Luke E Cahill

I studied in London where I recieved a MSc in US Contemporary History and Foreign Policy. I also have an interest in religion, especially the Catholic Church and its labyrinthine inner workings and politics.
Luke E Cahill has written 9 posts for Politics on Toast

US Elections: The latest from the Republican race

Michelle Bachmann

Michelle Bachmann campaigning

Luke Cahill gives us the lowdown on the latest developments in the race to become the Republican candidate.

The quadrennial poll taken during the state fair in the little town of Ames, Iowa always makes headlines. The straw poll was won by native Iowan, Michele Bachmann with the libertarian Ron Paul, coming second. However, the report notes that of the 6,000 ballots that were handed out by the Bachmann campaign team, “only four in five of those who took them voted for her, meaning they either skipped the vote Continue reading

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Time to secure your legacy Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama is enjoying a resurgence in popularity since the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Yet this was happenstance. Could Obama’s legacy rest on him raising petrol taxes to reduce the America deficit? Asks Luke Cahill.

When Barack Obama was elected to the presidency, many compared him unfavourably to Jimmy Carter. There are some similarities to Carter’s four years in office. Like Obama, Carter’s election was as a result of a violent swing against the Republicans, after President Nixon’s actions and then Continue reading

Is China’s rise inevitable… or will it be short-lived?

Shanghai

Shanghai - a city built before its blueprint was complete

The money may be on China soon becoming the world’s biggest superpower, but is the future as rosy for the Chinese as is commonly predicted? Luke Cahill examines China’s success with caution.

After the US debt deal was passed just in time, Congress rightly came in for heavy criticism. China, through its official news agency, Xinhua, questioned the US political system. Many in Chinese government see the debt deal, exemplifying the problems the United States faces, as Continue reading

American Politics: How to end the impasse

Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers

Congress is in deadlock about raising the American debt ceiling. From the Founding Fathers to Bill Clinton via Barry Goldwater, Luke Cahill examines the history of American politics and diagnoses the current impasse.  

As Speaker Boehner, puts his debt plan to the House, the lower chamber, the Democrat controlled Senate, has already decided that they will not allow it to pass. As Congress struggles to agree on how much to cut before they raise the debt ceiling, fatal weaknesses are yet again open for all to see. Continue reading

America: The divided nation

American Flag

America: A divided nation

America is a country founded on Puritan morality and has always been viewed as a socially conservative country. However, with the changing opinions about abortion and homosexual marriage among the population, socially conservative politicians must adjust to these changes to have a chance of winning over the public, writes Luke Cahill.

One of America’s founding principles was that of religious liberty. The belief that a person could practice any religion they chose as long as it was not to the detriment of others. This was however Continue reading

Republican divisions help President Obama

Is the GOP bound to lose?

The Republican Party is in disarray and its leading candidates for the 2012 elections are way behind Obama in fundraising. Obama’s image-management is far better too than anything the Republicans can manage. It will be even worse for the Republicans if the US defaults on his debt, writes Luke Cahill.

As the talks to raise the debt ceiling proceed before the 2nd of August deadline, the 2012 election cycle rumbles on, the first fundraising returns are in and they reveal a predictable picture. Continue reading

Requiescat in pace – Is this the end of NATO?

The West’s defensive capabilities are exposed by the war in Libya. The Americans are losing patience, the EU is assuming control of from NATO – Could this signal the beginning of the end for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation? Asks Luke Cahill.

As the conflict in Libya drags on, what was hoped to be Cameron’s and Sarkozy’s Falkland’s – something that would get wide political support and lead to a quick victory – has become a typical Euro muddle. There are serious operational questions to be asked as to whether NATO can survive much longer, or will she rest in peace?

The involvement of the United States has been minimal, at least by the Obama administration, portrayed.  This is partly due to an eye to next year’s presidential election, and partly due to the desire by the Continue reading

Karger and Bachmann – Will they be Republican alsorans?

Fred Karger

In the forthcoming presidential election due to take place in November of next year, the Democratic nomination is, barring any major upsets, certain to be President Obama’s. The question of who will receive the Republican nomination is anyone’s guess.

Aside from the major candidates that have already announced they want the GOP (Grand Old Party) nomination, such as frontrunner and former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney; former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty; former Senator Rick Santorum and former speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich; there are a whole host of other candidates who are seeking the nomination for various reasons which can be broken two into roughly two categories: Continue reading

Is Obama playing games with security to win re-election?

President Barack Obama has announced that he is withdrawing 33,000 troops from Afghanistan to be completed by summer 2012, just months before the presidential election in November. He said that 10,000 of those leaving Afghanistan would start this month. This will leave about 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan along with a coalition of other nations.

In his speech announcing the withdrawal, he restated quite clearly that the “goal that we seek is achievable, and can be expressed simply: no safe-haven from which Al Qaeda or its affiliates can launch attacks against our homeland, or our allies”. Continue reading

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