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
Wow, Samantha Power, vaunted architectress of the Libyan fiasco, takes a break from her vacay t state the obvious theme of the O administration--just act outside all legal bounds. Why not, soon her boss will be golfing in FL and she will be skiing in Gstaad with her handsome hunk Cass, while American military men and women reap the whirlwind.
Took a while to get a ringy-dingy on that one ~ lots of folks must beating on the doors!
So, "large scale"?
I thought this woman had a degree or something ~ from a real school and wasn´t just some EIEIO affirmative action type who bedcrawled her way to the international genba.
People who go to college are let in on the secret facts of large scale gas! They are taught about WWI!
I know that´s a tough subject for lots of folks ~ W W I ~ three letters, two of them duplicates ~ but doggone, what Assad is up to is NOT LARGE SCALE! Not by anyone´s standards. Most likely he has only a small fraction as much as the US still has (some of it´s harder to destroy than others so we got until 2020 or some such ~ same with the Russians).
Don’t expect the government shutdown to end soon. That was the message Tuesday from Senate Republican leaders and Democratic aides who said there is a growing likelihood that non-essential parts of the federal government remain shuttered for more than two weeks until lawmakers agree on how to increase the debt ceiling. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and one of his top lieutenants, Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.), both said Tuesday that while they would like to agree on a short-term funding measure before pivoting to the debt ceiling, they believed that the shutdown could very well last until the government
Lawmakers and the White House dug in Tuesday for a long fight as the first federal government shutdown in nearly two decades showed no signs of breaking, increasing the likelihood it will become entangled in an even larger battle over the Treasury´s ability to pay the government´s bills. The two parties held no negotiations to resolve the impasse, instead trading blame. Republicans criticized Senate Democrats as being unwilling to negotiate an end to the standoff that forced federal agencies to curtail a range of activities and begin the furlough of more than 800,000 workers. U.S. stocks rose despite the government shutdown as
President Obama is sitting out one of the most important policy struggles since he entered the White House. With the government shutdown, it has reached the crisis stage. His statement about the shutdown on Tuesday from the White House Rose Garden was more a case of kibitzing than leading. He still refuses to take charge. He won´t negotiate with Republicans, though the fate of ObamaCare, funding of the government and the future of the economic recovery are at stake. He insists on staying on the sidelines—well, almost. Mr. Obama has rejected conciliation and compromise with Republicans. Instead, he attacks them in
Shutdown: The government is shut and the sky hasn´t fallen, just as the sequester didn´t invite Armageddon. It´s time to realize just how much of government can be permanently furloughed. ´In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," Ronald Reagan said after taking the oath of office. He pointed out that "we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children´s future for the temporary convenience of the present." Sound familiar? And that was in 1981, when the deficit was under $80 billion, not $1 trillion as today; and the national debt was
Scandal: The truth about how and why Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican nationals were killed with weapons supplied by this administration may yet come out as a court lets a lawsuit proceed. The most transparent administration in history suffered a defeat Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department´s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking "Fast and Furious" documents hidden by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department after President Obama invoked executive privilege. The lawsuit was brought by Rep. Darrell Issa´s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the president
The Republicans Should Aggressively Seek Credit For the Shutdown The Republican Party didn´t blink, and as a result non-essential aspects of the federal government are shutting down. Republican politicians and members should cheer, as the "Stupid Party" actually revealed a political and economic savvy that will serve it well in 2014 and beyond. The Republican Party now has a brand that says it´s willing to stand athwart the obnoxious growth of Leviathan. Its decision to allow a shutdown of the federal government, and ideally let it remain shut through the 2014 elections absent substantial concessions from the Democrats, is both good politics
RUSH: Obama just was in the Rose Garden. Listen to this. I think there´s somebody that lives in his head rent free. OBAMA: Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days they found a glitch. So, they fixed it. I don´t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads, or threatening to shut down the company if they didn´t. That´s not how we do things in America. We don´t actively root for failure! RUSH: "We don´t actively root for failure." Yes, we did. Yes, we did, and we still do. But Apple did not have a "glitch" in their operating system that anybody knew
RUSH: So Obama´s out there now in the Rose Garden, and he´s attacking the Tea Party and claiming that a small percentage of one political party has decided for whatever reason that they wanted to shut down the government and so forth and so on. And it leads me to a sound bite I want to play for you. To me, this is an opportunity here to be quite illuminating. Last night Bernard Goldberg was on Fox on the "O´Baxter" Factor. The host Bill Baxter was asking Goldberg about the battle between Republicans and conservatives that´s going on. . And the question was, "Okay, Bernie, look, you are in a
RUSH: So I got out of bed and I have to admit I was a little worried. I went to the wall plate and I hit the button for the blackout shades, and they began to open. And then I hit the button for the solar shades, and they began to open. And then I got the courage to actually walk to the window, and I looked out there, you know what I saw? I saw a blue sky. And I felt such relief, I can´t tell you, my friends. Yes, I saw a blue sky. I saw at least three-quarters of all essential birds up at work and singing. I guess the nonessential birds got the day off. School kids, I found out,
RUSH: The Senate did vote to maintain their subsidy. They did that. One of the things the Republicans sent over from the House was an offer to not shut down if the Democrats would give that up. The Democrats in the Senate voted to keep their subsidies. I think a big deal needs to be made of that, and we will do our part here, as we did yesterday. "The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs," in addition to getting their 75% subsidy on the purchase of insurance at the exchanges, "will be able
Some people hate ObamaCare, others love it (at least in theory). Then there´s the Washington Post. The Post kinda likes it but recognizes that there is a range of legitimate opinion, including "fair-minded critics on the left," who kinda dislike it "because they would prefer a single-payer system," and even "fair-minded critics on the right," who kinda dislike it "because it devotes federal money to pay for health care rather than to paying down the debt, or because they don´t like the idea of the government requiring people to buy insurance." But the Post deplores "unreasonable critics," those with the
Could ObamaCare, the goal of which was universal health coverage, actually increase the number of uninsured? If it does, the blame will fall almost entirely on provisions in the law, not Republican opposition to it. ObamaCare has three key parts intended to greatly expand the number of Americans with health coverage: (1) The individual mandate requiring nearly every American to have insurance or pay a penalty tax; (2) health insurance exchanges, where people below 400% of the federal poverty level will get federal subsidies (i.e., tax dollars) to help pay for coverage, and (3) a massive expansion of Medicaid up to 138%
The federal government lost its checkbook at midnight, and it may not find it for days or weeks. As the zero-hour drew closer on Monday, with other avenues exhausted, the White House´s Office of Management and Budget told federal agencies that they ´should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.´ House Republican leaders on the Rules Committee had discussed the procedures for both parties to appoint ´conferees´--negotiating representatives--for a joint House-Senate conference committee empowered to hash out a compromise of the budget battle that has consumed Washington for days. The House GOP scrambled all
Perhaps no historical figure is more deeply mired in legend and myth than Jesus of Nazareth. Outside of the Gospels — which are not so much factual accounts of Jesus but arguments about His religious significance — there is almost no trace of this simple Galilean peasant who inspired the world’s largest religion. But there’s enough biblical scholarship about the historical Jesus to raise questions about some of the myths that have formed around Him over the past 2,000 years. 1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The first Christians seem to have had little interest in Jesus’s early years. Stories about His
Today, more than three and a half years after the Democrats passed Obamacare into law, the overhaul’s exchanges — its East German–like government marketplaces — will finally, sort of, open for business. The Democrats fully expect their fellow Americans to be so excited about buying government-approved insurance through these government-run exchanges that they’re choosing to shut down the government rather than delay the individual mandate for a year. Better to shut down the government, it would seem, than let Americans freely decide — even for a year — whether or not to buy Obamacare-based insurance. Alas, the individual mandate’s penalties
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that her Twitter account will see fewer updates due to the government shutdown. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown 12:55 PM - 1 Oct 2013. In 2009, FactCheck.org found that the first lady had a staff of 24 people. It is unclear whether any of the first lady’s staff have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008 “We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” — Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008 There certainly is no question that Barack Obama wants to change the United States. And there clearly is no doubt that such fundamental transformation is difficult, given our tripartite system of government — even though Obama entered office with large Democratic majorities in
The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial. The veterans were visiting the memorial as part of Honor Flight, a non-profit that provides veterans free transport to the nation’s capital to visit the memorials to the wars they fought in. “We got the heads up
If President Obama were really clever, he’d jump at the Republicans’ proposal in the continuing resolution to delay Obamacare for one year. A one-year delay is perhaps the only chance to prevent the Obamacare exchanges from becoming a disaster. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT: “It is highly complex , it’s unprecedented and it’s not going to be smooth…. This is a two- to three-year implementation we’re doing in 10 months. I wish we had one more year.” The problem is that the test runs have revealed the exchange websites aren’t
The Washington region, home to the largest concentration of federal workers and contractors in the nation, could lose an estimated $200?million a day and could see more than 700,000 jobs take a financial hit if the federal government shuts down Monday night, according to a local economist’s projections. And that’s not counting the blow to tourism, one of the region’s economic mainstays, if the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, Civil War battlefields and other federally funded attractions are shuttered, said Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. “This is serious,” Fuller said. “The national economy may
A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside. As part of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed. But the group of veterans continued to the monument Tuesday, as reported by Stars and Stripes.
So far, so good. Just checked the backyard. No pieces of fallen sky yet. Hours into the partial federal government shutdown and it´s difficult to tell there is one. Save for the humorous desperation of TV folks trying to find something, anything that could be labeled calamity and blamed on those political toads in D.C.. So far, the great partial government shutdown of 2013 looks like a full bust. Like that Y2K apocalypse that didn´t happen. Or President Obama´s dire sequester warnings that went Poof! This faux crisis really has little to do with spending.
With a government shutdown just hours away on Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama still plans to go to Asia this weekend. "We don´t have any changes to announce. We plan to make this trip," Carney told reporters at the White House Monday. "The president, as president, looks forward to and believes it is important to travel to Asia in order to promote our economic interests in Asia and our strategic interests in Asia." One of the Republicans´ criticisms of Obama is his absolute refusal to negotiate on a stopgap funding bill and the debt limit, even when he´s
After Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month, women from the audience swarmed around her, many of them asking the same question: will you run for president? (Snip) Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in an interview that she was not interested in seeking the presidency. And despite talk of a draft movement among some activists, it is difficult to imagine her taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. But in seizing on issues animating her party’s base — the influence of big banks, soaring student loan debt and the widening gulf