If the US loses its sense of historic purpose, then what is it? Just a place to go to get rich? There is only one winner in the ongoing shambles of the West’s policy on Syria, and it is not Bashar al-Assad. Mr Assad and his regime are now locked into the familiar slow suicide march of the modern dictatorship which ends eventually in execution or exile. [Snip] No, the grand-slam, record-breaking, knock-out winner of the past week has been Vladimir Putin, who graciously thanked the British Parliament on Friday for its support in his quest for global domination. Surely
She was once described as ‘a rose in the desert’, a long-limbed, London beauty who used her elegance and Western style to mask the increasing brutality of her husband’s murderous regime. But as Asma Assad shelters in a bomb-proof bunker to avoid the horrors erupting within Syria – and to escape the US missiles expected soon to rain down on the country – she has become more of a Marie Antoinette figure, shopping for extravagant designer goods, food and health products online as the country collapses around her. While more than 100,000 men, women and children have been killed and
Secretary of State John Kerry will appear on all five Sunday talk shows this weekend, setting up the opportunity to make President Obama´s case on Syria to the public and to members of Congress. Kerry will appear on the Sunday talk shows for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CNN. The practice of sweeping the whole Sunday lineup — known as the "full Ginsburg," for Monica Lewinski attorney William Ginsburg, who was the first to accomplish the feat in 1998 — is rare, and typically occurs when significant national or international news events develop. Kerry´s appearances will allow him to elaborate
ORLANDO, Fla. –Republican activists are taking solace in success stories by governors and legislatures in GOP-leaning states as their party tries to regroup after the disappointments of a bruising presidential contest and a stalled agenda in Washington. Here´s what fired up Washington-weary GOP stalwarts at a weekend conference of conservatives in this perennial swing state: pension overhauls in Wisconsin, tax cuts in Indiana and labor losses in Michigan. Some of the biggest applause was reserved for governors who did not attend the event. The mere mention of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a tea-party favorite who won national attention for his
The saga of open-border advocates in the federal government using the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal courts to attack those enforcing immigration laws has heated up recently, with a federal judge considering appointing a monitor to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found in May that "the Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office singled out Latinos and [its] deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions,” according to the Associated Press on the matter of Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Deputies checking the immigration status of those whom they pull over. Open-border advocates in the American Civil Liberties Union helped a small
This afternoon, President Obama was 35 minutes late to deliver his statement on Syria to the media. Well, he likes to keep his fans waiting. But when he did show up, the Prez put in a remarkable performance. Yes, Obama does believe Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people and, yes, he does want to do something about it. But rather than take immediate action, he´s going to seek Congress´ approval first. In the course of his statement, he name checked Britain and its own parliamentary vote on Thursday. So we basically taught Obama to respect his own
After a week of intensive planning with his political, diplomatic and military aides for a strike on Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama surprised even his closest advisers with a last-minute change-of-heart. The decision to seek authorization from Congress was the president’s alone, a step that none of the four congressional leaders had asked for and none of his national security advisers had recommended, according to two administration officials familiar with the discussions. (Snip) Obama settled on his plans Friday evening during a 45-minute walk around the South Lawn alone with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, then called top White
Following President Obama´s announcement Saturday that he has decided the U.S. should take military action against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons, the mood inside Syria was mixed, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports from the Syrian capital of Damascus. (Snip) After the president´s remarks, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil commented: "We are on constant alert. If the US has postponed its decision, or retreated....this invites ridicule from all sides. "The Syrians have said they would respond to any attack but did not specify the target. We are committed to react.
Washington — More than once, President Obama has confided to aides that he regards Syria as one of those hellish problems every president faces, where the risks are endless, the choices are all bad, and the pressure to do something is unrelenting. On Saturday, those treacherous crosscurrents were on vivid display in the Rose Garden. After two years of resisting deeper involvement in Syria, Mr. Obama finally decided to order a military strike — only to put his order on a shelf while he seeks Congressional approval. For Mr. Obama, who presented his most fervent case yet that Syria needed
Barack Obama last night threw David Cameron a political lifeline by following his lead in giving US politicians the chance to veto air strikes on Syria. In an unprecedented move, the President said he was determined to bomb Syria – but not until Congress voted on the matter. In theory, as Commander-in-Chief of US forces, he could ignore any Congress vote against military action, but having invited them to do so it is considered highly unlikely. The Syrian army restarted its barrage on the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus just two minutes after President Obama finished his speech threatening air strikes.
On Thursday, two women ages 32 and 24, were allegedly gang-raped by 10-12 black juveniles at Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington, Deleware. The attack reportedly happened at 6:54 PM when the women were sitting on a bench. The boys, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, allegedly assaulted the women and then fled. One woman called 911 and both were taken to Christiana Hospital. From MyFoxPhilly: "Initial investigation suggested the victims were in Kosciuszko Park when they were approached by a group of juveniles. The juveniles assaulted the victims and fled in an unknown direction," police said in a news
President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander in chief by seeking authorization from Congress to attack Syria, Rep. Peter King said Saturday. In a scathing statement that differed sharply from the reaction of House GOP leaders, King said Obama was making a mistake that would undermine future presidents. “President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents,” said King, a former Homeland Security Committee chairman who has flirted with running for president in 2016. “The president does not need Congress to authorize a strike on Syria. If Assad´s use of chemical weapons
The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees aren’t yet endorsing a U.S. military strike in Syria after President Obama said Saturday that he would seek congressional authorization. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said in a statement authorizing the use of force “should be contingent on the president setting clear military objectives that can meet articulated policy goals, including degrading any party´s ability to use these weapons again.” (Snip) Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said that the president “made a strong case” on Saturday. But he also suggested it was important that Obama
WASHINGTON- Demonstrators have gathered outside the White House as President Barack Obama says he´ll seek congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria.Anti-war protesters congregated outside the White House fence Saturday, holding yellow signs and chanting slogans against military intervention. Syrian-Americans assembled nearby to demand U.S. action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Military action would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Bashad´s government carried out against civilians. Roman Kishi, a Syrian-American doctor in northern Virginia, says the only available option is to take out Assad. He says now is the right time.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi´s office clarified on Friday her apparent disinterest in returning to her old job as House speaker. Her spokesman suggested she would be open to resuming the speakership if elected to the position, and said they asked for a correction to the edited version of the interview published in The National Journal on Thursday. "Do you want to be speaker again?" the edited question read. "No, that´s not my thing. I did that," she replied. Drew Hammill, her communications director, said the full question was "Do you wish for the chance for the speaker position again?"
After delivering a statement on Syria this afternoon, Barack Obama jumped in the presidential limo and hit the links. Via an NBC reporter: From the pool: Obama and Biden are now playing golf. — Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) August 31, 2013 UPDATE: Via the pool report: "Potus arrived at fort belvoir at 3pm to pay golf with VP Biden, Marvin Nicholson and Walter Nicholson."
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