In light of new reports that the Syrian government used nerve gas against it´s own citizens, killing at least 213 and as many as 1,300, President Obama is considering military options to respond to an action he previously warned the Assad government was crossing a ´red line´. U.S. naval forces are moving closer as the president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike. The White House said the president would meet Saturday with his national security team to consider possible next steps by the United
Comments: *1,300 are killed in nerve gas attack on Damascus
Do we still have some battleships or has the headline writer made a mistake? Where is Mr. A when I need him! Anyway, the point is we have some big gray ships in the eastern Med pointing their missiles at Syria.
A substantive correction is required for this article as America has no active duty battleships. The USS Iowa (BB-61), USS New Jersey (BB-62), USS Missouri (BB-63) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) are all museum ships now.
I was laughing the other day when someone suggested these photos were faked. Then I thought about it...why are all the children´s faces uncovered? I get that they would ID the bodies, but why all uncovered? And why do the faces all look like they have color in them?
Not that I want to spend any more time looking at what appears to be ghastly pictures, but it makes one wonder.
Four Destroyers, the USS Ramage, Mahan, Gravely and Barry. All equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles. We could unload a world a hurt. Obama´s playing with fire. He has no justifiable cause to launch an attack.
Where is it written that it is the responsibility of the United States TO SAVE ISLAMICS FROM THEMSELVES? We did it in Iraq with the loss of American blood and treasure - Iraq is an Islamic sectarian battle field (Sunni vs. Shia). We are in Afghanistan with the loss of blood and treasure - we see the Pashtun Taliban will be soon fighting the Northern Alliance (Uzbebs, Tarjiks, Turkomen) again after we depart in 2014. It is NOT our responsibility to save Islam!!!
You are correct number 6, the pictures look posed and fake. The Palestinian intifada started off with a fake picture of a child who was supposedly shot by the Israelis, also supplied by French photo journalists, that was much later proven to be posed and fake!!!
Four destroyers with cruise missiles - so what. A couple of B-52s could do more damage. But I think nothing is going to happen. Maybe Obama will go to the Golan Heights and hit some golf balls into Syria.
Being an old-time news person, these headlines are awful! Any self-respecting news person knows the status of our ships and everything else we fight with. The total number of ships required to put 4 battleships into play would fill up the entire end of the Mediterranian sea! They were destroyers for goodness sake!! Besides, we don´t have four battlefleets on active duty. Do your homework, for goodness sake!! Are there no grown-ups left in the media? Above posters have it right.
Well, what did we expect after Saddam moved all his WMD from Iraq to Syria? Syria wanted them for some reason. All the Arabs can kill each other all they want. It´s their continued killing of Christians that gets us involved. We were on the wrong side in Kosovo and Bosnia, and we should just leave them to murder each other, which is about all Mulims know how to do.
About the condition of the victims. It is Islamic law that after death the deceased is bathed and any wounds "tidied up," then the body is wrapped in a white shroud. Apparently, some embalming process is also performed to prevent fluids leaking through the shroud. The mortuary usually takes care of these rituals, provided free of charge by the state.
Well that will get Assad shaking in his boots. He has killed so many of his own, he is moving for the final blow against the opposition, and a poofta chocolate rodeo clown like Obama is not going to scare him.
The article convinced me that all "news" people must take an extensive and wide-ranging test of general knowledge, and must score a zero, to become "reporters".
"Battleships" my sitzfleisch.
#7: All Arleigh Burkes, like the article´s photo?
#12: No, they don´t have a bunch of Tomahawks on board, but we don´t know the load-outs of their vertical launch cells. Can we compromise? Let the Navy attack one side, and the Air Force the other? A coin flip to see which goes after Assad?
#12: Yes, destroyers. But at 8,000 tons plus, they´re the size of WWII light cruisers, with far more striking power.
obama, being a sunni muslim himself, has to make whatever gesture he can pull off to help his muslim brotherhood of terrorists. But as we all know, as well as the laughing russians, our man child muslim leader won´t fire a shot, and if he did, russia would out maneuver obama in a heartbeat. This could be as serious as a heart attack, and it´s all because obama is a muslim.
Give the poor Limey a break. With what? 25 ships left in the UK Navy a US DDG probably looks to him like a battleship.
The article also states that the US ships are armed with "ballistic missiles" so ignorance appears to be widespread in the journalism guild. In fact, may I go as far as to say it appears to be a requirement.
A cruise missile does not go ballistic, but this old Navy Chief does when he reads this kind of drivel.
Despite ongoing anger about how the U.S. government is snooping on people around the world, one agency is still keen to boast about its spying - with a creepy cartoon octopus and an alarming logo. A top-secret rocket carrying spy satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office launched from the central California coast late on Thursday, and it had a large badge emblazoned on the side The new logo features a huge and sinister octopus, with just one angry eye visible, as it wraps its tentacles round the globe. Written underneath is: ´Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach.´
China is putting the squeeze on the New York Times and Bloomberg News, and it could have severe consequences for press freedom. The nation has blocked internet access to the two organisations´ websites, denied access to key events, such as the recent meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and delayed visa renewal for more than two dozen reporters. [Snip] "Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,´´ Biden said at a meeting with business leaders earlier that day, as
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The White House has announced that the President and First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be attending memorial events for the fallen South African leader but the specific details of when they will arrive or what events they will be attending have not been disclosed. The South African government announced that the formal state funeral will take place on December 15, capping off a 10-day mourning period. The Obamas are just two of a long list of international dignitaries who are expected to
Sasha and Malia Obama helped their dad ring in the holiday season tonight by attending the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony outside the White House. President Obama joked that he would only count down from five to light the tree, since he didn´t want to keep anyone waiting in the rainy weather. ´It´s a little wet out there, so we shouldn´t start at 10,´ the president said. The president then flipped the switch and the tree sprung into multicolored life. The dramatic lighting was followed by performances from Aretha Franklin, who sang ´Joy to the World´, and Mariah Carey.
Family doctors have been accused of failing cancer sufferers after the first ever GP league tables found more than half are not referring such patients to specialists quickly enough. [Snip] Experts said the failure to refer patients quickly explained Britain’s place at the bottom of European league tables, with worse survival rates for major cancers than many countries in Eastern Europe. The national performance data--which covers all 8,000 GP practices in England--enables patients to look up their own surgery, and see how it performs against dozens of indicators about diagnosis and treatment of most of the common diseases and
Almost 50 Russian diplomats and members of their families have been charged in a massive health care fraud scheme, officials announced Thursday. Federal officials allege that 58 of the 63 births to Russian officials living in New York between 2004 and 2013 were fraudulently paid for by Medicare at a cost of roughly $1.5million to US taxpayers. The Russians were applying for these benefits while emptying their pockets at famed stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Jimmy Choo’s, Prada and Tiffany & Co, officials said. The fraudsters carried out the plan by applying for a range of benefits, including Medicare, by falsifying information
A blind pensioner was left lying on the pavement for an hour and a half, waiting for an ambulance after she fell over and broke several teeth. Dorothy Andrew, 75, who walks with a white stick, was left in pain by the side of the road in Southport, despite frantic calls to emergency services. After more than 90 minutes police officers, who had arrived at the scene, took her to Southport Hospital in their patrol car. [Snip] ‘An hour and a half later, we were still waiting for an ambulance. The police were concerned that I was very cold so they took the decision to try and get me in the police car and take me to hospital themselves, which they did.
"You know nothing about Nelson Mandela," spat Julius Malema. It was May 2010, and a foreign correspondent had just asked the African National Congress’s fire-breathing youth leader how he dared compare himself to the secular saint the world is mourning today. In the Western imagination, Mandela stood for racial reconciliation, whereas Malema was given to referring to whites as "criminals" and "the enemy". Mandela also stood for justice, whereas Malema was an open admirer of the murderous Robert Mugabe. At first glance, Malema’s presumption seemed obscene, but he was right on at least one score--the truth about Mandela
Here´s some weapons-grade drivel from the Government´s Environmental Audit Committee. (What else did you expect from a panel chaired by Tim ´Trougher´ Yeo?) Globally, subsidies for fossil fuels exceed $500 billion a year. They are inconsistent with the global effort to tackle climate change, providing incentives for greater use of such fuels and disincentives for energy efficiency. [Snip] We´ve been here before, haven´t we? Lots of times. This fossil-fuels-more-subsidised-than-renewables meme has been spread, inter alia, by the Guardian´s ludicrous Damian Carrington; by Labour MP Barry "Dork Brain" Gardiner (Vice President of the sinister GLOBE international);
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The overriding strategic story in Europe today is the breakdown of Franco-German condominium. The two great nations have together run the EU on a foundation of equality since the 1950s, always finding some way to bridge the chasm between North and South. It was stretched a little after France lost Algeria--a French Department, not a colony--and with it lost population parity. But that hardly mattered as long as Germany wished to tuck behind France, usually letting Paris take the lead. It was stretched a great deal further with the Reunification of Germany, driven home a few years later when a
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
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Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
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In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
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Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
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WASHINGTON — Without Nelson Mandela, there might never have been a President Obama. That is the strong impression conveyed from Mr. Obama, whose political and personal bonds to Mr. Mandela, the former South African president, transcended their single face-to-face meeting, which took place at a hotel here in 2005. It was the fight for racial justice in South Africa by Mr. Mandela that first inspired a young Barack Obama to public service, the American president recalled on Thursday evening after hearing that Mr. Mandela, the 95-year-old world icon, had died. Mr. Obama delivered his first public speech, in 1979, at