Senator Rand Paul took a line from Vietnam protester John Kerry this morning, asking the secretary of state, “How can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?” Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971, Kerry asked Congress about the ongoing Vietnam War, ”How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” On NBC’s Meet the Press, Paul pressed Kerry, who’d appeared just before him, on his anti-war past, saying, “I wish he’d remember more of how awful war is.”
The man tapped to restore credibility to the state´s Revenue Department in the wake of the hacking of millions of taxpayers´ financial records compared the task to stopping a bank robbery. “If you rob a bank and you can´t get in, you can´t get the money,” William Blume said. [Snip] Unfortunately for 5.7 million current and former South Carolina taxpayers and their dependents, that´s little comfort: They remain at risk of fraud for the rest of their lives. The robber already got away with their Social Security numbers and other personal and financial information that can be used to steal
Can you imagine Adolf Hitler owning a TV news network that spewed his hateful rhetoric across the United States either before or during World War II? Certainly not[SNIP] Unfortunately, that instinct for survival no longer exists in modern America — which, like it or not, is engaged in a long-term battle of wills with Islamism, the movement to impose the political and cultural version of Islam known across the globe in a worldwide caliphate dedicated to the implementation of sharia (Islamic law). Consider the little-heralded arrival on Aug. 20 of Al Jazeera America,
Senator Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) on Sunday slammed President Obama’s tepid response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons. “If you’re going to say something, you’ve got to back it up, and this president has clearly retreated,” he said, in reference to the president’s insistence (more than a year ago) that the use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” demanding dramatic U.S. action. Inhofe was not optimistic that Congress would vote to authorize military action, as Obama has requested. “I don’t think they will,” he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Congress must vote to authorize military action in Syria or risk “compromising our credibility in the world,” former Senator Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) said on Fox News Sunday. Lieberman said he was “shocked and disappointed” by President Obama’s decision to delay a possible strike against Syria by asking for Congressional approval, as it will give the Assad regime time to disperse and hide military assets and otherwise prepare for an attack. However, Lieberman argued “it would be catastrophic” for lawmakers to deny Obama the authority to strike, and said he would do “everything I can” to convince his former colleages
Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74, began his career in television satirising the patrician establishment and ended it with a knighthood, a duke as a father-in-law and a reputation as the television personality politicians on both sides of the Atlantic most wanted to be interviewed by. Frost made his name in the 1960s on the BBC’s late night satirical series That Was The Week That Was. With his sardonic manner, slurred diction, nasal voice and alarming surges in volume, he was the first to show that quirkiness and unnaturalness could work better on television than the “natural” but
Blood and hair samples from eastern Damascus, Syria, have "tested positive for signatures of sarin" gas, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, arguing that with "each day that goes by, this case is even stronger." Kerry said on CNN´s "State of the Union" that the U.S. obtained the samples independently through an "appropriate chain of custody"," not the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors. "We know that the regime ordered this attack, we know they prepared for it," Kerry said. "We know where the rockets came from. We know where they landed. We know the damage that was
France will not launch an assault on Syria alone and will wait for U.S. Congress to decide on whether to punish President Bashar al-Assad´s government for a gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. Valls made the comments on Sunday to Europe 1 radio as pressure mounted in France for President Francois Hollande to put the question of intervention to a parliamentary vote. Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he would meet with the heads of the two houses of parliament and the opposition on Monday to discuss Syria before a scheduled parliamentary
In the eyes of the only people who really matter - Bashir Assad, Vlad Putin, Ayatolla Khameni, Kim Jong Un, and assorted lesser examples of ruthless heads of state, not to mention terror groups - Barrack Obama has retreated from his redline. He has blinked and they think they have his number. This makes President Obama´s Rose Garden Retreat a highly provocative act (snip) provocative as in telling the bad guys they can go ahead and push hard, this guy will fold. It is an open invitation to do more than use chemical weapons
BRITAIN allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, the Sunday Mail can reveal today. Export licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride were granted months after the bloody civil war in the Middle East began. The chemical is capable of being used to make weapons such as sarin, thought to be the nerve gas used in the attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb which killed nearly 1500 people, including 426 children, 10 days ago.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that samples collected by first responders after the reported August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria have tested positive for the nerve agent Sarin. "In the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the United States that have now been tested from first responders in east Damascus and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of Sarin," Kerry said on NBC´s Meet The Press. "So this case is building and this case will build." Sarin is a man-made chemical warfare agent considered the most toxic and fast-acting
(Birmingham, UK)- Controversial programme host said it was duty for Muslims to murder anyone who insults Prophet Mohammad. A Birmingham Islamic TV channel has been fined £85,000 after a controversial presenter said it was a duty for Muslims to murder anyone who insults the Prophet Mohammad. Broadcasting regulator Ofcom said the statement aired live on Noor TV last May could have radicalised its young viewers and incited them to commit acts of violence. Satellite channel Noor TV boasts that its multi-lingual broadcasts from a studio in Victoria Road, Aston, specifically target young British Muslims.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday that fresh laboratory tests show that Sarin nerve gas was used in an Aug. 21 attack in Syria that killed more than 1,400 people, the first time that U.S. officials have pinpointed what kind of chemical weapon was used. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Kerry said blood and hair samples from emergency workers in east Damascus had tested positive for Sarin, a highly toxic nerve agent. He said that U.S. officials learned of the lab results in the past 24 hours, citing the evidence as yet another reason for
I’ve already shared some analysis of Mark Steyn’s libertarian-leaning views on foreign policy, so it’s very timely to see what he just wrote about Syria. Here’s some of his new article in National Review. His humor is sharp, but he makes a very important point. The administration’s ingenious plan is to lose this war in far less time than we usually take. In the unimprovable formulation of an unnamed official speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the White House is carefully calibrating a military action “just muscular enough not to get mocked.” That would make a great caption for a Vanity Fair
President Obama´s political guru David Axelrod tweeted what many liberals have been saying on social media and across the cable nets since the president announced he would seek congressional approval for a strike on Syria. Axelrod was in full gloat: @davidaxelrod Big move by POTUS. Consistent with his principles. Congress is now the dog that caught the car. Should be a fascinating week! Consistent with what "principles," Dave? The principle that the president stood on when he unilaterally and without congressional authorization took the country to war in Libya? What Axelrod and many liberals are delighted about is that the GOP - especially in the
As a courtesy -- and selfless service -- to the world, President Obama has officially appointed himself the globe´s top cop. "I´m comfortable going forward without the approval of a United Nations Security Council that, so far, has been completely paralyzed and unwilling to hold Assad accountable," the new international sheriff said Saturday morning. Having already struck fear into the heart of those unsavory out-of-towners who may or may not have gassed their own people, Sheriff O reiterated that he´s rounded up a dedicated posse of deputies, positioned his warhorses on the outskirts of town and is ready "whenever we
President Obama sent House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the president of the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden, draft legislation for authorization of the use of the U.S. Armed Forces in a Syria strike. The draft was delivered Saturday evening, after Obama’s Rose Garden announcement that he would seek approval from Congress and after his post-announcement golf game at Fort Belvoir with Biden. The resolution brands the chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb “flagrant actions… in violation of international norms and the laws of war...”
Pope Francis on Sunday invited people of all faiths to join him and the world´s Catholics in a day of prayer and fasting on September 7 to end the conflict in Syria. Addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter´s Square, he issued a long, impassioned appeal for peace in Syria and across the Middle East, saying God and history would be the judge of those who promoted violence or prevented peace. Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons, blamed by Western powers on Syrian government forces, but added: "War, never again". The United States and France are considering
As the scheduled time for President Obama’s address on Syria came and went yesterday, reporters in the Rose Garden could see him through the Oval Office windows, talking on the telephone. (Snip) Boxed in from the left and right, at home and abroad, heckled as a hypocrite and a flip-flopper, he didn’t have a single friend, let alone a coalition. So he kicked the can to Congress and challenged its members to make the unpopular decision he’s not willing to make as commander in chief. The 11th-hour reversal is a Gilda Radner moment — “Never mind!” She did it as comedy; Obama does it as farce.
Washington - As often happens at the end of a busy day, President Obama took a quiet walk Friday night on the rolling South Lawn of the White House with his chief of staff and longtime confidant, Denis McDonough. The two men talked war. Pentagon officials had fine-tuned their target lists in Syria. Five U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean were awaiting orders to launch fiery salvos of Tomahawk missiles. (Snip) But after less than an hour´s stroll, Obama returned to the Oval Office and stunned his mostly new second-term national security team. He tapped the brakes on a military
President Obama apparently is leaving the door open to moving ahead with a military strike on Syria even if Congress votes against it, adding to the confusion over the president’s evolving position. The president, in a surprise decision Saturday, announced he would seek a vote in Congress on launching a military attack against the Assad regime. One senior State Department official, though, told Fox News that the president’s goal to take military action will indeed be carried out, regardless of whether Congress votes to approve the use of force. Other senior administration officials said Obama is merely leaving the door open to that
Peekskill - Eight Peekskill High School students didn’t graduate in June and must return to school this month because they were given credit for a class that doesn’t exist. Other students had to attend summer school to graduate, said interim schools Superintendent Larry Licopoli, but he didn’t have a number. And The Journal News has obtained records that show then-Superintendent James Willis ordered four guidance counselors suspected of handing out credits for phony courses to turn over information “inappropriately deleted” from an online system containing student data.
With misty eyes, I will always remember my parents huddled at a garage sale, literally scraping together all the money they had to buy their youngest child a box set of encyclopedias and the classics of western literature. My mother convincing my father it was worth it, then my father proudly lugging the dusty boxes to the car. I squealed with delight and they felt fulfilled in their parental roles; though they were secretly perplexed by my enthusiasm.I was precocious in my reading, and was blessed to have parents that scrambled to meet the demands of my developing mind. Before 10
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska piled up more than 500 yards of offense and won its nation-leading 28th straight opener. You wouldn´t have known it from the atmosphere inside the 18th-ranked Cornhuskers´ locker room minutes after their 37-34 victory over Wyoming on Saturday night. "I feel like we lost the game," receiver Kenny Bell said. Up 16 points in the fourth quarter, the Huskers had to sweat this one to the end after the four-touchdown-underdog Cowboys converted two late turnovers into touchdowns. "It wasn´t very excited," receiver Quincy Enunwa said of the mood of the team.
It´s a potent sign of how low the American political bar is set that gratitude is expressed because a US president says he will ask Congress to vote before he starts bombing another country that is not attacking or threatening the US. That the US will not become involved in foreign wars of choice without the consent of the American people through their representatives Congress is a central mandate of the US Constitution, not some enlightened, progressive innovation of the 21st century. George Bush, of course, sought Congressional approval for the war in Iraq (though he did so only once it was clear