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  • Obama, Ukraine and the Price of Weakness

    03/02/2014 2:42:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There may be no way for the United States to reverse the Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The Obama administration still has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for this aggression in response to the ouster of one of their stooge in Kiev by a popular uprising. Indeed, he would do well to listen to the advice of Senator Marco Rubio who outlined eight steps the U.S. should take in response to the crisis. But whether or not the president acts appropriately now, it’s probably too late to preserve the...
  • Magic Johnson on Obama Speech: "A Lot Of Amens...Like We Were In Church"

    03/01/2014 3:36:06 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 27, 2014 | Greg Hengler
    Published on Feb 27, 2014
  • Iran says to continue building at Arak nuclear site despite deal

    11/27/2013 8:46:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 27, 2013 | by Stephen Kalin
    Iran will pursue construction at the Arak heavy-water reactor, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying on Wednesday, despite a deal with world powers to shelve a project they fear could yield plutonium for atomic bombs. France, one of the six powers that negotiated Sunday's landmark initial accord with Iran to curb its disputed nuclear program, said in response to Zarif's statement that Tehran had to stick to what was agreed in the Geneva talks. "The ink has not even dried on the agreement and already we are hearing provocative announcements from Iran, like this, whose coyness and...
  • Iran six-month nuclear freeze period not started

    11/27/2013 3:46:24 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 27, 2013
    Iran's six-month temporary rollback of its nuclear activities agreed to in the recent deal has not begun and the start date has not yet been set, a spokesman for world powers' chief negotiator said Wednesday. "The actual date for the beginning of the six-month period of the first step has yet to be decided," Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told AFP.
  • US now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t quite finalized

    11/27/2013 2:18:06 PM PST · by sunmars · 52 replies
    US now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t quite finalized ‘Technical details’ have yet to be worked out, State Department says, meaning six-month countdown to permanent deal hasn’t started and Iran isn’t bound by any new terms Iran is currently enjoying a “window” of time before the six-month deal signed in Geneva early Sunday goes into effect, during which it is not bound to take any credible steps toward disabling its ability to produce a nuclear weapon, the State Department acknowledged Tuesday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the six-month interim period, during which Iran would take steps to rein...
  • Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy

    11/25/2013 7:35:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | By Mark Ländler
    The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria. The success of either negotiation, both long sought by President Obama, is hardly assured — in fact the odds may be against them. But the two nearly simultaneous developments were vivid statements that diplomacy, the venerable but often-unsatisfying art of compromise, has once again become the centerpiece of American foreign policy. But it also...
  • Analysis: Iran deal bears Obama's personal stamp

    11/25/2013 4:40:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2013 | BY MATT SPETALNICK
    When push came to shove in the closing hours of marathon negotiations in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program, it was President Barack Obama, back at the White House, who approved the final language on the U.S. side before the historic deal was clinched. Behind the risky diplomatic opening is a desire for a big legacy-shaping achievement and a deep aversion to getting America entangled in another Middle East conflict - motives that override misgivings to the Iran deal expressed by close allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. That may explain why Obama, even as he left the troubleshooting to Secretary of...
  • Secret US-Iran talks paved way for nuclear deal

    11/24/2013 7:19:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | November 24, 2014 | Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    A historic agreement on Iran's nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials. 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 on Sunday. The Associated Press said preliminary and secret talks were held in Oman and other locations. The US envoys for the meetings were the deputy secretary of state, William Burns, and Jake Sullivan, a foreign policy adviser to Joe...
  • With Iran Accord, Obama Opens Mideast Door

    11/24/2013 6:59:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2013 | By Mark Landler
    For President Obama, whose popularity and second-term agenda have been ravaged by the chaotic rollout of the health care law, the preliminary nuclear deal reached with Iran on Sunday is more than a welcome change of subject. It is also a seminal moment — one that thrusts foreign policy to the forefront in a White House preoccupied by domestic woes, and one that presents Mr. Obama with the chance to chart a new American course in the Middle East for the first time in more than three decades. Much will depend, of course, on whether the United States and the...
  • Syria hails 'historic' Iran nuclear accord

    11/24/2013 7:04:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AFP News ^ | November 24, 2013
    Syria's regime hailed the "historic" nuclear deal between its ally Iran and world powers Sunday as proof that negotiations rather than military action were the best way to resolve crises. Syria "considers it to be a historic accord which guarantees the interests of the brotherly Iranian people and acknowledges their right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy," the foreign ministry said, quoted by local media. The deal sealed in Geneva was "proof that political solutions to crises in the region are the best way to guarantee security and stability, far from any foreign interference and the threat of a...
  • Wary silence from Arabs over Iran deal

    11/24/2013 5:10:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2013 | by Erika Solomon in Beirut
    Iran's nuclear deal with global powers was met with wary silence from Arab states on Sunday, with Iran's only two Arab friends Iraq and Syria welcoming the accord but others keeping their opinions to themselves. "I am afraid Iran will give up something on to get something else from the big powers in terms of regional politics. And I'm worrying about giving Iran more space or a freer hand in the region," said Abdullah al-Askar, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Saudi Arabia's appointed Shoura Council, a quasi-parliament that advises the government on policy. "The government of Iran, month...
  • Iranian President Rouhani: 'Iran's nuclear rights recognised'

    11/24/2013 4:57:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 24, 2013
    Iran has reached an agreement with world powers over its nuclear activities. In a televised address, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, welcomed the deal, saying the country had the right to continue its uranium enrichment programme.
  • Six powers clinch breakthrough deal curbing Iran's nuclear activity

    11/24/2013 4:34:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2013 | By Parisa Hafezi and Justyna Pawlak
    Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signaling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that could ease the risk of a wider Middle East war. Aimed at ending a long festering standoff, the interim pact between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
  • French, Iranian FMs: Iran nuclear deal reached

    11/23/2013 8:36:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 23, 2013 | By GEORGE JAHN and DEB RIECHMANN
    Iran struck a historic nuclear deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers, in the most significant development between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement between the two nations. Obama hailed the deal as putting ‘‘substantial limitations’’ on a nuclear program that the United States and its allies fear could be turned to nuclear weapons use. ‘‘While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal,’’ Obama said. ‘‘For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of...
  • Western powers reach deal with Iran over its nuclear program

    11/23/2013 8:25:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 23, 2013 | By Ann Curry
    GENEVA -- Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders from five other world powers early Sunday reached a nuclear deal with Iran, following intense negotiations that took place over several days in Geneva. The deal represents a historic breakthrough in the world's decade-long nuclear standoff with Iran, and in the 35-year-long diplomatic freeze between Iran and the United States.
  • Major Powers Reach Deal With Iran To Freeze Nuclear Program

    11/23/2013 8:22:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2013 | By LAURENCE NORMAN and JAY SOLOMON
    The U.S. and five other world powers struck a historic agreement with Iran on Sunday, agreeing to ease part of an economic stranglehold in exchange for steps aimed at capping Tehran's nuclear program and ensuring the country's Islamist government doesn't rush to develop atomic weapons. The agreement calls for Iran to stop its production of near-weapons grade nuclear fuel—which is uranium enriched to 20% purity—and for the removal of Tehran's stockpile of the fissile material, which is estimated to be nearly enough to produce one nuclear bomb. Iran, in return, will gain relief from Western economic sanctions that U.S. officials...
  • Obama: Iran nuclear deal limits ability to create nuclear weapons

    11/23/2013 8:16:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNN News ^ | November 23, 2013 | By Jim Sciutto and Chelsea J. Carter
    A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that freezes the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanction while a more formal agreement is worked out. The agreement -- described as an "initial, six-month" deal -- includes "substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.
  • Iran Is Playing Obama, Says Savvy Saudi Prince

    11/23/2013 5:06:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Bloomberg | November 22, 2013 | By Jeffrey Goldberg
  • The Silver Lining of Obama's Weak America

    11/13/2013 10:45:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | Daniel Pipes
    That the socialist French government of François Hollande just blocked a bad deal with Tehran, emerging as the hero of the Geneva negotiations, is on one level a huge surprise. But it also follows logically from the passivity of the Obama administration. American foreign policy is in unprecedented free-fall, with a feckless and distracted White House barely paying attention to the outside world, and when it does, acting in an inconsistent, weak, and fantastical manner. If one were to discern something so grand as an Obama Doctrine, it would read: "Snub friends, coddle opponents, devalue American interests, seek consensus, and...
  • Heavy gunfire heard in Libya's capital Tripoli

    11/04/2013 4:58:59 PM PST · by Chad_the_Impaler · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/4/13 | Reuters
    Heavy shooting from guns and anti-aircraft weapons could be heard early on Tuesday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Reuters witnesses said.
  • Obama says Iran a year or more from nuclear weapon capability

    10/05/2013 7:59:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2013 | by Roberta Rampton
    The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released on Saturday, although he described the estimate as "conservative." "Our assessment continues to be a year or more away, and in fact, actually our estimate is probably more conservative than the estimates of Israeli intelligence services," Obama said in reply to a question about the U.S. intelligence assessment of Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons. Obama has directed U.S. officials to try to work out an agreement with...
  • Iran warns Obama 'flip-flop' threatens trust

    10/01/2013 7:02:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AFP News ^ | October 1, 2013
    AFP - The Iranian foreign minister warned Barack Obama Tuesday that "flip-flop" threatened efforts to build trust, after the US president told the Israeli premier the military option remained on the table.
  • US, EU bungled Arab Spring strategy: study

    09/25/2013 7:18:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 25, 2013
    "The United States and Europe have yet to show the requisite political will or to develop sustainable strategies to help Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen in their democratic transitions more than two years after a wave of popular revolutions toppled decades old autocracies," the report by the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East found. "Faced with the vast amounts of cash the Gulf countries could provide rapidly to the transition countries, some in Washington and Brussels wondered if the United States and the EU even had much to offer," the study added. The report's authors -- Danya...
  • Islamists’ rise in Syria undercuts Kerry’s claim they play minor role

    09/19/2013 4:52:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    McClatchy News ^ | September 19, 2013 | By Mitchell Prothero
    BEIRUT — This week’s takeover of Syrian rebel posts by al Qaida-linked fighters undercuts Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion to Congress earlier this month that moderates make up the bulk of the guerrilla movement against President Bashar Assad’s regime and are growing stronger. Kerry told Congress that Islamist extremists make up only 15 to 25 percent of the rebels. But a closer examination of the composition of fighting groups suggests that his figure is low.
  • France fears backlash from militants fighting in Syria

    09/19/2013 11:52:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 19, 2013
    France's interior minister revealed Thursday that hundreds of homegrown Islamist militants were signing up to fight in Syria and warned they could pose a security threat when they come back. More than 300 French nationals or residents are either currently fighting in Syria's civil war, planning to go and fight or have recently returned from there, the minister, Manuel Valls, told France Inter radio. Most of them were young men, often with a delinquent past, who had become radicalised, he said.
  • Assad: One year, $1 bn needed to destroy chem arms

    09/18/2013 9:04:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 18, 2013
    Defiant strongman Bashar Al-Assad promised he would surrender Syria's chemical weapons but warned it would take at least a year to do so and cost one billion dollars. His latest appearance came as UN envoys debated a draft resolution that would enshrine a joint US-Russian plan to secure and neutralize his banned weapons in international law. In a confident interview with US network Fox News, Assad insisted that Syria was not gripped by civil war but was the victim of infiltration by foreign-backed Al-Qaeda fighters.
  • Syria's Assad thanks Russia for facing down 'savage attack'

    09/18/2013 6:30:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 18, 2013
    AFP - President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday thanked key backer Russia for helping Syria face down what he described as a "savage attack" by Western-backed Islamic extremists, according to state television. Russia is helping "create a new global balance", Assad said.
  • Iran denounces Obama comments on possible strikes

    09/17/2013 8:20:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 17, 2013
    Iran on Tuesday denounced US President Barack Obama for keeping the "threat" of military force on the table to coerce the Islamic state into curbing its controversial nuclear activities. "It is a source of regret that he still uses the language of threat after we told them to replace it with one of respect," Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told reporters. In an earlier statement, Afkham said it was "unjustifiable" that the White House could "violate international rules and the UN charter to cater to the interests of lobbies by resorting to the military option."
  • Bumpy road to destruction of Syria chemical weapons

    09/15/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 16, 2013
    The US-Russian deal brokered Saturday to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons will be difficult if not impossible to implement, experts said, not least because of the quandary of their destruction. The landmark deal thrashed out in Geneva gives Syria a week to hand over details of the regime's stockpile, which it aims to destroy by mid-2014 in order to avert US-led military strikes. But chemical weapons expert Jean Pascal Zanders said that timetable is irrelevant because decision-making now passes to the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • Syrian warplanes strike Damascus: residents

    09/14/2013 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2013 | by Oliver Holmes
    Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital on Saturday and government forces clashed with insurgents on the frontlines, residents and opposition activists said. "The warplanes are very busy this morning," said a journalist working in central Damascus who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. Activists said the strikes were focused on Berze, a northeastern part of central Damascus, where rebels have been on the offensive to push further into the city.
  • UN chief ‘sceptical’ of Assad chemical arms claims

    09/14/2013 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 14, 2013
    In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 on Friday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon admitted that he shared the international community’s doubts over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s willingness to comply fully with a chemical weapons deal. Ban’s interview with FRANCE 24 came shortly after the UN chief, in an unguarded moment, said Assad had "carried out many crimes against humanity" and that there must be "accountability" once war is over. The comment was made during an International Women’s Forum meeting in New York on Friday and Ban probably believed the statement was off-the-record, but it was picked up on the internal...
  • US ready for Syria military strike if talks fail: Obama

    09/14/2013 4:47:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 14, 2013
    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was willing to give a chance to diplomacy to help resolve the Syrian crisis, but warned the military option was still on the table. "Since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of US military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime," Obama said in his weekly address.
  • Obama Demands ‘Concrete’ Acts by Syria on Chemical Weapons

    09/14/2013 3:24:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 14, 2013 | By Peter Baker
    President Obama demanded Saturday that Syria take “concrete actions” proving it will surrender its chemical weapons as American and Russian negotiators moved closer to an agreement. “If the current discussions produce a serious plan, I’m prepared to move forward with it,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “But we are not just going to take Russia and Assad’s word for it. We need to see concrete actions to demonstrate that Assad is serious about giving up his chemical weapons.” Just to be sure, he said he would keep American destroyers and other forces in the region...
  • U.S. officials: Use of force not expected in U.N. resolution on Syria

    09/13/2013 7:26:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 13, 2013 | by Steve Holland
    The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria's chemical weapons to include a potential use of military force due to Russian opposition, senior Obama administration officials said on Friday. Their comments suggested Washington will not insist on including the use of force in the U.N. resolution. The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would instead insist that the resolution include a range of consequences should Syria refuse to give up chemical weapons in a verifiable way. Those consequences could include sanctions, one official said.
  • With apparent 'opening,' U.S. and Russia extend Syria talks another day

    09/13/2013 3:28:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | September 13, 2013 | By Tom Cohen and Laura Smith-Spark
    Talks about talks on Syria provided no answers on Friday to the main question: Will the United States launch a military attack? According to officials, they have no expectations that Russia would agree to any U.N. resolution that included authorization for possible military force against Syria. The United States, therefore, will not insist it be included. That runs counter to Obama's call for the international community to take action, including a potential military strike. The senior administration officials said the United States wants a U.N. resolution on Syria in coming weeks, signaling the possibility of capitulation to what they called...
  • The fruits of epic incompetence

    09/13/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer
    The president of the United States takes to the airwaves to urgently persuade the nation to pause before doing something it has no desire to do in the first place. Strange. And it gets stranger still. That “strike Syria, maybe” speech begins with a heart-rending account of children consigned to a terrible death by a monster dropping poison gas. It proceeds to explain why such behavior must be punished. It culminates with the argument that the proper response — the most effective way to uphold fundamental norms, indeed human decency — is a flea bite: something “limited,” “targeted” or, as...
  • A Rare Public View of Obama’s Pivots on Policy in Syria Confrontation

    09/12/2013 2:03:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2013 | By PETER BAKER
    ...Over the last three weeks, the nation has witnessed a highly unusual series of pivots as a president changed course virtually in real time and on live television. Mr. Obama’s handling of his confrontation with Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians has been the rare instance of a commander in chief seemingly thinking out loud and changing his mind on the fly. To aides and allies, Mr. Obama’s willingness to hit the pause button twice on his decision to launch airstrikes to punish Syria for using chemical weapons on its own people reflects a refreshing open-mindedness and a...
  • Obama says is shifting to domestic priorities from Syria focus

    09/12/2013 10:10:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Mark Felsenthal
    President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is shifting his focus to domestic priorities from a tense period during which he sought congressional approval to use military force against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons. "Even as we have been spending a lot of time on the Syria issue and making sure that international attention is focused on the horrible tragedy that occurred there, it is still important to recognize that we've got a lot more stuff to do here in this government," the president said before a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. The president...
  • Syria chemical arms destruction 'immensely difficult': IISS

    09/12/2013 9:57:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 12, 2013
    Destroying Syria's chemical weapons under a Russian plan would be "immensely difficult" and may do little to end the conflict there, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said on Thursday. Russia and Iran would have to play a role in dismantling the chemical arms stockpiled by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in a process that would take years, said experts from the London-based think-tank. "There has never been a situation where the international community has attempted to secure, seize and destroy weapons of mass destruction during an ongoing conflict," IISS proliferation expert Mark Fitzpatrick told a news conference...
  • Iran boosted by US holding off on Syria strike: experts

    09/12/2013 9:54:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 12, 2013
    Iran has been emboldened by Washington's decision to hold fire on launching military strikes against its key ally Syria, which has also boosted Tehran's position on its controversial nuclear drive, experts say. Iran's conservative press trumpeted as a "humiliating blow" the decision by its arch-foe the United States to put on hold plans for a military intervention in Syria following a surprise Russian initiative aimed at defusing the stand-off. "By taking the Russian initiative seriously, Washington will send a signal to Tehran that it's willing to take risks and make compromises for peace," Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American...
  • US must stop arming rebels for chem weapons plan to work: Assad

    09/12/2013 9:51:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 12, 2013
    President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday Washington must stop arming rebels and stop threatening military force if it wanted a plan for Syria to hand over chemical weapons to work. "When we see that the United States truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists then we can believe that we can follow through with the necessary processes," he told Russian television, adding that Washington should dispense with the "politics of threats."
  • Putin plays trump card in high-stakes Syria standoff

    09/12/2013 5:42:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 12, 2013
    After over two years of isolation and vilification as the last significant friend of Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears for now to have played a trump card in the Syrian crisis with a plan for the regime to hand over chemical weapons. If it works, the plan could offer the West a way out of threatened military strikes as retribution for a chemical attack blamed on the regime and restore Russia's image and regional influence which have been battered throughout the Arab Spring. Yet Putin will be acutely aware of the risks of the plan backfiring, in particular...
  • Obama and Syria: Stumbling Toward Damascus

    09/12/2013 4:35:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    TIME ^ | February 11, 2013 | By Joe Klein
    ... On Syria: when you explore the possibilities for intervention, any vaguely plausible action quickly reaches a dead end. The President knows this, which makes his words and gestures during the weeks leading up to his Syria speech all the more perplexing. He willingly jumped into a bear trap of his own creation. In the process, he has damaged his presidency and weakened the nation’s standing in the world. It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I’ve ever witnessed. The failure cuts straight to the heart of a perpetual criticism of the...
  • Free Syrian Army rebels reject Russian chemical arms plan

    09/12/2013 3:34:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 12, 2013
    The rebel Free Syrian Army categorically rejected Thursday a Russian proposal for placing Syria's chemical arms under international control, and called for regime officials to be brought to justice. The Syrian National Coalition opposition group also questioned the initiative, saying it is a "political manoeuvre aimed at buying time" for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. "The Free Syrian Army announces its categorical rejection of the Russian initiative that foresees placing chemical weapons under international control," FSA military commander General Selim Idriss said.
  • France seeks UN ultimatum on Syria chemical weapons

    09/10/2013 12:22:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 10, 2013
    France said Tuesday it would submit a UN Security Council resolution calling on Syria to put its chemical weapons beyond use or face "extremely serious" reprisals. But it stressed that military intervention in Syria was still an option. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who announced the move at a press conference, said the resolution would demand that the individuals responsible for the attack be put on trial at the International Criminal Court. Fabius said it would also demand full disclosure by Assad's regime of its weapons programme, and that the arsenal be placed immediately under international control and then dismantled.
  • Russia balks at French plan for U.N. Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical arms

    09/10/2013 10:58:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2013 | By Will Englund, Michael Birnbaum
    A last-ditch effort to avert a U.S. military strike by transferring control of Syrian chemical weapons ran into obstacles Tuesday, as Russia balked at a French plan to enforce an international agreement under a binding U.N. Security Council resolution with a military option if necessary. Late Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Obama administration was pursuing a dual-track effort to authorize military strikes even as it sought to avoid them by eliminating Syria’s chemical arsenal, an approach he said could not work. The disarmament plans “will work out only if the U.S. and those who support it on this...
  • Obama strike threat is butt of Syrian jokes

    09/10/2013 9:24:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 10, 2013
    A Syrian caricature shows US President Barack Obama smile and pluck the petals of a daisy, as he wonders, "Should I bomb? Or shouldn't I bomb?" As Obama delays a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's regime thought imminent just over a week ago, Syrians on both sides of their civil war are resorting to black humour, sharing jokes and cartoons via mobile phone and the Internet. One Syrian posted a picture of Obama on Facebook with a biting caption that reads: "When Congress gives me the green light to strike, I will ask my wife Michelle and my in-laws. If...
  • Obama to claim small victory as pushes ahead on Syria plan

    09/10/2013 7:12:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2013 | By Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama will take some credit for a possible diplomatic breakthrough on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile in an address to Americans on Tuesday, but will keep pushing Congress to approve military force, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. The White House said Syria's recent acceptance of a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons came about because of the U.S. threat of strikes, Carney told MSNBC. "We see this as potentially a positive development and we see this as a clear result of the pressure that has been put on Syria," Carney said, when asked for the White...
  • Majority opposes military attack on Syria, poll says

    09/09/2013 4:48:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 9, 2013 | By Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus
    As President Obama and his administration ramp up their efforts to convince Congress and the American people to support an attack on Syria, a CBS News/New York Times poll shows a majority of Americans opposes military strikes. Six in 10 Americans oppose military air strikes against Syria, and a majority - 56 percent - disapproves of how Mr. Obama is handling the matter. With the president set to address the nation Tuesday night following 10 days of explanations from all levels of the administration, only 14 percent of Americans say the administration has explained its goals for a strike.
  • German rapper-turned-jihadist injured fighting in Syria

    09/09/2013 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 9, 2013
    A German rapper who converted to Islam and joined jihadist rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad has been injured in an air strike, a jihadist group said on Monday. The jihadist, formerly known as Deso Dogg, was hiding at an anti-regime fighter's house that "was hit by an air strike and helicopter shelling", said a statement posted on Facebook by a group that identified itself as the People of Abraham. As a result of the strikes, Deso Dogg or "Abu Talha al-Almani and several other brothers were injured, while several Muslim children were killed", the statement said.