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  • Syria conflict: Toxic chemicals 'used systematically' in attacks

    06/19/2014 5:06:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 18, 2014
    A team from the world's chemical weapons watchdog believes toxic chemicals such as chlorine are being used in a "systematic manner" in Syria. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent a fact-finding mission to the country's north last month to investigate several incidents. The inspectors' preliminary report says information was gathered that seemed to corroborate the testimony of medics. But an attack on their convoy prevented them presenting definitive conclusions.
  • Vietnam and China face off in South China Sea

    05/07/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Michael Martina
    Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region. The foreign ministry in Hanoi said the collisions took place on Sunday and caused considerable damage to the Vietnamese ships. Six people sustained minor injuries, it said. "On May 4, Chinese ships intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels," said Tran Duy Hai, a foreign ministry official and deputy head of Vietnam's national border committee. "Chinese ships, with air support, sought to intimidate Vietnamese...
  • EU and US draw new red line on Ukraine

    05/07/2014 12:34:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07.05.14 @ 09:11 (May 7) | Andrew Rettman
    The EU and US have threatened further sanctions against Russia if it tries to disrupt the 25 May presidential elections in Ukraine. EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and US secretary of state John Kerry issued the warning at a press briefing in Washington on Tuesday (6 May). Ashton noted that following an agreement on de-escalation made in Geneva in mid-April, the EU “put on hold measures that we were considering” on economic sanctions. But she added: “When we saw that we were not getting the results from Geneva, we pressed the start button again and we’ve continued with those...
  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • U.S. warns Russia against annexing Crimea

    03/16/2014 9:10:32 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2014 | By Karen DeYoung
    Having failed to prevent a Russian-sponsored referendum in Crimea, the Obama administration and its European allies refocused their efforts Sunday on keeping Moscow from annexing the autonomous Ukrainian region and expanding its military moves into other parts of Ukraine. In a telephone call to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — his third in two weeks — President Obama said that the referendum “would never be recognized by the United States and the international community” and that “we are prepared to impose additional costs on Russia for its actions,” the White House said.
  • Hagel Warns Russia Not to Intervene in Ukraine

    02/28/2014 4:37:14 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 160 replies
    New York Times ^ | 27 Feb 14 | HELENE COOPER
    BRUSSELS — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned Russia on Thursday to stay out of the turmoil in Ukraine, while NATO defense ministers issued repeated statements meant to show support for the new leadership in Kiev. “We expect other nations to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and avoid provocative action,” Mr. Hagel said after the ministers met at NATO headquarters here. “That’s why I’m closely watching Russia’s military exercises along the Ukrainian border, which they just announced yesterday.” The Russian defense minister, Sergey K. Shoigu, was quoted by state news media saying the exercises were meant to “check combat readiness of armed...
  • America's Quiver of Outrage is Empty

    02/27/2014 5:08:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Don't step over the line and re-militarize the Rhineland. Absorbing Austria would cross a red line. Breaking up Czechoslovakia is unacceptable. Get out of Poland by the announced deadline. The rest was history. Don't dare blow up another American military barracks overseas. Don't ever consider another attack on the World Trade Center. Don't even try blowing up one more American embassy in East Africa. Don't ever put a hole in a U.S. warship again. The rest was history. President Obama issued yet another one of those sorts of warnings to stop the violence to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych just before...
  • RUSSIAN SPY SHIP DOCKED IN HAVANA

    02/26/2014 6:35:47 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 84 replies
    (AFP)—A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The ship is reportedly armed with 30mm guns and anti-aircraft missiles.
  • New “red line”: Obama vows there’ll be consequences if people “step over the line” in Ukraine

    02/19/2014 3:45:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/19/2014 | AllahPundit
    This is so meaningless, both on its own merits and in light of his Syria fiasco last fall, that I’d be inclined not to blog it if I had any better content to give you. In no meaningful sense is it “news” when O issues some pro forma “stern warning,” especially when Putin’s on the other side of it.But a slow day content-wise has its price. President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Ukraine on Wednesday, saying that the U.S. holds the government “primarily responsible for ensuring they are handling protesters peacefully” and that “there will be consequences if people...
  • President Obama will issue an executive decree telling Iran what to do [Spoof]

    02/12/2014 8:09:14 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The P5+1 deal with Iran, like ObamaCare and other laws of the land, means whatever He said (or may have meant to say)it meansAs noted here and elsewhere, the P5+1 deal with Iran may not appear facially to provide for the inspection of, and limitations on activities at, Iran's military, missile and warhead development sites. Iran, due to her unsophisticated and therefore simplistic approach to matters far beyond her ken, relies on her fatally flawed facial approach to matters related to the deal to argue that the English language version is wrong and that she has given up nothing in exchange...
  • Kerry tells Capitol Hill that Obama’s Syria policies have failed

    02/03/2014 1:09:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Josh Rogin gets this bombshell from two of the Senators in the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefed them and thirteen other members of Congress on progress in Syria. In short, it doesn’t exist. The chemical-weapons inspection regime set up by Russia to protect Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a joke, and the peace talks are going exactly where everyone else knew they would … nowhere. Kerry told his former colleagues that he has lost faith in Obama’s policies, and now the US must intervene to stop Syria from being taken over by radical Sunni...
  • House committee bursts into laughter; Obama butt of joke

    10/01/2013 11:34:47 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 30 replies
    bizpacreview ^ | 29 September , 2013 | Joe Saunders
    "Republicans attending a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Saturday laughed out loud at a Democratic congressman trying to browbeat them into including money for Obamacare in a continuing resolution that would fund the government into the new financial year. The joke? Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., made the mistake of trying to sound tough during an exchange with House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., CNS News reported......."
  • Newt Gingrich: Republicans, don't cave on shutdown

    09/30/2013 3:19:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/30/13 | Newt Gingrich
    (CNN) -- The worst possible outcome for the country from the impasse over the continuing resolution that would prevent a government shutdown would be for House Republicans to cave. This is a pivotal conflict that will define the relationship between Congress and the executive branch for the next three years. The country will be much better off if Congress does not abdicate its constitutional role and if the president cannot ignore that role. When President Barack Obama is willing to negotiate with Russian, Syrian and Iranian leaders but unwilling to negotiate with the U.S. House of Representatives, it is time...
  • House Hearing Room Bursts Out Laughing at Obama's ‘Red Line’ on CR

    09/30/2013 7:22:51 AM PDT · by massmike · 22 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | 09/30/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    People attending a House Rules Committee hearing on Saturday evening burst into laughter when Rep. Jim McGovern (D.-Mass.) affirmed to House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.) that President Barack Obama, by threatening to veto a continuing resolution to fund the government past Monday if it includes a House amendment to delay Obamacare, has thus “drawn a red line” on the CR. Previously, President Barack Obama had drawn a red line against the Syrian regime using chemical weapons.
  • Obama came up with ObamaCare because he needed a throwaway applause line in a campaign speech

    09/23/2013 10:34:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 09/23/2013 | Allahpundit
    Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA [in January 2007], when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment. Why not just announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term?… “We needed something to say,” recalled one of the advisers involved in the discussion. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given...
  • Iran reportedly producing deadly sarin gas

    09/23/2013 12:01:07 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran is producing chemical weapons, including sarin gas, out of a facility in Fars Province. Sarin gas, banned under international protocol, is the gas Syria’s Assad regime used to kill more than 1,400 civilians on Aug. 21. A Revolutionary Guards base, Shahid Dastgheyb, is producing five deadly gases, under the project name of “Baasat,” as part of the Islamic regime’s chemical weapons program, according to intelligence received from a member of the Guards serving in the province. The source is not named due to security reasons. The chemical plant is outside the central city of Shiraz and close to the...
  • Obama has no 'red line' for child-rapes committed by illegal aliens

    09/12/2013 6:11:35 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    examiner.com ^ | September 11, 2013 | Dave Gibson|
    President Obama has spent the last month trying to convince the American people that war with Syria is necessary because the Assad government supposedly injured and killed a number of children. Obama has also claimed that Assad has crossed the 'red line,' set by Obama himself in regards to the alleged use of chemical weapons, and continues to cite the violation of 'international norms' as reason enough to put U.S. service members in harm's way. However, thousands of children in this country are raped every year by illegal aliens, while Obama does nothing to protect the border, nor simply to...
  • Specter of Iraq Hovers over Syria Deliberation

    09/10/2013 5:54:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Hovering over the congressional debate on whether to authorize the use of military force in Syria is the specter of Iraq. It hung even more menacingly over the debate in the British House of Commons Aug. 29 when a 285-272 majority voted against granting the government such authority. The prevalent idea is that America and Britain were maneuvered into the Iraq War by false intelligence. "Bush lied. People died," Democrats liked to say. Brits denounced Tony Blair's "dodgy dossier." I disagree. Yes, both American and British intelligence estimated with high confidence that Saddam Hussein had active weapons of mass destruction....
  • I'll help Syria if the U.S. attacks, says Putin in chilling threat to Obama

    09/07/2013 3:24:04 AM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 9-6-13 | James Chapman
    Russia last night issued a chilling threat to assist Syria if the US leads military strikes against its hated regime. As a summit of world leaders broke up in acrimony, Vladimir Putin declared openly that he is already supplying arms to Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad and vowed to step up support if a planned missile attack goes ahead. There were gasps as the Russian President made his remarks after being asked how he would react if Barack Obama proceeds with an attack in response to Syria’s used of chemical weapons. ‘Will we help Syria? We will. And we are already...
  • Obama to give six television news interviews on Monday as Syria vote looms

    09/07/2013 1:45:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 148 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2013 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will give interviews on Monday to the three network news anchors, as well as to anchors from PBS, CNN, and Fox, more evidence of a "full court press" strategy ahead of pivotal congressional votes on military strikes in Syria.
  • Who Is Going To Buy The US Debt If This War Causes China, Russia To Turn On Us?

    09/07/2013 1:48:47 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9-7-13 | Tyler Durden/Michael Snyder
    <p>Full title: Who Is Going To Buy The US Debt If This War Causes China, Russia And The Rest Of The World To Turn On Us?</p> <p>Yesterday we implied a difficult question when we illustrated the huge size of US Treasury bond holdings that China and Russia have between them - accounting for 25% of all foreign held debt - implicitly funding US standards of living (along with the Federal Reserve). The difficult question is "Can the U.S. really afford to greatly anger the rest of the world when they are the ones that are paying our bills?" What is going to happen if China, Russia and many other large nations stop buying our debt and start rapidly dumping U.S. debt that they already own? If the United States is not very careful, it is going to pay a tremendous economic price for taking military action in Syria.</p>
  • Obama Has No Red Line for Beheading, Raping Girls and Killing Christians

    09/07/2013 2:38:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 51 replies
    AINA ^ | 9-7-2013 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    President Obama, John Kerry, John McCain and Lindsey Graham are all peddling the anti-Syrian government line and now they have a beloved "red line," whereby they can assist the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and various al-Qaeda terrorist groups. Of course, when Carla del Ponte stated earlier this year that the United Nations believed that terrorist forces had used chemical weapons; then, of course, this was conveniently ignored by America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Similarly, it appears that Obama, Kerry, McCain and Graham don't believe in a red line when it applies to al-Qaeda affiliates, the Free...
  • Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria

    09/07/2013 3:36:01 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 90 replies
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/petraeus-calls-on-congress-to-back-white-house-on-syria-96413.html ^ | 9/7/13 3:52 PM EDT Updated: 9/7/13 6:22 PM EDT | By MIKE ALLEN and JENNIFER EPSTEIN Read more: http
    Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.” “Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus said in a four-sentence statement provided to POLITICO. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/petraeus-calls-on-congress-to-back-white-house-on-syria-96413.html#ixzz2eFVZm9TT
  • Analysis: Obama won't say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

    09/07/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | By Roberta Rampton and Caren Bohan
    (Reuters) - It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration's request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line. A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it. It will hurt him at a critical juncture, as he confronts not only Syria, but the nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea, another round of battles with Republicans over fiscal issues, an immigration bill, and a possibly difficult...
  • Why can't the community organizer organize a community?

    09/07/2013 11:35:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-7-13 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    As you may recall, much of Senator Obama's message in 2008 was about international coalitions. He mocked President Bush for "going at it alone." I guess that 40-something countries in Iraq was not a big enough coalition. Or, having UK, Canadian and other NATO soldiers take bullets in Afghanistan was not enough either. Today, President Obama stands alone in the world. He can't even get the UK in Syria. He has found some "moral support" but no one is offering airplanes or missiles. President Obama is saying that the world drew a "red line." However, no one seems ready to...
  • Translating ‘Obama Speak’ on Syria [Our Metro-Sexual President vs. Vladimir Putin]

    09/07/2013 7:28:58 AM PDT · by Moseley · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 7, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Has anyone noticed that a “police action” is being proposed in Syria? Knowledgeable leaders might remember the Korean War. Officially, the U.S. never went to war in Korea. It was only a “police action.” That was going to be short, (almost) everyone said. Now we are not going to war in Syria, insist President Barack Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry and others. We are just going to punish Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad for using sarin gas on the city of Aleppo. So, is that a “police action?” However, the international community is “paralyzed and frozen,” says Obama....
  • Why Is John Kerry Supporting Genghis Khan?

    09/06/2013 6:08:34 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 14 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 09/06/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    In 1971 as I was sort of recovering from service  in Vietnam in a VA Hospital, there was John Kerry testifying before Congress  on television about the "atrocities" committed by the American troops in Vietnam, reminiscent of Genghis Khan - as Kerry explained it. At the time, I had other things on my mind, and I did not fully realize the treason he was committing. In the Twelfth Century, at the same time Islam was manifesting destiny by killing and otherwise subjugating infidels as they  into the  Middle East, North Africa and Europe, the infamous Genghis Khan was taking over country after...
  • Chuck Todd: GOP Actually to Blame for Obama Denying Red Line Comments

    09/05/2013 5:54:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | September 5, 2013 | Kyle Drennan
    On Wednesday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, minutes after President Obama denied setting a "red line" on Syria's use of chemical weapons, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd excused the obvious falsehood: "I think it was clear that the President was trying to depersonalize the Syria issue a little bit....to say, you know, 'Stop making this about the President personally, depersonalize this.'" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Following those instructions from Obama, Todd proceeded to blame Republicans for the President trying to distance himself from his own red line: "...there are some House Republicans who are...
  • Is There More Than Madness to Obama's Methods?

    09/06/2013 3:46:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "The genius of you Americans," the Arab-nationalist and one-time president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, once explained, "is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing." I've long taken patriotic pride in such statements of befuddlement from foreigners. America is a gloriously complicated thing. We often confuse our national creeds for universal principles. We are a Jacksonian people (that's Andrew Jackson, in case you were wondering) in love with Jeffersonian ideals and legalistically committed to Madisonian mechanisms. Like a...
  • Stance on Syria: Obama Is a Failure

    09/05/2013 7:02:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | September 3, 2013 | By Michael Sun
    With President Obama now seeking the assistance of perennial right-wing war hawk John McCain, war with Syria now seems inevitable. Obama’s stance on this issue is the latest blunder in a presidency that now clearly resembles George W. Bush’s more than that of any respectable progressive administration. It is still almost unfathomable to me that liberals continue to lionize the massive fraud that is Barack Obama — a man who rode a wave of rhetoric and hype all the way to the presidency over vastly more qualified progressives. If he does go through with this attack on Syria, then can...
  • The Magical, Mysterious, Disappearing Obama Red Line (Video In The Link)

    09/05/2013 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 5, 2013 | Jean Kaufman
    If Obama wishes to speak for the world, he would do well to understand how the world works. Let’s take a closer look at Obama’s buck-passing statement in answer to the question of whether a strike against Syria is necessary in order to preserve his credibility after setting a red line: Let me unpack the question. First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their...
  • Obama's 'I didn't set no stinkin' red line' assertion leads to near universal incredulity

    09/05/2013 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    Yesterday, editor in chief Lifson reported on the astonishing claim by President Obama that he didn't set a redline for chemical wepons in Syria and that his credibility was not on the line. Lifson pointed to a meeting of Obama's political team where the message on Syria was being massaged. If this is the best they could come up with - simply denying reality - then the president is in a world of hurt. The reality, as Jean Kaufman (Neo-Neocon) points out this morning at PJ Media is undeniable: "I didn't set a red line. The world set a red...
  • Red Lines

    09/05/2013 3:12:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Good parents eventually learn that lines in the sand are useful only if enforced. Inevitably, red lines will be stepped on or, more often than not, jumped over. If the lines have no meaning, children will realize that their parents are full of bluster and either lack the ability or the determination to carry through with punishment. Lines should be drawn only after deciding that the follow-through will happen without hesitation should a line be crossed. A swift, sure response is necessary, with no time for reconsideration or vacillation. This is as true for business leaders, politicians and even world...
  • Obama Says ‘World Set a Red Line’ on Chemical Arms

    09/04/2013 10:08:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 4, 2013 | By PETER BAKER
    President Obama declared on Wednesday that the confrontation with Syria over chemical weapons was not a personal test for him but for Congress, the United States and the world as he worked to strengthen support at home and abroad for a punitive strike. “I didn’t set a red line,” Mr. Obama said during a news conference here in Stockholm. “The world set a red line.” He added, “My credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility’s on the line. And America and Congress’s credibility’s on the line.” Mr. Obama laid blame for the Aug. 21 attack directly on Mr....
  • Obama Lies About Red Lines And Blames The World

    09/04/2013 7:46:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 4,2013 | Melissa Clouthier
    Today while speaking to the press in Sweden about Syria, President Obama claimed to have never uttered the words “red line”. Here’s what he said: “First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama. “The world set a red line.” Just a reminder. He did say it. Here’s what President Obama said August 20th: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president said. “That would change...
  • If We Aren't About Converting Muslims, Let Their Moon-god Sort It All Out

    09/04/2013 7:41:03 AM PDT · by IChing · 10 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 9/4/13 | Donald Joy
    Americans and other Western peoples have been sacrificing fathomless amounts of our blood and treasure on behalf of the lives of hopelessly backward Muslim populations in Islamic countries for far too long. We’ve been devoting ridiculous levels of political energy toward involvement in the perpetual conflicts throughout the Muslim world, and we’ve had it. Lebanon, Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, and now Syria…the list is getting pretty long. I know I’m mainly preaching to the choir here when I say that the Obama administration’s anti-American agenda, haphazard incompetence, and blatantly pro-Islamic priorities are...
  • Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria

    09/04/2013 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 184 replies
    Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria Daniel Halper September 4, 2013 9:31 AM President Obama said in Sweden today that he personally "didn't set a red line" on Syria: "First of all, I didn't set a red line," said Obama. "The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are [inaudble] and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red...
  • Rangel: ‘I Love Obama’ But Red Line on Syria Is ‘Embarrassing’

    09/03/2013 4:43:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 3, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y) on Monday called it “embarrassing” that President Barack Obama has drawn a “red line” on Syria, and the congressman does not see “anything urgent about it.” “I love Obama, and you’ll never find a truer Democrat than me, but this whole idea of any president of the United States drawing lines saying that if any country does something, that he considers wrong, that the nation is going to war, it’s unheard of–drawing a red line. So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen,” Rangel said. An MSNBC host asked Rangel: “Are you concerned in...
  • Morsi’s Boasts of a Pro-Brotherhood U.S. Come True

    09/03/2013 3:49:02 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 12 replies
    Nearly two months after Egypt’s June 30 Revolution, it is interesting to note how the final dialogue between ousted President Morsi and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi—full of threats and vows of determination on both sides—have all come to pass, including in the very details, specifically the U.S. government’s role. On July 5, the Arabic language, Egyptian newspaper El Watan published what it said were the final words between the two Egyptian men, as transcribed by an eyewitness, before the general put the president in prison. The relevant portions of the dialogue between Sisi and Morsi follow, interspersed with my retrospective...
  • Syria Prepares for U.S. Attack

    09/03/2013 3:25:45 AM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 2, 2013 | SAM DAGHER
    DAMASCUS, Syria—The Assad regime prepared for a U.S. attack on the capital despite a likely delay in any military action, urging civilian evacuations, moving soldiers into vacant apartments and issuing new threats of retaliation. A senior Syrian official on Monday said that both the Syrian army and its ally Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, would strike back in the event of a U.S.-led offensive by first hitting American warships now in the Mediterranean Sea. Referring to Hezbollah as the resistance, Khaled Abboud, a parliament member and confidant of President Bashar al-Assad, told The Wall Street Journal: "The resistance and the...
  • The President Must Personally Make His Case for War

    09/02/2013 9:23:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    The grossly obese Syrian officer was coming in the door of the King Khalid Military City exchange while I was coming out. I saw instantly that this was no soldier; this was a thug, a threat only to the unarmed civilians that are his kind’s prey. My eyes fell downward from his cruel face to the piece of flair gracing his olive green fatigues. “Nice Assad button,” I sneered. Real warriors don’t wear pictures of dictators on their uniform. He glared back at me with his dark, rat eyes, not understanding my words but fully appreciating my contempt. Though Syria...
  • Syria gas attack must not go unpunished, says Boris Johnson

    09/02/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    standard.co.uk ^ | September 02, 2013 | Nicholas Cecil
    The chemical weapons attack blamed on Bashar Assad’s regime must not go “unpunished”, Boris Johnson warned today. The Mayor of London also piled pressure on David Cameron to hold a second Commons vote to allow Britain to join military action against Assad’s forces. Just weeks ago, Mr Johnson told of his “deep anxieties” about the UK getting involved in the Syrian civil war in which at least 100,000 people have died. However, he said today: “But to use gas for mass murder is a crime that we cannot allow to go unpunished.” Writing in his Daily Telegraph column, the Mayor...
  • Is It Possible The Syrian Rebels (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

    08/30/2013 12:13:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | August 27, 2013 | EYDER PERALTA
    As it lays the groundwork for a potential military strike against Syria, the Obama administration says it is all but certain that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people last week. Secretary of State John Kerry made the case Monday. "We know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons," Kerry said. "We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets. We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all...
  • SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT ON SYRIA: 'We Are Not A World Police'

    09/02/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 148 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/2/13 | Paul Szoldra
    With the President poised to strike in Syria and the Congress set to vote on the issue the week of Sep. 9, the debate about U.S. military intervention in the two-year-old civil war is already happening amongst the American public. Some Americans have made their voices known to their representatives, while many others have said the U.S. should stay out of the conflict, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. In the poll, only 20% said the U.S. should take action, although that was up from 9% last week. Even if it's clear the Assad regime used chemical weapons on civilians, only...
  • Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria

    09/01/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 1,2013 | SEUNG MIN KIM, AUSTIN WRIGHT and JONATHAN ALLEN
    President Barack Obama faces a clear uphill battle in swaying skeptical lawmakers of the merits of military action in Syria, as top officials were dispatched to Capitol Hill Sunday to make the administration’s case. For example, Senate Democratic aides are drafting new language for an authorization of military force in Syria, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday. The administration’s proposal is too open-ended — a complaint many lawmakers have — Leahy said after leaving the classified briefing. The current version wouldn’t garner his support, but he indicated that a more tightly written draft might. “I know it’s going to be...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians warn U.S. that Al Qaeda has hijacked revolution

    09/01/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 30, 2013 | Tiffany Madison
    Syrians inside the country say the revolution began with peaceful protests from the poor seeking reforms. The movement now brims with violent terrorist operatives aligned with Al Qaeda and Al-Nasra, including extremist fighters from Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. The mainstream media portrays a false picture of the now-compromised Free Syrian Army. The extremist elements within are not just minority-affiliates. They win the battles, they have the ammunition and the food. They have slowly filled the power vaccuum and they do not fight for a freed Syria, but to establish an ultra-fundamentalist state. American taxpayers have fueled the Syrian Civil War...
  • Are You Syrious?

    09/01/2013 1:05:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    TIME ^ | September 1, 2013 | by Joe Klein
    This President has shown a unique ability to make the correct foreign policy judgments in the worst possible way. Barack Obama has had a very embarrassing time of it over Syria — and the trouble stems from a problem I’ve written about before: He continues to make pronouncements that he doesn’t really intend to carry out. His “Mubarak Must Go” was the start — and he got lucky there, since Muburak went, as a result of the Egyptians wanting him to go. He was also lucky with “Gaddafi must go”, achieving the desired result with a maximum of international support...
  • Why The Intervention In Libya, Kosovo & Maybe Syria, But Not In Rwanda, Sudan & Gassed Kurds?

    09/01/2013 12:09:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    9/1/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    It seems to be "show me the Muslim" or "show me the oil." Blacks and Christians in Sudan and Rwanda get the near genocide treatment and the U.S. does not intervene. Nor did we hit Saddam real hard when he gassed many and more Kurds in Iraq. Coptic Christians in Egypt were treated very harshly even before the military ousted Morsi, but did the U.S. intervene? No. Kosovo intevention: Muslims involved. Libya: oil and Muslims. Syria: Muslims, and in a region region where instability could affaect oil prices. But Christians there --- who cares about them, right? Rand Paul is...
  • Fox News Fossil John Bolton: President Wages War While Congress Just Declares War

    09/01/2013 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 53 replies
    9/1/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was watching Fox News last night, and John Bolton (R-GOP-e) was asked to give a reply to a previously recorded clip from Rand Paul, and Bolton seemed to be acting as if the president (Obama) is the one who gets to wage war, while Congress just gets to merely declare and/or authorize it. As if the president (be it Nixon, GHWB, or Clinton) sits on the throne and Congress' job is to merely place the crown on their heads and the scepter in their hands. Once again, it seems as if another Republican goes to bat for Obama (like...
  • Official Quoted Saying: Obama's a Coward

    09/01/2013 10:57:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    inn ^ | 9/1/13 | Arutz Sheva
    Maariv quoted an unnamed diplomatic source in Jerusalem Sunday who bluntly called US President Barack Obama a "coward" for stepping back from an attack on Syria. "Obama is a coward; it is obvious that he does not want to attack and is looking for reinforcement [for this approach]. It is hard to believe that after Congress turns down his request, he will go on an operation like this on his own, without support from the international community, without the suport of public opinion and without Congress,” the source said. Maariv says that while Israel's official position on the possible intervention...