RUSH: Have you seen the reports that we´re getting about all the possible scenarios for Obama´s strike on Syria? Apparently the plans have changed at least 50 times in just the last two weeks -- not five, not 15, but 50 times -- and they´re now even talking about using B-1 and B-2 bombers! Now we´re talking about that. There´s a story, John Kerry and some of the Obama regime people are vetting the "moderate" rebels. Vetting moderate rebels! Vetting moderate rebels. There are no moderates in the Middle East, folks. Once again, you have American liberals projecting -- because of their
President Obama, speaking at the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg earlier today, reminded me of an investment banker trying to sell a deal he doesn’t believe in. The customer knows it. Halting. Hesitant. Uncertain. Uncomfortable. That’s what Mr. Obama’s statement and body language had to say. On the verge of a potentially huge defeat on the Syrian question in Congress, the President is in a box. He’s looking for a way out, but he can’t find one. He’s losing supporters in the legislature at home, and he didn’t gain any at the G-20 summit abroad. When Mr. Obama speaks to
There´s been a lot of push back on my claim that JPMorgan Chase´s exit from student loans is a classic sign of a credit bubble deflating. Jordan Weissmann at the Atlantic sums up the case against me nicely: There are plenty of rational reasons why a Wall Street Behemoth like JPMorgan might have given up on the student loan game, none of which have anything to do with an impending market collapse. To start, the business used to be much more lucrative. Under the old federal lending program, private banks issued loans to college kids, and the debts were guaranteed
House Republicans will raise the nation´s debt limit before a mid-October deadline but demand major fiscal concessions in exchange, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Friday. In a memo to GOP lawmakers, Cantor said Republicans would demand "fiscal reforms and pro-growth policies" that would put the nation on a path to balance the budget in 10 years. He went on to argue that over the last three decades, previous debt-limit hikes were accompanied by major spending and regulatory reforms, such as the 2011 Budget Control Act that introduced automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. "I expect that model
There have been trying times when men of foresight, faith and conviction have helped us to transcend the frailty of our human condition and to soar mightily as if we were gods. This moment in time would seem tailor-made for the appearance of such a person. The civil war in Syria, in which that country´s brutal leader, Bashar al-Assad, is beset by opponents who are just as brutal, cries out for someone to show us with clarity, charity and certainty what should be done for the good of country and the world.
It is now likely that the House will wait until the Senate votes first on authorizing military strikes on Syria. The House may push back a vote on a resolution authorizing military strikes on Syria by as long as a week, according to a memo Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sent to Republican lawmakers Friday. “Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action,” Cantor wrote in a memo outlining the House
TAMPA -- The man wanted for the series of home invasions in apartments near the USF Tampa campus has died from gunshot wounds after a shootout with police. Police captured 24 year old Charlie Christopher Bates on U.S. 301 near I-4 in Hillsborough County. This came after a chase, crash, and police shooting at Bates. He was reportedly shot several times. No officers are believed to be hurt. Hillsborough deputies say the incidents happened at the Cambridge Woods apartments, the Oaks apartments, and the Eagle´s Point apartments north of USF. Four men were tied up and four women were raped.
Jerusalem—President Obama’s position on Syria — punish President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons without seeking to force him from power—has been called “half-pregnant” by critics at home and abroad who prefer a more decisive American intervention to end Syria’s civil war. But Mr. Obama’s limited strike proposal has one crucial foreign ally: Israel. Israeli officials have consistently made the case that enforcing Mr. Obama’s narrow “red line” on Syria is essential to halting the nuclear ambitions of Israel’s archenemy, Iran. More quietly, Israelis have increasingly argued that the best outcome for Syria’s two-and-a-half-year-old civil war, at least for the
It was to Fort Belvoir that President Barack Obama repaired on Saturday, minutes after he announced that attacks by the Syrian government on a rebel stronghold in Damascus constituted ‘an assault on human dignity’ and a ‘serious threat to our national security.’ By using what the US government says was sarin gas, Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad crossed a ‘red line’ that Mr Obama had laid down a year before. The President has asked Congress to authorise an attack on Syria as soon as legislators return on 9 September. Fort Belvoir is home to the US army’s 29th Light Infantry Division. More
I am still very reluctantly in favor of giving Obama authorization to strike. My reluctance stems in part from the fact I don’t trust Obama and I think his handling of the Middle East in general and Syria in particular has been criminally incompetent (Yes, Obama defenders, I’ve heard the news that not everything Bush did went swimmingly and that Obama ordered the killing of Bin Laden. What else you got?). But there’s one argument I’m not sure is nearly as persuasive as the administration and other supporters of a strike think. Over and over we’re told that if Assad gets
United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power emphasized that the United States military must intervene in Syria because there are no other diplomatic options to prevent the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons. Not acting, she warned, would “greenlight” similar attacks. “Some have asked given our collective war-weariness why we cannot use non-military tools to achieve the same end? My answer to this question is we have exhausted the alternatives,” Power said in a speech at the Center for American Progress this afternoon. Earlier today, President Obama said while he preferred to work for a diplomatic solution with the U.N.,
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace laid out his thoughts on President Obama’s approach to the situation in Syria in an interview for POLITICO’s “Turn The Table” series, calling it “a tremendous gamble he’s taken.” “I think, in a sense, the president is in the worst of all possible fixes,” Wallace said. “On the one hand, the hawks, the interventionists, are saying it’s not enough, that if we’re going to go to all this effort and take these risks, that we ought to do more than just punish Assad or, as the president said, send a shot across the bow, that
Bill Putnam of Flagstaff, AZ´s Lowell Observatory wants to name an asteroid after Trayvon Martin. The asteroid would join those named in honor of Jerry Garcia, Albert Einstein, and others. According to the AZ Daily Sun, Putnam "believes Martin has not received justice," thus an asteroid is in order. "As I see it, the social fairness showed to Trayvon Martin was very sadly lacking," Putnam explained. "In as much as I am the sole trustee of an institution, which has some naming privileges, I want to do my share to see that this lad is remembered in an appropriate manner." The citation for
Michelle Obama credited her anti-obesity program with bringing about a "cultural shift" in the way Americans eat. "Make no mistake about it. We are changing the conversation in this country. We are creating a cultural shift on how we live and eat. And our efforts are having an impact on our children´s lives." The first lady touted the success of her Let´s Move anti-obesity program during a visit on Friday to Orr Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Obama said when she first began her signature initiative, she couldn´t imagine a time when fast-food commercials advertised for breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites. And
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—President Barack Obama´s push for international support for a military strike on Syria split a summit of world leaders, demonstrating the breadth of the challenge his administration faces in making its case for action. Mr. Obama went into the summit of the Group of 20 largest economies in search of momentum for his argument for military strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical attack. The U.S. officials said the attack was carried out by government forces and killed more than 1,400 people. World leaders were divided on the question, however, with 11
Vice President Joe Biden made it clear Friday how he feels about departing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "I think Janet Napolitano should be on the Supreme Court of the United States," he said Friday morning at her going away ceremony. His statement was met with raucous applause by those attending, including current and former cabinet secretaries, law enforcement officials, and Attorney General Eric Holder. Napolitano announced in June she would leave her current position this month. She´s now preparing to start her next gig as president of the University of California system. As President Barack Obama was choosing Supreme Court nominees in 2009
Hundreds of western peace activists, including from Britain and from the US, have volunteered to become "human shields" in government-held parts of Syria, the Daily Telegraph has learned. The ´International Human Shields´ movement, started by a group of activists in Britain and the US, plans to bring to Syria civilians from countries around the globe, who will try to deter US strikes on the country by staking out potential military targets. Franklin Lamb, a lawyer recently appointed as the legal adviser for the group said he had been "inundated" with requests from activists including from Canada, France, Italy, the US,
President Obama has confirmed the suspicion that his decision to ask Congress for authorization before using force in Syria was a political ploy. "I´ll repeat something that I said in Sweden," he said this morning (U.S. time) at a press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. "I did not put this before Congress, you know, just as a political ploy or as symbolism." "Just" is the tell. We hadn´t noticed his saying that at Wednesday´s Stockholm press conference, where his brazenly false assertion that "I didn´t set a red line" got most of the attention. We went back and checked the transcript, and
President Obama´s national security team is considering a significantly expanded air campaign over Syria to include long range bombers in addition to sea-launched Tomahawk missiles, ABC News has learned. A senior national security official told ABC News that a U.S. military strike on Syria will do more damage to the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 48 hours than Syrian rebels have done in two years of civil war. (Snip) The air campaign, which is expected to last at least two days, will potentially include an aerial bombardment of missiles and bombs fired by long range B-2 and B-52
Washington - Supreme Court Justice Janet Napolitano? Vice President Joe Biden says outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano deserves a seat on the Supreme Court. Biden was speaking at a farewell event for Napolitano, whose last day in the Obama administration is Friday. There is not currently an opening on the high court. Biden also thanked Napolitano for her service, saying that she made the country safer in her time as head of the Homeland Security Department. Napolitano is leaving to become president of the University of California system. A permanent successor has not been named.
The English Defence League has lost a last minute legal bid to overturn a police ban on it marching through the centre of an east London borough tomorrow. The far right group wanted to demonstrate in the heart of Tower Hamlets, home to Britain’s largest Muslim population and the large East London Mosque. The Metropolitan Police had allowed it to protest but with strict conditions that meant any march would be held at the outskirts of the borough and close to Tower Bridge. The EDL led by Tommy Robinson, wanted to march further east with some 2,000 supporters.
Would a Senate endorsement alone give President Barack Obama sufficient political backing to launch a missile strike on Syria? With flimsy support in the House, the Senate may be the best chance Obama has to get the thumbs-up from Congress that he’s looking for — though by no means is a favorable result in the Senate a slam dunk. The president himself refused to say what he would do if Congress split or refused to authorize the use of force against Syria. At a Friday news conference from the G-20 summit in Russia, Obama said he did not want to
An Iranian strategic expert has warned that one of President Obama´s daughters will be kidnapped and raped if America attacks Syria. Alireza Forghani, also the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, warned of mass abductions and killings of American citizens worldwide in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria. ´Hopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the … loss of U.S. interests [through terrorist attacks],´ he threatened. ´In just 21 hours [after the attack on Syria], a family member of every U.S. minister [department secretary], U.S. ambassadors, U.S.
WASHINGTON — Sometimes, the internal dynamics of White House debates on military action are cloaked in mystery, emerging years afterward in the memoirs of participants. Other times, the details surface quickly, if someone leaks a version of events. And in some cases, the pictures tell the tale. Such is the case with the Obama administration’s anguished deliberations over how to respond to the Syrian civil war, the deadly chemical weapons attack outside Damascus last month and the president’s own wrestling with whether to seek Congressional approval for a military strike.