RUSH: Here´s Judy in Valencia, California. I really, really appreciate your patience. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you? RUSH: Good. Thank you. CALLER: Thank you for being our voice, first of all. The reason I´m calling is that I´m really, really upset and ticked off and angry and I´m hoping you can calm me down a little bit. But did you know that Chris Matthews is having a book signing and lecture event at the Reagan library on a book that he´s writing about President Reagan? RUSH: No. I didn´t know that. CALLER: Yes, and I´d like to give you my analogy of that,
President Barack Obama vowed Friday to undertake a “limited, narrow” response to Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack and warned he would not be “paralyzed” by his desire to rally elusive international support. Obama’s remarks came after Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the most detailed U.S. case yet that Bashar Assad’s regime massacred more than 1,400 people last week with chemical weapons. “We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act,” the president said as he hosted Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House. “I have not made any decisions” about Washington’s precise response, he said, but
A 1-year-old girl was killed in her babysitter´s arms when a gunman opened fire in New Orleans, where the police chief denounced the violence as "unacceptable." The 18-year-old woman who was taking little Londyn Samuels home from the park was wounded in Thursday night´s shooting in the Central City neighborhood. She called the toddler´s father in anguish. "She said, ´Kee, we got shot — me and Londyn,´" the dad, Keion Reed, told NBC News as he made plans for a Saturday funeral. "In the back of my head, this is a bad dream I haven´t woken up from yet." Police
I see the Obama “reset” is going so swimmingly that the president is now threatening to go to war against a dictator who gassed his own people. Don’t worry, this isn’t anything like the dictator who gassed his own people that the discredited warmonger Bush spent 2002 and early 2003 staggering ever more punchily around the country, inveighing against. The 2003 dictator who gassed his own people was the leader of the Baath Party of Iraq. The 2013 dictator who gassed his own people is the leader of the Baath Party of Syria. Whole other ball of wax. The administration’s
"I´ve not made a decision." That was President Obama´s very first answer in a Wednesday interview with "PBS NewsHour." A day earlier, the Onion anticipated that comment in a story titled "Obama Weighing His Syria Option." It included this pretend quote from Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff: "The president recognizes that the situation in Syria is extremely delicate and that the U.S. faces complex consequences regardless of what he chooses; that´s why he´s giving the one option in front of him so much thought. He will not act until he´s confident in the inexorable decision he´s making." In the
MARIETTA, GA - A jury has convicted an 18-year-old man of murder in the shooting of a baby in a stroller in coastal Georgia. Jurors deliberated about two hours Friday before finding De´Marquise (deh-mahr-KEES´) Elkins guilty of the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick. The man´s mother, Karimah Elkins, was on trial alongside him and was found guilty of tampering with evidence but acquitted of lying to police. Prosecutors said Elkins killed Antonio in an attempted robbery. The baby´s mother, Sherry West, also was shot.
A congressman and his wife have reunited two-year-old twin girls who were living in separate homes by adopting them into their own family. Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin told NewsOK that he was hesitant at first to expand his brood of three to five, but his wife convinced him otherwise. Now, little Ivy and Lynette who were born into ´kind of a bad situation´ are fully integrated into the Mullin family and they ´could not be happier,´ says the congressman. Before the adoption was approved on August 21, the blonde twins were living with distant relations of Mr Mullin´s wife Christie,
George W. Bush was widely mocked by the Left during the Iraq War, with liberals jeering at the “coalition of the willing,” which included in its ranks some minnows such as Moldova and Kazkhstan. Michael Moore, in his rather silly documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, went to great lengths to lampoon the Iraq War alliance. But the coalition also contained, as I pointed out in Congressional testimony back in 2007, Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy, Poland, and 16 members of the NATO alliance, as well as Japan and South Korea. In Europe, France and Germany were the only large-scale countries that sat
If our attitude is that Obama screwed up, but that now the least-screwed-up remedy is to attack Syria, then we are indeed in bad shape. Of the bad and worse alternatives, the worse is attacking without specifying our aims, means, and desired results. Yet to do so would convince Obama to drop the idea. If the objective is to weaken Assad without empowering al-Qaeda-like Islamists, then non-intervention serves that goal far better. If the objective is to destroy WMD depots, and send a global lesson that they are taboo, where are they and how are we to take them out? And what of
RUSH: Yeah, John Kerry must not want to be heard. Whatever he´s gonna say on Syria, he must not want anybody to hear it, because he´s gonna speak at 12:30, about 25 minutes from now. That means that nobody´s gonna hear what he says. That doesn´t matter, my friends, because I am gonna tell you everything you need to know about Syria -- and really the only thing you need to know is that Bashar Assad´s kid, the 11-year-old Hafez Assad Jr. ... Bashar Assad´s kid (if this doesn´t say it all), 11-year-old Hafez al-Assad, I guess Jr., ´cause Hafez al-Assad
The vote of British MPs against military intervention in Syria is likely to send shock waves through the Obama administration. Britain has tended to march in lockstep with the US and this rejection of President Barack Obama´s argument will leave bruises. Before the vote the administration was fairly sanguine about David Cameron´s difficulties and the delay in the UK joining any action. It may be a different story now that it is clear Britain, so often cast as America´s poodle, won´t take part at all. A senior administration official has told the BBC that they will continue to consult with the UK government,
President Obama and his successors in the Oval Office are not obligated to make public the names of individuals visiting the White House, according to a decision of the federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia made public Friday. The case was brought by Judicial Watch, the government watchdog nonprofit that has been fighting a long legal battle seeking to force release of the White House visitor logs as public records under the Freedom of Information Act. But in a decision that is drawing intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, the circuit court said the president has a "constitutional perogative"
A federal appeals court has ruled that White House visitor logs for the president and most of the White House staff are not public information. The 3-0 decision would keep the visitor records confidential for up to 12 years after President Barack Obama leaves office. The appeals court ruling deals a defeat to a private group that asked the Secret Service for all White House visitor logs from Obama´s first seven months in office. The appeals court says Congress made clear that it did not want documents like the appointment calendars of the president and his close advisers to be subject to disclosure
The Chicago Public Schools this year are mandating that the district’s kindergarten classes include sex education, fulfilling a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle. At a Planned Parenthood convention at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2007, a teenage girl who said she worked as a sex-education “peer educator” in the D.C. public schools asked then-U.S. Sen. Obama what he would do to encourage the teaching of “medically accurate, age-appropriate, and responsible sex education.”
President Barack Obama called Syria’s chemical weapons attack “a challenge to the world” and said he is considering a “limited, narrow act” against the county’s regime. “We’re not considering any open-ended commitment,” Obama told reporters at the White House Friday afternoon. “We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.” “I have not made any decisions about the various actions that might be taken,” Obama said. “We have consulted with allies. We have consulted with Congress.” “This kind of attack threatens our national security interests,” he added, “further threatening friends and allies like Israel and Turkey and Jordan, and it increases the
President Bashar al-Assad´s forces have removed several Scud missiles and dozens of launchers from a base north of Damascus, possibly to protect the weapons from a Western attack, opposition sources said on Thursday. The move from the position in the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains, one of Syria´s most heavily militarized districts, appears part of a precautionary but limited redeployment of armaments in areas of central Syria still held by Assad´s forces, diplomats based in the Middle East told Reuters. They said rebel raids and fighting near key roads had blocked a wider evacuation of the hundreds of security and army bases
WASHINGTON — The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas. If carried out effectively, the strikes may also send a signal to Iran that the White House is prepared to back up its words, no small consideration for an administration that has proclaimed that the use of military force remains an option if the leadership in Iran insists on fielding a nuclear weapon. But the military strategy that the Obama administration is considering
HOMESTEAD — An 82-year-old woman went home Thursday after spending two weeks first in the hospital, and then in rehab. She was discharged hours after 18-year-old Michael Duku of the North Side was taken into custody on charges including robbery, assault and conspiracy. Police say Duku and another man shoved the elderly woman to the sidewalk two weeks ago after she attended Sunday church services in Homestead. Duku ran off with her purse. Rev. Robert Buczak of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, where the woman has been a long-time member of the congregation, said he paid several visits to the Source corrected by Staff.
Former President Jimmy Carter condemned possible chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but called for a “peace conference” and working with the United Nations, rather than using a military solution. In a statement Friday from the Carter Center, the former president said that the U.N. investigation into possible chemical weapons attacks in Syria is under way and urged against action in the country without U.N. support. “It is imperative to determine the facts of the attack and present them to the public. Those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must bear personal responsibility,” Carter said in the statement. “The chemical attack should
A Facebook post said to be written by the 11-year-old son of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and “liked” or commented on by several people who appear to be the children and grandchildren of other senior members of Mr. Assad’s government, may offer a glimpse into the mindset of Syria’s ruling elite as the country braces for a potential Western strike in response to a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. It is impossible to confirm whether the Facebook account does, in fact, belong to the son, Hafez al-Assad, and aspects of it invite doubt. For example, the owner of the
In an article recapping the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington,” the Los Angeles Times claimed that the Democratic Party led the passage of key civil rights legislation during the 1960s. In return, critics pointed out that a greater percentage of Republicans than Democrats supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On Wednesday, while reviewing the lack of Republicans present at the MLK rally, Times reporters Kathleen Hennessey, Richard Simon, and Alexei Koseff wrote: “Since Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters”. Conservative media-watching outfit NewsBusters
President Obama Friday that he sympathizes with Americans’ war-weariness but is considering a “limited, narrow” military response to Syria’s use of chemical-weapons. “A lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it,” Mr. Obama said shortly after his administration made a forceful case that the Syrian regime killed more than 1,400 of its own civilians on Aug. 21 near Damascus. “There is a certain weariness, given Afghanistan,” the president said. “There is a certain suspicion of any military action, post-Iraq. And I very much appreciate that.”
Britain’s standing on the world stage has suffered an unprecedented blow, with David Cameron mocked on both sides of the Atlantic for failing to back President Obama in intervening in Syria. Urgent calls were made to the White House last night soon after the government defeat amid claims by one Whitehall official that Britain had ‘handed back its deputy sheriff badge’. But US newspapers were united in their view that the ´normally reliable Brits´ had ´balked´ at the prospect of a new conflict in the Middle East, leaving Mr Obama to go it alone.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed top administration officials Thursday night to take military action to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad in response to reports that he used chemical weapons in his nation’s ongoing civil war. “It is clear that the American people are weary of war. However, Assad gassing his own people is an issue of our national security, regional stability and global security,” Pelosi said in a statement after the 90-minute conference call with members of the National Security Council and 26 high-ranking lawmakers. (Snip) Pelosi “said we should do something,” the second source said, adding that Pelosi
Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that President Obama appears to be interested in “saving face” when it comes to his pending decision on whether to approve U.S.-led military strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Mr. Paul, a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said that Mr. Obama, a Democrat, painted himself into a corner by declaring in 2012 that the use of chemical weapons represented a “red line” for the United States. “It sounds to me like saving face because he has made a promise, so he is going to follow through with his promise,”
In laying out the case for military strikes on Syria, Secretary of John Kerry on Friday had praise for the French, who he called “our oldest ally,” but snubbed any mention of the British, who have long believed they enjoyed a “special relationship” with the U.S. Mr. Kerry was trying to rally world support for retaliatory strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and pointing to other nations that have concluded troops loyal to the Assad government used chemical weapons last week. Mr. Kerry cited Australia, Turkey and the Arab League — as well as the French.