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How does importing foreign oil hurt our national security?

Question by : How does importing foreign oil hurt our national security?
I hear people saying stuff like “We should drill domestic oil because it hurts our national security to take international oil ” but I just don’t get it, how so??
Can you prove that? I thought Saudi Arabia was a good country that works with us?

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Answer by LHOOQ
We buy oil from Saudi Arabia, which uses the money to fund terrorists.

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Ron Paul: U.S. Foreign Policy Breeds ?Automatic War?

Ron Paul: U.S. Foreign Policy Breeds ‘Automatic War’

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

Northbrook, IL (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul Tuesday called for a return to sound foreign policymaking in a Yahoo/ABC News interview with Terry Moran, notes Revolution PAC. Ceding authority to international bodies, executive orders and binding treaty obligations, Paul charged, disenfranchises Congress and the people it represents.

“Treaties cannot amend our Constitution,” explained Paul. “Because two generations ago, somebody signed a piece of paper saying that no matter what happens to Taiwan or South Korea or Israel, you can commit the next generation to automatic war. That’s immoral, and it’s not constitutional.”

Paul in the interview reemphasized his support for a policy of limited foreign intervention defined by formal declarations of war, limited and defined scope, and fundability.

Congressman Paul’s points Tuesday are echoed in his current “Texas Straight Talk” column admonishing Barack Obama for violating the War Power Resolution Act. In the piece, Paul declares, “The most dangerous and costly overstepping of executive authority is going to war without a congressional declaration. Congress has been sadly complicit in this usurpation by ceding much of its war-making authority to the executive because it wants to avoid taking responsibility for major war decisions, but that is part of our job in Congress! If the President cannot present to Congress and the people a convincingly strong case for going to war, then perhaps we should keep the nation at peace, rather than risk our men and women’s lives for ill-defined reasons!”

“Ron Paul clearly takes his oath to the U.S. Constitution seriously,” explains Revolution PAC Chair Gary Franchi. “He understands that checks and balances provide a bulwark against overblown executive power and preserve individual freedom and collective prosperity in America.”

Franchi continues, “The choice is clear in this presidential race: Ron Paul’s ‘humble foreign policy’ or more endless, undeclared and unaccountable wars of aggression.”

Rep. Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” proposes eliminating all foreign aid and curtailing foreign wars. A former U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, Paul received the most campaign contributions from active members of the U.S. Armed Forces in 3Q 2011 than all presidential contenders, including Barack Obama.

Revolution PAC is supporting Ron Paul’s consistent, constitutional message with targeted TV advertising campaigns complemented by billboards and radio ads in key primary states. Unlimited donations by individuals, businesses and organizations are being accepted by Revolution PAC to support that effort.

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The Constitutional Walking Tour Proudly Presents its Critically Acclaimed Tour in 13 Foreign Languages

The Constitutional Walking Tour Proudly Presents its Critically Acclaimed Tour in 13 Foreign Languages

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 3, 2007

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia today announced the launch of its new foreign language translations of its critically acclaimed self-guided walking tour of Historic Philadelphia in 13 languages including: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish. The foreign language translations of The Constitutional’s self-guided tour are available online and are free of charge. For more information on The Constitutional’s foreign language tour programming, please visit, http://www.TheConstitutional.com/foreign .

“The Constitutional Walking Tour is very excited to be the only Philadelphia tour operator offering free foreign language translations of our programming online. Having The Constitutional Walking Tour available in 14 languages is a great service to Philadelphia’s global audience of visitors — in 2005, Philadelphia welcomed more than 430,000 international visitors with $ 234 million in economic impact,” stated Jonathan Bari, Chairman of The Constitutional Walking Tour. “In addition, the number of foreign language translations which The Constitutional offers will be growing in the future to include languages such as Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish and Vietnamese.”

The Constitutional’s foreign language translations were developed by a group of generous volunteers that includes historians, professional translators, native speakers, students and language professors. Visitors can download and print the various foreign language translations of The Constitutional’s self-guided tour at http://www.TheConstitutional.com/foreign .

Solution Media, the developer of The Constitutional’s Web site, created the user interface, content management system and backend database functionality for the foreign language translations. “We were thrilled to work with The Constitutional to help present its unique storytelling of America’s Birthplace in various foreign languages,” stated Nidhi Krishen, Chief Technology Officer of Solution Media.

The Constitutional Walking Tour takes visitors through the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired. The tour includes more than 30 sites in the Independence Park area, such as the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House and Independence Hall, plus 18 sites that are “Steps off the Tour” for those who want to explore beyond the core historic area.

Independence Hall has been designated as a World Heritage Site, along with certain other global icons such as the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, the Tower of London and the Taj Mahal. According to the National Park Service, these World Heritage Sites “…are such outstanding universally recognized natural and cultural features that they attract the admiration and merit the protection of all people worldwide. They are a heritage Americans share with the world. The mere mention of their names evokes this nation’s heritage and universal human values. Independence Hall honors the key American governmental documents whose words have echoed in struggles for independence and self-government around the world.”

“By providing The Constitutional in many foreign languages, we broaden our storytelling scope to better educate the world about the brave actions of America’s Founding Fathers at Philadelphia’s own World Heritage Site, Independence Hall,” stated Leslie Bari, Vice Chairman of The Constitutional Walking Tour. “In addition to shaping American democracy, the actions of our Founding Fathers have helped shape the constitutions of many democracies throughout the world, and as such, it is a fitting tribute to our Founding Fathers to offer The Constitutional in various foreign languages to ensure that their great accomplishments are passed on from generation to generation.”

About The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia takes visitors on a walking journey through America’s Most Historic Square Mile, the birthplace of our nation — “Where Every Day is Independence Day!”™ Located in Center City Philadelphia, The Constitutional includes many sites within the Independence National Historical Park area, which is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The Constitutional guides visitors on a walk through history, where The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were created. The Constitutional is one of Philadelphia’s “Top 25 Tourist Attractions” as ranked by the Philadelphia Business Journal and one of the leading providers of School Field Trips of Historic Philadelphia. Visitors can experience The Constitutional: 1) on their own as a free, self-guided walking tour, 2) with a lively tour guide for a fee, 3) with the Philly MP3 Audio Tour or 4) via the Constitutional Cell Phone Tour by calling 215-229-TOUR (8687). For more information on The Constitutional’s self-guided tours, guided tours, field trips, private tours, VIP tours and audio tours, please visit http://www.TheConstitutional.com. Guided and audio tours are offered by The Constitutional Guided Walking Tours, LLC, which is a licensee of The Constitutional Foundation, Inc. d/b/a The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia; a portion of the proceeds from all guided and audio tour fees benefits The Constitutional Foundation and its free self-guided tour.

High-resolution photographs are available for media usage at:

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1. U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, 2005.

2. http://www.nps.gov/oia/topics/worldheritage/worldheritage.htm


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Where does the Constitution give rights to foreign citizens?

Question by Jarhead: Where does the Constitution give rights to foreign citizens?
I cannot find anywhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that a foreign citizen is mentioned as having rights under these documents, specifically prisoners of war. Article I, Section 8 does give Congress the power to “make rules concerning captures on land and water,” but that’s about as close as it gets.

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Answer by OlderSissy
Better to ask where in the Constitution does it take away rights from anyone.

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Guide to National Security and Foreign Policy – Policy Analysis

In defining the state policy, national security and foreign policy, the starting point is the national interest. If we take as a reference point that only one state is able to give your business a sense of political security, global and comprehensive objectives and national interests are the basic parameters of its overall activity of the state. However, given the diversity of partial interests that exist within a society, many of them conflicting with each other, the tasks of reconciliation and its final expression as the nation interests is the responsibility of those representing the powers State and have the government function.

This allows identifying the gap between the objectives of state and government. In those, survival, safety and welfare are the immutable aspects of state targets. They are, to give its name, objectives and broader national interests. As a tangible and measurable purposes an exercise of government generally correspond to a specific national project horizons established according to the timing of governance.

Thus, national interests and objectives defining the beginning of the policy of the state – the Great Political – and allows us to separate the permanent objectives – the state – from the strategic – inherent in a government project – in order to confront and make sense of the process of political action in its broadest sense. Policy decisions are defined behaviors and set goals and courses of action and measures taken to comply. It is clear that the determination of “national interest” cannot respond solely to a single perspective. The vision of the legal, sociological, economic or military analyst, is not broad enough to incorporate all the elements of a comprehensive understanding of present reality and future scenarios.

In its implementation or in the evolution of society itself – are generated flows and exchanges of information between internal and external actors involved in social dynamics. These data are quantifiable and qualitative allow access, under a methodical process, an overview of national and international reality and the real determination of objective criteria, that become permanent or strategic objectives. In this perspective is the balance of national power, the most appropriate approach when analyzing foreign policy and the state ability to take action to achieve their objectives and access to what it calls its interest and security. Security seeks to meet the vital objectives of permanence and survival of the state. This is important to emphasize this further, as well the national goals and interests and acquire a theoretical significance with a defined methodology for empirical validation.

There is an orthodoxy that divides the power in four fields are the classic political, economic, psychosocial and military. This division should not lead us to consider treatment as an inert object, forgetting that a dynamic relationship exists in human society. The ‘fields of power’ are frameworks that encompass activities consistent with each other by nature and are useful for the analysis of these in relation to the exercise of power and the genesis of it. In terms of national development uses, the National Power as a view for improving material and spiritual culture of society in terms of national security must be employed as a strategic tool, e.g. in order to overcome, neutralize or reduce the antagonisms that are filed with obtaining and maintaining permanent national objectives.

The usual method is to diagnose the political reality in the broad sense that allows you to include the set of social relations within the state, political and strategic goals, according to the national interest, strategic inventory and strategic diagnosis, interpreting international stage according to the objectives and capabilities of the various instruments available to the state for external and internal action, and, finally, the action plan. The coding of information into knowledge flows “useful and vital to the survival and security of the nation,” representing the efficient implementation of the instruments of power of a State, in time and more favorable circumstances achieving their goals.

National reality is the source of conception of foreign policy and whose needs must be satisfied that through their action in different areas in which the state interacts with the outside. From the reality when the planning process begins to take on foreign policy objective and is, in turn, a mechanism that provides guidance about what the national needs, from which the foreign policy objectives are paths is obvious that not only govern define the statistics and determine the national interest. Others factors affecting the survival of the state, territorial integrity and full autonomy of decisions of domestic and foreign policy are the ultimate goal of any process of foreign policy. The national interest is more than the standard by which situational factors are considered relevant and suggest a certain behavior. It is also the ultimate yardstick used to measure the success or failure of the state. The concept of interest is both at the starting point and purpose of the foreign policy process, so the entire sequence of events acquires a peculiarly circular.

Under the American view, national interest is irreducible. Henry Kissinger argues that every State must try to reconcile what he considers fair with what he considers possible. What is considered fair depends on the internal structure of their state. They may depend on its resources, geographic position and determination and resources, determination and internal structure of other states. In these terms, the nature of national power is concatenated to the interests and objectives. For that reason alone the State is capable of exercising a responsible and national security policy as it is also designing and implementing foreign policy, which is not detached from the general policy of the state.