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  • Kerry refuses to rule out U.S. ground troops in Syria, then backtracks

    09/03/2013 1:22:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Updated: 3:49 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    Secretary of State John F. Kerry refused Tuesday to rule out putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, saying the president needs to retain the ability to send in forces in very select circumstances as the Obama administration officially began to make its case for retaliatory military strikes on the Assad regime. Testifying to the Senate, Mr. Kerry accused critics of “armchair isolationism” and said there are risks to acting, but that the risks of inaction are even worse. But asked whether President Obama would accept an authorization from Congress that specifically banned putting U.S. troops on the ground...
  • UNRWA Director Backtracks on 'Right of Return' Criticism

    11/03/2010 3:03:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 11/3/10 | Maayana Miskin
    An UNRWA director has apologized after his comments on the “right of return” led to a backlash. Andrew Whitley, the outgoing head of UNRWA's New York office, had said that the Arab world's focus on “return” to Israel was a “cruel illusion.” On Wednesday, Whitley said he had realized his previous statements were “inappropriate and wrong.” The statements do not reflect UNRWA's views, he said. He sent a written apology to UNRWA headquarters, saying, “I wish to put this letter on the public record out of concern that what I said in Washington could be interpreted in ways that negatively...
  • Obama backtracks over Ground Zero mosque after furious 9/11 families label him 'insensitive and

    08/16/2010 10:39:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/16/10 | staff
    Barack Obama has backtracked over his support for plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero. The U.S. President was hit by a furious backlash from victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks after he backed the highly controversial plans in a speech on Friday. (snip)Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was killed at the World Trade Center, condemned the President for a 'gross lack of sensitivity to the 9/11 families and to the people who were lost'.
  • EU Backtracks On CO2 Targets For Cleaner Cars

    02/07/2007 7:58:13 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 475+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-8-2007 | Bruno Waterfield - Charles Clover
    EU backtracks on CO2 targets for cleaner cars By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels and Charles Clover Last Updated: 1:50am GMT 08/02/2007 The European Union was accused yesterday of failing its first test on climate change less than a week after UN scientists warned that urgent action was needed to fight global warming. The European Commission said it was watering down plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars in the face of intense pressure from car manufacturers. They have claimed the move would damage Europe's economy and force car manufacture overseas. Environmental groups said the concession in the plans, aimed...
  • N Korea Backtracks On 'Sea Of Fire' Threats

    01/12/2003 11:17:58 AM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 203+ views
    Ananova ^ | 1-11-2003
    N Korea backtracks on 'sea of fire' threats North Korea has denied the existence of a secret nuclear weapons programme or threatening to unleash a "sea of fire" on the US. The denial comes as a top US envoy arrived in South Korea for talks on diffusing the crisis. US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly is to meet president-elect Roh Moo-hyun. He also plans to meet foreign minister Choi Sung-hong and two presidential security advisers. Washington and its allies are intensifying efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the escalating confrontation with North Korea. Mr Kelly is to travel...