International Politics

Essays found in this category pertain to international political and social issues.

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

September 30, 2016 A Call to Action Judge, I am interested in starting a policy institute, in the spirit of French Lieutenant-General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to address the many bad federal and state laws and policies that have caused our nation’s train to jump the tracks while continuing to inflict harm on our country in the process.  Would you or anyone in your other society be interested? I would like for this organization to do research and draft original white paper to promote policies that restore America back to cultural, economic, financial, military, political and spiritual health.  Policies will be presented to our lawmakers and to incoming presidents. It’s time for Americans to take back our country from the career...

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Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Note: The following is my response to Representative Bradley Byrne’s (R-AL) commentary on the Iran Nuclear Deal. His original comments follow mine. September 13, 2015 Bradley [Byrne], U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District of Alabama By what measure? Fourteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the United States looks like a sinking ship, like a burning Rome with a growing national debt at $18 trillion that Congress simply ignores. Where three programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid’s unfunded mandates total $127 trillion while making up 60% of the 2015 proposed federal budget. If the aim of Osama bin Ladin was to merely take down the World Trade Centers, in NYC, and the Pentagon, in Washington, DC with four of our own commercial...

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From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

March 30, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for contacting me about President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On February 11, 2015, President Obama submitted to Congress an authorization for the use of U.S. military force against ISIS. The proposal would formally authorize continuous U.S. military operations against ISIS or forces associated with this terrorist group for three years, and would repeal the 2002 AUMF used by the Bush Administration to invade Iraq. I am deeply concerned by the rise of ISIS and I support a strong, coordinated response – but I also believe it is critical for those nations in the region that are most immediately affected...

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Another letter from The White House: ISIS

Another letter from The White House: ISIS

The White House Washington March 25, 2015 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have been meeting regularly with my national security team to implement the strategy I outlined last year to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria. ISIL poses a threat to the Middle East, to the international community, and to our Nation, and we will continue to meet ISIL’s atrocities with the undeterred and united resolve of the international community. Part of the reason I ran for this Office was to end our foreign wars and welcome our troops home. As Commander in Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war on the ground in Iraq. There is no American military solution to the larger crisis there; the only lasting solution must...

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Iran: Take a walk in their shoes

Iran: Take a walk in their shoes

March 8, 2015 Iran: Take a walk in their shoes By Ted Burnett U.S. Representative Byrne (R-AL), Today, we (the world) are living with the failed, know-it-all policies from the West, the Bush Administration that just had to invade Iraq, at all cost, following 9/11. The unforeseen consequences of this war, beginning in 2003, have escalated beyond what anyone could have ever imagined taking place in the Middle East. Our failure to see the other side, to hear out the minority opinion before 9/11 has constantly led to our false belief that we have everything figured out, that we’re right when in reality we probably aren’t. I would argue that the United States hasn’t made one good decision on domestic or foreign policy since the dot.com bust. That...

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A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

Congress of the United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515-0508 March 2, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for taking the time to express your opinions about an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue. As our nation confronts the ISIS threat, President Obama has engaged Congress in determining the United States strategy to degrade and destroy these brutal terrorists. A key part of Congress’ responsibility is to debate and pass a new and narrowly-tailored AUMF. The President’s draft AUMF submitted on February 11, 2015 is serious and thoughtful, one which ends the outdated 2002 AUMF that authorized the Iraq war that I opposed; restricts the use of ground...

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (An email to Richard Fisher)

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (An email to Richard Fisher)

Note: Minor edits have been made. The following email is addressed to Mr. Richard Fisher, the former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He’s featured in the documentary, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve. See the embedded film below.  All of the regional presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank were Cc:ed. February 17, 2015 Mr. Richard W. Fisher President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Mr. Fisher, This past week, I discovered on NetFlix the film, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, and I found it to be, both, interesting and disturbing as a 43 year-old, philosopher and writer with political aspirations. Since 2007, I’ve built a global audience of 18,000 contacts, via email, living in more than 25 countries. Some...

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Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

December 5, 2014 Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights? By Ted Burnett Hearings were held on Thursday, in Congress, regarding Alabama’s red snapper population, the role of the federal government in determining the size of the population, the length of the state’s fishing season and how much was caught. The following are two links. The first is a story from Congressman Byrne’s website about the testimony given in the hearing and the second is a story from the WWF regarding unsustainable fishing, worldwide. I’m not a red snapper fisherman nor am I an expert on this subject, but those of us who grew up on the Gulf Coast fishing, shrimping, crabbing or oystering in these same waters have come to see the haul get smaller as the...

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At the heart of climate change

Introduction Last year, I added the faculties from three top-ranked medical schools – Harvard, Penn and Johns Hopkins to my audience.  Having an awareness of the reputation of Harvard’s School of Public Health, I told myself that I would one day return and add this graduate school, as well.  In October 2012, I did just that, as well as, adding two other top schools – Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.   Enjoy! Ted   P > 14,500   Note: The following essay, At the Heart of Climate Change, made its debut on The Huffington Post, on November 12, 2012.  This piece was written in response to an essay by Arianna Huffington that appeared on...

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Part II — Are We Destroying Mother Earth?

January 4, 2008 The attached document is a copy of a letter that I received last week from United States Senator Richard Shelby’s office (AL-R) in response to my brief statement on man’s undeniably negative impact on the environment and on the world’s oceans. In early December, my reply was originally sent to The Wall Street Journal after reading an editorial questioning the science behind climate change and Al Gore’s Nobel Prize. My comments pointed to man’s current destruction to our oceans through runoff pollution, erosion, over-harvesting of fish, and dead and dying coral reefs as proof to man’s ability to harm our world. My words can be read in their entirety by clicking on the following link:...

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Zeitgeist – The Movie: A letter to the editor

My comments appeared, once again, in today’s edition of the Lagniappe (Where I am now three for three!). I wrote in response to Managing Editor Rob Holbert’s column from the previous edition about a Wal-Mart employee getting sued by her employer, the story originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The following link is to his column: http://www.lagniappemobile.com/article/1221. To the editor:Thanks for informing us about the disheartening case of the Wal-mart employee, Deborah Shank, and the company’s zealous pursuit to recoup their expenses paid out by its self-insured health plan for Ms. Shank’s medical treatment. I would like to correct one misstatement you made about the world’s largest retailer and its 250,000 employees by labeling them as...

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How the [Middle] East Can Be Won

June 9, 2007 How the [Middle] East Can Be Won By Ted Burnett For thousands of years, the Middle East has been home to plenty of chaos. Located along the arid and rocky coastline of the southeastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, this historic region has been occupied by almost every empire, such as Persian, Greek, Roman and Ottoman, resulting in lots of warring, tons of bloodshed and virtually no peace. Not much seems to have changed since the end of World War II and the forming of the country known today as Israel by the Jews. Israel is located on highly sensitive grounds called the “Holy Land” with its many religious and other significant sites. The area is considered sacred by three major religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, which all claim some...

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