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  • Russia's Putin shines at Valdai summit as he castigates West

    09/20/2013 11:37:01 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 23 replies
    And in an opening speech devoted to Russian values, he castigated the West for losing touch with its Christian roots when it came to gender questions. Mr Putin said that "one-gender families" and exaggerated political correctness were leading countries into degradation and a deepening moral crisis. One Austrian professor challenged him on this and asked for a guarantee that minority values would be respected in Russia and not subject to harassment. Mr Putin denied there were any laws in Russia to punish sexual minorities for their orientation. The Russian law which had caused so much controversy was, he said, simply...
  • Iran confirms Rouhani and Obama letter exchange

    09/17/2013 9:40:11 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    JPost ^ | 9/17/2013 | Unattributed
    Iran said on Tuesday that President Hassan Rouhani had exchanged letters with US President Barack Obama, confirming a rare contact between leaders of the two nations at loggerheads over Iran's nuclear program, the Syrian war and other issues. The United States and Iran cut off formal diplomatic ties in 1980, shortly after students and Islamic militants stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and took American diplomats hostage. [....] Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday that Obama had sent Rouhani a message of congratulations on the occasion of his election. "This letter has been exchanged," Afkham said, according...
  • Syria’s plan to give up its chemical weapons could make things worse, not better

    09/10/2013 5:01:03 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/10/2013 | Max Fisher with Michael Doran
    Few people depress me these days like Michael Doran. A Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, Doran has been a leading advocate among thoughtful foreign policy analysts for a more aggressive U.S. intervention to end the conflict in Syria. Agree or disagree with that policy (I’m not sure I do, personally), it’s left him especially skeptical of the Obama administration’s push for limited strikes against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. When Russia seized on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s offhand suggestion that Syria could avoid U.S. strikes by giving up its chemical weapons, I reacted,...
  • U.S. Won’t Insist U.N. Resolution Threaten Force on Syria, Officials Say

    09/13/2013 2:58:28 PM PDT · by sunmars · 53 replies
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will not insist on a United Nations resolution threatening to use force to ensure that Syria lives up to its commitment to turn over chemical weapons, but will seek other tangible consequences for Syria if it does not comply, senior administration officials said Friday. Although Mr. Obama reserves the right to order a punitive military strike on his own without United Nations backing if Syria reneges, the officials said he understood that Russia, because of its veto power in the Security Council, would never allow a resolution that authorized such a use of force. France, which...
  • John Kerry on Syria: how a gaffe could stop a war

    09/10/2013 4:30:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 10, 2013 | Jonathan Freedland
    Write a new chapter in the diplomatic handbook. Dedicate it to the off-the-cuff remark – the gaffe, even – which averts a war. We don't yet know if John Kerry's apparently unplanned comment in London, suggesting Syria could avoid a US military strike by turning over its stash of chemical weapons, has set in train a process that will ultimately prevent armed American action. But Barack Obama described it as a "possible breakthrough" and the relief can be felt across multiple world capitals. Of course the practical problems are legion – one report claims that getting rid of Syria's chemical...
  • Obama Eases Sanctions on Nuclear Iran as part of Syria "deal"

    09/13/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT · by pabianice · 39 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 9/13/13 | Rouhani
    Iran, and not just Russia and Syria, is taking advantage of President Barack Obama's decision to refrain from military force against Syria to collect a shower of diplomatic and political dividends. The new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani announced Tuesday that the coming meeting of the General Assembly opening in New York later this month "may prove the perfect setting to reignite talks about the nation's nuclear program." The US Treasury Department accordingly lifted a string of sanctions restricting humanitarian and athletic exchanges between US and Iranian NGOs and environmental projects, as a counter-gesture of good will. Washington was not put...
  • PRUDEN: Measuring Putin for Mount Rushmore

    09/13/2013 8:04:32 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 13 Sep 13 | Pruden
    But ridding Syria of its chemicals won’t be easy If you’re reading or listening in the wrong places, you might think they’re already measuring a place for Vladimir Putin on Mount Rushmore, sandwiched between Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. That’s where Barack Obama, who may have to give Mr. Putin the Nobel Peace Prize he won for doing nothing, expected to rest one day. Before the sculptors with their chisels board a train for Rapid City, the euphoric legion should stop to figure out just how Mr. Putin and his client, Bashar Assad, intend to dismantle the stocks of chemical...
  • Uncle Vladimir

    09/13/2013 3:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | September 13, 2013 | David Stokes
    Vladimir Putin is currently cashing in on an ill-advised promise made when two presidents thought no one was listening. You may recall President Obama’s whispered assurance, back in March of 2012, to then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev: “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” We are now witnessing that promised flexibility. America’s foreign policy is becoming a caricature—international affairs according to Gumby. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a mix of Joseph Stalin and Lavrenty Beria---an experienced strongman and savvy intelligence officer. He is hardly someone to be impressed by “flexibility.” Vladimir is all about power...
  • The fruits of epic incompetence

    09/13/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer
    The president of the United States takes to the airwaves to urgently persuade the nation to pause before doing something it has no desire to do in the first place. Strange. And it gets stranger still. That “strike Syria, maybe” speech begins with a heart-rending account of children consigned to a terrible death by a monster dropping poison gas. It proceeds to explain why such behavior must be punished. It culminates with the argument that the proper response — the most effective way to uphold fundamental norms, indeed human decency — is a flea bite: something “limited,” “targeted” or, as...
  • Decisiveness Overrated? White House Thinks Yes

    09/13/2013 5:23:10 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9-12-2013 | Steven T. Dennis
    President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the White House. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended his boss Thursday after a blistering few weeks of criticism in Congress and elsewhere over his handling of the Syria crisis. Carney said the American people “appreciate a president who doesn’t celebrate decisiveness for decisiveness’ sake.” He also said Americans like that Obama is open to “new information” and adjusts his course accordingly. Carney said that in the end, the president will deserve credit if the diplomatic initiative with Russia to...
  • White House responds to Putin's NYT op-ed [ Obama hands Security of the US to Russia ]

    09/12/2013 5:06:30 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept ,12,2013 | Jake Tapper
    On the eve of an all-important pow-wow in Geneva, where Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart will talk over a plan for stripping Syria of chemical weapons, The New York Times published a stern, and at times standoffish op-ed from their brand new contributor: Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin is now fully invested in Syria’s CW (chemical weapons) disarmament,” a senior White House official told CNN's Jake Tapper, when asked to respond to Putin’s op-ed. In that opinion piece, Putin speaks directly to the American people and says, among many things, that there is "every reason to...
  • A Rare Public View of Obama’s Pivots on Policy in Syria Confrontation

    09/12/2013 2:03:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2013 | By PETER BAKER
    ...Over the last three weeks, the nation has witnessed a highly unusual series of pivots as a president changed course virtually in real time and on live television. Mr. Obama’s handling of his confrontation with Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians has been the rare instance of a commander in chief seemingly thinking out loud and changing his mind on the fly. To aides and allies, Mr. Obama’s willingness to hit the pause button twice on his decision to launch airstrikes to punish Syria for using chemical weapons on its own people reflects a refreshing open-mindedness and a...
  • What Putin Wants: Moscow’s Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

    09/12/2013 2:24:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 12, 2013 – 05:38 PM | Uwe Klussman
    Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry appear relieved that the proposal from Moscow provides an opportunity to avoid a war—of which neither of them was particularly convinced. Despite all of Washington’s recent frustrations with the Russian offer of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the US government knows that a partnership with Putin is both possible and necessary. One reason for this is the fact that armed Islamist extremism, which is growing in strength from Kabul to Damascus, is more of a threat to Russia that it is to the US. It was no accident that the Sept. 9...
  • Assad Sets Conditions on Relinquishing Chemical Arms (US quit supporting Al Qaeda)

    09/12/2013 1:18:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/12/2013
    Syrian President Bashar Assad said his nation would give up its chemical arms only if the United States ends any weapons deliveries to opposition forces and ceases its "threatening" behavior. The Damascus leader made the remarks in a Russian television interview quoted on Thursday by the Washington Post. "When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized,” Assad reportedly told Rossiya-24 television. He said Damascus would start disclosing details about its chemical assets...
  • White House Proclaims "Exceptional" Obama Deserves Credit For Any Syrian Deal

    09/12/2013 12:55:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/12/13 | Tyler Durden
    t will likely come as no surprise but the political one-up-manship continues as the Obama White House try to rescue themselves from a face-melting Putin Op-Ed... As Politico reports, WH press secretary Jay Carney stated: “If we were to see a situation unfold where Assad were to give up his chemical weapons to international supervision that would be an enormous accomplishment ... would be due to the decisions made by the Russian leadership but also the decisions made by the United States, by the president, to take the approach he has taken in response to the horrifying use of chemical...
  • W.H.: Obama deserves credit for any Syrian deal

    09/12/2013 12:17:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    W.H.: Obama deserves credit for any Syrian deal By REID J. EPSTEIN | 9/12/13 3:05 PM EDT President Barack Obama would deserve some credit if the Syrian crisis is ultimately resolved with the Assad regime relinquishing its chemical weapons, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. “If we were to see a situation unfold where Assad were to give up his chemical weapons to international supervision that would be an enormous accomplishment and it would represent a wholesale change to where Syria and Russia were … three weeks ago,” Carney said. “That would be due to the decisions made...
  • Obama’s Next Foreign-Policy Team : John Kerry may be on the way out for this.

    09/11/2013 6:48:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    nat review ^ | 9/11/13 | j carafano
    It was the most predictable speech of Barack Obama’s presidency. He spent 15 minutes pretending that he was master and commander driving Syria policy. The truth is the Oval Office has been dragged into the middle of war it desperately wanted to avoid. But events have landed the president in a bad place. It is clear he doesn’t have the confidence of the Congress. He probably couldn’t even get a resolution through the Senate, a chamber controlled by his own party. Asking Congress to postpone the vote was a transparent, face-saving measure. If failing to command Congress wasn’t bad enough,...
  • Obama says is shifting to domestic priorities from Syria focus

    09/12/2013 10:10:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Mark Felsenthal
    President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is shifting his focus to domestic priorities from a tense period during which he sought congressional approval to use military force against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons. "Even as we have been spending a lot of time on the Syria issue and making sure that international attention is focused on the horrible tragedy that occurred there, it is still important to recognize that we've got a lot more stuff to do here in this government," the president said before a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. The president...
  • White House: Putin 'Owns' World's Syria Strategy

    09/12/2013 9:39:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/2013 | John Nolte
    Apparently, once again with respect to Syria, the White House was caught off guard by events they are frantically reacting to instead of shaping. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, a White House official publicly responded to Russian President Vladmir Putin's New York Times op-ed with the admission that Putin "now owns" and has "fully asserted ownership" of America's current foreign policy focal point; pushing Syria to surrender its chemical weapons: “That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said in response [to Putin's op-ed]. “He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible...
  • "This Has Been one of the Most Humiliating Episodes in Presidential History"

    09/12/2013 7:54:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 39 replies ^ | 9/11/2013 | Guy Benson
    National Journal's Ron Fournier, a veteran DC journo who calls 'em like he sees 'em, hasn't been terribly impressed with President Obama's careening and incomprehensible handling of the crisis in Syria. In an unsparing review, Fournier concludes that Obama has demonstrated himself to be naive and isolated. Behold what 'smart power' hath wrought: Naive about the levers of power: Where to start? Obama reversed course on congressional authorization at the last minute, after a private chat with his chief of staff, and to the surprise of his national security team--all in violation of presidential best practices. He then left the...

    09/12/2013 8:01:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 12, 2013 | Bassem Mroue
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's top rebel commander called Thursday for regime officials to be put on trial for carrying out an alleged chemical attack near Damascus that killed hundreds last month, blasting a Russian proposal for securing the country's chemical arsenal.
  • Kerry arrives in Geneva to “test” the Russians

    09/12/2013 8:36:49 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 28 replies
    CBS News’ report misses one crucial question: Did John Kerry bring another reset button? Nothing says seriousness to Sergei Lavrov like an American Secretary of State handing him a big red button labeled “Reset” — er, “Overcharge”:
  • Disarming Syria Will Be Long, Difficult, Experts Say

    09/11/2013 3:48:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 11, 2013 | By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Finding and securing Syria's chemical weapons stockpile amid a bloody civil war will be a daunting and lengthy task that will make bringing some of the world's most contentious regimes to the negotiating table look easy, experts say. Thousands of tons of deadly weapons are spread throughout Syria, hidden in underground bunkers, secured in clandestine government facilities and constantly being moved, according an unclassified CIA report. "Nothing about this will be easy," said Gwyn Wifiled, editor of CBRNe World and an expert on weapons of mass destruction. "The inspectors will effectively become a third player in the conflict. It will...
  • Putin Seizes on Syria to Cement Russia Middle East Sway

    09/11/2013 3:37:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    Bloomberg/Newsweak title and link only | Sept 11, 2013 | By Henry Meyer
    Contemptible how the incompetent idiots Obama and Kerry allowed themselves to be elbowed aside and humiliated by Putin. Obama and Kerry should both resign or be driven from office in disgrace. On the other hand, had Obama lobbed in even one teeny weenie missile, he would have committed an impeachable offense. He and Kerry both swear by the UN (I don't) but I believe that by the UN's vaunted international standards, Obama could have been charged as a war criminal for starting a war of aggression. Lobbing even one missile into Syria would be an act of war. Obama's arrogance...
  • Syria's chemical weapons; decades to build, years to destroy

    09/11/2013 8:49:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/11/2013 | Anthony Deutsch
    If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament missions said. Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons network comprises remote underground bunkers where hundreds of tons of nerve agents are stored, scud missiles and artillery shells, possibly armed with cyanide, and factories deep inside hostile territory used to produce mustard or VX gas, experts believe. "It's big. He has one of the biggest chemical weapons programs in...
  • McCain: Putin wants US to take use of force off the table - unacceptable.

    09/10/2013 3:00:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 41 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 10, 2013
    Putin wants US to take use of force off the table - unacceptable. "Putin: No US strikes for #Syria deal" Vladimir Putin: No U.S. strikes for Syria deal - Tal Kopan Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that for the proposed Russian agreement that Syria turn over its chemical weapons to work, the United States must take military action off the table....
  • Obama Rescues Assad {Wall St. J. Editorial: "What A Fiasco"]

    09/10/2013 5:46:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 10, 2013 | Editorial
    September 10, 2013 Obama Rescues Assad The President lets Putin outmaneuver him on Syrian chemical arms. What could be worse for America's standing in the world than a Congress refusing to support a President's proposal for military action against a rogue regime that used WMD? Here's one idea: A U.S. President letting that rogue be rescued from military punishment by the country that has protected the rogue all along. That's where President Obama now finds himself on Syria after he embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to take custody of Bashar Assad's chemical weapons. The move may rescue Mr. Obama...
  • For Putin, Syria weapons deal would be masterstroke

    09/10/2013 5:25:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | Sept 10, 2013
    Depending on who's writing the story, Putin either had his lunch or saved his bacon. Either way, he cleaned Obama's clock.
  • Arab League to back Russian plan on Syria

    09/10/2013 5:15:48 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    Zee News (India) ^ | 9/11/2013 | Staff
    Cairo: The Arab League will back a Russian plan to place Syrian chemical weapons under international supervision for eventual destruction, its secretary general said on Tuesday. Nabil al-Arabi told reporters in Cairo the League will 'soon issue a statement announcing its support officially' for the Russian plan... "If you remember, I always insisted that (the Syrian conflict) needs a political solution" Arabi said. But they fell short of calling for military strikes as proposed by Washington, with several members opposed to foreign intervention in Syria.
  • UN Security Council cancels meeting to discuss resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons

    09/10/2013 2:28:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/10/2013
    The U.N. Security Council has canceled a meeting on a resolution aimed at securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. The closed consultations had been scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) Tuesday. Australian Ambassador Gary Guinlan says in a Twitter message that the meeting was canceled “following withdrawal of the request for consultations.” Council diplomats said Russia asked for the meeting and then withdrew its request. There were no other details.
  • Report: Syria prepared to disclose chemical weapons locations

    09/10/2013 12:23:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 10, 2013 | By Michael Pearson
    (CNN) -- As a Russian proposal to strip Syria of its chemical weapons began to take shape, the White House eased off the gas Tuesday in its drive for congressional approval to strike the Middle Eastern country. But proving that nothing will come easy in resolving the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it deemed as "unacceptable" a French proposal -- also backed by some U.S. lawmakers -- asking the United Nations Security Council to declare Syria responsible for an August 21 chemical attack that U.S. official says killed more than 1,400 people. According to Syrian...
  • Obama administration makes Putin, Russians look like the good guys

    09/10/2013 10:38:05 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sept 10, 2013 | by Thomas Mullen
    TAMPA, September 10, 2013 – Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem said earlier today that his government would accept the proposal to surrender its chemical weapons for destruction by the international community, according to the Associated Press. The proposal was made by the Russian government in an attempt to avoid U.S. airstrikes in reprisal for alleged chemical weapons attacks by its Syrian counterpart against rebels and civilians on Aug. 21. The Syrian government has consistently denied launching the attacks. President Obama has now reportedly changed the goal of his meetings today with Congressmen from persuading them to approve his military strikes...
  • Exclusive Text of President Obama’s Awkwardly Timed Syria Speech

    09/10/2013 12:15:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    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....
  • US Position On Syria Devolves Into Total Chaos

    09/10/2013 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 10, 2013
    Update, or this is how chaos becomes total Bazooko circus: SYRIAN OPPOSITION SAYS U.S. ‘INACTIONS IS NOT AN OPTION’. Time for more cannibalism false flagy YouTube clips then... * * * From the need to teach Syria (and all global chemical weapons using despots) a lesson they won't forget to losing 'allies' to bluffing Russia to deal-or-no-deal, strike request or no strike request, the bluster from the US administration has now devolved into total chaos. As the following headlines from the last week attest to - it seems no one knows what is really occurring. So do we want the...
  • Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under (intl control)..

    09/09/2013 8:44:44 AM PDT · by maggief · 195 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9, 2013
    Headline only. Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control: Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem by Margarita Noriega (Reuters) 10:41 AM
  • Syria, chemical weapons, and the worst day in Western diplomatic history

    09/10/2013 4:32:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/10/2013
    Monday 9 September, 2013, was the worst day for US and wider Western diplomacy since records began.At the Foreign Office here in London we had the bizarre spectacle of US Secretary of State John Kerry giving a businesslike account of diplomatic incentives: If one party believes that it can rub out countless numbers of his own citizens with impunity using chemicals that have been banned for nearly 100 years because of what Europe learned in World War I, if he can do that with impunity, he will never come to a negotiating table … If you don’t draw those lines,...
  • Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control

    09/10/2013 4:24:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 81 replies
    Interfax ^ | September 10, 2013
    (Headline only) Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control - Interfax
  • Putin Makes a Grand Offer to Help Obama? Has Anyone Figured This Out?

    09/10/2013 3:06:04 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 165 replies
    9/10/2013 | Nikos1121
    I’ve been thinking about this all night...It doesn’t make sense to me. Does anyone else feel the same way I do? Putin is very very quick, almost too quick, to offer the INternational control of weapons IMMEDIATELY after Kerry’s faux Paux. Why? I don't think in the least that he fears Obama, or even respects the man as his equal. So why would he make an offer that on the surface will ultimately make Obama look good esp in the eyes of the media, and make him looks like he caved to Obama's threats? Anyone over the age of 40...
  • John Kerry ready to forgive Bashar Assad

    09/09/2013 11:54:25 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Pravda ^ | 09/09/2013 | Pravda
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that there would be no military action in Syria, if the leadership of the country handed over all existing chemical weapons under the control of the international community, Deutsche Welle reports. According to Kerry, military intervention is not enough to solve the Syrian problem. According to him, there is no military solution. The U.S. Congress is to vote on the question of military intervention Syria on September 11. According to preliminary reports, the House of Representatives is unlikely to approve it, over the fear of another major war in the Middle East.
  • Obama Diplomacy Is Making Him A Laughingstock

    09/10/2013 11:53:46 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Instapundit ^ | September 10, 2013 |
    Full title:MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Obama Diplomacy Is Making Him A Laughingstock. And that was written before yesterday afternoon’s absurd new developments. I am aware that 'USA Today' forbids direct links to their news stories, articles but as I understand it, providing a link is permitted
  • Assad air force back in action in Damascus, hitting rebels

    09/10/2013 9:46:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2013 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    * Government air strikes back ground forces in rebel-held suburbs * Activists say first air raids in Damascus since before gas attack * Assad opponents say shows he no longer fears imminent U.S. strike By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombed rebel suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday for the first time in three weeks, in an offensive that opposition activists said showed President Bashar al-Assad no longer feared attack by the United States. Not seen in action around the capital since before Aug. 21, when hundreds of people were killed in a poison gas attack...
  • Putin calls on US to renounce use of force in Syria

    09/10/2013 10:42:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 74 replies
    AFP ^ | September 10, 2013
    EXCERPT "It all makes sense and can work if the US side and all those who support it renounce the use of force," he said according to Russian television.
  • Russia balks at French plan for U.N. Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical arms

    09/10/2013 11:19:53 AM PDT · by oxcart · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/10/13 | Will Englund, Michael Birnbaum and Loveday Morris
    A last-ditch effort to avert a U.S. military strike by transferring control of Syrian chemical weapons ran into obstacles Tuesday, as Russia balked at a French plan to enforce an international agreement under a binding U.N. Security Council resolution with a military option if necessary. An unexpected Russian proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international monitoring and ultimately destroy them had appeared to be gaining traction earlier in the day, as Syria embraced it, China and Iran voiced support, and the United States said it would explore the idea seriously.But a telephone conversation between French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius...