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  • Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal would happen

    03/28/2015 10:09:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Courtesy of BizPac: Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline. “Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor. As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
  • US willing to go it alone against Syria if needed

    08/28/2013 2:55:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/13 | Deb Riechmann and Kimberly Dozier - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it would take action against the Syrian government even without the backing of allies or the United Nations because diplomatic paralysis must not prevent a response to the alleged chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital last week. New requests for the United Nations to authorize military action in Syria may have complicated the Obama administration's plan to take retaliatory action on the purported poison gas attack east of Damascus that U.S. officials claim was carried out by President Bashar Assad's forces. But a State Department spokeswoman said possible U.N. rejection of...
  • Wanted: People willing to die on Mars

    03/17/2013 9:20:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 121 replies
    CBC ^ | 3/16/13
    Mars One co-founder tells CBC about its proposed one-way trip to the Red Planet Mars One hopes to have people living on the planet — for the rest of their lives — by 2023.(Mars One/YouTube) The man behind the private space project dubbed Mars One is looking for people to travel to Mars, but he's not offering a return ticket. "The technology to get humans to Mars and keep them alive there exists," Bas Lansdorp told Day 6 host Brent Bambury in an interview that aired this week on CBC Radio. "The technology to bring humans from Mars back to...
  • WH 'Absolutely' Willing To Go Off 'Fiscal Cliff'

    12/05/2012 4:14:50 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 14 replies
    ABC ^ | Dec. 5, 2012 | DEVIN DWYER (@devindwyer) , MARY BRUCE (@marykbruce) , JOHN PARKINSON (@jparkABC) and SUNLEN MILLER
    US President Barack Obama speaks on the fiscal cliff negotiations and business relations during the Washington Business Roundtable in Washington. President Obama's lead negotiator in the "fiscal cliff" talks said the administration is "absolutely" willing to allow the package of deep automatic spending cuts and across-the-board tax hikes to take effect Jan. 1, unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher income tax rates on the wealthy. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in an interview with CNBC that both sides are "making a little bit of progress" toward a deal to avert the "cliff" but remain stuck on Obama's desired rate...
  • Abbas willing to give up U.S. aid for unity with Hamas, says aide

    03/28/2011 10:42:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/28/11 | The Associated Press
    Abbas met with his rivals in the Hamas militant group over the weekend in an attempt to end nearly four years of infighting that has complicated the quest for a Palestinian state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is making a heavy push for reconciliation with Hamas and is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid if that's what it takes to forge a Palestinian unity deal, his adviser said on Monday. Azzam Ahmed's remarks could indicate that Abbas would also give up on renewing stalled peace talks with Israel and prefers to pursue unity with Gaza's...
  • Obama 'willing' to golf with Boehner

    01/29/2011 11:30:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The HIll [Washington ^ | 1/30/11 | Michael O'Brien
    President Obama is willing to play golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to help improve their relationship, a top White House adviser said Saturday. Outgoing White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that the chances are "good" that Obama and the newly-installed GOP Speaker would hit the links together. "He understands that there are - there wouldn’t be two parties if we didn’t have differences … But he’s always believed that, even if you disagree on most things, you ought to work together
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger willing to work for Barack Obama's administration

    11/21/2008 12:11:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 926+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/21/08 | Michael Rothfeld
    Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to President-elect Barack Obama this week and would be willing to work for the Democratic administration once his term expires if asked, the Republican governor said in an interview broadcast this morning. "I will help in every possible way the administration to be successful," he told Fox News. "So whatever they need, I'm there." Latest news: Governor Arnold...L.A. Now: Arnold might go to Washington for Obama The only qualification, Schwarzenegger said, would be permission from his wife, Maria Shriver. "Before I make any move, the next move that I make, I'm going...
  • Rasmussen: 71% Willing to Vote for Woman President, 73% for African-American

    02/17/2008 2:25:41 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 37 replies · 193+ views
    Seventy-one percent (71%) of the nation’s voters say they would be willing to vote for a woman for President. Seventeen percent (17%) say they would not and 11% are not sure. Results are similar when asked about voting for an African-American—73% are willing to cast such a vote, 14% are not, and 13% are not sure. Seven percent (7%) of Democrats say they would not vote for a woman. Nine percent (9%) would not vote for an African-American. Among political moderates, 12% say they would not vote for a woman. Fifteen percent (15%) would not vote for an African-American. All...
  • U.S. ‘Ready, Willing, Able’ to Assist Pakistan, Gates Says

    01/24/2008 4:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 89+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2008 – The United States remains “ready, willing and able” to assist Pakistan and partner with the nation as it takes on al Qaeda, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon news conference today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael Mullen hold a news conference in the Pentagon, Jan. 24, 2008. Photo by R. D. Ward  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates and Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen discussed the situation in Pakistan, saying the Pakistani government now understands the threat extremist...
  • Iraqis Eager, Willing to Protect Their Community

    08/05/2007 12:57:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 209+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Brian Jones, USMC
    FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2007 – Weary of the violence to which their community has been victim, residents of the Andaloos district here have organized a Neighborhood Watch to keep watch against insurgent activity. Iraqi men of the Andaloos district of Fallujah wait in the hot sun July 30, 2007, to be selected as recruits for the new Neighborhood Watch program set up in their community through the efforts of Marines, Iraqi Army, Iraqi police and local community leaders. The program is part of ongoing Operation Alljah to transform the communities within Fallujah to provide security, civil assistance and...
  • Iraq’s president says country’s forces ready, willing to help secure Baghdad

    09/26/2006 7:39:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 293+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON — The Iraqi government is ready to send whatever number of troops is needed to help secure Baghdad, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Sunday. “The commander and chief of the Iraqi Army can move the units of Iraqi Army from different parts of Iraq to Baghdad,” Talabani told CNN’s John King. “Of course our capital is Baghdad, and we are much interested to secure (it).” Such a move would help address concern by the commander of Multi-National Division – Baghdad, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Thurman, that an additional six battalions of Iraqi Soldiers - about 3,000 troops -...
  • Iraqi President Says Country’s Forces Ready, Willing to Help Secure Baghdad

    09/24/2006 5:07:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 383+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2006 – The Iraqi government is ready to send whatever number of troops is needed to help secure Baghdad, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said today. “The commander and chief of the Iraqi army can move the units of Iraqi army from different parts of Iraq to Baghdad,” Talabani told CNN’s John King, who was sitting in for Wolf Blitzer on “Late Edition.” “Of course our capital is Baghdad, and we are much interested to secure (it).” This would help satisfy U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Thurman’s recent statement that an additional six battalions of Iraqi soldiers, or...
  • Russia to be neutral in possible Iran-US armed conflict

    04/20/2006 1:21:50 AM PDT · by familyop · 33 replies · 2,478+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | 19APR06 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 19 (Itar-Tass) - Russia will maintain neutrality in a possible armed conflict between Iran and the United States, Russian army chief of staff Yuri Baluyevsky stated on Wednesday, as he was answering Itar-Tass questions. "Unequivocally, and I'm saying it as chief of the General Staff, Russia will not be offering the use of its armed forces on this or that side," Gen Baluyevsky said. He called for resolving the Iranian nuclear problems through negotiations. "A diplomatic solution of the Iranian nuclear problem is the only right path; one should walk on it, the nuclear problem should be resolved...
  • Shiite Group Willing to Talk With Sunnis

    12/23/2005 6:14:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 240+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/05 | Patrick Quinn - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's leading Shiite religious bloc said Friday it is ready to discuss Sunni Arab participation in a coalition government, while thousands of Sunnis and some secular Shiites demonstrated in the streets claiming election fraud. Reacting to growing protests over the Dec. 15 ballot for a new parliament, Shiite Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari urged Iraqis to have faith in the electoral process. He made the call after meeting with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who announced the first of a possible series of U.S. combat troop reductions next year. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein's chief Iraqi lawyer, Khalil Dulaimia, claimed...
  • Few Democrats willing to stand up for statewide races (Texas Chicken Cut & Run backlash?)

    12/08/2005 5:11:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 670+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 12/04/05 | Jason Embry, W. Gardner Selby
    Few Democrats willing to stand up for statewide races By Jason Embry By W. Gardner Selby AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, December 04, 2005 On the eve of an election year when the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and other statewide posts are on the ballot, the Texas Democratic Party last week was urging visitors to its Web site to get behind four hopefuls — including the mother of NFL quarterback Drew Brees — running for the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Activists insist that their focus on races such as the 24-county judicial contest is not a sign that the party...
  • Rumsfeld Gets Horse in Mongolia Visit

    10/22/2005 9:37:54 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 7 replies · 647+ views
    My Way News ^ | Oct 22, 2005 | By ROBERT BURNS
    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) - A chat with a Buddhist monk. An encounter with a gift horse named Montana. A peek inside a yurt, the traditional felt tent home. A word with Mongolian veterans of the war in Iraq. No outpost is too distant, no audience too small for U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, globe-trotting to bolster support for Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider fight against terrorism. The roaming Rumsfeld dropped in Saturday for an official visit with senior leaders of this once communist nation of about 2.7 million, home of the legendary horseman-warrior, Genghis Khan. Rumsfeld wound up...
  • Christian coalitions of the willing

    03/24/2005 11:30:27 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 122+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 23, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    I think President Bush's use of "coalitions of the willing" as a replacement for rigid treaties and lines of demarcation between allies and enemies makes an interesting application to our Christian cooperation with each other. This is particularly true in the sense that modern believers in Christ have factionalized themselves with their own rigid and outdated creedal "treaties," whether written or unwritten.
  • CA: Governor willing to change term limits - Legislators' tenure too short, he says

    01/12/2005 8:51:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 351+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 1/12/05 | John Marelius
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday he was open to loosening the voter-approved term limits on state lawmakers, saying the mandatory short tenure is depriving the Legislature of experience and knowledge. "We never really create someone that is an expert in anything in Sacramento," he said, "because before you become an expert you are out." Some political analysts have suggested that lawmakers might look more favorably on Schwarzenegger's proposal to strip the Legislature's authority to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries if he would seek a change in the 1990 initiative that limits lawmakers to six years in the Assembly and...
  • CA: Lodi armor maker: Rumsfeld mistaken - Company ready, willing to expand output

    12/11/2004 10:48:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,123+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 12/11/04 | Jeff Hood
    LODI -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld apparently doesn't know they turn the lights off each night at Lodi's R.E. Services. Rumsfeld recently told disgruntled National Guard troops in Kuwait the reason there isn't more armor on military vehicles in Iraq is because it can't be made fast enough. "There's no capacity is what Rumsfeld said," said Mark Frater, chief executive officer at R.E. Services, which began making lightweight armor for military vehicles earlier this year. "I'm just running one shift. I've got capacity. I could run around the clock if they gave me the orders." Frater's company makes laminated plates...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • A Not-So-Phony Coalition (Does Kerry think insults will win allies?)

    09/17/2004 2:27:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 450+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 20, 2004 | Gerard Baker
    LAST NOVEMBER, suicide bombers killed 19 Italians stationed at a military police barracks in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq. It was the largest single-incident loss of life for the Italian military since the Second World War, and the shock and pain that reverberated through the country was palpable. Hundreds of thousands of mourners paid tribute at a memorial service in Rome. President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi cut short a visit to the United States to return home.Inevitably, the tragedy led some Italian politicians to call for the withdrawal of the country's forces from Iraq. The war was never popular with Italians, and such...
  • Rethinking The Alliance

    08/27/2004 8:24:55 AM PDT · by forty_years · 1 replies · 523+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | August 27, 2004 | Dariush Shirazi
    Many on the left, most visibly Presidential contender John Kerry, often claim that the "coalition of the willing" is weak and that participation from the international community has been minimal if anything. Opponents of President Bush use such claims in order to discredit the legitimacy of this noble endeavor for freedom. It may not be such a bad idea to look at the state of our coalition, not in an effort to attack President Bush, but rather to conduct a healthy reassessment and critique of the coalition and our allies. Several weeks ago, Michael Rubin returned from the Coalition Provisional...
  • Iraq force 'will not yield' over hostages

    08/04/2004 8:33:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 349+ views
    The BBC ^ | August 5, 2004
    Four Jordanian men were freed but the fate of three others is unclear The US says all 32 countries in the multinational force in Iraq have agreed not to give in to the demands of hostage-takers. "We are united in our resolve to make no concessions to terrorists," the state department announced. This is a clear message to militants that seizing foreigners to put pressure on governments to withdraw their troops will not work, correspondents say. Six Jordanian and Turkish hostages were released earlier on Wednesday. The US announcement came as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the force...
  • Coalition of the whining still wrong on Iraq

    04/20/2004 3:55:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 143+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 20 2004
    APRIL 2003 was a great month for those who believed the people of Iraq should be freed from the grip of tyranny, and that if they were it would make the world a safer place. April 2004 has so far been a great month for those who believed they shouldn't, and that it wouldn't. In the former camp are the governments of the US, Britain, Australia, Poland and the other nations who form the coalition of the willing - along with the majority of Iraqis, who still tell pollsters their lives are better now than under Saddam Hussein. In the...
  • No anti-Semitic fallout from 'Passion' - made folks re-examine views, less willing to cast blame

    03/18/2004 3:56:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 227+ views
    SFgate ^ | 3/18/04 | Don Lattin
    <p>Despite fears that it could promote anti-Semitism, the new film by Mel Gibson "The Passion of the Christ'' may have made Americans less likely to blame Jews for the death of Jesus, according to a new survey.</p> <p>Among those interviewed for a new national poll who had seen or knew about the film, 83 percent said the movie and its surrounding controversy had no effect on the extent they believe contemporary Jews are responsible for the death of Jesus. Only 2 percent said the movie made them more likely to blame Jews, while 9 percent said the movie made them less likely to hold Jews responsible.</p>
  • NASCAR - Jerry Nadeau 'willing to go through the hard road'

    07/18/2003 4:31:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 160+ views
    NASCAR.com ^ | 7/18/03 | Lee Montgomery
    LOUDON, N.H. -- Jerry Nadeau may have lost some feeling in the left side of his body, but he hasn't lost his sense of humor. Asked what he's learned about himself since the accident May 2 at Richmond International Raceway that left him with critical injuries, Nadeau said: "I've got a hard head." Later, Nadeau was asked about his vision. "Am I cross-eyed?" Nadeau said. No, he's not cross-eyed, though Nadeau said Friday he feels like he's cross-eyed. That's the by-product of a serious head injury, where your "mind is playing some tricks," Nadeau said. Nadeau was back at a...
  • Nor deny to any person

    06/28/2003 9:35:20 PM PDT · by kimani · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Nor deny to any person… The Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision regarding Grutter and Gratz has had the country abuzz for the past week. And while either side of the argument may lay claim to victory, I believe the country has been dealt a significant defeat. The decision, besides striking down the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions policy, left much to be desired. The only thing clear when the two cases are viewed side by side is the incoherence of the decisions, particularly when one reads the opinions of Justice O’Connor’s. She apparently desired to be everything to all people;...
  • Questions unanswered, questions raised

    06/23/2003 11:53:05 PM PDT · by kimani · 3 replies · 319+ views
    Questions unanswered, questions raised By Kimani Jefferson On Monday the Supreme Court did very little to define what role affirmative action ought to play in our society. In the end, the result was mixed. On the one hand, the University of Michigan's undergraduate program was struck down 6-3, ending a policy of equating simply being a minority with a perfect SAT score (and them some). On the other hand, it upheld the university's Law School program, allowing minorities a "plus" status. My opinion is unequivocal, whether it be a "plus" or an outright absurdity, any affirmative action program that uses...
  • Send a message to Tony Blair

    03/21/2003 7:11:30 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 17 replies · 316+ views
    The United Kingdom Parliament ^ | 03/21/2003 | Interesting Times
    Here is a way to send a message to Prime Minister Tony Blair thanking him for his courageous stand in the matter of Iraq. True, we aren't his constituents, but he might well appreciate a few words of support from a former colony.
  • U.S. Boasts Big Coalition For Iraq War

    03/18/2003 11:15:21 PM PST · by JustPiper · 13 replies · 345+ views
    CBS ^ | 3-18-03 | AP
    "Saddam Hussein, if he doesn't leave the country, will make his final mistake." President Bush (CBS) Thirty nations have joined with the United States in a "coalition of the willing" to bring down Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and another 15 quietly have promised their support, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday. At the same time, Powell said Saddam so far had rejected President Bush's demand that he leave Iraq, but that a number of countries were still trying to persuade the Iraqi president to go into exile. ] "He has essentially dismissed the message," Powell said. Mr. Bush gave...
  • Honorary Americans

    03/18/2003 3:38:02 PM PST · by IowaHawk · 5 replies · 178+ views
    Various | 3/18/03
    A big thank you to the members of what the New York Times calls "A motley collection." God Bless 'Em, One And All... Tony Blair Australian PM John Howard Jose Maria Aznar Silvio Berlusconi
  • Sec. Powell Sent Thanks to JAPAN for Strong Support on Iraq Issue (Plz. Send YOURS to Japan Embassy)

    02/20/2003 2:09:53 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies · 354+ views
    AmericanInTokyo (and Flash 21 News, Japan) ^ | 20 February 2003 | AmericanInTokyo
    Flash 21 News in Japanese today states that US Secretary of State Powell has sent an urgent message of THANKS to both Prime Minister Koizumi and Foreign Minister Kawaguchi of Japan for Japan's statement on 20 February 2003 in STRONG support of the United States on the Iraq issue, vowing to back up the United States if force is eventually required to disarm Saddam Hussein per United Nations disarmament resolutions that have already been passed.Powell is heading to Japan very shortly and will also relay the appreciation of the American people.
  • Libya 'Willing' To Pay Lockerbie Compensation

    09/18/2002 11:53:26 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 183+ views
    Ananova ^ | 9-18-2002
    Libya 'willing' to pay Lockerbie compensation Libya says it is willing in principle to pay compensation to relatives of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing. But a minister in Colonel Gaddafi's government said it is still considering the amount. African affairs minister Ali al-Treiki said Libya is now considering how to comply with the UN resolution that it accepts responsibility for the bombing. Speaking to the pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper in New York, al-Treiki said that "as a matter of principle" Libya accepted the idea of compensating victims' families because it was a demand of the UN Security Council. But...