In his press conference yesterday, President Barack Obama said that there was ´overwhelming evidence´ Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical weapons attack against rebels in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21. What he didn´t mention was that his administration knew about the alleged nerve-gas attack three days before it happened. At a U.S. intelligence briefing Friday afternoon, senior administration officials disclosed that there were indications three days prior that an attack was coming. ´In the three days prior to the attack, we collected streams of human, signals and
After threatening to take shots at Syria, the president has now decided it would be proper to seek Congressional approval for lobbing a cruise missile across Syria’s bow or for doing whatever else short term military action he has planned. Many commentators describe Obama as “leading from behind” which gives him way too much credit by suggesting he is a leader. He’s not a leader but rather he is a consummate politician. Despite being ineligible to run again, he has never stopped campaigning. A year ago, obviously without his trusted teleprompter, the president said there was a “red line”
Brutal dictator President Bashar Assad has amassed more than 1,000 tonnes of poison gas including sarin and XV, the most toxic nerve agent ever created. A leaked intelligence report said the tyrant possessed missiles capable of firing the deadly substances 300 miles - within range of British military bases in Cyprus. The news comes as the U.S. insisted Washington had its own evidence that Assad henchmen used the deadly chemical weapons against civilians. Secret service chiefs in Paris also laid the blame for the massacre of civilians in a chemical attack in Damascus on August 21,
COLUMBIA--South Carolina ended the fiscal year with a higher-than-expected surplus, handing legislators an additional $68 million to distribute next year. The fiscal-year closing report issued Wednesday by the state’s chief accountant shows South Carolina collected more than enough taxes to fund every item on the Legislature’s priority list for surplus revenue, as well as the full $50 million for bridge repair. [Snip] He noted the $6.2 billion “spent” in the year that ended June 30 included $282 million set aside in a rainy-day fund, which represents 5 percent of the prior year’s general fund revenues.
Dame Judi Dench, whose new film is about a woman trying to find her son after being forced by a convent to give him up for adoption, has said she would not be able to forgive the Catholic Church if they had taken away her child. Philomena, which had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, tells the true story of Philomena Lee, an Irish woman from Roscrea, County Tipperary, who went in search of her son Anthony in 2004 after 50 years.
To read the book reviews in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post or The Boston Globe, you might be unaware of the existence of the work of Mark Levin. Unless you skip to the page with the bestseller lists. Levin’s new book “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” last week hit No. 1 on all three New York Times bestseller lists for which it qualified — hardcover nonfiction, e-book nonfiction and the combination of the two. Yet the paper, like the others mentioned and their counterparts on the magazine rack, continues to ignore Levin,
The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine has a cover story on "Putting America Back to Work," and promises as a guru "Robert Reich on the future of manufacturing jobs." Inside, Reich´s article is titled "What America Needs Now." Like a good liberal, Reich insisted "we should follow Germany´s lead." America´s high schools need a fifth year for what liberals call the working class: More than 12 million students are projected to drop out of high school over the next decade; the millions more with diplomas face bleak job prospects. Many young people (and their parents) still assume that the only
Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News editor-at-large and editor-in-chief of the upcoming TruthRevolt.org, a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, will be joining In Depth on CSPAN-2 BOOKTV on Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET to discuss his authorial career. Shapiro, 29, is the author of five books, including the recent New York Times bestseller Bullies: How The Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America (Threshold Editions, 2013). His other four books are Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (Thomas Nelson, 2004); Porn Generation: How Social
Washington-U.S. President Barack Obama paused his march to war and kicked the ball to Congress on Saturday as he is seeking Congressional approval for a military strike against the Syrian government in retaliation for its purported use of chemical weapons. (Snip) The first and perhaps the most fundamental obstacle facing Obama is the international community. Obama has pursued a strategy of disengagement in the 29 months since Syrian civil war broken out, and did little to induce peace and reconciliation in that country. Suddenly, barely two weeks ago, word spread in
Abbeville, S.C. Eight months after being appointed a U.S. senator, Tim Scott has finished his goal of visiting all 46 counties in South Carolina. He has quickly and quietly firmed up a position as 1 of the most powerful Republicans in the state. Politicians from the governor down to the local level want to be seen with him. Scott completed the goal of visiting every county last week with a trip to Abbeville. The visits have helped the Charleston native create a valuable network. While fellow senator Lindsey Graham has three primary challengers for a third-full term, no Republican has announced to run
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