For President Barack Obama´s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president´s ability to overrule them all. Obama´s abrupt decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term team members about how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria. People close to the deliberations say Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power largely agreed about the need to
Smart people surround themselves with smart and capable people. Self centered people surround themselves with yes men. These folks were agreeable to bomb Assad because that´s the direction Obama´s mouth was running. Being a great leader, he let them publicly voice that opinion, sent Kerry out to sell it, and then cut the legs from under all of them.
At least on the quant side of grad school the reason they make you rederive results is that you then "own" the chain of assumptions. BO´s team are a bunch of poseurs (French spelling for JFK2) that can´t distinguish an opinion from a decision.
Obama had NO intention of bombing Syria whether Assad was responsible for using Sarin gas or not. Obama´s 8/12 "red line" was just another lie that he threw out in the campaign to appear presidential. Remember, the red line 13 months ago was use or movement of WMD, and there were at least 3 uses and much movement of the chemicals to avoid rebel seizure. But Obama did nothing, said nothing about stopping Assad.
Only when the blatant use of WMD on 8/21/13 produced headlines did Obama have ValJar and Kerry start the drumbeats for US intervention. Proved to be a grand distraction from IRS, Benghazi, weak economic growth, worsening black on white crime and Obama´s expensive vacays. As tensions crested on Saturday, Obama changed subject to asking Cngress if it would join him in striking Damascus. Now we are to have 2-3 weeks of "will they, should they" stories on Dems and GOPers, all of which obscure real issues. Senate has already watered down Obama´s war resolution, and what is finally approved will call for UN resolution, which will not happen.
Obama may be a lazy, incredibly wasteful Marxist, but he knows how to distract and change the subject to suit his needs,
These jackals loved Assad when Bush was president. May be why they are giving him such advance warning and a big heads up. They all must travel together in a clown car. Stereotypical Democrats, that´s for sure.
Doesn´t Samantha Power, Mrs. Cass Sunstein, have enough blood on her hands? She´s always ready to implement the UN strategy of Response to Intervene, no matter how many young American lives are lost. She is working to transform our military into an International Peace Keeping force. Just another worthless egg-head who thinks she knows what is best for the country...world.
Since Turkey intercepted Syrian Rebels toting a canister of Sarin at their border awhile back I would say this plot is now in the open. Terrorists have Sarin, they will use Sarin, no matter the outcome.
Meanwhile at Team Obama´s first meeting the general discussion was about Kerry´s four meetings with Assad and his overall praise for the Syrian leader.
By the way, this isn´t a new team. Same old crowd of bumbling Marxists that tend to screw up everything they touch. Why do the Russians appear to be the grownups in all of this stuff I read and the Obama crowd full of brats who don´t have a clue.
student union rule_ the Founders forgot that in the constitution/ "when we are in power we will show the world if they use gas we will bomb them unless it is US soldiers being gassed"-bearded student to his minons in 1969 and this is what we get
This is the most incompetent team ever assembled to deal with foreign policy. There is no one of substance advising Obama if that is even possible given his over inflated ego. The Middle East is a hair´s breath away from morphing into a world war, and Obama´s team is the best we´ve got??? God help us. They are so entrenched in their ideology that they are unable to see anything else. Their worldview is their guiding principle and they reject facts as a waste of time. This will not end well.
Wasn´t it on a visit to Syria that Pelousy donned a hijab to show respect? Seems like I remember that happening. She showed a lot more respect to Assad than she ever did to Bush. Where has she been lately? Haven´t heard a peep out of her. Maybe there are a lot of photos of her dining with the Assads, just like Kerry.
Obama´s shadow cabinet must make all the decisions.
I don´t know if it´s a black thing but my experience with working with large black owned firms showed that the white people they employed were usually "affirmative action" hires. They weren´t the brightest bulbs. I wouldn´t have hired any of them.
#8 PEARSON365 says it all. Syria is another MarxistValJr distraction from covering up the secret "stand down" Benghazi murders, IRS financial felonies, NSA citizen spying, Obamacide government takeover of America´s physical and mental health life, government unionized control of all aliens, Feinstein´s Hitlerian people control of all lawful gun owners, DEA BATF CIA control of all prison bound drug users, Holder´s promotion of illegal no ID voting scam of the century, Fed printing fake money out of thin air giving it to the big Goldman Sachs financials to hide, depressing precious metals while governments of the world buy them up with more fake paper money .....
And to top it all off, the TV news actors Brian Willims, Steve Pelley, Diane Sawyer, getting out of their New York limos long enough to lie about all of the above to the unwashed TV audience, beer drinking masses .... paid many millions to lie, like it´s not happening, our Betrayal TV Media and Press, the No Watch Dog, the Ultimate of Grand Traitors to all Americans.
the media told us when GWB was President that the middle east did not have any WMD. so now that hussin is president there are now WMD in the middle east...how can that be... BTW..has anyone read the article coming of of Egypt....that hussien is a member of the MB...might explain why the middle east now has WMD...
It is so puzzling: we live in, supposedly, freest country in the world and we KNOW, that we never get answer to the question who are the puppeteers! On top of that we are in secret dossiers of alphabet agencies which, if activated will bring us to Gulag (or at least, to IRS audit, which is close to Gulag experience). I am sure, so-called, repubics were shown their dossiers and now all these boehners and preibuses are jumping through the hoops to show their loyalty to the cabal.
Give him credit, he may have hired them but at least he isn´t listening. I would like to state that this is the first thing President Obama has ever done that I can remember which I thoroughly approved of. They say it will leak our credibility. No it won´t. Not the credibility of the American people. Just the people in Washington who have been speaking for us without checking first. They may look silly. We won´t.
The mystery of why RSA would use a flawed, NSA-championed algorithm as the default random number generator for several of its encryption products appears to be solved, and the answer is utterly banal, if true: the NSA paid it to. Reuters reports that RSA received $10m from the NSA in exchange for making the agency-backed Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator (Dual EC DRBG) its preferred random number algorithm, according to newly disclosed documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. If that figure sounds small, that´s because it is. Tech giant EMC acquired RSA for $2.1bn in 2006 – around the same
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Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a private mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute was presented to Freel´s mother and stepfather, Norma and Clark Vargas, and to representatives from Major League Baseball on Dec. 11 at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista.
I won’t lie. A lot of this is bloody funny (read some of the best jokes about it here). The fake sign language interpreter is now a cultural phenomenon, featuring on major US comedy shows and catalysing a new meme. And yet, at the heart of this, is a terrible sadness. (Snip)In South Africa, the signing man told the world, you don’t actually have to know what you are doing in order to get a job. You don’t have to have any ability whatsoever, as long as it looks, to most, as though you can go through the motions —
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In an effort to ease President Obama’s reelection bid, the White House delayed the imposition of a series of regulations affecting Obamacare and environmental protection ahead of the 2012 election, according to a new report in the Washington Post. While the administration has said its approach to regulatory review is consistent with that of previous administrations, several former administration officials told the Post that the delays were longer under Mr. Obama than his predecessors, and that the motive behind them was clearly political. The regulations in question governed some of the most politically sensitive aspects of the president’s agenda. One determined which
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EXCLUSIVE: The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times. The move to overturn what is normally a non-appealable visa decision came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some of the visa applicants from Asia, and it ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have donated heavily in recent years to Democrats, the documents show. It also ensnared Mr. Obama’s current
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For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today." The Senate is set to finish its business for the year on Friday.
Phil Robertson disrespected gay employees at A&E ... and THAT´S why he was sacked from "Duck Dynasty" ... sources connected with the network tell TMZ. We´re told A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not in good conscience ask gay employees to kill themselves for a show when he disrespected them by calling them sinners. Our sources say ... gay employees involved in the production -- and there are a number of them -- were outraged by Phil´s comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to give him the ax. We´re told Dubuc felt this way ... If Phil had made
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The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse. A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin." Here´s what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around