Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) said Tuesday that the US response to Syrian President Bashar Assad´s alleged use of chemical weapons last week is a test of US President Barack Obama´s credibility. Speaking in an interview with Army Radio, Liberman said that "the region and the international community see the Syrian situation as a test for America´s foreign policy and security stance." Liberman said that the US upholding its "red lines" on the use of chemical weapons by Assad tests "both the personal credibility of Obama and of the entire US government."
With the US poised for military action against Syria, and amid concern Damascus may respond by lashing out at Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held urgent security consultations in Tel Aviv Tuesday afternoon. Following the meeting he reiterated that Israel was "prepared for any eventuality." While stressing that Israel was not involved in the Syrian Civil War, Netanyahu said that if Israel discerns any attempt at all to attack it, "we will respond, and we will respond fiercely." On Monday, International Minister Yuval Steinitz said that the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its own people is a stark
The 88-year-old World War II veteran who was beaten to death with a flashlight as he crossed a parking lot in Washington state may have died because he tried to defend himself, police said. Two teenage suspects have been arrested in the attack on Delbert Belton. They are Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams Kinard, both 16. Several others accused of “rendering criminal assistance” to Kenan while he hid from police were arrested, also. Spokane police said Mr. Belton made the two teens angry when he tried to fight them, and that’s when they started to hit him on his head with “big,
Thugs with guns think they’re the ones calling the shots on the streets in the wake of the anti-NYPD stop-and-frisk ruling. “You can’t stop me! You can’t do that no more! There are new rules!” suspect Steven Sidbury, 21, allegedly yelled at officers as they approached him in crime-riddled East New York last week. The cops walked over to Sidbury when they spotted a suspiciously heavy object in the pocket of his hoodie outside 225 Wortman Ave. in Brooklyn just before midnight Thursday. He taunted them over stop-and-frisk, then ran and tripped — and a loaded .38-caliber revolver dropped out
Words just don’t have meanings they once did. We have a gift for abusing and discounting the language. “Hate” was once one of the most powerful words in the language. We’ve reduced it to a footnote on a legal bill of indictment. When some crimes are so awful that even words won’t do, we try to add emphasis, like saying it in italics or capital letters. Eventually, even the italics and capitals are reduced to fine print in the public consciousness. Calling certain acts “hate crimes” is a meaningless sop to public opinion. All murder is a hate crime, whether in Florida
Before the recession, Richard Clark’s cleaning company in Florida had 200 employees, about half of them working full time. These days it has about 150, with 80% part-time. The downturn explains some of this. But Mr Clark also blames Barack Obama’s health reform. When it comes into effect in January 2015, Obamacare will require firms with 50 or more full-time employees to offer them affordable health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000-3,000 per worker. (Snip) To keep his full-time workforce below the magic number of 50, he is relying more on part-timers. He is not alone.
If you wonder why this jobs-hungry city has a reputation as a hard place to do business, read on. Looks to us like developers of a big Ford dealership planned for the North Side got tutored in Chicago-style political muscle. It´s a familiar story in a city and state where elected officials, in the words of Illinois Chamber of Commerce chief Doug Whitley, treat potential investments as opportunities for "threat, coercion, a union squeeze, a minority holdup, a double-dip, a no-show job, a kickback and a sweetheart deal."
The black St. Peter’s Prep student who purportedly received racist text messages warning him to drop out of the Jersey City high school´s student government election sent the texts to himself, a school official confirmed last week. “The entire Saint Peter´s Prep community is relieved that this extremely distressing incident has found closure, and we commend the various law enforcement officials for their diligent work on this case over
Scandals: One of the nation´s largest veterans groups is being required to provide proof of membership eligibility. Posts that can´t or won´t comply face heavy fines. Your government thanks you for your service. The IRS scandal, which President Obama says is "phony," along with the body-bag scandals of Benghazi and Fast and Furious, was once the object of faux presidential scorn. When the president announced acting Commissioner Steven Miller had resigned over his agency´s "inexcusable" targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups who had applied for tax-exempt status, he feigned concern.
It´s getting so that you have to be a true believer in the mainstream media not to notice that Barack Obama´s presidency is floundering. His signature legislative accomplishment Obamacare is a disaster and his foreign policy has belly-flopped. And now, we may be at the brink of highly unpopular military engagement in Syria with no prospect of an outcome that would be beneficial to the United States. It´s so bad that important writers on our side are not mincing so many words anymore. As the first black president, Obama enjoyed a halo in the media
If you got up this morning thinking you have a tough day or week ahead, get over it. Here´s the story of Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, one of 53 American soldiers who awoke to the sound of incoming enemy shells. Surrounded by some 300 Taliban, fighting for hours, dashing in and out of hails of bullets, rescuing a fallen comrade, toting ammo to others, trapped in an armored Humvee taking enemy rounds non-stop.
Monday night on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly exposed Al Sharpton and his political action organization The National Action Network for profiting off his forays into the Civil Rights arena. In 2011 The National Action Network paid Sharpton $241,402, while covering most of the good Reverend’s personal expenses.
Things are moving fast to a Cuban Missile Crisis in Syria, where Obama has been outfoxed by a combination of Russia´s Putin and the war theocracy of Iran. Today we see the makings of a regional war, with weapons of mass destruction and intercontinental missiles in the mix. World headlines now show gassed bodies of Syrian children near Damascus, challenging Obama to put up or shut up on his ever-retreating "red lines".
The US government will reach its debt limit by mid-October unless Congress acts quickly, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned. The debt ceiling was last raised in January. The government can no longer borrow if it is reached. Mr Lew said that in such a case it will be unable to meet obligations such as pensions, military salaries and Medicare payments. The country´s borrowing limit is currently capped at $16.7tn (£10.7tn). "Extraordinary measures are projected to be exhausted in the middle of October," Mr Lew said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and other lawmakers.
Russia on Tuesday warned a military intervention in Syria could have "catastrophic consequences" for the region and called on the international community to show "prudence" over the crisis. "Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. "We are calling on our American partners and all members of the world community to demonstrate prudence (and) strict observance of international law, especially the fundamental
Secretary of State John Kerry proclaimed Monday that the Obama administration intended to hold accountable the users of chemical weapons in Syria last week. It´s tempting to say, ´Get in line.´ Obama has made similar vows to, among others, hold culprits accountable after the Benghazi massacre last September, after the IRS political scandal and after the FBI lies to a federal court about a journalist receiving leaks of classified information. In every case, Obama´s vows were vacuous. [Snip] Kerry´s brief, but suddenly tough remarks seem to presage imminent military action. Given Obama´s eagerness to withdraw from wars in Iraq and
In reality, plans for possible action against Bashar al-Assad’s regime have been drawn up for weeks, if not months at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, according to military sources. What those plans need to include will depend on the extent and objective of the action to be taken, neither of which are yet clear. They must include not only what Britain, France and America will do, but also how Syria might respond. The most likely course of action according to most observers is a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean, possibly with added air strikes from
Woah! Hold your horses, Barack. Before we go to war with Syria can we be absolutely surely sure that we´ve got our pretext right? Only we´ve made a horrible mistake about WMDs before… The official UK/US narrative on the conflict in Syria is this. Last year, we drew a red line in the sand: if the regime uses chemical weapons then it makes itself a legitimate target for military action. Last week, it apparently did just that – murdering hundreds of people, including children, in a suburb of Damascus. John Kerry described this slaughter as defying "any code of morality",
John Kerry calls the Syrian goverment´s chemical weapons attack on its own people a "moral obscenity." What does he call the rebels´ actions when they force a child to behead a Syrian civilian? If we´re going to threaten a redline over chemical weapons, why not have one for beheadings? There are "moral obscenities" breaking out all over the world. If we tried to do something about all of them, we´d never have peace. This particular "moral obscenity" has to be seen in the context of a civil war in which we shouldn´t be backing either side - that the eventual outcome doesn´t
A lunch discussion Monday about school vouchers, featuring conservative syndicated columnist Star Parker, began with assurances that the goal of the gathering was not to bash public schools. “It’s not to knock public education, but there are better ways, better avenues,” said state Rep. Samuel Rivers Jr., a Berkeley County Republican whose campaign fund paid for the event. Rivers and Parker are part of a small but influential black conservative movement. Parker is not known for speaking kindly about public schools. In a column Parker distributed at the meeting, she said that for black children, most public schools are dangerous “plantations” where
Influence Peddling: Recall how Obama blustered about closing the revolving door of government and lobbyists? Well, ObamaCare has flung it wide open, as the people who wrote the law are now cashing in on their expertise. For years, Obama complained about "the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely" and use their time in government "to promote their own interests over the interests of the American people whom they serve." Now, the Hill reports how Obama´s signature law is making former government officials fabulously rich as corporate lobbyists and consultants.
Now that IAC/Interactive has sold off Newsweek, can Tina Brown’s act be nearing its end? The experiment to combine Newsweek and The Daily Beast was an acknowledged failure. Brown was the founding editor of the Beast before she added editorial oversight for Newsweek when the two merged; it’s conceivable she’ll go back to just editing the Beast. But it´s not hard to imagine her moving on. The question is, to where? Brown has had a storied magazine career, at Vanity Fair and then The New Yorker (and then the short-lived Talk). But those were flusher times for print, and Brown worked for
The UK is drawing up contingency plans for military action in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, Downing Street has said. No 10 stressed any action would be "proportionate", lawful and follow agreement with international allies. David Cameron will also announce later whether Parliament is to be recalled, amid growing pressure from MPs. A chemical attack is reported to have taken place on Wednesday near Damascus, killing more than 300 people.
President Assad´s regime fired more than 600 canisters during its deadly chemical weapons attack on a suburb of Damascus, a Syrian witness has claimed. Offering an insight into the ferocity of the onslaught, the resident told how 12 tanks and 100 soldiers were also involved in the attack that has left as many as 1,300 civilians dead. The Syrian gave his account to United Nations inspectors as it emerged the team of chemical weapons experts had been ‘deliberately shot at’ several times by unidentified marksmen as they travelled in a convoy to the site of the atrocities. The car at the front was
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said he rejects "utterly and completely" that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons. He was speaking in Damascus after the US said there was "undeniable" proof of a chemical attack. He said UN weapons inspectors had been unable to go to a second site because rebels could not ensure their safety. The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week. Mr Muallem told a news conference that if a military act was carried out against Syria, the pretext of chemical weapons would be false, baseless and groundless.