Washington - U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syrian President Bashar Assad unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack against his people earlier this week. That´s the word from the White House after President Barack Obama met with his national security team Saturday to discuss possible next steps in Syria. Officials have said Obama will decide how to respond once the facts are clear. A statement from the White House about Saturday´s meeting said Obama also received a detailed review of the range of options he has requested for the U.S. and its international
Comments: "Meeting" early enough for 0bama to still play golf, later. Will that be reported, as our forces are moved closer to Syrian border?
Good to see Barry on top of things on the international stage. What a wondrous man... able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq, content to send young American men and women to Afghanistan to die for a war in which he has set a timetable for defeat, able to sleep soundly (without an Ambien) through a bloody night in Benghazi in which his U.S. ambassador and three other courageous Americans died, sided with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as they attempted to eradicate all Christians in that country (currently flip-flopping in this arena) . His face should be etched on Mount Rushmore. Certainly no one could expect that he could crown his accomplishments with any action in Syria. Truly wondrous!!
I didn´t know we had a national security team, rather a gathering of incoherent dead beats on the campaign trail handing out Obama phones. Not one of them knows where Syria is located and they think the gas attack was caused by one of the Wookie´s bean salads.
CBS News this evening made a big deal about Barry taking time out of his typical daily play and Reggie cuddle time to meet for 3 hours ( 3 hours !! ) to discuss Syria using WMD. 3 hours is about 2 hours and 55 minutes longer than Barry´s typical working day, that´s why it´s such a big deal.
How does President Gutsy Call have time for Syria when he´s so busy holding the real culprits in Benghazi to account? Oh, wait...
If President Gutsy Call was asleep - dreaming about fairness, we safely assume - during the Benghazi attack, where was he when chemical weapons were unleashed in Syria? Trick question: we´ve learned from the hard-hitting MSM that there are not nor can ever be WMDs in the Middle East (except for rogue-state Israeli nukes).
If, as President Gutsy Call has proclaimed, the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam, isn´t he down for the struggle for Syria´s Islamist future?
With so many tough foreign policy questions these days, it´s comforting to know we have a Leftist in the Oval Office - Leftists have such a proud history of getting things right, and making the right Gutsy Calls.
You have to laugh at the idea that the media takes this so called meeting seriously.We´ve heard two different stories in the BinLaden attack.One that they had to call him off the gold course and secondly,he may have been playng spades with Reggie.
He was too gutless to watch the video feed,in case something went wrong,which shows someone else gave the attack order,not him.But after everything turned out OK he went on a world tour spiking the football about it.
Obama has skated by for 5 years by keeping his fingerprints off anything that could go wrong.He´s not going to take unilateral action against Syria.What he´s trying to do is assemble a CYA crowd of different countries he can pass the buck to if things go wrong.
I don´t think Assad is stupid enough to gas people when he knows it would make a door opener excuse for Obama to attack.
i couldn´t disagree more, #12. i believe Assad has made a calculated decision that Obama, even should he do something, will not act decisively. which is worse for he knows he can pretty much act with impunity now as Nerobama has fiddled his way through the burning of Syria. let this human destruction be on Obama´s conscience since he did nothing of consequence to stop it, along with the innocent soldiers sent to slaughter through his strategy in Afghanistan, along with the foreign service / CIA employees in Benghazi left to die without his opening one eye/lifting one finger to help, etc. let me stop before i ruin my Sunday.
How do we know that it is the Syrian government using the gas. It could be the rebels. In that case, what are we to do? Plus, you have 100,000 Russian troops on the ground. And the US through Benghazi may have been supplying the rebels. The pro Obama muslims are out to overthrow Syria. If you were Assad what would you do....end up like Quadaffi? I don´t think he wants to go that route. Let these muslims have at one another. America has no business in Syria. Regardless the deaths. America needs to worry about America and our imminent destruction and deaths inside our own fake borders.
So, the Nobel PEACE Prize winner is about to get the US involved in yet another civil war in a foreign country? But he couldn´t assist the Green Revolution in Iran which really would have brought peace to that country? I think I get it now.
Dang, I thought this was a Sagman parody. I still go back to Franklin: "Believe none of what your hear and only half of what you see." Disinformation is rampant in this regime. Disinformation is rampant in Syria. Not a good combination.
So...yet another national security team "meeting" by King Barry & His Knights Of The Round Table on the current situation in the Islamic Syria Arab Republic, a Sunni/Shi´a Muslim country over 6,700 miles from our nation´s shores?
How about a national security team "meeting" on finding ways to secure America´s borders against the millions of illegal invaders currently overrunning our land? Tick...tick...tick...
Might check out who killed Team six by loose lipping and self praising.
The Prez who voting "not present" by his absence "on vacation" LOL, couldn´t be any funnier as a movie (Oh, if only it was just that?)
Mr Prez, sir, just give a grand speech, vote present and go back to golfing. Let the Brits lead, toss in some more trillions we don´t have and then take credit if it works out.
No more American blood (it is all colored the same color--thank God)spilled in the Middle East for a wag the dog, a democrat-type photo op, or to secure the 2016 election for another Alinsky student, Hill and co-prez redux, Bill.
Harry Truman made a choice when the buck stopped at that desk and leaders led for America and Americans of either political party, he choose a million enemy deaths (that weren´t required)to the death od one more American. (He didn´t mention any color and desegregated, or someone did in 1948 (?) )
Someone should have told the islamists that if they are planning a false flag operation they should not schedule it for August when everyone in the West is on vacation. Maybe we will read the accumulated newspapers when we get home, or maybe not, in which case we will never know it happened.
It does not seem likely that Assad would want the US to create a no-fly zone like the one that killed the guy in Libya (cannot spell his name). The ones that benefit from our going in are al-Queda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey.
With his popularity figures sinking into the low forties Barry play this Syria thing for maximum political advantage to himself to the exclusion of all other concerns. He knows anytime the American military is brought to the fore, American citizens usually rally to their leader. He will also be concentrating on minimizing risk, risk to him politically, that is.
National Interest and Good of the Country are not terms in his playbook. His Interest and His Good will out.
Pass the barf bag, please. I can´t stomach the posing, especially military posing.
Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party. Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. "I feel the spirit of my mom," he said. He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are "more focused on positioning themselves for
Los Angeles - Rather than thanking a list of friends and colleagues, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their American Music Awards acceptance speech to send a message of tolerance on Sunday night. Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, accepted the award for favorite rap/hip-hop album, then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in a live satellite feed from the rap group´s latest tour stop. "Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it," he said.
China and India’s success in weakening the latest global warming agreement created friction with other developing nations that are seeking to step up the fight against climate change. The two countries insisted on single-word changes for a deal at a United Nations conference involving 190 nations on Nov. 23. Instead of making “commitments” to roll back fossil fuel emissions, they signed up for “contributions,” a formulation that allows more flexibility in their action. Those last-minute revisions at a meeting that ran overtime by almost 30 hours underscored the reluctance of China and India to join in the sort of emissions
Washington - Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, closes on Sundays, costing its owners millions but honoring their Christian faith. The stores play religious music. Employees get free spiritual counseling. But they do not get free insurance coverage for some contraceptives, even though President Obama’s health care law requires it. Hobby Lobby, a corporation, says that forcing it to provide the coverage would violate its religious beliefs. A federal appeals court agreed, and the Supreme Court is set to decide on Tuesday whether it will hear the Obama administration’s appeal from that decision or appeals from one of
A historic agreement on Iran´s nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world´s most adversarial powers, it emerged on Sunday. The meetings ran parallel to official negotiations involving five other world powers, (Snip) The Obama administration asked journalists not to publish details they had uncovered of the secret diplomacy until the Geneva talks were over for fear of derailing them. The Associated Press and a Washington-based news website, Al-Monitor, finally did so
Tokyo - Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognize China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signaling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. China on Saturday said its “air defense identification zone” would give it the right to identify and possibly take military action against aircraft near the islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan. China’s announcement appeared to be the latest step in what analysts have called a strategy to chip away at Japan’s claims of control of the islands.
Seattle - Boeing´s ties to the Pacific Northwest date back more than a century, when William Boeing purchased a Seattle shipyard that would become his first airplane factory. In recent years, however, those ties have been fraying, first with the company shifting its headquarters to Chicago, (Snip) In the contract vote late Wednesday, The International Association of Machinists District 751 rejected the proposal with 67 percent of the votes. Union members who called for a no vote did so in protest of Boeing´s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching." It´s a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie authors (by the way, whose idea was it for fortune cookies to replace predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression´s popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing.
Washington - Problems with the federal health insurance website have prevented tens of thousands of low-income people from signing up for Medicaid even though they are eligible, federal and state officials say, undermining one of the chief goals of the 2010 health care law. The website, HealthCare.gov, is primarily seen as a place to buy private insurance with federal subsidies, but it is also a gateway to Medicaid, which generally provides more benefits at less cost to consumers. That door has been closed for the last six weeks, with the federal government unable to transfer its files to state Medicaid
Corydon, Iowa - The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America´s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn´t supposed to be this way. (Snip) But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and
After dodging questions for months about video evidence said to show him using drugs, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto stunned constituents and his own staff on Tuesday by telling a scrum of reporters, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.” Video of Mr. Ford’s admission, during an impromptu news conference, showed him asking reporters to repeat the question they first raised in May, when journalists for Gawker and The Toronto Star described seeing video that appeared to show the mayor using drugs. When one reporter complied, asking, “Do you smoke crack cocaine?” the mayor admitted that he had done
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
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
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as
America is facing a wave of strikes by its fast-food workers on Thursday a day after Barack Obama warned that inequality in the USA had soared to the point that it now posed "a fundamental threat to the American dream". Low-paid workers in McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and other fast-food outlets in 100 cities across America were due to start rolling strikes to protest at the low level of America´s $7.25 (£4.45) federal minimum wage. The strikes are the latest part of a mushrooming publicity campaign for higher wages among those working so-called "McJobs", with fast-food restaurants seen as a
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to
The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation. [snip] If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale. At the end of the conversation -- which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran -- Obama revealed what´s at the top of his bucket