Although cautiously welcoming Russian proposals to oversee the decommissioning of Syria´s chemical weapons, Mr Obama said the US military remained on alert "in case diplomacy fails". In a highly-publicised address delivered in television prime time from the White House, Mr Obama broke little new ground but instead tried to directly address the concerns of a nation "sick and tired of war". "The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the world´s a better place because we have borne them," he told an American public that opinion polls show are strongly opposed to military action. Mr Obama said the Russian initiative,
Billed as a game-changer on Syria, the President’s White House address landed with a thud that could be heard as far away as Damascus. [Snip] In effect, Obama farmed out US foreign policy in the Middle East yet again to the Russians, appealing for time to consider the Russian proposal for securing Syria’s nuclear weapons, a ruse described accurately by the Telegraph’s Con Coughlin as “a massive red herring.” He also used his address to take swipes at the Bush Administration over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both of which it should be noted, were waged with the backing
Well, well, well! Just look at who has been charged with money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other crimes involving Federal and Illinois grant money for health charities, job training and other programs. A few friends of our president, Barack Obama, that´s who. One of those charged is the daughter of Reverend "godamn America" Jeremiah Wright. Wright is the minister who united Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in matrimony; the happy couple then attended his church for many years listening to Wright´s anti American sermons. (Snip) Oh, and all the accused are...Democrats. Coincidence? Not that this is
Washington — Vladimir Putin, who keeps Edward Snowden on a leash and lets members of a riotous girl band rot in jail, has thrown President Obama a lifeline. The Russian president had coldly brushed back Obama on Snowden and Syria, and only last week called John Kerry a liar. Now, when it is clear Obama can’t convince Congress, the American public, his own wife, the world, Liz Cheney or even Donald “Shock and Awe” Rumsfeld to bomb Syria — just a teensy-weensy bit — Pooty-Poot (as W. called him) rides, shirtless, to the rescue, offering him a face-saving way out?
"The US military does not do pinpricks." That was about the only good line in a speech by President Barack Obama that may not have won many converts. He stood behind a podium rather than sitting at the desk in the Oval Office, and made a speech that was clear but almost entirely lacking in passion and devoid of new arguments. Indeed, the first two-thirds seemed cut and pasted from earlier speeches. The trouble was that while he made the clinical case for military action against Syria, we knew there was a "but" coming. Had he still been calling for
Colorado Springs, Colo. — State Senate President John Morse will be the first Colorado lawmaker to be recalled by his constituents in the state’s 137-year history. As of 9:05 p.m., unofficial results show 52 percent in favor of recalling Morse, 48 percent against. See returns here in Senate District 11. The margin: 726 votes. With roughly 2,500 votes left to be counted Tuesday night — the early results did not include people who voted Tuesday — Morse’s hopes of making up that ground dimmed. Ten minutes later, Morse took to a podium to concede. (Snip) Morse, a Democrat who angered
Ex-gov Eliot Spitzer conceded his comptroller bid to his opponent Scott Stringer, ending a fiercely competitive Democratic primary for city comptroller. Spitzer called his opponent just after 11:20 p.m., after Stringer had been leading the candidate infamously known as “Client No. 9? all evening. When Spitzer gave up, Stringer was ahead by three points with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting. Interviews of voters as they left the polls conducted by Edison Media Research showed Stringer ahead after posting strong results among women, white voters and older voters. In some parts of the city, Spitzer could not overcome voter
Rush: I hate to do this to you here, folks, but I´ve got Obamacare news. Here we go. First up from Fox Business, the headline: "Business Owners May Face $100-Per-Day Penalty Under ObamaCare” Small business owners who thought they were off the hook for Obamacare regulations until 2015 may be in for an expensive wake-up call next month. Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act’s health-care exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine."
A number of events will be organized from Sept. 11-13 in Caracas following Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s announcement of a multinational event against “fascism.” It will be organized in memory of Chile’s former President Salvador Allende, and will start on the 40 year-anniversary of the military coup that overthrew him. “I invite you this week to Caracas to attend the world conference against fascism, reminding [sic] President Salvador Allende,” Maduro said on Twitter.
The emerging Russian-brokered deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria to forestall any US attack is – from Israel’s point of view – a very mixed blessing. The good news is that if Syrian President Bashar Assad honors the deal, a huge “if,” considering that Assad is a butcher who has killed tens of thousands of his own people to stay in power, then a very deadly weapon will be removed from Israel’s doorstep. Israel will no longer have to worry about chemical warfare with its bitter enemy to the north. Moreover, if indeed the stockpiles are all destroyed or
Washington–If implemented, Russia’s plan to solve the global crisis in Syria by placing the regime’s chemical arms under international control would, theoretically, produce historic results. The world would suddenly be rid of the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in its most dangerous region, currently controlled by a man who is, apparently, willing to use them against children. Vladimir Putin could claim that Russia has reinforced world order, and US President Barack Obama would declare a victory for nonproliferation, a pillar of his foreign policy since 2008, and the justification for any military action in Syria he may have otherwise ordered.
Prisoners held by the regime of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet were played a “torture soundtrack” of songs by Julio Iglesias and George Harrison, according to new research. Music played at high volume during torture was part of the psychological suffering endured by some of his thousands of political opponents who were detained when Pinochet seized power in 1973. According to former prisoners, Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”, the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange and songs by Spanish crooner Iglesias were played for days at a time.
The good news is we´re not at war. The bad news is … almost everything else about President Obama´s handling of Syria – the fumbling and flip-flopping and marble-mouthing – undercut his credibility, and possibly with it his ability to lead the nation and world. As he addressed a global audience Tuesday night, liberal elites blindly accepted White House fiction that Russian intervention this week was somehow part of Obama´s master plan. Their conservative counterparts practically rooted against a diplomatic breakthrough, preferring an Obama black eye over peace. Obama won! Obama lost! The fact is it´s too soon to keep
Colorado Springs, Colo. — State Senate President John Morse could be the first Colorado lawmaker to be recalled by his constituents, based on the first batch of returns Tuesday night. But this recall appears like it will come down to just a couple hundred votes. Unofficial early results show 52 percent in favor of recalling Morse, 48 percent against. The margin: 565 votes. (Snip) Morse, a Democrat who angered many constituents by voting for stricter gun control laws earlier this year, told reporters 90 minutes before the polls closed that he was concerned about the lower-than-expected turnout on the final
Bill de Blasio, who ran for mayor of New York promising to address deepening concerns about income inequality and controversial police practices, won far more votes than any other candidate in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to exit poll results. But it was not immediately clear if he had won the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff with the second-place finisher, either William C. Thompson Jr. or Christine C. Quinn. The city’s Democratic voters, worried about jobs and schools, were seeking a clean break after 12 years of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Though most approved of him,
Bill deBlasio has a large lead over Bill Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, according to an exit poll by Edison Research. The pollster, who did an exit poll for the Daily News and other outlets said, "It is possible, but not certain that de Blasio could hit the 40% threshold and avoid a runoff." Controller John Liu and former Rep. Anthony Weiner are "trailing in single digits." State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James are the top two candidates for Public Advocate. (Snip)The race for City Controller between candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer is too
McClatchy chief correspondent Mark Seibel reports on Tuesday evening that President Obama’s speech on Syria will last just 15 minutes. That is a massive downgrade from most addresses to the nation. The theme of the address has also reportedly shifted from a pitch for military action against Syria to a triumphal announcement that negotiations are underway. Obama speech is scheduled to broadcast live on all four major broadcast networks. Its short length will provide a challenge for networks struggling to slot the president in. According to NBC News, Obama will tell Americans not that they ought to gird their loins
Bashar Assad’s forces may find themselves face-to-face with Barry, who is already in the region in case military strikes are launched against Syria. The USS Barry, that is. Along with the destroyer sharing the nickname of the president, the Navy has deployed three other ships to the Mediterranean in preparation for the possible military action: the USS Ramage, Gravely, and Stout. (Photo) The destroyer is, in fact, named after the American Revolutionary War captain John Barry,
Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, President Obama will deliver live, televised remarks on Syria from the White House. Daily Intelligencer has secured a copy of this speech, as prepared for address. Good evening. Tonight I had hoped to speak directly to you, the American people, as your president and commander-in-chief, about the necessity of taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. I was going to talk all about why bombing Syria was not only a moral obligation, but also squarely in our national interests. That´s what I had planned to do when we scheduled this speech last week. But
For nearly two years, the United States and its key allies have been challenging the Syrian government´s claim to legitimacy. Some countries have recognized the Syrian opposition as the country´s legitimate government. Others have offered the rebels arms, military training, and advice. But in the real world, possession of territory counts for a lot. The United Nations, for one, must rely on the Syrian government to gain access for humanitarian aid workers seeking to relieve hungry Syrian civilians, and cooperate with Syrian authorities to ensure the protection of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Damascus or U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan
This is what I think we’re seeing: The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can’t acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he’s coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime, in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives. In such conditions his
Russia´s proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad´s government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they´d seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There´s just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible to actually carry out. Experts in chemical weapons disposal point to a host of challenges.
A Pennsylvania school board has agreed to review a request by a biologically female student who was denied the opportunity to appear on the ballot for homecoming king. Kasey Caron, 17, was assigned as female at birth, but identifies and presents as male. He was born with polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that leads to a hormone imbalance where the ovaries make more androgens – sometimes called male hormones – than normal and has had to field the question ‘Are you a boy or a girl?’ throughout his childhood. For the bulk of his four years at Richland High School in Johnstown,
Here is the take from Fox News: “The possible breakthrough pertains to a proposal, floated by Secretary of State John Kerry and then formally put forward by the Russians, to have the Assad regime turn over its chemical weapons to international control.” “We will pursue this diplomatic track,” Obama told Fox News. “I fervently hope that this can be resolved in a non-military way.” If that’s from Fox, wait until NBC and the NYT embellish along these lines: “In a brilliant diplomatic move, Kerry persuaded the Russians into pressuring Syria, under Obama’s looming threat of a devastating strike, to relinquish
The President of the United States is facing a grave crisis of trust at home and abroad. Whatever the fate of the draft resolution on chemical weapons that France has put before the UN Security Council, the Syrian crisis has damaged respect for Barack Obama, probably irretrievably. [Snip] Russia’s brutish president has launched a diplomatic initiative which leaves the U.S. wrong-footed and potentially isolated. Fareed Zakaria, one of the country’s most influential commentators, calls the Washington administration’s handling of Syria ‘a case study in how not to do foreign policy’. Weakness. This presidency has touched a low point.
Vladimir Putin said last night Barack Obama must withdraw the threat of US air strikes against Syria before Russia would back plans to make Bashar Assad hand over Syria’s vast chemical weapons arsenal. The Russian president delivered his ultimatum as the US, Britain and France prepared to table a UN Security Council resolution to force Syria to surrender an estimated 1,000 tonnes of poison gas. The Western allies are also expected to insist that Assad faces trial for war crimes in the International Criminal Court. President Putin’s intervention stepped up diplomatic pressure on Washington as a vote in Congress on missile strikes against