Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out against using U.S. military force in Syria Tuesday, criticizing the way President Obama has handled the situation. “No one should be faulted for being skeptical about this proposal, regardless of what party they’re in, or for being dumfounded at the ham-handed manner in which the White House announced it,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. "There is absolutely no reason to signal to the enemy when and how, and for how long, you plan to strike them — none. “You don’t send out a save the date card to the enemy.”
The spectacular flameout of President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East should be a teachable moment — not only for all Americans but most especially for the president himself. For probably the first time in his life someone is about to say no to him. And not just no, but hell, no.Unless he backs away from the upcoming votes in Congress — themselves now in doubt – regarding the use of force in Syria, Obama is likely to be dealt a humiliating political blow, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to it.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for the apparent peace proposal offered by Russian President Vladimir Putin involving Syria turning over its chemical weapons. Appearing on Fox News´s Special Report Monday, Krauthammer said, “The chances of these weapons being eliminated from Syria are less than of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this year, and they are now mathematically eliminated.” [Video] CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This is a clearly a way to get Obama off the hook politically. The chances of these weapons being eliminated from Syria are less than of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this
President Obama will back a United Nations effort to secure Syria´s chemical weapons stockpiles, the White House said Tuesday. Separately, a group of senators said they were working on a new use-of-force resolution that would only authorize military action if Syria refuses to relinquish its stockpile of chemical weapons to international control. This development took place a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday on authorizing a limited military strike on Syria. The outline under discussion by eight lawmakers would require the United Nations to pass a resolution stating that Syrian President
The estranged wife of George Zimmerman opted not to press charges against her husband Monday after police in Florida responded to her sobbing 911 call reporting he had punched her father and was threatening them with a gun. (Snip) Deputy Police Chief Colin Morgan said officers did not recover a gun, and Bracknell said Shellie Zimmerman later dropped her claim that a gun was involved. "Domestic violence can´t be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn´t see a firearm," Bracknell said.
A Wisconsin golf course is deep in the rough following a tone-deaf promotion that offered nine holes for $9.11 on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Officials at Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Verona apologized for the tasteless pitch late Monday, in which it offered would-be golfers “9 holes with cart for only $9.11 per person or 18 holes with cart for only $19.11!” The ad appeared earlier Monday in the Wisconsin State Journal and sparked widespread outrage online, prompting officials to consider closing down for the day. “Please stay tuned to see if we will be
Think of all the negative, nasty, unbelievable things Anthony Weiner has ever done. Does “a pathological need to be in public politics” enter the top ten? No? Well, good thing you’re not Lawrence O’Donnell then, because that was the first and ONLY issue he took with Weiner in an interview Monday. There are no words that can do this mess justice, only to say that for the first time since the first picture of his penis emerged on the internet… you may end up feeling bad for Anthony Weiner. O’Donnell opened the interview with a penetrating question: “What is wrong
On Dennis Miller’s radio show on Monday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said that because of American weakness in the Middle East, “the chances of an Israeli strike on Iran have risen, are probably double.” Krauthammer, author of “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics,” called the United States’ position in the region “the weakest” in memory and blamed that on President Barack Obama. “We’re the weakest we’ve been in the region in memory,” he said. “The big deal in the region was 1970, when Egypt kicked out the Soviets and aligned itself
Iran will not give up "one iota" of its nuclear rights, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said in a speech to clerics, Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday. Rohani´s comments come ahead of a meeting in New York later in the month between his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on restarting negotiations over the Islamic republic´s nuclear program. "Our government will not give up one iota of its absolute rights on the nuclear issue," Rohani said, repeating a mantra frequently used by his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also said that following the meeting
Syria’s readiness to consider relinquishing its stockpiles of chemical weapons in hopes of evading punitive strikes by the US military should serve as a template for the international community’s strategy in confronting a nuclear-driven Iran, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. Israeli officials are closely monitoring the latest diplomatic developments on the Syrian front, according to Israel Radio. Officials in Jerusalem told Israel Radio on Tuesday that while they were skeptical of Syria’s willingness to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile in hopes of warding off a US military assault, the very proposal is proof that a real, credible military threat
David Cameron has cautiously welcomed a proposal for Syria to hand its chemical weapons over for destruction. Under the Russian plan, apparently welcomed by Syria´s foreign minister, the stockpiles would first be taken under international control. The UK PM said this would be a "big step forward" if the plan was genuine. US President Barack Obama said he would put plans for a US military strike on hold if the country agreed to place its stockpiles under international control. (Snip) He also told MPs that he believed a political settlement was the only way to end the conflict in Syria.
Moscow -- Syria said Tuesday it has accepted Russia´s proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly "agreed to the Russian initiative." Al-Moallem added that Syria did so to "uproot U.S. aggression." His statement sounded more definitive than his remarks Monday, when he said that Damascus welcomed Russia´s initiative. Meanwhile, Russia´s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.
Sources close to House conservative leaders have confirmed to Breitbart News that House GOP leadership is planning to cave and fund Obamacare’s implementation for at least the rest of 2013. Text of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government for 60-75 days will be released on Tuesday, the conservative source said, before a House vote on Thursday. The move comes abruptly as conservatives are ramping up their final push on House leadership with a big Tea Party rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday calling for Obamacare’s defunding. House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told Breitbart News the
France sought to seize the diplomatic initiative on Syria on Tuesday, saying it would push for a UN resolution setting out terms for the destruction of its chemical weapons and warning of “serious consequences” if it resisted. The announcement by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius came a day after a surprise proposal by Russia that its Syrian ally hand over its chemical weapons stocks in a move that could avert possible U.S. military strikes. Fabius said the proposed resolution would be under Chapter 7 of the UN’s charter covering the possible use of military action to restore peace
China said on Tuesday it backed a Russian proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, a plan that could avert planned U.S. military strikes in response to the country´s suspected use of its arsenal on civilians. (Snip) Hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said a strike could be avoided if Syrian leaders handed over their chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had put a proposal to his visiting Syrian counterpart during talks in Moscow. "We welcome and support the Russian proposal," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters
The U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield has been busy the past few years investigating a variety of fraud schemes involving state grants. Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty. Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama’s longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois’ public health chief. In all, prosecutors are alleging a total of $16 million in fraud involving state health or commerce department grants and contracts. Here’s a brief look at
Seoul, South Korea — Despite the recent easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, top American and South Korean nuclear negotiators reaffirmed on Tuesday that there would be no formal negotiations with North Korea until the country showed that it was willing to dismantle its nuclear weapon programs. (Snip) The six-nation forum, started in 2003 with the aim of ending North Korea’s nuclear weapon development, has been suspended since late 2008. As tensions have eased on the peninsula in recent months, there have been efforts, notably from China, the host of the six-party talks, to resume them.
Do you ever get the idea that this nation is not only in decline but completely rudderless under the Obama administration? Well, it’s not really rudderless; it only appears rudderless because Obama isn’t pursuing the same goals as past presidents. Let’s first concede that Obama expressly admitted his goal of fundamentally changing the nation — an alarming thought to most patriots. Let’s also acknowledge that Obama’s perception of pre-Obama America is largely negative. He has made that abundantly clear during the past five years, with his incessant harping on the state of the African-American community, his articulation of class warfare themes,
BELMAR, N.J. — New Jersey´s Attorney General´s Office is investigating the awarding of a no-bid contract for Superstorm Sandy cleanup to a company with ties to the wife of Belmar´s mayor. A Republican member of the town council questions whether Democratic Mayor Michael Doherty violated state ethics laws. The state Community Affairs Department sent the complaint to the Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group. Doherty´s wife, Maggie Moran, helped market Florida-based AshBritt Inc. to government officials after the storm. AshBritt hired a construction company that hired Moran to develop a marketing campaign. AshBritt has been criticized for charging more than
With just over 500,000 followers, the comedian and actor Albert Brooks is a popular presence on Twitter. Most of his tweets are mild, 140-character jokes about events in the news. (Examples: "Neiman Marcus to be Sold for 6 billion. That is, of course, retail," and "Diana Nyad´s going to be so p***ed when she finds out there was a flight," and "Happy New Year to my Jewish friends, or as I like to call them, my friends.") But Brooks, judging by Twitter at least, has taken the crisis in Syria seriously. Between jokes about Miley Cyrus and Johnny Manziel, on Aug.
An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan – marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said. In the latest incident, the suspect passed a 31-year-old rider on the M60 bus riding through Harlem, on West 127th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, around 2:45 p.m., Friday, when he shouted the racial slur and punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose and eye socket, cops said.
Even though the US thinks they are in charge of humanity the reality is they are not. In their imaginary world the toothless media supports their spit ball shooting president. They actually think their words are supreme and final. Kerry and McCain keep dancing in a parade trying to influence a congress which is neither conservative nor moral but nevertheless war weary. The once drug addict now US leader cannot fight against Vladimir Putin who brought Russia from poverty in the 90´s to a more stable economy today. Obama´s buffoonery selling the war against Syria has hit a wall
(New York)A 62-year-old man who was brutally attacked in Union Square last week died Monday. On Wednesday, a man shouting that he “hated white people” punched victim Jeffrey Babbitt — who is white — in the face, witnesses said, causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground. Lashawn Marten, 31, who is black, “made statements to the effect that I’m going to punch the first white man that I see,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Conservatives have a Hamlet question this week. Whether to ´tis nobler in the mind to back President Obama as commander-in-chief, right or wrong. Or to take arm against a sea of troubles and defeat the president on his Syria war resolution. Or, perchance to dream that, at this point, what difference does it make? Either way, this nation desperately needs to discredit utterly the political faith of its liberal ruling class by November 2016. Because until that happens, America is stuck in an authoritarian administrative time warp of foreign policy irrelevance and domestic policy train wrecks.
Beijing -- China will lead the world into a "third industrial revolution" that converges the development of renewable energy and Internet technology, according to American scholar and bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin on Tuesday. Speaking at a forum organized by Economic Information Daily, Rifkin credited China with enormous reserves of renewable energy, the patience and long-term planning for infrastructure development, and a philosophical tradition based on harmony with nature. The three assets will help China lead a new energy revolution and China will demonstrate that similar work could be done not only in developed nations, but also highly industrial countries
Suppose America, Russia and Syria are serious about the new proposal for President Assad’s regime to dispose of its chemical arsenal. What, in practical terms, would need to happen for this to work? The sequence of events would probably look something like this: 1) The UN Security Council passes a Resolution demanding Syrian disarmament and threatening “serious consequences”--ie force--if this doesn’t happen. (France said today that it would introduce a draft resolution along these lines). 2) Assad formally admits that he has chemical weapons. (Today, Syria’s official position is not to confirm or deny this fact).