Appearing on Meet The Press on Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed Secretary of State John Kerry on his willingness to intervene militarily in Syria by twisting his most famous words against him. "I would ask John Kerry, How can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?" Paul said, in reference to Kerry´s famous words against the Vietnam War to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971. Kerry, as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, famously said then in calling for an end to the Vietnam War, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”
The idea of “slam dunk” intelligence should disappear from national security discussions, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. “The word ‘slam-dunk’ should be retired from the American national security issues,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “We are saying that the high confidence that the intelligence community has expressed and the case that I laid out the other day is growing stronger by the day,” he continued. During the George W. Bush administration, then-CIA chief George Tenet reportedly told Bush that intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a “slam dunk.”
The choice is perfectly simple: President Barack Obama will show he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, or else insult it and all its long list of proud holders, tarnishing the Nobel Institution, spitting in the face of humankind, disrespecting the will of his people, who are today in syntony with the hearts and minds of the international community. If Barack Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, he is intelligent enough to have accepted it knowing that it came with a tacit agreement that Washington would turn away from a bloodthirsty and failed policy of trying to import democracy from 30,000
President Bashar Assad said on Sunday Syria was capable of confronting any external attack after US President Barack Obama said there should be a military strike on Syria. "Syria ... is capable of confronting any external aggression," state television quoted Assad as saying at a meeting with Iranian officials. "The American threats of launching an attack against Syria will not discourage Syria away from its principles ... or its fight against terrorism supported by some regional and Western countries, first and foremost the United States of America." Syria generally refers to rebels fighting to topple Assad
Chanting “Don’t bomb Syria,” about 300 people gathered near Boston Common yesterday to protest a potential U.S. military strike against the Middle Eastern nation after U.S. officials said its president used chemical weapons against his own people. Zachary Monte, 26, of Arlington said he believes President Obama is moving toward military action against Syria without proof chemical weapons were used. It’s eerily similar to 2003, when America went to war with Iraq under “false pretenses” of weapons of mass destruction, he said. “There was no evidence, nothing to prove those claims,”
In his first public comments since US President Barack Obama announced Saturday he was seeking Congressional approval for a limited strike on Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought Sunday to illustrate Israel´s sangfroid. "Israel is calm and confident in itself," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "The citizens of Israel know very well that we are prepared for any possible scenario," he said, without mentioning Syria or referring directly to Obama´s statement. "Israel´s citizens also need to know that our enemies have very good reasons not to test our strength –
Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, predicts Republicans will back President Barack Obama´s call for military action in Syria. "I think the Republican Party will step up and do the right thing and support the president against a chemical-weapons-using, terror-sponsoring, Iran-backed dictator," he said on NBC´s "Meet the Press." Kristol added that he wished the president had taken in action in Syria in 2011 or 2012 but said that he made the right decision in going to Congress to authorize military force. He said that the authorization of action for the first Gulf War is a good example
The Obama administration is using a time-tested pitch to get Congress to back military strikes in Syria: It will help protect Israel. Israel’s enemies, including Iran and the terrorist group Hezbollah, could be emboldened if Congress fails to approve action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, senior administration officials said Saturday. And for the second day in a row, President Barack Obama publicly cited the threat against Israel if Assad’s reported use of chemical weapons goes unchecked. (Snip) Secretary of State John Kerry also referred to Israel repeatedly as he made the rounds on all five major Sunday
President Barack Obama has no foreign policy or military strategy on Syria. So he has reverted to a successful domestic policy strategy: blame Congress. His last-minute decision to seek Congressional approval is a win-win politically: if the vote fails, he has an excuse for inaction on his "red line," and if the vote passes he will merely share the blame for whatever goes wrong in the attack. Obama´s hope is that the public will forget that he reversed every single anti-Bush position that propelled him to power over Hillary Clinton and then John McCain in 2008: the opposition to "dumb
Things are certainly heating up at Burning Man - the annual art, music and everything-else festival currently taking place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada – where more than 61,000 people have turned out so far as the event reaches its climax this weekend. U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Mark Turney said on Saturday that gate management was tightened on Friday when organizers got close to a permitted capacity of 68,000. Turney says the crowd ebbs and flows at the festival, now in its 27th year, taking place about 100 miles north of Reno.
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