How much of a mess has Obama made of the Middle East? The following two maps tell the story, five years ago versus today. (Maps courtesy Martin Weiss, Weiss Research) As you can see, five years ago, the Middle East was mostly stable, with theocracies and military dictatorships prevalent, paid for with piles of U.S. taxpayer dough:
WASHINGTON — It’s a bewildering time here. Nancy Pelosi is the hawk urging military action. Britain refuses to be our poodle. The French are being less supercilious and more supportive militarily. Republicans are squeamish about launching an attack. Top generals are going pacifist. The president who got elected on his antiwar stance is now trying to buck up a skittish Congress and country about why a military strike is a moral necessity. Donald Rumsfeld doesn’t want to go to war with the Army Chuck Hagel has. John Bolton is the dove who doesn’t think we should take sides, or that it
According to the latest on-demand legend of this White House, President Obama was thoughtfully walking the White House grounds with a senior aide the other day. When it suddenly occurred to the former constitutional law lecturer that he could ask Congress for permission to start a war with Syria, as required by the nation´s Constitution. This from the former member of Congress who, as president for the last 1,688 days, has gone around that equal branch of government whenever convenient.
Chris Matthews appeared on MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" Wednesday morning to analyze the political ramifications of the congressional debate to support President Obama´s call for a military strike against Syria. Matthews said the President had put the Democrats in congress in a "wicked position" forcing them to support the president even if they may genuinely oppose the military action. “I think the Democrats are going to be forced to sacrifice men and women who really, really don’t want to vote for this. They’re going to have to vote for it to save the president’s hide. That’s a bad position to put your
Rush Limbaugh speculated that perhaps the Syrian rebels affiliated with Al Qaeda used chemical weapons to frame Bashar Al-Assad and to draw the US into the effort to topple the Assad Regime. On his Tuesday morning program Rush asked the provocative question: "What if Bashar didn’t do it? What if Bashar is being framed?" "The rebels nerve gassing their own people to create exactly what is happening– us mobilizing to get rid of Bashar. They use chemical weapons on their people– it gets blamed on Bashar. We go in and take Bashar out, or do something– and end up on
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping, including possibly his ex-wife and his attorneys. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holding is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001. A judge previously refused to dismiss the case. Acceptance is trying to prove a yearslong conspiracy and cover-up by Armstrong to commit fraud. It wants to know when several of Armstrong´s personal and
A new program developed by FemTechNet and titled “Storming Wikipedia” will apparently hit fifteen universities, including Yale, Brown, and Penn State, beginning this year. The program gives students college credit for writing “feminist thinking” into Wikipedia entries. There are 300 students registered for the course, according to course facilitator Alexandra Juhasz, professor of media studies at California’s Pitzer College. Juhasz explained, “A woman’s point of view or feminist point of view is not yet expressed in relationship to women in technology in Wikipedia. We hope that people engage in this project in respect to other themes as well.” It’s an
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s top military adviser, told the Senate on Tuesday that U.S. plans for attacks on Syria were made more difficult by leaks to the press and the president’s delay in ordering the strikes. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman, said in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that despite those setbacks he is confident military strikes will be effective in degrading the Syrian military’s chemical warfare capabilities. Dempsey appeared before Congress with Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense
The AFL-CIO has just lost 40,000 of its most militant members, and it´s not news at the Associated Press´s national site (there is a regional AP story at the Seattle Times) or at the New York Times. It is getting virtually no other establishment press coverage (results at the link are primarily center-right blogs and similar outlets). The departing members are those in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. In a three-page letter to AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, ILWU President Donald McEllrath laid out concerns over picket-line crossings and encroachments by other AFL-CIO affilliates, but also cited Trumka´s "overly moderate,
When the history of the Christian church of the late 20th and early 21st centuries is written, at least one volume will no doubt be devoted to the persecution of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East. For the moment, however, their plight receives too little media attention, leaving many American Christians ignorant of, and thus unmoved by, the suffering of their fellow believers in the places that saw the birth of their faith more than two-thousand years ago. This ignorance has many causes.
Who are the two happiest people in the world this week? Bashar Assad and Jimmy Carter. One week ago, Assad was a war criminal awaiting certain retaliation from the most powerful military force the world has ever known; and Jimmy Carter still owned the title “Worst President Ever.” Not anymore. Whatever keeps a brutal dictator like Assad up at night (fear of another dinner invitation from the Kerrys, perhaps?), it’s certainly not Barack Obama. America’s commander in chief has made it abundantly clear that he won’t support any military action vigorous enough to cause a Damascus traffic jam. The Los Angeles Times quotes a U.S.
Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man sentenced last month to life in prison for holding three women captive in his home for a decade, was found hanging in his prison cell on Tuesday night after apparently hanging himself, officials said. He was later declared dead at the hospital. Mr. Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, at 9:20 p.m., JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said in an e-mailed statement. Mr. Castro was housed in a cell by himself and a guard was required to check on
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham met with the media Monday before speaking to the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, and he outlined his thoughts in detail on the Syria situation. Here are some highlights: On President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents: “I’m asking the opposition publicly to renounce the use of chemical weapons. If you get in charge of Syria with our help, turn these weapons over to the international community. If they say yes, that would be very reassuring to me.” On the cost of striking Syria: “You’ve got to look at these operations in terms of what it costs to do
There isn’t much enthusiasm for Obama’s plan for Syria and even the experts have trouble explaining why the attacks will do any good. The debate has congealed down to credibility. The only real argument in favor of hitting Syria is that Obama laid down a red line and Congress is obligated to protect his credibility when making poorly thought out threats for the sake of national security. But it’s not Congress’ job to protect Obama’s credibility for the sake of the nation. It was Obama’s job to protect the nation’s credibility by not setting a red line until he had Congressional approval.
A single crooked blade dangling precariously from its rotor is all that remains of this wind turbine, which was left badly damaged as gusts reach 40mph. Two blades of the turbine were torn off altogether following storms last week, with one piece of debris estimated to have been thrown about 60 yards, after a suspected technical fault was ´magnified´ by the wind. The incident has prompted calls for similar structures to be removed from nearby schools. The 60 kilowatt turbine at Dunhobby, on Scrabster Hill, near Thurso, in the Highlands, was wrecked in storms on Friday evening. The Highland Council has insisted it
Tuesday morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) got a bit hot under the collar when Brian Kilmeade of Fox News noted that the Syrian rebels whom Barack Obama and McCain want to aid militarily were shouting “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!” as rockets hit Syrian government offices. McCain’s response to Kilmeade demonstrated not only his ignorance of Islam, but his abysmal misjudgment of what is happening in Syria. And on the basis of that ignorance, he is aiding Obama’s rush to yet another war. “I have a problem,” Kilmeade said, “helping those people screaming that after a hit.” That incensed McCain, who shot
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated yesterday he trusts President Obama to carry out military strikes against Syrian government targets as punishment for that government’s alleged use of poison gas against its own citizens. “The use of these weapons has to be responded to, and only the U.S. has the capability,” Boehner said after President Obama feted him at the White House. “I’m going to support the president’s call for action and I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.”
The developers behind a skyscraper blamed for starting fires and causing damage by reflecting the sun´s rays have said they will erect a temporary scaffold screen in an attempt to stop the "phenomenon". The half-finished 37-storey tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in central London, dubbed the "Walkie Talkie" due to its distinctive shape, is now being called the "Walkie Scorchie" because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun onto buildings in the next street. Angry business owners in Eastcheap say the £200 million project has blistered paintwork, caused tiles to smash and singed fabric. A motorist has
The Executive Branch has become increasingly powerful over the past century, simply because Congress has not successfully checked the president whenever a power overreach occurred. So now, more from fear of being mocked than dismay over 1,429 dead, including 400 children, Obama has placed himself in a politically precarious position, and the U.S. in a dangerous military venture, over his "red line" comment and the use of weapons of mass destruction. He is poised to intervene in Syria through cruise missile strikes, with or without congressional approval, since he has not let that stop him in the past in foreign
In the manner that the late Andy Rooney often introduced his commentary on maters great and small, permit me to say, "I don´t know about you, but this story about the ´Walk on the White House Grounds´ seems to be a pretty implausible one." The myth-makers scribbling away on behalf of the endless campaign have told their sympathetic spinners in the liberal media that those sycophants should make us trust that, sometime in the late afternoon last Friday, FOTUS (Fabulist of the United States) strolled into the West Wing or looked up from his seat and said to his Chief-of-Staff, Denis
President Obama used his weekly Saturday radio address to mark the 131st anniversary of Labor Day. He swore his “highest priority” is to “reverse forces that have conspired — for decades — against American workers.” Yakety yak. Don’t believe that demagoguery. The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that workers— especially low-wage workers — are losing ground under Obama. After four and a half years of the Obama presidency, an unprecedented number of Americans have given up looking for work, wages are stagnating, low wage earners are suffering most, and the U.S. is fast becoming a nation of part-time workers.
President Barack Obama has just days to win support from Congress to launch some kind of military strike against Syria. So how is he trying to convince them? [Snip] The political future of the president also lies in the hands of the 100 senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives he has asked to support him in launching a "limited" attack on targets in Syria. Many are sceptical that responding in this way to the alleged 21 August chemical weapons attack is in US interests. So what is President Obama doing to persuade them?
Congress this week is debating President Barack Obama´s push for a military response to what he says was Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s use of chemical weapons against civilians last month on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee re-worded the resolution put forward by the White House to restrict it to "limited and tailored use of the United States Armed Forces against Syria, according to a copy of the draft obtained by AFP. The authorisation provided by the resolution "shall terminate 60 days after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution, except that the
53-year-old convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell Tuesday night. Castro was being held at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, OH in Pickaway County. This is a place where inmates new to the prison system are taught what to expect while locked up. (Snip)According to CNN Castro´s brother-in-law, Juan Alicea, told the network that the family was notified by the warden about 1 a.m. The family is angry, Alicea said, that it learned about the death from media reports first.
There is a sea change occurring in America fifty years after MLK Jr.´s "I Have a Dream" speech. This paradigm shift is spreading with the growing realization among our citizens that Black America (including our president) seems to hate Non-Black America. Temper this sweeping statement with the fact that blacks in America may genuinely like non-black individuals, just as whites in 1850 who believed blacks were a lower form of life still knew individual black men they respected for their particular talents and/or character.