New report reveals Syria is the owner of one of the world´s largest chemical stockpiles. The report, presented Monday by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya´s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, states that as of June 2013, Syrian President Bashar Assad holds one of the world´s largest caches of mustard gas, sarin and the lethal nerve gas VX. The institute´s report described the manner in which Assad attained his impressive inventory as well as warning of the possibility the unconventional munitions could fall into the hands of terrorist groups active in Syria. By the 1980s, the report stated, the Syrian regime had
President Barack Obama plans to meet with both Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday. “After calling the White House today, we learned that the President would like to attend the Senate GOP lunch tomorrow to discuss the Syria resolution. He is welcome to join the lunch, and we are told that he will in fact attend,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Obama was already scheduled to meet with Senate Democrats at the Capitol Tuesday, and on Sunday he dropped in on a dinner with Senate Republicans and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday compared the Nazi effort to exterminate millions of Jews to the atrocities in Syria in an impassioned plea for Congress to authorize military strikes. Reid sought to reverse the political momentum that has turned against a use-of-force resolution in recent days by warning that the United States would face future condemnation failing to act. “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas in Nazi death camps, Treblinka, Auschwitz. ‘Never again,’ swore the world. ‘Never again would we permit the use of these poisonous weapons of war,’”
Before he addresses the American people in a speech on Tuesday, Obama will hit the major broadcast and cable stations to discuss the military options for Syria. Here’s where he’ll show up on Monday: 6 p.m. “Special Report with Bret Baier” (Fox News Channel), for a sit-down interview with Chris Wallace. 6 p.m. “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” (CNN), for a sit-down interview with Wolf Blitzer. 7 p.m. “PBS NewsHour” (PBS), for a sit-down interview with Gwen Ifill. He will also give interviews to ABC, NBC and CBS to air on Monday night. Then, at 9 p.m., Charlie Rose
President Shimon Peres on Monday expressed skepticism at the Russian proposal to place Syria´s chemical weapons under international supervision in order to avoid a US strike on the country. "The Russian compromise proposal will involve a negotiation, because the Syrians have shown that they are not trustworthy and that we cannot count on their integrity." Peres made the comments during an event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Israel Press Council.
WASHINGTON — The Senate will hold it’s first vote on U.S. military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. Reid announced the vote on a motion to proceed on the resolution for limited military action in a floor speech Monday, saying that until then, the Senate would hold a “full and open debate” on the topic. The date of the vote coincides with the 12th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. “The Senate will give this matter the serious attention that it deserves,” Reid said. Reid, in his opening speech, made an impassioned plea for intervention
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked the killings in Nazi Germany in World War II on Monday as he opened debate on a measure to authorize military strikes against Syria. "This brutality demands a response," Reid said, announcing the first key procedural vote will come on Wednesday. Reid said the United States had to enforce international prohibitions against the use of such weaponry that have been in place for a century, since World War I, because of the gruesome nature of deadly chemicals. He said he had recently watched a 13-minute video of the chemical attacks in Syria, as victims writhed
Washington – One day before President Barack Obama gives a prime time speech to make his case against Syria, a new national poll indicates the president´s approval rating on foreign policy has hit an all-time low. And only three in ten approve of how he is handling Syria. But according to a CNN/ORC International survey, the number of Americans who approve of how Obama is handling his job in general remains steady. Only four in ten approve of the job Obama is doing on foreign policy, with 57% of those questioned giving the president a thumbs down. The 40% approval rating on
The White House insisted Monday that it was legally able to launch a strike on Syria without congressional approval even as it intensified its courting of lawmakers to support military action. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told the New York Times that a strike would be lawful under both domestic and international law. She told the paper that the president could strike because of the “important national interests” surrounding the use of chemical weapons, even without Congress or United Nations approval. Ruemmler contended that while the Syria situation “may not fit under a traditionally recognized legal basis under international law,” it
Washington -U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken today said that the Obama administration ´would welcome a decision, and action, for Syria to get rid of its chemical weapons,´ calling such a resolution ´the whole point of what we´re doing´ by applying the pressure of military threats. The stunning step back from the brink of war came after Secretary of State John Kerry said if Assad handed over his chemical weapons within a week, the U.S. would not attack Syria – a plan that was immediately backed by Russia and ´welcomed´ by the Syrian regime. But hours later, Kerry told Russia
Well, there is joy in Mudville, because George Zimmerman has another legal problem. The details are murky and unclear, but that’s not stopping the “I told you so” reaction, as if a new problem proves guilt on a past problem. It really is a horror show to watch (Twitter feed embedded at bottom of post, view at your own caution)(added — more “reliable” news feed now at bottom as well).(Snip)Police are investigating a “possible domestic battery” involving Zimmerman on Sprucewood Road, Lake Mary police Officer Zach Hudson said this afternoon. About 3:40 p.m., Hudson said that Zimmerman was no longer
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) exclusively told Breitbart News on Monday that he believes the plan from Russian to secure Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons—a plan Assad reportedly has agreed to—would be “a great step forward” if it actually happened. “I think it would be a great step forward if Assad were willing to do it and if Russia were willing to monitor it or an international authority with Russia,” Paul, an outspoken opponent of U.S. military strikes in Syria, said in a phone interview with Breitbart News on Monday. “I think part of diplomacy and getting things
Newark — Three teenagers and a 20-year-old Newark man have been arrested and charged with the murder of a pizza deliveryman in the state´s largest city last week, prosecutors said. Shaquille Faines, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were charged with felony murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses in the Sept. 1 killing of 20-year-old Jesus Torres, who was working as a deliveryman for Pizza Hut when he was shot and killed in Newark´s West Ward, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. Torres was making deliveries near South 11th Street and 13th Avenue around
RUSH: Samantha Power made a speech at the Center for American Progress this past Friday. Listen to this. This is a quote: "We thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran -- itself a victim of Saddam´s monstrous chemical weapons -- to cast loose a regime that was gassing its people." This is an example of how liberals project their own arrogance and conceit on bad guys, their own arrogance, their own conceit, and their own, "We´re good people," and they assume that every thug in the world is just like them. If they´re treated properly, you can
In life, Jerry Turco was a phenomenally successful developer who amassed tens of millions of dollars in property across the state, from a 300-plus acre tract in Sussex County to a West Orange fun park and a Kearny industrial zone, not to mention an island on the Delaware River. (Snip) In death, Turco has not fared quite so well. When he died at age 78 in March 2005, the Newark native’s estate was valued at nearly $31 million. Today, Turco’s estate is insolvent. More than $21 million in taxes and expenses are owed on property that went unsold as the
Berwyn, Ill. - Tom Day is not a man given to extravagance. He thinks he’s living high on a reporter’s nickel if he orders a beef sandwich to go at the local Buona sub shop. He shops at Goodwill every Sunday, hoping to pick up bargains, like his handsome $35 suits. But if there’s one superfluity that Day especially can’t abide, it is that of empty rhetoric. There’s been a lot of talk about “the troops” the last many years: Supporting The Troops. Hugging The Troops. Splitting A Malt With The Troops. (At least when not Forgetting The Troops, hurriedly
David “Mudcat” Saunders, a veteran Democratic Party strategist, said Monday that he is backing Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) in the Virginia governor’s race over Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe because of economic justice issues. Saunders said he disagrees with Cuccinelli’s stance on social issues but prefers him over McAuliffe because McAuliffe is too much a product of big business and politics. “I’m a friend of Ken Cuccinelli’s and I hope he wins,” Saunders said. “I’m a Democrat, and not a corporatist. I don’t support corporatist candidates.” Saunders laughed off a question about whether he would make a formal endorsement of
Syria said it welcomed a Russian proposal that it hand over chemical weapons to be destroyed, without saying whether it would comply, as opponents of a military strike against Syria leapt at the chance for another delay to possible U.S. attack. The White House said it would take a "hard look" at the proposal from the Russian government to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to turn over his chemical-weapons stockpiles, but said it didn´t have confidence that Mr. Assad would do so. "We would welcome a decision and action for Syria to give up its weapons," said Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama´s
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate on Monday prepared for debate later this week on a resolution authorizing a U.S. military strike against Syria, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), saying evidence the country used chemical weapons against civilians was “clear and convincing.” Mr. Reid said President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Democrats on Tuesday afternoon, as he continues his bid to convince lawmakers of the case to launch a military strike against Syria. The Senate could hold an initial procedural vote on the resolution as early as Wednesday. In a strongly worded floor statement in support of a strike, Mr.
As Congress returns and prepares to take up President Obama´s request for an authorization to use military force in Syria, William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, tries to reassure queasy Republicans that "yes" is not only the right vote but the expedient one: A Yes vote is in fact the easy vote. It´s actually close to risk-free. After all, it´s President Obama who is seeking the authorization to use force and who will order and preside over the use of force. It´s fundamentally his policy. Lots of Democrats voted in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war. When that war ran
WASHINGTON— Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Syrian regime’s “inhuman” use of chemical weapons demands a “strong response,” in comments backing President Barack Obama’s call for military strikes. Mrs. Clinton, speaking after a White House meeting with Mr. Obama, warned the international community that not dealing with the regime’s stockpiles of chemical weapons could allow the chemicals to end up in the hands of terrorist organizations. “The world will have to deal with this threat as swiftly and comprehensively as possible,” she said.
The village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. A resident of the town said the rebels shouted “Allahu Akhbar” as they moved through the village, and proceeded to assault Christian homes and churches. “They shot and killed people,” he said. “I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village. Where is President Obama to see what has befallen us?” Another witness stated, “I saw the
For all of last week, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and administration surrogates flooded the public zone with evidence and arguments in support of a unilateral war against Syria. Pew polled the public before the week before the push began and immediately after. The results are potentially disastrous for the president. Public opposition to war with Syria has surged by double digits -- from 48% to 63%: Over just the past week, the share of Americans who oppose U.S. airstrikes in Syria has surged 15 points, from 48% to 63%, as many who were undecided about the issue
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, allowed on NPR this morning that American action in Syria might not be legal: The NPR host asked, "Let me ask a central question for you, because you´re representing the U.S. at the United Nations, which has not authorized a strike. Would an American strike on Syria be legal?" "If we take military action in this context, it will be a legitimate, necessary, and proportionate response to this large scale and indiscriminate use of chemical weapons by the regime," said Power. "Nobody has tried harder than this administration to work through the security
George Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after an apparent domestic altercation at a home in Lake Mary, Florida, police said. "As of right now, he has been placed in investigative detention," Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said. Hudson said three parties were involved in the altercation. The incident comes two months after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Hudson added that police are following procedure by placing Zimmerman in investigative detention. ´´Anytime we have anybody suspected of doing anything, we place them in