BOSTON — More than 200 protesters gathered at the nation´s oldest public park Saturday as part of nationwide demonstrations opposing military strikes against the Syrian government as President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for such a move.(snip) Protesters also chanted "Don´t Bomb Syria! Don´t bomb Syria! Don´t bomb Syria!" during breaks between speeches opposing the use of force. Later, they marched to Secretary of State John Kerry´s home on Beacon Hill, knocked on the door and left a handwritten sign that said "Stay Out of Syria." They then marched on to Faneuil Hall.
Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Saturday said they could not support isolated military strikes on Syria that are not part of a bigger strategy. "We cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the president´s stated goal of (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad´s removal from power, and bring an end to this conflict, which is a growing threat to our national security interests," they said in a statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that it would be ´utter nonsense´ for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons and urged the U.S. to hold off on any punitive military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad. ´While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense,´ he said. ´I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties.´ He challenged the U.S. to provide any evidence tying Assad´s forces to the
The family members of an Illinois couple who died just hours apart after 71 years of marriage have described the couple as inseparable. The union of Robert and Nora Viands began on a blind date in 1942 - but it was hardly love at first sight. Family members tell the Journal Star that Nora told Robert she never wanted to see him again after their first meeting.
WASHINGTON -- Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama planned to take military action against Syria without congressional authorization, but told aides Friday night that he changed his mind. (Snip) But these officials say the president spent much of the week wrestling with Congress´ role in authorizing force and made the decision Friday night after a lengthy discussion with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough. The administration officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama´s decision-making by name.
The White House´s closest political ally in South Carolina isn´t convinced it´s time for U.S. intervention in Syria. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn said Friday that while he hasn´t been a part of the Syrian intelligence reviews, he personally has not seen a clearly defined need to launch a military strike. [Snip] But he said the evidence for direct military action would have to be compelling for him to support such a step. “I know what ´it ain´t,´ ” Clyburn, of Columbia, said of the case so far. “And so far ´it ain´t.´ ” Clyburn´s comments echoed the views of
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she doesn’t wish to be speaker again. In an interview published Friday in the National Journal, an inside-Washington magazine, the 73-year-old Pelosi was asked whether she wishes to return to the top job. Pelosi said she did not, pointing out that she has held the post. "No, that’s not my thing. I did that," Pelosi said. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill discounted Pelosi’s comments, saying they’re in line with her stock response when she’s asked about running for leadership positions. Hammill said Friday that she’s working hard to win back the majority for Democrats and that,
President Obama said Saturday that the United States has decided to use military force against Syria, calling last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack there “an attack on human dignity,” but said he would seek congressional authorization for an attack. The announcement puts off an imminent cruise missile strike, a prospect that had put the region on edge and stoked intense debate in the United States, where many dread getting dragged into a new war. It is not clear what the Obama administration would do if Congress declines to authorize a military operation.
Contradicting his own position of a couple of days ago that a timely response to Syria´s alleged chemical weapons use was important, President Obama today backed off and postponed any action until Congress reconvenes on September 9th, and has time to debate and vote on approving military action. At the same time, he maintains that he has the authority to act on his own (as he did in Libya). Syria is already crowing about a victory, and it must be admitted that Obama has lost face throughout the Middle East and the world
There’s been a lot of talk in the pro-Obama US liberal media of the end of the Anglo-American Special Relationship following Parliament’s rejection of military intervention in Syria. The Washington Post and The New York Times, the leading flag wavers for the White House, have run a number of pieces on the subject. The Times ran a piece quoting unnamed “senior White House officials” who briefed against the British government, claiming that David Cameron had “bungled” the Syria vote, and had embarrassed the Obama administration. CNN, whose coverage on Syria has been wall to wall in recent days, also focused
Immediately following his statement from the Rose Garden on Saturday, which President Barack Obama said he would delay a strike on Syria until seeking authorization from Congress, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer took to Fox News to slam the president. Krauthammer criticized Obama for the way he has handled the unfolding of events surrounding the crisis in Syria. “[T]he most astonishing thing is the lack of any urgency,” Krauthammer said. “As you say, Congress will be back in a week. He says, ‘I can strike in a day or a week or a month,’ as if he
With thousands of air defence units in its armoury, Syria will be no easy target for a Western attack, a former Russia military commander warned. “Syria’s air defences are capable of giving an adequate response to strikes by the United States and its allies in the anti-Syrian coalition if they unleash war,” a former commander of Russia’s air defence forces told the Interfax news agency on Friday. “Damascus today has about a thousand units of anti-aircraft rocket systems, and more than 5,000 anti-aircraft artillery systems of various types,” the former commander said. The official did not rule out that Syria already has the
National Security Adviser Susan Rice took to Twitter Saturday morning to bolster the White House´s case for military strikes against Syria to prevent "attacks on innocents using world´s most heinous weapons." Rice repeated Secretary of State John Kerry´s comments on Friday that the evidence is clear that Syrian President Bashar Assad´s government was responsible for chemical weapons (CW) attacks last month in the suburbs of Damascus. Staff has corrected source.
WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives will consider a measure on military action against Syria the week of Sept. 9, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders said in a statement after President Barack Obama spoke on Saturday. "In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people,"
A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. All are exposed as a collection of third-rate liars. Intoxicated with hubris from past successful lies and deceptions used to destroy Iraq and Libya, Obama thought the US “superpower,” the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country, could pull it off again, this time in Syria. But the rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington’s rush to war when there is no
Washington -- Speaking from the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, US President Barack Obama said that he has decided to take military action against Syria-- but that he would seek the approval of Congress to do so. "I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," he said, adding a second decision: "I will seek authorization for the use of force from American representatives in Congress." (Snip) Military leaders, Obama said, gave him the assurance that attack preparations were not "time-sensitive," and could occur "today, tomorrow or next month."
Saturday is one of the toughest, if not the most difficult, days on the NFL calendar – cutdown day. The Patriots have begun making their cuts in advance of Saturday’s 6 p.m. deadline to trim the roster to 53, and among the players league sources have confirmed are not making the team is quarterback Tim Tebow. (Snip) Tebow is a former first-round draft pick who has become a fascinating figure during his relatively brief time in the NFL. He is beloved by Florida fans and many college football fans in general for his national title and Heisman Trophy-winning time with
In a dramatic turnaround, President Obama said Saturday that he will wait for congressional authorization to punish Syria for a chemical-weapons attack, even though he has decided a military strike is needed. “We should have this debate,” the president said in an announcement in the White House Rose Garden. “I respect the views of those who call for caution.” After more than a week of deliberation, Mr. Obama essentially put the onus on Congress to stop him from launching missile strikes against Syria. “I have decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syrian military targets,” Mr. Obama said, adding that he
The massive forest fire that has scorched 333 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers, according to one fire official in Tuolumne County.The San Jose Mercury News reports that Todd McNeal, chief of the Twain Harte Fire Department, told a community meeting that it was "highly suspect that there might have been some sort of illicit grove, a marijuana-grow-type thing."McNeal, who has 23 years of experience with Forest Service, the National Park Service and other agencies, said at the Aug. 23 meeting that investigators know the fire is human caused since there was know lightening in the area.
President Barack Obama referred to the country´s troops as "my military" in Friday remarks about how the United States may respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria that Obama asserted violated international norms. "Now, I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm," Obama said. "But as I´ve already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options. We have consulted with allies. We´ve consulted with Congress. We have been in conversations with all the interested
In 11 terms in Congress, Rep. Ed Royce has taken a hard line on illegal immigration, earning an A-plus rating from the anti-amnesty group Numbers USA.(Snip) the 39th District presents what experts called a uniquely Southern California conundrum, defying stereotypes about immigrants and their loyalties. It is majority minority yet suburban and wealthy — the average household income is $98,000. Bisected by the Puente Hills and straddling Los Angeles and Orange counties, it includes both the Nixon presidential library and the massive hilltop Hsi Lai Buddhist temple.
BOSTON– Tim Tebow has been released by the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports. Tebow played in three of the Patriots four preseason games this season, finishing 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) for 145 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked four times for a loss of 48 yards, and rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries for a 5.7-yard average. Tebow said following Thursday’s preseason win over the Giants that he was not worried about the impending roster cuts. “I’m blessed because of my faith, because you don’t have to worry about the future, because I know who
The United Nations needs time to examine the “entire body of evidence” on alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria, Martin Nesirky, spokesman for the secretary-general, told reporters today in New York. The result will be an “impartial, credible” report of what UN inspectors found on their visit to the site of the alleged attack outside Damascus, Nesirky said. Angela Kane, the UN’s disarmament chief, and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are doing “whatever can be done to speed up the process,” Nesirky. The UN won’t provide a timetable for a final report, Nesirky said.
Cairo - Mohamed Badie, the top leader of Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood, suffered a heart attack while in jail but his condition has since stabilized, state run al-Ahram newspaper said on Saturday. State-run news agency MENA denied a report by the private al-Nahar website, that Badie, 70, had died. Badie, the Brotherhood´s general guide, and many other leaders have been arrested in recent weeks in the toughest crackdown the Islamist group has faced. (Snip) A medical team was sent to Torah prison on the outskirts of Cairo to assess Badie´s medical condition earlier on Saturday, a security source told al-Ahram.
World Net Daily has a report on an incident involving a police raid on a private home whose family home schools its children in Darmstadt, Germany that resulted in the kids being forcibly removed by armed police officers. Apparently the raid stems from a Nazi era law still on the books in the Federal Republic of Germany that requires all children to be educated in state sanctioned schools, no exceptions. Dirk and Petra Wunderlich preferred that their children be home schooled, a widely accepted practice in the United States, because of their religious convictions. The German state disagreed and made
“Die Gedanken sind frei.” —“Thoughts are Free,” famous German song about freedom of thought, 1810-1820, author unknown Shortly after I arrived in the U.S., I realized that the freedom of speech Americans thought they had, was, let’s just say, with no intention of offending anyone, a figment of their naïve imagination. I was naïve too, having escaped a communist dictatorship, I felt free to speak my objective opinion, thinking that there would be no harmful consequences since my freedom of speech was guaranteed. I felt elated. I did not have to fear the security police day and night; and I did not have