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  • How Does Obama Measure Up: Putin and Obama Side by Side; I Reflect, You Decide.

    09/15/2013 12:55:36 PM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-15-2013 | MOTUS
    Vladimir Putin (5'7", allegedly), let’s review: His first term as President of Russia coincided with George W. Bush’s stolen American Presidency. I hate this American President, his stick is much bigger than mine From 2000-2008 Putin tried, more or less, to make nice with America and the West. Accordingly, he confined most of his inner-machismo to his big game hunts; and dealing with internal enemies. Ask Litvinenko: Is polonium a chemical weapon? Then, when GWB’s second term was over, he gave Dmitry Medvedev (5'4") In Russia, the difference between 5'7" and 5'4" is what they say it is. a “short”...
  • The Adults’ Debate on Syria: Just War Theory

    09/15/2013 12:32:23 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 13, 2013 | George Weigel
    Might moral theology, in the form of the venerable just-war tradition of moral reasoning, point a path beyond the fantastic mess that is American policy toward an imploding Syria — a fiasco created by the Obama administration’s dangerous combination of ideological besottedness, fecklessness, and mind-boggling incompetence? The question is not as odd as it may seem at first blush. For the better part of 1,500 years, the just-war tradition — initially developed by such sophisticated thinkers as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas — has provided a framework for collaborative deliberation about ordering various means (armed force and other instruments of political...
  • Candy Crowley: ´Who Cares´ if Putin Gained from Syria Deal?

    09/15/2013 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/13 | Staff
    CNN´s "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers whether it makes any difference that Vladimir Putin and Russia got the upper hand over the U.S. in the deal struck on Syria´s chemical weapons.
  • Obama praises deal with Russia on Syria, but cautions that work remains

    09/15/2013 10:35:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    President Barack Obama praised an agreement reached Saturday between the U.S. and Russia, saying it offers a chance to destroy Syria's huge stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat the weapons pose to the region and the world as well as the Syrian people. Obama said in a statement Saturday that the international community expects Syria to "live up to its public commitments" to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile. Warning that the U.S. "remains prepared to act" if Syria falls short, he also cautions that more work remains even after the progress the deal represents. ~~snip...
  • Obama says Iran shouldn’t misinterpret U.S. response to Syria

    09/15/2013 10:33:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/15/13 | Z Goldfarb
    [The Clown] declared that the United States is still prepared to act militarily to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons despite the decision to pursue a diplomatic deal and not strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons. He also acknowledged that his approach to the Syria crisis has been uneven, but defended it... Obama spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” taped Friday before the United States and Russia agreed on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control in order to avoid military strikes.
  • Syrian official declares 'victory,' thanks Russia

    09/15/2013 10:24:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    (CNN) -- A Syrian minister declared "victory" for his country on Sunday, thanking Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. "We welcome these agreements. On the one hand, they will help Syrians come out of the crisis, and on the other hand, they prevented the war against Syria by having removed a pretext for those who wanted to unleash it," National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar was quoted as saying. He called the deal an achievement of Russian diplomacy, and "a victory for Syria won thanks to our Russian...
  • Top House Democrat and Republican agree Putin leading on Syria

    09/15/2013 10:15:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    A top House Democrat and Republican differed Sunday about how the United States' effort to solve the Syria crisis swerved from a threat of military force to a possible diplomatic solution, but they agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now leading the effort. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., argued that a potential diplomatic solution couldn’t have been possible without President Obama first saying the U.S. would take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that killed nearly 1,500 of his own people. “We wouldn’t be at this point if not for the...
  • CNN’s Crowley: ‘Do We Really Care that Russia Got the Diplomatic Edge?’

    09/15/2013 10:05:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 15, 2013 | Staff
    CNN’s State of the Union host Candy Crowley asked Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) if the U.S. really cared whether Russia had the diplomatic edge in the deal over Syrian chemical weapons, which provides a framework for the destruction or removal of them over the next year. Rogers explained the deal was a “Russian plan for Russian interests” before Crowley cut over him with her question Sunday. Rogers replied that it was serious because the U.S. had given away the credibility of its military force by allowing Russia to take the lead in the region. “The Syria plan has been...
  • Syrian minister calls chemical weapons deal a Russian-won 'victory' over U.S.

    09/15/2013 10:00:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 2 replies
    Syrian minister calls chemical weapons deal a Russian-won 'victory' over U.S. 10:09am EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria's Minister for National Reconciliation said on Sunday that the chemical weapons agreement between Russia and the United States was a "victory" for Damascus, won by its Russian allies, and had taken away the pretext for war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Saturday in Geneva on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to account for his chemical weapons within a week. The deal may avert U.S. military strikes. "This agreement, an achievement of Russian diplomats and the...
  • Syria: The Shocking Truth Incriminates the USA

    09/15/2013 10:58:33 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 51 replies
    Pravda ^ | September 12, 2013 | Columnists
    Firstly let us take a look at the "evidence" Obama and Kerry were peddling. For a start, John Kerry makes his mark under Peter's Principle as a failed Presidential candidate. As a diplomat and statesman, as US Secretary of State, he is either an incompetent jackass or else he is a barefaced, blatant liar, either case rendering him totally unfit for the job. One of the photos he was waving around as evidence to incriminate President Al-Assad was taken in Iraq in 2003.
  • Pakistan, India, Afghanistan likely to become SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Org.) members: Zaki

    09/03/2013 8:51:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Mongolia are expected to become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at its next summit, said former Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Akram Zaki on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference entitled “SCO’s Role in Regional Stability: Prospect of Its Expansion” organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute here, Akram Zaki said China and the Russian Federation had supported Pakistan, India and other countries’ membership of the SCO. The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization, which was founded in Shanghai in 2001 replacing the Shanghai Five that came into being...
  • Obama's Blink on Syria Could Bring Peril to Allies

    05/02/2013 4:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked," Secretary of State Dean Rusk famously said during the Cuban missile crisis. Barack Obama has been doing a lot of blinking lately. On Syria especially. "There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movements on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons," he said back in August 2012. Chemical weapons were a "red line." Presumably the president hoped that his statement would deter Bashar Assad's embattled regime from using chemical weapons. And presumably he hoped that his demand in 2011 for Assad to relinquish...
  • Obama Hails Syrian Pact, Calling It a Crucial Step

    09/15/2013 7:54:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama on Sunday hailed the agreement reached with Russia over the weekend to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons as a “foundation” that could eventually lead to a political settlement of the civil war that has gripped that nation and killed tens of thousands of people over the last two years. Mr. Obama said the United States was in a “better position” to prevent President Bashar al-Assad of Syria from using poison gas again because of the deal hammered out by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. “Look, we’re not there yet,”...
  • Report: Syria transported chemical weapons to Iraq

    09/15/2013 9:02:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 15, 2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Lebanese daily says 20 trucks crossed into Iraq last week, bearing equipment and material used for manufacturing chemical weapons. Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to Al-Mustaqbal.
  • U.S. Officials: CIA Has Been Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels For Weeks

    09/12/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 121 replies
    TPM ^ | September 12, 2013 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.
  • In Russia, politics and nationalist pride are the basis of Putin’s anti-American turn

    09/14/2013 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    MOSCOW — First, Vladimir Putin accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of inciting protests against him at the end of 2011. The next fall, the Russian president threw the U.S. Agency for International Development out of his country. Then he decided civic groups that get U.S. financing must be foreign agents. By the end of last year, Putin decided Americans had become unfit to adopt Russian children. This summer, he decided to harbor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency document leaker, despite strenuous U.S. objections. And ever since the Syrian conflict began, Putin has thwarted President Obama’s attempts to get the United...
  • Selling the message: How PR firm helped place controversial Putin op-ed

    09/14/2013 5:21:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | CBS News
    The column made its way into the newspaper with the help of leading American public relations firm Ketchum, which has offices across the globe and represents some of the world's most prominent brands, as well as the Russian Federation. The firm was responsible for getting Putin's editorial placed in the Times. According to Justice Department filings, Ketchum was paid $1.9 million by the Russian government during the first six months of this year. It got another $3.7 million for public relations work for Gazprom, the oil and gas company controlled by the Kremlin
  • The Syrian Chemical Weapons Deal Is Nothing More Than A Face-Saving Stalling Tactic

    09/14/2013 5:14:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com/syria-chemical-weapons-agreement-2013-9 | September 14, 2013 | Chris Murphy
    The U.S. and Russia have reached a deal to hand over Assad's chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community for their removal and destruction. This move allows the U.S. to save face, and it has at least temporarily postponed a U.S. military attack on Syria. But the Syria problem is obviously far from solved. In all likelihood, the complete removal and destruction of chemical weapons is a pipe dream.
  • Beheaded in front of children, Assad's thugs are dragged to their doom and butchered like animals

    09/14/2013 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 80 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9/13/13 | Nick Enoch
    ...Warning; Graphic content A Syrian boy is held by the hand as he walks past the body of a beheaded Islamic militant loyal to Assad. An unnamed photojournalist was given rare access to the public execution in the town of Keferghen in the north of the country. @LeJournal/SIPA/Rex Features ... A group of young children sit on a wall as they stare at the dead body. The severed head of a militant is held aloft. The photographer witnessed four executions on August 31. @LeJournal/SIPA/Rex Features
  • Fidel Castro applauds Russian proposal on Syria

    09/14/2013 8:42:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has published an article applauding a Russian-backed proposal to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. … Castro also lauds Russia as a “brave country” that “stayed firm before the unusual pretension of the government of the United States, threatening to launch an overwhelming attack against the Syrian defenses.” …
  • Obama Falls Right Into Putin's Trap (Moscow Times)

    09/14/2013 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sept 12, 2013 | Michael Bohm
    President Vladimir Putin loves to set traps for U.S. President Barack Obama. The only thing Putin loves even more is when Obama falls smack into one. Trap No. 1. Putin set his latest trap Monday with a seemingly attractive proposal to have international monitors identify and destroy Syrian President Bashar Assad's vast stockpile of chemical weapons. If Obama falls for this one, he and international monitors will be jumping through hoops for years The only question is why was Obama also smiling when he met Putin in St. Petersburg. Regardless of which trap Obama falls into, the last smile and...
  • Tea party friction: Sen. Rand Paul lashes Ted Cruz approach to Russia and China

    09/14/2013 10:00:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 69 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 3:48 pm on September 10, 2013 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>WASHINGTON — It was bound to happen eventually. Two tea party allies angling for president can’t agree on everything, and Tuesday, a gaping foreign policy schism came into focus as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul went out of his way to critique Sen. Ted Cruz’s approach to Syria.</p>
  • Canada’s FM: Syria should not be given time

    09/14/2013 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 6:52 AM EDT
    Canada’s foreign minister John Baird is calling Syria’s offer to begin providing information on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs an international convention banning such weapons “ridiculous and absurd.” Baird said Syrian President Bashar Assad could not be given extra time. Baird said: “This is a man who up until a week ago denied that they had any such weapons.” …
  • Syrian warplanes strike Damascus: residents

    09/14/2013 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2013 | by Oliver Holmes
    Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital on Saturday and government forces clashed with insurgents on the frontlines, residents and opposition activists said. "The warplanes are very busy this morning," said a journalist working in central Damascus who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. Activists said the strikes were focused on Berze, a northeastern part of central Damascus, where rebels have been on the offensive to push further into the city.
  • Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile [Our Boy-President Taken For A Buffoon!]

    09/13/2013 4:04:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 13, 2013 | ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES and NOUR MALAS
    September 12, 2013 Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile Assad Regime Has Moved Weapons to as Many as 50 Sites By ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES and NOUR MALAS A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the U.S. to track, according to American and Middle Eastern officials. The movements of chemical weapons by Syria's elite Unit 450 could complicate any U.S. bombing campaign in Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, officials...
  • Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile

    09/13/2013 9:48:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/13/2013 | ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES AND NOUR MALAS
    A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the U.S. to track, according to American and Middle Eastern officials. The movements of chemical weapons by Syria's elite Unit 450 could complicate any U.S. bombing campaign in Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, officials said. [....] The unit is in charge of mixing and deploying chemical munitions, and it provides security at chemical sites, according to U.S. and European intelligence agencies. It is composed...
  • President's brother key to Syria regime survival

    09/13/2013 3:04:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 9/13/13 | BARBARA SURK
    "He is known to be a merciless butcher," said Mohammed al-Tayeb, an opposition activist speaking by Skype from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma, among the areas pounded by the 4th Division's assaults. Within President Bashar Assad's circle of trust, Maher Assad has advocated an uncompromising response throughout the uprising. "From the beginning, Maher was convinced that the uprising must be put down before any talks take place," said Fawaz A. Gerges, director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics. "The life of the regime depends on Maher's ability to prevent the rebels from infiltrating Damascus...
  • House Intel Chair Volunteers Arab League to Help Secure Chemical Weapons

    09/12/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/12/2013
    Despite calling the available options to secure Syria's chemical weapons "pretty awful," House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said it was possible to transfer the country's massive stockpiles to international control—especially with Arab League troops on the ground."I do think you can get a good percentage of them, because the Assad regime is also worried these things could fall in the wrong hands and could be used against the regime," Rogers told the Intelligence and National Security Alliance summit on Thursday.President Obama this week asked a wary Congress to postpone a vote authorizing force to punish Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for...
  • Ted Cruz: I’m ‘somewhere in between’ McCain and Paul on foreign policy

    09/12/2013 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 11 at 6:13 pm | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Wednesday he considers his views on foreign policy to be “somewhere in between” the poles of libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and hawkish GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.). “I agree with Rand Paul that we should not intervene militarily in Syria, because it’s not in defense of our U.S. national security interests,” said Cruz during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. But, Cruz added, he also agrees “with John McCain that if Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that we...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘We Need A Hundred More Like Jesse Helms’ In Senate

    09/12/2013 9:21:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    Mediate.com ^ | 9:28 pm, September 11th, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    Senator Ted Cruz spoke at an event for the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, and amidst what was a strong foreign policy speech, Cruz got a little personal and talked about the late Republican Senator Jesse Helms, the first politician Cruz ever gave money to. Cruz touted all the “crazy things” Helms said, not as a negative, but as a positive, declaring that the Senate could use “a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”Cruz recalled how he sent ten dollars to Helms when he was a kid, joking that he “may have been Jesse Helms’ single largest donor...
  • Assad forces said to use poison gas in new Damascus attack

    09/12/2013 4:29:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Seo\ptember 12, 2013 | Asher Zeiger
    Syrian rebels claim that the army of President Bashar Assad again used poison gas in an attack on rebel forces in the Damascus area Thursday, an Israel Radio report said. The report was based on rebel sources, who said the attack took place in the Jobar neighborhood of the capital. The rebel sources said they could not tell what kind of chemical weaponry had been used, but that it was a poison gas of some kind, and was causing injuries, including breathing difficulties.
  • “This is not a game”: Kerry rejects Assad’s timeline for WMD compliance at meeting with...

    09/12/2013 4:25:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/12/2013
    But … it is a game. That’s the whole point. If the White House takes this disarmament charade seriously at the UN with demands that Assad turn over his arsenal expeditiously and verifiably, it’s going to put Obama right back in the war box the way Ryan Lizza described this morning. Russia’s proposal is attractive to him because it’s a charade, because it can be slow-walked and fudged at the UN while Congress and the American public gradually forget about Syria. To turn this from kabuki into a semi-serious process defeats the purpose.Granted, Kerry has no choice but to talk...
  • Putin a Hypocrite with Blood on His Hands

    09/12/2013 12:40:32 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/13 | Frida Ghitis
    There he goes again -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, portraying himself as the world's champion of peace and democracy. And, of course, doing it at America's expense. This time, Putin's PR machine managed to get him an op-ed in The New York Times, just in time for the start of talks in Geneva, Switzerland, over a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The column is so filled with hypocrisy, inaccuracies and even veiled threats that it's hard to know where to begin. Putin chastises the United States, which has stumbled badly in Syria, for considering an attack because a...
  • Assad moving chem weapons to Iraq and Lebanon, Syria opposition Gen. Salim Idriss claims to Amanpour

    09/12/2013 1:22:32 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 38 replies
    CNN blog ^ | September 12th, 2013
    The head of the opposition Free Syria Army, General Salim Idriss, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that he has intelligence that the Assad regime is moving its chemical weapons out of the country. “Today we have information that the regime began to move chemical materials and chemical weapons to Lebanon and to Iraq,” General Idriss told Amanpour from inside Syria. It’s a huge claim that would fundamentally shift everything U.S. intelligence officials have in the past said they believe about the situation in Syria, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports.
  • Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval

    09/09/2013 3:42:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Time ^ | September 9, 2013 | David Stout
    German surveillance suggests chemical attack unauthorized, Assad also tells PBS's Charlie Rose that he did not gas his own people, as White House continues to press claim. Government forces in Syria may have launched the chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed more than a thousand civilians last month before receiving a go-ahead from President Bashar Assad. According to an article published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, a German spy ship intercepted repeated communications from forces loyal to Assad asking for permission to use chemical weapons; however, their requests were consistently denied. This latest report comes as...
  • Hinting at dismay with Obama, PM says Israel can rely only on itself

    09/12/2013 12:28:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/11/2013 | Staff
    In remarks whose content and timing implied criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, and a concern that Israel could not depend on the US to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday declared that nations that use weapons of mass destruction must pay a price, and said that his own actions as leader of the Jewish state revolved around the conviction that ultimately Israel had no one to rely on but itself when facing enemy threats. Speaking at an Israeli Navy graduation ceremony, Netanyahu cited a 2,000-year-old saying by the Jewish...
  • McCain: Obama Would Be Impeached for 'Boots on Ground' in Syria

    09/08/2013 7:20:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 63 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Semptember 6, 2013 | Todd Beamon
    Sen. John McCain has warned that President Barack Obama could face impeachment if he put “boots on the ground” in Syria. "No one wants American boots on the ground," the Arizona Republican told Phoenix CBS affiliate KFYI-TV on Thursday. "Nor will there be American boots on the ground because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that. "The fact is [Syrian President] Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people," McCain added. "The conflict is spreading … The Russians are all in, the Iranians are all in — and it’s an unfair fight."
  • 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...
  • Andrea Mitchell's Pro-Obama Syria Spin Too Much Even For Carville

    09/12/2013 5:45:40 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How do you know when an MSM member is pushing pro-Obama spin to the absurd? When even the most partisan of Dems, in the person of James Carville, can't stomach it. On today's Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell, claiming that the world was "coalescing" around Obama's position on Syria, said that there was "a lot of optimism" surrounding the Obama team's negotiations with the Russians. Mitchell said she had seen this kind of thing before back in the 80s, when the US negotiated arms control with the Soviet Union. "It starts slowly but things happen," comforted Mitchell. All this was too...
  • Obama lifted his Syria speech from Bush

    09/11/2013 7:09:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11 September 2013 | Marc A. Thiessen
    President Obama never misses a chance to “blame it on Bush,” and last night’s address to the nation on Syria was no exception. The reason Obama has failed to win support military action in Syria, the president declared last night, is not because he has failed to lay out a coherent strategy — it’s because of “the terrible toll of Iraq and Afghanistan.” Obama further slammed former president George W. Bush for presiding over “a decade that put more and more war-making power in the hands of the president and more and more burdens on the shoulders of our troops,...
  • Obama's speech a model of persuasion

    09/11/2013 11:26:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | September 11, 2013 | By David Kusnet
    Sixty-one percent of Americans polled, who watched President Obama's prime-time speech, told CNN that they support his policy towards Syria. Since some surveys showed as much as two-thirds opposition to military action against Syria in the days before the speech, the poll suggests that he did what presidents rarely do: change people's minds, if only temporarily. How did he do it? In only 15 minutes, President Obama made his points, simply and straightforwardly. Anyone arguing a controversial case in the court of public opinion can learn from what he said and how he said it:
  • There's Almost No Chance Russia's Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons Will Work

    09/11/2013 7:35:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/11/2013 | Yochi Dreazen
    Russia's proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad's government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they'd seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There's just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible to actually carry out. Experts in chemical weapons disposal point to a host of challenges....
  • Conspiracy theories making more sense than Obama’s claims

    09/11/2013 8:53:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/13 | George Spelvin
    Are Saudi Arabia and Qatar trying to get Obama to bomb Syria back to the Middle Ages so they can run that big gas pipeline through Syria? Is that the real back story here, an attempt by the inscrutable Arabs to pimp America’s military to do their work even as such actions would destroy Assad and support Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood? A “Vanity” posting on Free Republic, dated Sept 6, urges Americans to call Congress and say: “I know about the gas pipeline Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to run through Syria and Assad won’t let them!” The...
  • Flashback: Obama Chides Romney: 'The 1980s Are Calling, They Want Their Foreign Policy Back'

    09/11/2013 7:17:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/11/13 | C-Span
    A blast from the not-so-far past.
  • Greenfield:Friday Afternoon Roundup - For It and Against It

    08/31/2013 2:49:08 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Friday, August 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Friday, August 30, 2013 Friday Afternoon Roundup - For It and Against It Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 0 Comments FOR IT AND AGAINST IT Ten years ago, James Clapper, now the Director of National Intelligence, said he was “unquestionably sure” that Saddam’s WMDs had been moved out of Iraq. Top Iraqi generals stated that the WMDs had gone to Syria. But all that fell on deaf ears. John Kerry’s senate career began with a bang when he traveled to Nicaragua to obstruct President Reagan’s policy of arming the anti-Communist Contra rebels. Now Secretary of State...
  • Colonel Allen West on Obama's Folly in Syria

    09/11/2013 3:50:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.nextgeneration.tv/ ^ | September 11, 2013
    "I will not be guilt-tripped to thinking we must act in Syria, because President Obama went off his teleprompter".
  • How Assad Wooed the American Right, and Won the Syria Propaganda War

    09/10/2013 4:48:12 PM PDT · by Third Person · 56 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 9th, 2013 | David Kenner
    Even before President Barack Obama put his plans to strike the Syrian regime on hold, he was losing the battle of public opinion about military intervention. Part of the credit, no doubt, goes to a successful media blitz by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and its supporters. In an interview aired on Monday night, Assad himself advanced his government's case to Charlie Rose, saying that the United States had not presented "a single shred of evidence" proving the Syrian military had used chemical weapons. Assad has always been able to skillfully parry Western journalists' criticisms of his regime -- and,...
  • Barack Obama, NeoCon Warmonger…Who Knew?

    09/10/2013 2:12:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Oh, what a difference a few years make. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize despite barely getting his seat warmed up in the Oval Office. In 2009 current Secretary of State John Kerry called Assad’s Syria “an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region.” In 2011, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad as a “reformer.” In 2007, then-candidate Obama attacked President George W. Bush for considering military strikes against Iran’s nuclear capability without the approval of Congress, declaring it a violation of the Constitution. A few years later Obama attacked...
  • Report: Polish Foreign Minister Responsible For Russian Syria Plan

    09/10/2013 2:55:22 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 10, 2013 | Rosie Gray
    Confusion grows over the origin of a potential compromise on Syria as Poland throws its hat into the ring. WASHINGTON — According to a report in the German newspaper Die Welt, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski outlined a Syria chemical weapons deal similar to that proposed by the Russians to Secretary of State John Kerry well before the current deal became public. According to Die Welt, Sikorski called Kerry on August 29th and submitted to him a version of the plan later proposed by Kerry and the Russians. He also reportedly talked about the plan in person with Kerry during...
  • 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" http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/putin-us-strikes-syria-deal-96559.html?hp=f3 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....