The United States will supply Syrian rebels with weapons through a CIA-run program, FoxNews confirmed Saturday. President Obama decided Thursday to supply rebel forces with small arms and ammunition, following confirmation that the regime of Syria President Bashar al-Assad´s has been using chemical weapons in the 2-year-long civil war in which at least 90,000 people have been killed. In addition to supplying the weapons, the CIA will train rebel forces, Fox News also confirmed. Obama vowed last summer to take action should the Assad cross a “red line” by using chemical weapons
After questions over the $100 million price tag of the President´s trip to Africa arose, the White House defended the costs claiming that the expenditure offers the nation "great bang for our buck." After saying that the White House doesn´t determine the costs of travel and security, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said that the visits to these little-noticed parts of the world would be good exposure for the United States. "Frankly, there will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa, because when you travel to regions like
Just six months after he cut a fiscal cliff deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Joe Biden declared Friday night that the GOP has no adult leadership and he said it is being pushed around by two "bright new guys," Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. "This is not your father´s Republican Party, it´s fundamentally different," he said at a San Francisco Democratic Party fundraiser. "There´s no one with whom to deal with and there´s no one in charge anymore." In December and January, Biden worked closely with senior GOP leaders like
52 days after an Israeli general publicly declared that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels, the Obama administration reached the same conclusion, and used the finding to justify announcing it would send small arms to the side of the victims. “I will not say ‘We told you so,’ only, okay, the proof is there, so there’s no more question about it,” says Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, taking with a smile the easy part of the equation now laid before Israel. As for the hard part: “Now, what should be done? It’s not for Israel to say,
WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly passed a sweeping, $638 billion defense bill on Friday that imposes new punishments on members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault as outrage over the crisis in the military has galvanized Congress. Ignoring a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 315-108 for the legislation, which would block President Barack Obama from closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and limit his efforts to reduce nuclear weapons.
Review: American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation´s Character, by Diana West Where to begin? In American Betrayal *, Diana West begins in 1933. In the name of establishing historical causo-connections, I would have begun in 1781, when Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant published his Critique of Pure Reason, a brain-cracking treatise which relied on reality to prove that reality was unknowable. That is, by reading his book, a real thing in your real hands, you were expected to agree with Kant that real things were only rough reflections of things whose "essences" existed beyond the evidence of our
With iconic hero Nelson Mandela in declining health, it’s time for President Barack Hussein Obama to go for the photo op of all time. America in Decline will spend $60-100 million for the Obama Act called “reinforcing U.S. commitment to forging strong relationships with emerging democracies in sub-Saharan Africa”. Mercifully, Barack, Michelle and their two daughters won’t get to gad about in safari togs, pictures of which would have been sent out worldwide, as the safari they planned as part of the trip has been nixed over too many reporters asking why it was necessary.
WASHINGTON — In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers.Around the world, government spies and eavesdroppers were tracking the email and Internet addresses used by suspected terrorists. Often, those trails led to the world´s largest software company and, at the time, largest email provider.The agents wanted email archives, account information, practically everything, and quickly. Engineers compiled the data, sometimes by hand, and delivered it to the government.
Hi, everybody. This Sunday is Father’s Day, and so I wanted to take a moment to talk about the most important job many of us will ever have — and that’s being a dad. Today we’re blessed to live in a world where technology allows us to connect instantly with just about anyone on the planet. But no matter how advanced we get, there will never be a substitute for the love and support and, most importantly, the presence of a parent in a child’s life. And in many ways, that’s uniquely true for fathers.
A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs. [WATCH VIDEO] Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials. (Snip) Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing,
Sen. Lamar Alexander gives the Republican Party Weekly Remarks I’m United States Senator Lamar Alexander. This is the season for high school graduations. And more than two million of those graduating are going to college. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that college is the surest ticket to the middle class and we want to help by making it simpler and smarter to get a student loan. [Snip] But we have a major disagreement about who should be in charge of our 100,000 public schools that educate 50 million American children. To put it simply, Democrats want a national school board; Republicans favor local control.
On the margins of a multilateral summit in Guatemala last week, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jose Jaua, marking the Obama administration´s latest attempt to reset relations with the South American nation. What´s worrisome is that Secretary Kerry´s enthusiasm to find, in his words, a "new way forward" with Venezuela could end up legitimizing Chavez-successor Nicolas Maduro´s quest for power and undermining the country´s democratic opposition and state institutions. Since the death of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez in March, Maduro´s actions have more resembled those of a Cuban strongman
Water: Egypt is beating the war drums against Ethiopia over its plan to build a giant dam on the Nile, affecting a quarter of Egypt´s water supply. Given both countries´ needs, it´s a tough problem to solve. But it can be done. It´s fairly shocking to think that with all the turmoil going on in the Middle East, a new — and surprisingly dangerous — problem has emerged in the water dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia. But senior Egyptian officials have literally threatened war over Ethiopia´s $4.7 billion Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt believes will significantly cut its water supply
Before we even got the whole picture detailing exactly how widespread the government´s phone tracking efforts were, we were hit with news of the NSA PRISM program. The details are still being uncovered and debates and questions concerning both programs abound, but the most important question doesn´t concern the leaker, the morality of leaking, the consequences of living in the information age, or the efficacy of the program. The most important question in this new world of electronic Big Brother is not new at all. It is simply this: Are you willing to die for your freedom
Ah, war, that scourge of humanity. How nice it would be if all the swords were beaten into plowshares and the lion were to lie down with the lamb. "None of us should be in wars. Wars are the last resort, the absolute last resort to try to settle our differences -- and it really doesn´t. All it really does is have people die, and people are maimed, and you never really accomplish what you set off to accomplish." -- Doran Cart, Senior Curator of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO, speaking on
Hello, calling Sarah Palin! Has anyone seen her? Where is she? Has Sarah Palin left the building? Is the Palin magic gone forever? No. The Palin charisma and mass appeal are still alive and well. Certain people are born gifted with "It" -- something that compels you to watch them. Sarah Palin is one such individual. Though politically tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail by the left and a few spineless Republicans, I pray for the day when my favorite gladiator Sarah Palin returns to the arena.
In the midst of the eruption of near-daily scandals involving the Obama administration, let us not forget that until just a few months ago, Hillary Clinton was the most significant persona within that administration besides the president himself. Let us not also forget that notwithstanding the scandal-grenades going off all around us, Mrs. Clinton diligently plans her run for the presidency, even while several of those scandals are obviously and entirely her responsibility, exposing the State Department during her tenure as an utter sewer of corruption, cronyism, and fatal incompetence.
With an email today from the daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the group formerly known as the Obama reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, is reigniting the fight over guns in America. "My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut," the email from Erica Lafferty begins. "Six months ago today, she was shot and killed in her school, along with five of her coworkers and 20 of her students."
WASHINGTON — One of the Senate’s most aggressive investigators is probing longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s employment status, asking how she got a sweetheart deal to be a private six-figure consultant while still serving as a top State Department official.Abedin, one of Clinton’s most loyal aides, is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who’s in the midst of a vigorous effort to beat back his own scandal and become mayor. The inquiry by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), compiled in a three-page letter to Abedin and Secretary of State John Kerry, adds drama to Weiner’s bid.
Over the years, I’ve read plenty of claims that we’re witnessing a “crackup” of liberals or conservatives (or sometimes both at the same time). Normally, I react by rolling my eyes. For me, “crackup” claims are a almost always hack way of expressing unjustified triumphalism. But now I think I see a crackup. Given the scandal-a-week Obama administration, you might think that the crackup, if any, is looming on the left. But that would be to ignore the left’s tendency to march more or less in lockstep through any scandal or storm. No, the crackup I see coming is among conservatives.
Curiouser and curiouser. Day Two of the Rupert Murdorch-Wendi Deng divorce story turned juicier when ex-British prime minister and Deng pal Tony Blair got dragged into it. Soon after news broke Thursday that billionaire media mogul Murdoch, 82, had filed for divorce from his third wife after 14 years of marriage, journalists in the U.S. and the U.K. with close contacts to Murdoch and his media empire, News Corp., began twittering about a scandalous possible reason for split. Said scandal turned out to be the claim that Deng, 44, had an affair with Blair, 60, who happens to be godfather
“It’s not just Rand’s vote that Rubio needs but the people who will come along with him,” said senior Rand Paul aide Doug Stafford, according to a new National Journal report. What makes this quote remarkable is its honesty. Rarely are top operatives so transparent in their political calculations. But he’s exactly right. And as the column notes, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have a mutually beneficial relationship when it comes to immigration reform. Rubio needs Paul to give him additional conservative cover. And Paul needs Rubio to help soften his hard, libertarian, edges. The backdrop to all of this, of course,
On April 23, 2007, then-Senator and future presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a speech in which he said this: Until we change our approach in Iraq, it will be increasingly difficult to refocus our efforts on the challenges in the wider region – on the conflict in the Middle East, where Hamas and Hezbollah feel emboldened and Israel’s prospects for a secure peace seem uncertain; on Iran, which has been strengthened by the war in Iraq; and on Afghanistan, where more American forces are needed to battle al Qaeda, track down Osama bin Laden, and stop that country
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Jr., in asking a judge for a lenient sentence, are arguing that his lavish spending sprees — paid for by money looted from his campaign fund — were tied to his bipolar disorder. The attorneys also are pleading for a shorter sentence by arguing that Jesse Jackson Jr. will “unlikely” be able to relate to a prison psychiatrist and as a consequence, his mental health may suffer. “It is unlikely that Mr. Jackson will be able to establish a trusting relationship with a Bureau of Prisons psychiatrist quickly enough to maintain
Edward Snowden, who illegally leaked classified information about a National Security Agency intelligence gathering program to a British newspaper last week, had ample legal channels to report what he felt were illegal or improper activities. The inspector general for the Defense Department runs a hotline for military and intelligence officials to report such conduct in ways that do not disclose classified information to the public. Experts on national security whistleblower laws say Snowden could also have disclosed the information to members of Congress. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that Snowden’s leak did “huge, grave damage” to the country’s intelligence-gathering capabilities.