Sen. John McCain Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the bloody civil war there began more than two years ago, The Daily Beast has learned. McCain, one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration’s Syria policy, made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. (Snip) [Rebel leaders asked the U.S. to] provide them with heavy weapons, a no-fly zone, and airstrikes on the Syrian regime and the forces of Hezbollah, which is increasingly active in Syria.
Comments: It is disgusting that this self aggrandizing RINO is conducting meetings with the Syrian rebels, whose allegiances are unknown (but suspect) and which co-opt State Department prerogatives.
I think there´s something to what #4 said. McCain is also pals with Kerry. If Assad takes the town of Qusayr he´s essentially won. Syria will have a clear, direct route to transfer weapons (missiles) to Hezbollah. The war´s about to escalate.
#4, yup, you nailed it. Go directly to the Genius Bar; do not pass Go! JohnnieMac is probably in it up to his shifty eyeballs as far as what Benghazi is really all about...and THAT´S why he & other Pubbies are so panicked and making nice to this entire sick administration. BO duped them all and suckered them in on some ´reach across the aisle" covert ops... They fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
Timely question: Have the wealthy McCains been audited by the IRS during Obama´s reign? How about an OSHA inspection of Mrs McCain´s business? Perhaps an ICE visit?? Have a feeling Obama exempted the McCains from all the hassles imposed on Romney supporters in order to keep John subservient.
As to Syria, someone tell McCain he lost in 2008. Obama is president, not you. Obama has to inform the nation of our options and be responsible for his actions or inactions, not an elderly senator from Arizona.
I´ve noticed a large mass has returned to the left cheek area of his face. John, Rino of AZ, you need to resign your seat and spend what time remains to you with your family. Really, you need to do this.
What happened was they were heading to Paris for a weekend getaway and McC demanded to fly the plane, screaming his father was an admiral. They gave into him and he crashed the plane over Syria./s This was simply grandstanding. He had no right to pull a stunt like this. It was reckless. It is for the executive branch to deal with these matters. What if the old fool had been captured or killed? I do like the possible aggravation he might have caused BHO.
#11 and #4, yes, McCain was on board with the Libyan rebels and surely was part of the gunrunning from Benghazi. Boehner changes the subject when Benghazi comes up and starts talking about jobs, Keystone--anything to avoid addressing the mess that McCain and other GOP bigwigs have been in on with the four American deaths unanswered for. McCain tried to take down Michele Bachmann when she criticized Huma´s and our entire government´s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. McCain loves the MoBros and O-bro and is a double agent. Also, despite being rich, I think he is in it for more money as well as feeding his grandiosity.
While i have no use for McCain--old and embarrassing are the kindest things I can think to say about him--pay attention to comments by #4 and 11. As 0´s emissary, McCain could(will) pull us into a conflict that could cause the much dreaded Mideast meltdown--and possibly worse. McCain is a an unaccountable, reckless warmonger anxious to spend American blood and treasure. Stay tuned to his sidekick Lindsey Graham´s pronouncements on Syria.....
I agree with #3. I didn´t like it when dems went to other countries when Bush was President and it´s not the place of the opposition now either - despite my agreement with those who think this was collusion between McCain and Obama. Unfortunately, McCain wants attention so badly he´ll work with someone who has repeatedly humiliated him, and in his old age McCain has horrible judgment. I voted for him but did so holding my nose. I still would prefer him over Obama but he´s really quite unqualified for his current office or any higher one.
This is why McCain won´t push to find out what "really" happened in Benghazi. He already knew what was happening regarding the weapons transfers and approved of it. They were to go to the people he met with.
I have to wonder just how many competing groups are fighting against the Syrian government. How did McCain decide which group to meet with? When Assad is finally overthrown, I expect the fighting to go on indefinitely.
#31, or...could it be that BO saw an opportunity to use McCain---and he played him like a Stradivarius. "John, we need someone with your expertise...someone who cares about the country more than partisan politics...John, you´re the only guy who can get this done..." Why NOT have a REPUBLICAN senior senator left in the thick of things should the whole Benghazi operation fail? McCain was snookered by a Chicago hustler. What a dummy!
I´ve been watching the Syrian violence on youtube. Some of the most grisly combat footage ever seen is on there. Horror beyond horros- And when I heard of McCain going in there, . . .well, let me just say, my imagination ran wild with hopeful anticipation. But, he came out in one piece.
I agree with #17,McLame is a dangerous war monger. Instead of helping zippy create a muslim brotherhood dominated mideast, mccain should be fighting an important war in Arizona. Americans have died defending their properties and homes from invading illegal aliens and drug cartels.
Oh, I forgot, mccain is in the Az. war, unfortunately he´s fighting against Arizona.
McCain hasn´t done anything for folks in Arizona as far as border security goes. My wife and I live just over a mile from the border in the Yuma Sector. We´re packing every time we leave the house and the 12 gauge is always close by when we´re home.
Before he paused to allow reporters to ask questions about the nuclear deal with Iran that he had just announced in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to anticipate one line of criticism about the accord -- that it effectively cedes to the Islamic regime the right to enrich uranium, despite half a dozen U.N. Security Council resolutions declaring the activity illegal. And he moved, preemptively, to address it. "In 2003, when the Iranians made an offer to the former administration with respect to their nuclear program, there were 164 centrifuges," (snip) today there are 19,000 centrifuges and growing."
In Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, the eponymous Auric Goldfinger observes: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it’s enemy action. That may be overly generous. A couple of weeks back, cancer patient Bill Elliot, in a defiant appearance on Fox News, discussed the cancelation of his insurance and what he intended to do about it. He’s now being audited. Insurance agent C Steven Tucker, who quaintly insists that the whimsies of the hyper-regulatory bureaucracy do not trump your legal rights, saw the interview and reached out to Mr Elliot to help him. And he’s now being audited.
Under the agreement reached in Geneva over the weekend, Iran is permitted to keep one-half of the uranium it has enriched to the 20% level, and is required to dilute the remaining one-half to 5% U-235. It is allowed to continue enriching uranium, but agrees not to take that process beyond 5% U-235 during the next six months. No doubt many people who hear about those terms will be reassured, thinking that 5% enrichment, and even 20%, represents only a small percentage of the total effort (snip) for a nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
It isn’t surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible. (snip) Iran will achieve nuclear capability while enriching itself through the deal because the deal gives Iran sanctions relief without requiring Iran to make any irreversible concessions. Indeed, Iran just received the international community’s permission to continue to enrich uranium, keep all its nuclear installations open and build new centrifuges.
Negotiations for an “interim” arrangement over Iran’s nuclear weapons program finally succeeded this past weekend, as Security Council foreign ministers (plus Germany) flew to Geneva to meet their Iranian counterpart. After raising expectations of a deal by first convening on November 8-10, it would have been beyond humiliating to gather again without result. So agreement was struck despite solemn incantations earlier that “no deal is better than a bad deal.” (snip) This is abject surrender by the United States.
As we go to press, the Obama administration seems to be hurtling towards a bad deal with Iran. The administration will claim the agreement freezes and indeed sets back the Iranian nuclear program. But even the New York Times acknowledges that “only some elements are frozen, and rollbacks in the initial agreement are relatively minor” and can be easily reversed. Furthermore, the “deal” would mean the United States would retreat from its previous clear red line—one embodied in repeated U.N. Security Council resolutions—of requiring that Iran stop enrichment.
On November 22, 1963, two other notable men died, and got relegated to the foot of page 37 — the British authors C. S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Lewis endures because of the Narnia books (and films), but there’s a lot more in the back of his wardrobe. In his book The Abolition of Man, he writes of “men without chests” — the chest being “the indispensable liaison” between the head and the gut, between “cerebral man” and “visceral man.” In the chest beat what Lewis calls “the trained emotions.” Without them there is no honor or virtue, but only
I’m not going to insult your intelligence by pretending there’s a right and a wrong side in the just-concluded battle over the filibuster. At this point, arguments about the justice of the filibuster are entirely instrumental: To know what someone is going to write, you need only know which party they supported in the last election. Let us just note that this has been a long time coming, and at this point it was probably inevitable from one side or another; the grievances are long and deep, and both sides have joyously fed the wild tide of ill will
Poor countries pulled out of the United Nations climate talks during a fight over transferring wealth from richer countries to fight global warming. The G77 and China bloc led 132 poor countries in a walk out during talks about “loss and damage” compensation for the consequences of global warming that countries cannot adapt to, like Typhoon Haiyan. The countries that left claim to have the support of other coalitions of poor nations, (snip) Developed countries have also banded together to block attempts to create a whole new bureaucracy to handle climate “reparations” to poor countries.
New York City police authorities are investigating a series of unprovoked physical attacks in public places on people who are Jewish, in the form of what is called "the knockout game." The way the game is played, one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, preferably with one punch, as they pass by. Often some other member of the group records the event, so that a video of that "achievement" is put on the Internet, to be celebrated.
More than a year after three Marines were shot to death on their base in an insider attack by an Afghan police chief’s “tea boy,” there is still no official explanation for why a warning that could well have prevented the tragedy seems to have gone unheeded. There is also no explanation for why the police chief was allegedly allowed to sexually assault children with apparent impunity on an American military facility. But authorities have taken action against one person they should be praising, the 32-year-old Marine Reserve officer who issued the warning about the police chief
Oprah Winfrey figures that old people marinated in racism should just die. I´m not exaggerating. She said it the other day in an interview with the BBC to promote her film "Lee Daniels´ The Butler." “There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die,” Oprah said. And she condemned criticism of President Barack Obama by saying that much of it is steeped in racism. “Yeah, I think that there is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
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