President Barack Obama vowed Friday to undertake a “limited, narrow” response to Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack and warned he would not be “paralyzed” by his desire to rally elusive international support. Obama’s remarks came after Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the most detailed U.S. case yet that Bashar Assad’s regime massacred more than 1,400 people last week with chemical weapons. “We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act,” the president said as he hosted Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House. “I have not made any decisions” about Washington’s precise response, he said, but
This is the same group in DC that had no problem with Saddam gassing and killing his own people. The only difference I can see is the the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda are involved on the rebel side. No question which side Obama supports.
A "limited and narrow" strategy is what the liberal Democrats always use to prosecute their wars and also demand that the wimpy Republicans operate in the same manner. Since the USA has not won one war since the Second World War, instead suffering setback after setback at the hands of the enemy, something tells me that that is both a wrong and a loosing strategy.
From our fearless leader, great words of inspiration at last: Not "charge," not "follow me," not "damn the torpedoes," no "one more time into the breach," or "we will fight them on the beaches." No, nothing so bold, so resolute. Rather: "I assure you nobody ends up being more war-weary than me.” He is not only weary, he is war weary. Our enemies must be astounded, not to mention licking their lips. He is going to get us all killed.
1. Send a group of the Chicago boyz with hoods into Damascus to perform drive by shootings. Chicago style acts of violence will make even al-Qaeda terrorists take shelter.
2. Or, the Obama preference - fill a brown paper bag with camel dung, set it afire on Assad´s palace door step as another of the Seals rings his door bell, and then hide behind his shrubbery with video camera. As Assad stamps out the flames. Obama will be in situation room laughing along with Kerry, Rice, Power and Val Jar. "See, we didn´t need the UN, a coalition or Congress. And Assad´s eleven year old son will think twice before mocking me again."
Republican leaders are right: There was a flaw in Ted Cruz’s plan to defund Obamacare: He took Republican leaders seriously. Senator Cruz, along with Senator Mike Lee and House conservatives, devised a strategy to forestall the unpopular socialized-medicine scheme that Democrats unilaterally rammed through Congress in 2010. They would starve it of funds, not unlike the way Democrats and Republicans have slashed funds for fence construction along the Mexican border, even though the fence has been the law of the land for seven years. The Obamacare defunding strategy, though, depended on Republican fidelity to a ballyhooed campaign promise to reform Washington’s
A simple fact is missing from all the media hysteria and political establishment temper tantrums over Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s attempt to defund Obamacare. Americans are getting slammed by Obamacare right now. Workforces are decimated as health care prices rise. Public opinion is on our side. If now was not the time to unite and fight it, when was? Those who are attacking Cruz and Lee’s efforts have forgotten how negotiations are won. Use as an example the negotiations a governor of energy-rich Alaska must engage in with powerful multinational oil tycoons. In my experience, I found that the key
Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective. I don´t think that will be as effective," Romney said in the interview conducted on Friday in Boston. "The tactic of using a government shutdown to try and
McCarthyism is on the march again from within the leadership of the Republican Party. Oh no, you say, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is from the Tea Party, not a Republican leader. Tell that to Sarah Palin and others who argue that Cruz is the new leader of the Republicans. They point out how Cruz took the Senate floor for 21 hours, arguing that he had to stop Obamacare funding by shutting down the government. They are proud that he said that, unlike the world that refused to stop the Nazis in 1940, he would be the hero of America and
What´s Ted Cruz up to? Is he a political idiot or a political savant? Many people have argued that his antics, however well designed to appeal to the Tea Party and the Republican-primary voting base, also seem equally well designed to anger his Republican colleagues in Congress, "establishment" Republicans, and organs of opinion like the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and, perhaps more important, big business and big-money donors whose support Cruz will need if he runs for president in 2016. And what he is doing won´t stop Obamacare. So it seems like his strategy of alienating his colleagues in the
Top Obama administration officials will head to Detroit on Friday to announce nearly $320 million in federal and private aid as the city grapples with the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. The aid includes money for housing rehabilitation and demolition, some $30 million targeted to fight crime and reduce the city´s notoriously long emergency response times, and millions more to rehabilitate the city´s transportation network. The aid package will be announced Friday by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Economic Council director Gene Sperling. “We’re going to continue to support the efforts underway
Unfair. Seems like a simple word and a simple concept, doesn´t it? Care to define it, though? Synonyms abound, such as arbitrary, biased, cruel, discriminatory, dishonest, illegal, immoral, improper, inequitable, inexcusable, one-sided, partisan, prejudiced... well, you get the idea. Our president is fond of the word unfair. He almost always uses the word to infer that somehow, someone has purposely made someone else´s life a real trial for them. He also infers that he firmly believes that the synonyms "discriminatory" and "prejudiced" are the words that we should immediately substitute in our minds when he says "unfair" out loud. Yet there is yet another
As the First Lady, Michelle Obama doesn´t have too much down time, but when she does have a few moments to herself, she enjoys watching her favorite television show, Downton Abbey. She apparently can´t seem to get enough of the British period drama, which is set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. In fact, she loves it so much that she invited the entire cast to visit and tour the White House in December of 2012. One of the show´s cast members, Jim Carter, who plays the butler, said the entire cast was given a tour of the Presidential palace
President Obama has issued a stern warning to Congress saying that the ´extremists´ who were threatening to shut down the government need to stop politicizing the ´full faith and credit of the United States´ as it could rock the global economy. The President held a press conference Friday afternoon, hours after the Senate approved the temporary budget measure that would allow the government to remain funded so that 800,000 federal workers would not be furloughed come Tuesday. He called for them to fulfill their two main responsibilities: ´Pass a budget on time and pay our bills on time´. ´Unlike the last time they
President Barack Obama surprised reporters in the White House press briefing room Friday by saying he had spoken personally with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani about a resolution to his nation´s nuclear standoff with the West. The call, a senior White House official said, was initiated when Iranian officials ´reached out´ to the White House about a conversation between the two leaders. ´Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani," Obama said, adding that he communicated ´my unique respect for the Iranian people.´ ´We´re mindful of all the challenges ahead,´ he told reporters. ´The very fact that this was the first communication
That’s an interesting question considering that the government has broken down, the country is on the verge of civil war and Al Qaeda terrorists are openly operating training camps there. “In Libya, when the Security Council provided a mandate to protect civilians,” Obama said at the UN “America joined a coalition that took action. Because of what we did there, countless lives were saved, and a tyrant could not kill his way back to power.” Obama went far beyond the UN mandate by bombing his way to regime change. His actions resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Africans in Libya, the
The woman in a full-length burka walked calmly into the drab government office. She moved close to the desk behind which an administrator was shuffling his papers. Others queued around her. Suddenly, without warning, she detonated the suicide vest she was wearing. The explosion flashed a brilliant white on the grainy CCTV before the cameras cut out, obliterating everything – and everyone – in the room. I was shown this horrifying footage on a training course in advance of a trip to Helmand Province last year. The message was simple: there are no rules of engagement; the attacks can come at
Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
Barack Obama has 36.9 million Twitter followers, 19.5 million of whom, it turns out, are fake. This is a very disturbing sign for Obama´s opponents, as it demonstrates just how much appeal the president still has with his key support base, namely those who identify most closely with him on a personal level -- fake people. The Daily Mail Online has analyzed the numbers and discovered that among U.S. political figures, the four Twitter accounts with the most fake followers -- that is, followers who don´t really exist -- are those of Barack Obama (by a landslide), Joe Biden, Michelle
President Obama lied to us. It wasn’t a white lie. It wasn’t a fib. It wasn’t a half truth. It was a bold-faced lie. “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” That statement turned out to be a lie. Period. On Thursday I asked my Facebook community if they
Allen West reportedly called a female employee a "Jewish American princess," resulting in the loss of his job. While some of the famously outspoken former congressman´s supporters might see the situation as political correctness gone wrong, the latest incident happened an the epicenter of the anti-PC police rebel alliance: Pajamas Media. Buzzfeed explains that West "voluntarily" left his position at the media outlet, effective at the end of this month. Here´s an email — obtained by Rosie Gray — to the PJ Media staff: "In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as
Yesterday, I wrote that the old guard RINO wing of the GOP was collapsing because the base had aligned itself with politicians willing to place principle above party. As if on cue, a who’s who of go-along-to-get-along Republicans has crawled out of the woodwork. First up, we had John McCain. He was angry, but his diatribe was nothing compared to the double-barreled rage-fest being employed by New York Republican Rep. Pete King. Yesterday, King (who’s still considering a 2016 presidential run) spoke with the always-unbiased New York Times. During his interview, he called Cruz a “fraud” and referred to his anti-Obamacare
Democrats may have just lost one of their own in the high-stakes fight over ObamaCare -- or maybe not. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a moderate Democrat known at times to buck his party, said Thursday that he´d be willing to support a spending bill that also delays the law´s requirement on individuals to buy health insurance. "There´s no way I could not vote for it," Manchin said. "It´s very reasonable and sensible." Manchin made the comment at a Bloomberg Government breakfast. The comment, first reported by Bloomberg, was later confirmed by Fox News. But hours later, the senator put out a statement
Mitt Romney on Friday said the Republican threat to shut down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare isn’t an “effective” strategy. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don´t think that will be as effective.” (Snip) "I think there´s a better way of getting rid of ObamaCare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” Romney said. “That was Senator (Joe) Manchin´s idea, the Democrats´ idea.”
Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified. “We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements,” Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.” Mr. Pfeiffer, 37, who was hospitalized twice this month for stroke-like symptoms, also compared the GOP to arsonists and kidnappers. He called Republicans’ bid to attach other priorities to a debt-ceiling bill “ransom demands.” “It’s not
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday the GOP has become a "dysfunctional" party that has spent more time infighting over ObamaCare than targeting Democrats who passed the law. McCain blamed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah.), the leaders of the movement to tie defunding of ObamaCare to the threat of a government shutdown, for driving wedges between Republicans. Both have appeared in ads attacking fellow GOP lawmakers. “We are dividing the Republican Party," McCain said on CBS. In his nearly 30 years in the Senate, McCain said he has never seen the infighting among members of his party
NEW YORK- U.S. and international gay rights supporters called on Friday for a boycott of Italian pasta maker Barilla, whose chairman said he would never feature a gay family in its advertising. The comments sparked a firestorm of protest on social media and resulted in online petitions in English, German and Italian, including one by Italian playwright and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. A MoveOn.org petition started by Beth Allen, a Takoma Park, Maryland, mother of two and a lesbian, garnered 85,000 signatures by Friday evening. (Petition: http://r.reuters.com/paz43v) "Guido Barilla made it clear how he felt about families like mine
In the midst of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year, she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. "I´m conflicted on that,´´ Shellie told Lauer on Today Thursday. "I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently." Lauer pressed further, asking, "So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was
WASHINGTON — Nearly $300 million in aid for Detroit — from federal and state coffers, private businesses and charitable foundations — will be announced Friday as Obama administration officials visit the city to discuss what can be done to help eradicate blight, improve transportation, encourage new business and make residents safer. The funding will include $150 million in blight eradication and community redevelopment, including $65 million in Community Development Block Grant funding — which had already been awarded over two years but could not be accessed by the city. An additional $25 million could help hire as many as 150