America´s top diplomat suggested in a passing remark that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S.-led strike if he handed over all his chemical weapons, but the State Department quickly dismissed the comment as more of a "rhetorical argument" than an offer. In a London news conference this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry responded to a question about whether Assad could do anything to avoid war by saying "he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full
Susan Rice famously blamed the Benghazi terror attack that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, on an Internet video. She further said the terror attack occurred after a spontaneous protest over that anti-Muslim film got out of hand, instead of blaming the al Qaeda backed terrorists responsible for the murders. "The White House has had quite enough of the controversy over ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, the misleading talking points she used in TV interviews about the jihadist attacks in Benghazi, and the Obama administration’s contradictory narrative about those attacks," Steve Hayes reported in December. But today,
RUSH: There are a couple of columns today on the Syria business. One of them is by Conrad Black, who we recently interviewed for the Limbaugh Letter. He´s got a great book out called Flight of the Eagle, and it is great historical recounting of the transformation of this country from its founding to a world power, superpower. It´s really done well, and Conrad had a piece yesterday in the New York Sun that is just devastating. It´s about Syria, but about this administration and its... Well, you could call it incompetence or its level of deceit or what have you,
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Monday said his country welcomed a proposal by Moscow to submit Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles to international control. The surprise announcement came following a meeting in Moscow between Moallem and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry said such a move — which Kerry made plain he considered highly improbable — could avert a limited US strike on the country in retaliation for a lethal August 21 chemical weapons attack. "Syria welcomes the Russian proposal out of concern for the lives of the Syrian people, the
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says any move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control would be an "important step." Clinton spoke at the White House on Monday after meeting with President Barack Obama. The White House is asking Congress to approve a military strike punishing Syria´s government for a chemical weapons attack. But a new proposal would have Syria turn over its stockpiles to avoid a strike. Clinton is crediting current Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia´s government with floating the proposal.
WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it would welcome a plan for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons but expressed skepticism at the Russian initiative, which is designed to head off American air strikes. Senior officials at the White House and the State Department moved swiftly to respond to the Russian plan, as they escalated a political effort designed to win backing from lawmakers for US air attacks on Syria. Tony Blinken, a deputy US national security advisor, said that Washington would consult with Russia over the plan, but expressed doubt about Syria´s intentions. "We would welcome a decision and action
Last week the West focused on Syria and Putin focused on a better economy for the world. The Obama fly kept getting into Putin´s eye but he would knock it away when necessary. The question is why is Obama in any economic meeting? He can´t fix the economic debt in America. Even with a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate from 2008 thru 2010 nothing was done. He didn´t take notes at last year´s G20 in Mexico and I don´t see him being inspired by Putin´s economic strategies this year. Strategies like less taxes, no wars, etc..
The White House on Monday shrugged off Syrian President Bashar Assad’s thinly veiled threat of retaliation if the United States goes ahead with military strikes against his country. Assad told CBS news that there will be “repercussions” for any American attack, ominously warning “you should expect everything.” Asked about those comments, Deputy U.S. National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told Yahoo News “it’s not in his interest to escalate with the United States, because that only invites greater risk to him.” But what about the 1988 Lockerbie bombing? Agents of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi were convicted of that attack, which came not quite three
In an interview with CBS this morning, Syrian strongman Bashar Assad warned that the U.S. should "expect every action" and hinted at another 9/11-type attack on America: CBS´s Charlie Rose asked, "Will there be attacks against American bases in the Middle East if there´s an air strike?" "You should expect everything," said Assad. "You should expect everything. Not necessarily through the government. ... the government´s not the only player in this region. ... You have everything in this decision now. so you have to expect that." Rose: "Tell me what you mean by ´expect everything.´" "Expect every action," Assad claimed. "Including chemical warfare?" "That depends.
RUSH: Bashar Assad denied the gas attacks. He was interviewed by Charlie Rose. They aired it on CBS This Morning. We´ve got some sound bites. Charlie Rose said, "To this date, you´re not sure chemical weapons have been used, even though you´ve seen the videotape and you´ve seen the bodies, and your own officials have been there." ASSAD: In area they sit the government used chemical weapons, we only had video and we only have pictures and allegations. We´re not there. Our forces, our police, our institutions don´t exist. How can you talk about what happened if you don´t have evidence?
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— George Strait will finish off his two-year farewell tour in the biggest house in his home state of Texas — the Dallas Cowboys´ AT&T Stadium. The country superstar held a rare news conference Monday at the stadium to announce the last leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away tour. He announced he was retiring from the road last year but still plans to record, recently agreeing to a deal for five more studio albums. Strait will take a who´s who of country music on the road, including Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow and Ronnie
Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead and sent the Obama administration scrambling for a cover story that the Big Three broadcast networks initially bought and were slow to unravel. A similar pattern has emerged in 2013. As new information about the administration’s actions before and after the attacks have been revealed through congressional testimony, whistleblowers, and eyewitnesses, the Big Three have responded by censoring, breezing past or spinning politically damaging bombshells. (full special report after the jump) -From praising Hillary Clinton’s
‘President Barack Obama’s Traveling Video Show’, depicting Syrian sarin attack victims shows how the manipulation of YouTube videos can be used to achieve political ends. First came the obscure anti-Muslim video he blamed and never walked back for the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of four courageous Americans. The 13 graphic Syrian videos were shown to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, according to the panel’s website, which says they “explicitly claim to show victims of a chemical or poison gas attack.” (Yahoo News, Sept. 7, 2013) and were displayed for the television world on CNN,
In August, 2012, President Barack Obama declared that the movement or use of chemical weapons in Syria represented a “red line” which would alter America’s response to that country’s civil war. In June, 2013, the White House confirmed that the “red line” had been crossed, prompting the president to pledge American support for the Syrian rebels. On Monday, in the wake of a massive chemical attack on civilians in Syria, National Security Advisor Susan Rice revealed that the White House confirmed the Syrian regime used chemical weapon as early as March. Rice told The New America Foundation on Monday that
Everyone can agree that Obama’s handling of the crisis has been puerile, and that there now are only the proverbial bad and worse options—the result being not whether the U.S. loses credibility, but only how much and for how long. So what comes next? At this point, the president would do far better to respect the probable “no” vote from the Congress (at least from the House), curb the demagoguing, keep quiet, put the preemptive attack on hold, and announce only that the “U.S. reserves all options to act when and if it sees fit”—and leave it at that. For once,
That "47 percent" quote that helped sink Mitt Romney´s presidential hopes? Better make that 43 percent now. The share of households who aren´t paying any federal income tax has fallen, and a new analysis from the Tax Policy Center predicts that it will continue to shrink in years to come. That´s partly because a slew of temporary tax cuts enacted during the Great Recession have started to expire. And it´s partly because an improving economy means people´s incomes should slowly start to increase, adding to their income tax bill. By 2024, the tax policy think tank projects that only about
A US government official told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that a Russian proposal urging Syria to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control, in order to avoid a US strike, would be ignored. "There´s no mechanism to implement what the Russians are proposing," said the official. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the only organization that has monitoring power over chemical arms, the official noted. But the OPCW only has jurisdiction over signatories of the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which Syria is not a member. And the OPCW does not tolerate the existence of such
The nation’s capital has denied a “no stop” permit for the “2 Million Bikers to DC” rally on Wednesday, meant to “remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our armed forces.” The group said in a statement Sunday that D.C. officials denied their request for a special nonstop ride through town with a waiver for red lights, stop signs and other traffic signals. “What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event,” the group said. Denial of the permit sparked outrage on the biker group’s website because the District of
As President Barack Obama kicks off an all-out push for a strike on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry came under fire on Monday for saying any attack would be “unbelievably small” and suggesting the Syrian ruler still had a week to give up his chemical weapons to avoid a U.S. assault - a remark Kerry’s spokeswoman later attempted to clarify. The off-key comments came in a joint press conference in London with Britain’s foreign secretary, where Kerry said the strike would be able to harm Assad without putting American troops on the ground and with a “very limited, very targeted,
With his solitary, last-minute decision to ask Congress for authorization in advance for any military strikes on Syria–taken against the advice of his senior advisors–President Obama has set himself up for the biggest failure of his presidency, one that could haunt the United States for years to come. Perhaps Obama figured that he would get easy approval from Congress–although why he thought the House, which has been growing increasingly isolationist, would go along with the
WASHINGTON –- The planned military strikes on Syria would be “targeted, limited” and wouldn’t seek to topple the government of President Bashar Assad or even force it to peace talks. They would also be punishing and “consequential” and would so scare Assad that he would never use chemical weapons again. U.S. airstrikes would change the momentum on the battlefield of the Syrian civil war. But the war will grind on, unchanged, perhaps for years. As administration officials lay out their case in favor of a punitive attack on Syria, they have been making all of these seemingly contradictory contentions, confusing supporters and
In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes. (snip) "If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus," Lavrov said. "We are calling on the Syrian leadership to not only agree on placing chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also on its subsequent destruction and fully joining the treaty on prohibition of chemical weapons," he said.
As Syria said Monday that it supported a proposal to hand over control of its chemical weapons, a key question loomed: Is a diplomatic solution in sight? Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow that his nation "welcomes" a proposal Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made during talks Monday morning: put Syria´s chemical weapons under international control to avert a U.S. military response. "I declare that the Syrian Arab Republic welcomes Russia´s initiative, on the basis that the Syrian leadership cares about the lives of our citizens and the security in our country," Moallem said. "We are also confident in
The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose in the last two weeks, reversing four weeks of declines as crude oil advanced, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. Gasoline prices rose 2.61 cents per gallon, bringing the average cost to $3.5847 on Sept. 6, up from $3.5596 on Aug. 23. The average price was about 25 cents lower than a year earlier, based on a survey of about 2,500 retail stations in the 48 contiguous states. Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg survey, said the rise came alongside a spike in the price
A week into President Obama’s campaign to win support for punishing Syria for using chemical weapons, the public has increasingly turned their back on him, according to a new Pew Research Center poll that has to be depressing to the White House. In a week, the number who oppose Obama’s airstrikes has jumped 15 points, from 48 percent to 63 percent. Just 28 percent support Obama, said Pew. From the authoritative polling operation today: