Foreign Affairs. Africa. Ambassador John Price.
Ambassador John Price, former US Ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles;current Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute; author of the book, “When the White House calls;” writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. ( www.ambassadorjohnprice.com ) Ambassador Price speaks of his upcoming trip to Africa and remarks on President Obama’s trip from June 26- July 3 to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania on a mission to “strengthen economic ties, to advance regional and global peace and prosperity…” He also notes Secretary John Kerry’s short trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 50th year celebration of Africa’s Union, and mentions his speech in “building democracy and protecting human rights…” Ambassador Price notes of the importance of Africa with 15% of the World’s population and its role for our “national security…” Ambassador Price points to the economic influence that China has had on the region for the past fifty years…Ambassador Price is critical of President Obama’s appointment of Susan Rice to head National Security and recalls her performance, since the mid 90’s, when assisting the Clinton Administration.
Foreign Affairs. Syria. Ambassador John Price Ambassador.
Ambassador Price comments on how the problems at home are being perceived overseas. For the Ambassador, “how are we to set the standards [overseas, when we are plagued by scandals at home?] Ambassador Price also comments on Syria and the role of Russia and the US, in the upcoming conference in Geneva, in finding a solution to the conflict. For the Ambassador, the Administration must have an Agenda to deal with the actual conflicts that may result “worse than the Arab Spring…” The Ambassador also calls for the support of Democratic Israel… in a difficult neighborhood… (Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic radicals… on the rise.)
Foreign Affairs. Comparisons. Ambassador John Price.
Ambassador Price speaks of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the 956,733 miles travelled around the world. How will she be remembered? For the Ambassador, perhaps her “only lectures on democracy,” will not be sufficient and points to countries like China, Brasil and Japan that engage economically with Africa… “Sanctions don’t work, engagement does.” Comparing President Obama’s foreign relations approach to former President George H. W. Bush who had a personal relationship with many world leaders, the Ambassador notes the different backgrounds. President Bush had been a Congressman, Ambassador to China, head of the CIA…Ambassador Price comments on the problems plaguing this Administration as a result of a “lack of leadership,” from Benghazi to the IRS to the Boston bombings…
Politics. Repercussions…Ambassador John Price
Ambassador Price concludes the interview by commenting on 2014 and the repercussions that the scandals will have on Democrats running for office. Calling the Democrat Party the “Teflon” party, he indicates that “nothing will stick,” because “the press is not interested…” He is critical of the IRS’s Lois Lerner taking the 5th and the Attorney General remaining in his post. When asked if Governor Romney would have been a different type of leader had he won in November, the Ambassador notes that he had experience running businesses and is not a politician…and that he would have surrounded himself with capable people…