Liptak and Paul Steinhauser, CNN
updated 10:28 AM EDT, Fri August 31, 2012
RNC declares Romney and Ryan nominees
- Romney’s speech was more about Obama than himself
- Republican presidential candidate made clear election is referendum on economy
- Rubio’s speech makes him 2016 GOP front-runner should Romney lose
- Jeb Bush makes clear he’s had enough bashing of his brother
Tampa, Florida (CNN) — Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party’s no[......]
The Romney Speech
By Joe Klein | @JoeKleinTIME | August 31, 2012 | 78
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2012.
I think Mitt Romney just gave a very smart speech. It wasn’t a particularly stirring one, and it was certainly as insubstantial as any I’ve ever heard. It was rhetorical comfort food, a Father Knows Best speech. And perhaps the perfect antidote to the rhetorical excesses of all sorts we’ve experie[......]
Aanka Lee, China’s Greatest Challenge: Not America, But Itself, The Diplomat Blogs, August 29, 2012 [Post 757]
China faces tough economic, demographic and social issues it must deal with. Foreign affairs may take a back seat.
Back in February, at an Iowa state dinner held in his honor, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping offered what the Des Moines Register described as a heartfelt toast to the Hawkeye state. Xi, who a quarte[......]
Thomas Erdbrink and Rick Gladstone, Meeting in Iran Disrupted by Rebukes of Syria, The New York Times: Middle East, August 30, 2012 [Post 756]
Rauf Mohseni/European Pressphoto Agency
President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt, right, speaking on Thursday in Tehran with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, and Ban Ki-moon also on the stage.
By THOMAS ERDBRINK and RICK GLADSTONE
Published: August 30, 2012 50 Comments
TEHRAN — Iran’s triumphal stewardship of the Nonaligned Movement summit meeting here veered off script on Thursday when the two most prominently featured guest speakers — P[......]
Report on Iran Nuclear Work Puts Israel in a Box
By JODI RUDOREN and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: August 30, 2012 22 Comments
JERUSALEM — For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday offered findings validating his longstanding position that while harsh economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation may have hurt Iran, they have failed to slow Tehran’s nuclear program. If anything, the program is speeding up.
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Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama differ on a timetable for c[......]