Daqmascus -- Chief of the Iranian parliament´s security and foreign policy commission arrived in Syria Saturday as the country is poised to come under a U.S. strike due to its alleged use of chemical weapons. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, heading a parliamentary delegation, is expected to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and hold a press conference at the end of his two-day visit, sources told Xinhua. The delegation arrived in Damascus hours after the departure of a UN investigation team after days of inspections at the site of purported chemical weapon attacks outside the Syrian capital.
WASHINGTON — In October 2002, more than five months before the U.S. would invade Iraq, an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama said at an anti-war rally that he was not against all wars, just "dumb war." Obama, who later made ending the war in Iraq a critical plank in his presidential campaign, would later go on to lament that the U.S. made a crucial mistake when it bypassed the United Nations and went to war despite skepticism in much of western Europe. A decade after the U.S. military started the Iraq campaign with a shock-and-awe air assault, Obama finds himself battling
ANCHORAGE, AK- Several aftershocks rattled a remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the hours after a major 7.0 temblor struck with a jet-like rumble that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover. At least three dozen aftershocks, including one reaching magnitude 6.1 in strength, struck after the major quake Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "I heard it coming," said Kathleen Nevzoroff, who was sitting at her computer in the tiny Aleutians village of Adak when the 7.0 temblor struck at 8:25 a.m. local time, getting stronger and stronger. "I ran to my doors and opened them
American President Barack Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people." The head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov suggested U.S. President Barack Obama should be deprived of the Nobel Peace Prize in the event the Americans strike a military blow on Syria, he wrote on Twitter on Friday, August 30. "If the United States strike Syria without a sanction from the UN, the world community must demand the Nobel committee should deprive Obama of the Peace Prize," he wrote.
The United States and European countries should attack Syria but Israel should not, two separate polls in weekend Hebrew newspapers found. While polls in the US and United Kingdom have found overwhelming opposition to their countries attacking Syria, a Gal Hadash poll published in Israel Hayom found that 66.6 percent of respondents would be in favor of American and European military intervention in Syria. Only 17% opposed a US/EU strike and 16.4% did not know. When asked whether they thought such an attack would take place, 72.8% said yes, 15.8% no, and 11.4% did not know.
Army chiefs who led Britain in Iraq and Afghanistan have praised Parliament for its decision not to join the U.S. in any military strikes against Syria. As America prepares for missile strikes against the war-torn country--possibly as early as tomorrow--David Cameron is still reeling from Thursday´s shock Commons defeat. But despite the anger and frustration of the British government--and many Conservative MPs--generals who led the British Army in recent campaigns said not taking action against Syrian president Bashar Assad was the correct decision. [Snip] ´The will of the people has been expressed through the House of Commons that we don´t
U.S. military analysts say any Western strike against the Syrian government is unlikely to draw an immediate counterattack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. That, however, does not make the response of the Syrian government — or its allies Iran, Hezbollah and Russia — any easier to predict. Assad possesses few if any real defenses against long-range precision missiles launched from U.S. ships far away. Russia and Iran, which have navies capable of engaging those U.S. ships, are not expected to do so, defense and diplomatic experts said. Still, the consequences of a U.S. strike could be complex: the Assad regime
U.S. military action in Syria could give the White House an advantage in the looming fiscal showdown with congressional Republicans, according to defense and budget experts. They said the Syria crisis could boost calls by President Obama and defense hawks to reverse the automatic spending cuts to the Pentagon known as sequestration. Steve Bell, a budget expert at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said if the U.S. moves forward with military action, it will underline the arguments of those who say keeping the sequester in place impairs U.S. military readiness. “I think it has the possibility of advancing fiscal talks, I really do,” he
George W Bush has made his foray into Instagram, posting a couple of patriotic pictures at the start of the Labor Day weekend. The 43rd President has attracted just over 11,000 followers since uploading his first picture on Friday. Bush is featured in two group shots, the first with Southern Methodist University football team´s black Shetland stallion Peruna Tonic, and the second on a Dallas golf course. In the wake of the Syria crisis the former president received plenty of praise from commenters saying they wished he was still in office. On the Instagram picture of him posing with children on a Dallas
On June14, 1982, I watched the leading elements of Britain’s task force march wearily but triumphantly into Port Stanley, as the Argentine forces in the Falkland Islands surrendered. [Snip] The Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment put to flight a rabble of Argentine conscripts who were playing way out of their league--Wigan Athletic against Manchester United. We came home in a haze of euphoria to find the British people likewise. The ghost of the Suez Crisis, a 1956 national humiliation, was laid at last. We had reasserted the nation’s proud martial heritage. The Argies discovered that whatever their prowess at football
SUGARCREEK, Ohio—The corn stands 5 feet tall, the temperatures are in the 90s and Johnny Byler got hooked on his head while fishing with a friend, reported Mrs. Jerry Ray Byler in a recent front-page article of the Budget. Mrs. Byler is one of about 860 correspondents for the Budget, a 123-year-old weekly newspaper, which carries the news of Amish and Mennonite communities, from Diagonal, Iowa to the three Minnesota outposts of Bertha, Clarissa and Lenora. They write about who got married, who went to church, who received dentures—and how 11 chickens went missing when Toby Schrocks of Cisne, Ill., forgot
Earlier this week we talked about the shocking case out in Wyoming Montana where a 49 year old school teacher, Stacey Rambold, received a thirty day jail sentence for raping a 14 year old student who later killed herself. Just yesterday I was commenting to a friend on how I was surprised that the story hasn’t been receiving even more national attention than it has. Apparently I spoke too soon, because at least one editorial columnist at the Washington Post – Betsy Karasik – certainly had something to say on the subject. But against all belief, Betsy seems to think
U.S missile strikes against Syria could start tomorrow after U.N. weapons inspectors left the war-torn country earlier than expected. The team of chemical weapons inspectors left their Damascus hotel early today--possibly for neighboring Lebanon--fueling speculation of an imminent attack. It came as the White House delivered an astonishing snub to Britain following Thursday´s shock Commons defeat, with sources saying David Cameron had ´bungled´ securing British support for military action and that Britain ´cannot be counted on´. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last night paved the way for war by saying the American intelligence community had ´high confidence´ that the
The real fight in Congress in September isn’t over Obamacare. It’s about the money. After all, the money is crucial to how much of President Barack Obama’s tattered agenda will be implemented in his second term. And how much money he gets may come down to whether the president will finally use his veto power to bring House Republicans to heel. Unlike in 2011, when Republicans successfully held a critical debt limit increase hostage to extract more than $2 trillion in spending cuts, Obama no longer has to worry about a default crisis imperiling his re-election. His charm offensive with Senate Republicans
It is impossible to approach the debate in Parliament about intervention in Syria without recalling the day in March 2003 when Tony Blair set out his arguments for attacking Iraq. This newspaper described his performance as one of the finest in recent Commons history: he marshalled a moral, legal, geopolitical and humanitarian case with such conviction that a Labour rebellion was contained and a large majority secured. [Snip] David Cameron is also a noted parliamentary performer, especially at moments of crisis, and we would expect nothing less than a polished and persuasive speech. Yet the fact that so few people--less
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama released a video message congratulating American Muslims on the many achievements and contributions they have made to American society from its early history to present day. The video, which will be aired today at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention, highlights the myriad of ways the American Muslim community, and specifically ISNA leadership, has served as an effective partner in promoting inter-religious initiatives in the U.S. and religious freedom for minorities around the world. DC Mayor Vincent E. Gray, one of the convention´s keynote speakers, also recognized the significance of the American Muslim experience
PHOENIX- A federal judge plans to appoint a monitor to watch over the operations of hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose office had been found by the judge to have racially profiled Latino drivers during the lawman´s crackdown on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said in a court hearing on Friday that the Maricopa County lawman, who styles himself as "America´s toughest sheriff," needed an independent check on his actions to prevent such profiling from continuing in the future. "I intend to approve a monitor," Snow said of his plans, despite stiff opposition from the six-term sheriff of
WASHINGTON- A sixth U.S. warship is now operating in the eastern Mediterranean, near five U.S. destroyers armed with cruise missiles that could soon be directed against Syria as part of a "limited, precise" strike, defense officials said late on Friday. They stressed that the USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship with several hundred U.S. Marines on board, was in the region for a different reason and there were no plans to put Marines on the ground as part of any military action against Syria. One of the officials said the San Antonio´s passage into the Mediterranean was long-planned, but officials
One of my favorite elements of American popular culture is our tradition of mocking pretentious know-it-alls whose self-importance leads them into blunders. A comedian named "Professor Irwin Corey, the world´s greatest expert" experienced great popularity in the 1950s and 60´s with a routine that made fun of such people. And Dwight D. Eisenhower, a general who actually won the biggest war of all (so far - who knows what could lie ahead when we have a bumbling president?) won the presidency twice against Adlai Stevenson, a man he described as an "egghead" for his pretensions. That tradition is due for a
He has a lot more to say too, including calling out Kerry for his "hypocrisy" for using the same arguments Bush used for military action against Saddam - arguments he called "lies" at the time - for going to war against Assad. Here´s part of what Kerry said: The United States government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. Even the first-responders, the doctors, nurses and medics who tried to save them, they became victims themselves. We saw them gasping for air, terrified that their own lives were in danger.
August is traditionally the slowest and most unpredictable month in the news cycle, as members of Congress leave Washington and head back to their districts. The president usually takes a long vacation and things are pretty quiet on the political front – leaving room for political activists to dominate the news. It was in August 2010 that Tea Party activists stormed Congressional town halls in their districts. In August 2005, anti-war activists led by Cindy Sheehan led the news by camping outside President Bush’s ranch in Texas. But in August 2013, there were multiple groups looking to make headlines in
UPDATE: Turns out this is not from John Cleese, though it has an Aristotelian authenticity that causes me to leave it up anyway.(snip) The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody
The wife of singer Ted Nugent was arrested Thursday afternoon after security found a gun in her carry-on luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Airport spokesman David Magana confirmed that the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety took Shemane Ann Nugent, 51, into custody, and “the rest of it is working its way through our system of legal approval.” Nugent’s attorney, David Finn, said that taking the gun to the airport was an “honest mistake.” Finn said Nugent has a concealed handgun license.
Hi, everybody. This Labor Day weekend, as we gather with family and friends, we’ll also come together as a nation to honor some of our own — the working men and women of America who, across the generations, built this country up and helped make us who we are today. On Monday, we’ll celebrate that proud history. We’ll pay tribute to the values working Americans embody — hard work; responsibility; sacrifice; looking out for one another. And we’ll recommit ourselves to their cause.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Obama says he is considering a “limited, narrow” military strike against Syria — an aim that many Middle East experts fear overlooks the potential to worsen the violence in Syria and intensify a fight for regional influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the president’s proposal contend that a limited punitive strike can be carried out without inflaming an already volatile situation. But a number of diplomats and other experts say it fails to adequately plan for a range of unintended consequences, from a surge in anti-Americanism that could bolster Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to
No one was injured when a Maryland Air National Guard jet inadvertently dropped a practice bomb over the Eastern Shore on Thursday night, a spokesman said. The nonexplosive BDU-33 training ordnance struck the parking lot of a Queen Anne´s County restaurant about 9 p.m. Thursday, Lt. Col. Charles Kohler said. Patrons at Darlene´s Tavern in Sudlersville spotted the hole in the gravel parking lot and called police. Kohler said an experienced A-10 Warthog pilot from the 104th Fighter Squadron was attempting to drop the ordnance during a routine training mission over Warren Grove Range in New Jersey on Thursday evening when the