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  • Kerry: Putin now acting out of 'weakness' and 'desperation'

    03/02/2014 11:34:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 2, 2014 | Kyle Balluck and Russell Berman
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “stunning, willful” choice to invade Ukrainian territory and warned of possible sanctions. “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” one of several appearances on network interview shows. “It’s serious in terms of the modern manner in which countries resolve problems,” Kerry said. “That’s not the act of somebody who’s strong, “ Kerry added, saying Putin is acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.” On ABC’s “This Week,” Kerry called Putin’s move a “brazen...
  • Hillary Gets Knifed in Benghazi Drive By

    01/17/2014 5:39:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    So Benghazi finally claims another victim. The knife sticking out of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s back was stuck there slowly by fellow pantsuiter, Sen. Diane Fienstein, (D-Kalf.) who chairs the Senate Intelligence committee for the gentleman’s club also known as the United States Senate. That knife means that Hillary is probably dead. At least as a presidential candidate. Oh, yes, the New York Times won’t give it up quite yet. But for Hillary, it’s o-v-e-r. The Senate report on Benghazi released by Feinstein’s office is largely a compendium of what you, I and everyone outside of the...
  • A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears

    11/16/2013 5:39:47 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2013 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — In the view of America’s spy services, the next potential national security threat from Russia may not come from a nefarious cyberweapon or intelligence gleaned from the files of Edward J. Snowden, the former security contractor now in Moscow.
  • Joseph Kony 2012: filmmaker Jason Russell arrested on suspicion of masturbating in public

    03/17/2012 5:28:09 AM PDT · by mgist · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/17/2012 | Nick Allen
    Joseph Kony 2012: filmmaker Jason Russell arrested on suspicion of masturbating in public One of the creators of the “Kony 2012” film about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has been arrested for allegedly being drunk and masturbating in public. Jason Russell, 33, was also accused of stripping off his clothes and vandalising cars before he was detained in San Diego. Russell, an evangelical Christian, is a co-founder of the American advocacy group Invisible Children. Their 29-minute film has been watched by more than 100 million people and become the fastest spreading video ever.
  • Meet the Pro-9/11, Anti-Semite Our State Department Nearly Honored

    03/08/2013 2:20:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2013 | Guy Benson
    If all had gone according to plan, US Secretary of State John Kerry would be preparing to bestow an "International Women of Courage" award upon an Egyptian named Samira Ibrahim later this afternoon.  He will not, as it turns out, and for very good reason. The Weekly Standard has done Yeoman's work on this controversy, which unraveled in a hurry:   Five of these awards are being given to women from Muslim-majority countries, underscoring the unique plight of women in those countries. The only problem is that one of the women to be recognized is an anti-Semite and supports the...
  • The Clinton-Rice Credibility Gap

    09/28/2012 6:20:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Two weeks after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration has conceded it was an act of terrorism. The attack on the U.S. Consulate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now admits, was part of a broader effort by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, working "with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi." Yet 10 days ago, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was trotted out on every Sunday talk show to blame the massacre on a mob inflamed by...
  • The Price of Middle East 'Democracy'

    09/18/2012 6:47:02 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 7 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-09-18 15:20:59 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Surprise, surprise. The Obama administration suspended most joint military operations with the American-trained Afghan army due to a string of "insider attacks" on U.S. and coalition forces. "These actions balance the tension of the recent video with force protection, while maintaining the momentum of the [Afghan training] campaign," said a statement released by NATO's International Security Assistance Force.It appears the Pentagon joins with the U.S. State Department in blaming a 13-minute anti-Islamic video with disrupting America's diplomatic and military alliances with our Muslim "friends" around the world."Now such partners will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved...
  • Libya Aftermath: Commander-in-Chief Attends Vegas Campaign Rally

    09/13/2012 5:44:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Since our beloved media has chosen to go wall-to-wall with their absurd "gaffy-horserace-optics" meta narrative, might they also get the vapors over what our sitting Commander-in-Chief is up to tonight?  Do me a favor and go read (or re-read) these posts.  How many urgent, distressing, open questions still remain in this ongoing crisis, as the American death toll climbs to six?  With all that in mind, ta-da:   President Barack Obama’s Wednesday afternoon speech in Las Vegas is being delayed by about 45 minutes, according to the White House. Obama had been scheduled to speak at 5:25 p.m. at a...
  • Israel: Obama's Wedge Issue

    08/05/2012 6:14:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    Less than 100 days before the US presidential elections, the Obama administration is openly denying Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem. Can this be a vote-getter? Last week, the Emergency Committee for Israel released an ad titled, "O, Jerusalem." The commercial showed administration officials squirming when asked to name the capital of Israel, and highlighted the recent refusals of White House and State Department spokespeople to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital city. The underlying message of the ad was that the administration's policy is out of step with the views of the majority of Americans. Barack Obama's position is certainly...
  • The Purpose of the U.S. State Department

    07/18/2012 9:08:12 AM PDT · by Brett L. Baker · 4 replies
    Mission Statement Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community. American diplomacy in the 21st century is based on fundamental beliefs: our freedom is best protected by ensuring that others are free; our prosperity depends on the prosperity of others; and our security relies on a global effort to secure the rights of all. The history of the American people is the chronicle of our efforts to live up to our ideals. In this moment in history, we recognize that the United States has an immense responsibility to use...
  • Let Pollard Go! - An Appeal for Clemency

    12/05/2010 5:37:54 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 38 replies
    "Postcards from America - Postcards from Israel" ^ | December 5, 2010 | Ari Bussel & Norma Zager
    Uniting Behind a Cause by Ari Bussel and Norma Zager There is no better example of “taking the key and throwing it away” than the way we deserted Jonathan Pollard. Most all of us at least. Pollard, who admitted to spying for Israel, has been in top security American prison since 1986. If only he were charged and found guilty more recently, under a President who loathes Israel, than when Ronald Reagan was the 40th US President (1981—1989). Three months ago, following a long sting operation by the FBI, ten Russians were charged spying for Russia in the United States....
  • Israel worried over US defence sales to India: Report

    11/18/2010 11:52:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 11/19/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Israel is concerned over losing its largest defence market to close ally US, which has reached an understanding with India that could result in billions of dollars of American defence sales to New Delhi, a media report has said. "(US President Barack) Obama is embracing the Indian Prime Minister and 40 to 50 billion USDs worth of deals are being wrapped up in one shot," Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) President Itzhak Nissan told Middle East Newsline adding, "We don't have such personalities." Israeli officials said the Defence Ministry and major companies have been closely monitoring the US marketing drive in...
  • PLA admiral’s speech raises questions in the US

    06/09/2010 11:33:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 57+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 6/10/2010 | William Lowther
    A senior Chinese admiral delivered a three-minute “rant” to 65 visiting US officials in Beijing last month, in which he said that US arms sales to Taiwan proved that Washington viewed China as an enemy. Since then, US diplomats and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have tried to portray the remarks by Rear Admiral Guan Youfei as at odds with the thinking of the rest of the Chinese government. But in a Washington Post report published on Tuesday, Post reporter John Pomfret interviewed a wide range of experts, officials and military officers in China who indicated that Guan’s speech...
  • U.S. Scolds our European Allies for Muslim Discrimination

    03/15/2010 9:12:08 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 9 replies · 319+ views
    Logans Warning ^ | March 15Th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    Here we have another reason to be disgusted with our own government. In their defense of Islam, the Democracy, Human Rights and Labor division, of the US State Department has scolded some of our European allies for the conflict with Islam across the pond. I am not calling for violence against Muslims in Europe, but of course non-Muslims are starting to turn against Muslims in Europe, and that is because Muslims have come there, shown the cultures of Europe no respect, and are constantly pushing to takeover, with no concerns for the beliefs of anyone else. Below the article are...
  • U.S. recognises Honduras vote with caveats

    12/01/2009 1:01:17 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 985+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12/01/2009 | Deborah Charles
    The State Department recognized Porfirio Lobo's victory in Sunday's election but said the Honduran Congress still needed to vote on the restoration of deposed President Manuel Zelaya and form a government of national unity. "While the election is a significant step in Honduras' return to the democratic and constitutional order ... it's only a step and it's not the last step," said Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela. Before the election, the United States tried and failed to have Zelaya reinstated. Its support of the election upset many Latin American nations, including powerful Brazil, which called...
  • State Department Offers No Specifics on How Justice Has Been Pursued for 134 Americans Murdered...

    04/21/2009 2:16:02 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 901+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009 | By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
    State Department Offers No Specifics on How Justice Has Been Pursued for 134 Americans Murdered in Mexico (CNSNews.com) – The State Department says the safety of Americans traveling abroad is its “highest priority,” but at the same time the department is not offering any specifics of how justice has been pursued in the cases of 134 Americans who were murdered in Mexico over the past three years.
  • State Dept. promotes 'Mosques in America'

    07/18/2008 2:40:37 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 108+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | July 18, 2008
    This now available from the U.S. State Department: "2009 Mosques of America Wall Calendar: Limited Edition for Ramadan." "Yep, you read that correctly. It's 'perfect for Muslim outreach efforts," according to a commentary at the Gates of Vienna blog. "Where's the ACLU on this one?" The product was being advertised by "Global Publishing Solutions," a division of the U.S. State Department, until bloggers started talking about the product. Officials then apparently hid the page behind the security of a password-protected wall. However, a number of sources said the "offering" still was available in a Google cache of the website. According...
  • U.S. looking into terror list for Venezuela

    03/10/2008 11:59:50 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 400+ views
    March 10th 2008 BY PABLO BACHELET pbachelet@MiamiHerald.com WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has launched a preliminary inquiry that could land Venezuela on the U.S. list of nations that support terrorism because of its alleged close links to Colombian rebels, a senior government official has confirmed. The inquiry, by government lawyers, is the first step in a process that could see Venezuela join North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries designated by the State Department as supporters of terrorism. U.S. laws permit some leeway on the scope of sanctions, but experts say that adding Venezuela to the list could...
  • US DOS Daniel Fried: A Decisive Year for Serbia (Barf Alert)

    03/06/2007 11:33:22 AM PST · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 300+ views
    US Stae Department ^ | March 5, 2007 | Daniel Fried
    Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Belgrade City Hall, Belgrade, Serbia March 5, 2007 As Prepared Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to be in Serbia and in this great capital where I and my family lived and felt so much at home. I am grateful to the mayor and his office for offering City Hall as a venue for these remarks. I am honored to be here, at the former royal palace. It was in this building that Eugene Schuyler, America's first envoy to Serbia, presented his credentials to King Milan Obrenovic 125...
  • Khatami's Propaganda Tour

    09/07/2006 4:25:15 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 12 replies · 488+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/07/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    The Bush administration repeatedly warned that Iran would face serious consequences if it defied international demands to shut down its nuclear weapons program. So what did it do when Tehran blew off the Security Council’s Aug. 31 deadline to stop enriching uranium? It promptly issued a visa authorizing one of Iran’s leading theocrats, former president Mohammad Khatami, to embark on a propaganda tour of the United States. It is the first such visa issued to an Iranian president since 1979, when Islamist radicals loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini seized the US embassy in Tehran and held American diplomats hostage for...
  • Somali-Born Dutch Lawmaker Welcome In US (Ali can enter US even if stripped of Dutch citizenship)

    05/18/2006 12:13:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies · 637+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/18/06 | Uncredited
    A Somali-born lawmaker who may lose her Dutch citizenship because she lied on her asylum application is welcome to move to the United States, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said on Thursday. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, said earlier this week she was resigning and leaving the Netherlands after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, a member of her own VVD liberal party, told her she might lose her Dutch passport. Hirsi Ali has been offered a job by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington-based think tank, and according to media reports had been in negotiations...
  • U.S. Says Burma's Ruling Junta Takes Only Cosmetic Steps on Human Rights

    03/01/2005 5:35:43 AM PST · by ZayYa · 1 replies · 150+ views
    State Dept. News ^ | 28 February 2005 | Susan Krause, Washington File Staff Writer
    Military councils reinforce control through pervasive security apparatus Steps taken in 2004 by the ruling military junta in Burma as part of a purported “Road Map to Democracy” were strictly cosmetic and succeeded only in further consolidating the regime’s control, according to an annual report on human rights compiled by the Department of State. The congressionally mandated Annual Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004, released on February 28, includes a detailed report on developments in Burma. According to the report, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the country’s de facto government, went through the motions of reconvening the...
  • YOUR TAX DOLLARS SPREAD ISLAM ACROSS AMERICA

    09/03/2002 5:34:41 AM PDT · by RHOACO · 62 replies · 1,395+ views
    Bob Lonsberry ^ | 9/03/2002 | Bob Lonsberry
    BOB LONSBERRY Written September 3, 2002 Today's Column YOUR TAX DOLLARS SPREAD ISLAM ACROSS AMERICA Why are your tax dollars being spent to spread Islam? More to the point, why is the United States government paying to bring Middle Eastern and African Muslims here to teach their religion to us? Sounds kooky, huh? But it’s exactly what’s happening. Right now, 10 members of the Royal Saudi Department of Islamic Education are on a three-week tour of the United States visiting mosques and making public appearances to promote Islam and seek converts. Paid for by the U.S. State Department. Over the...