The U.S. and its NATO allies are poised this week to formally invite Montenegro to join the alliance — even though the move is almost certain to anger Moscow, and even though some critics on both sides of the Atlantic warn the tiny Balkan nation’s leadership has failed to embrace political standards and civil reforms once required for membership in the world’s most powerful military club.
President Obama vowed Tuesday that the U.S. will provide leadership on global warming, then left the Paris talks and flew back to Washington to leave it to his lieutenants to try to strike a deal that he hopes will be “legally binding” on his successor.
That pesky carbon footprint. No matter how they spin it, the 190 global leaders now gathered in Paris to talk about climate change can’t escape their own carbon footprints left by their aircraft and ground transportation. The United Nation’s‘ own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change itself says that such transport accounts for 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and the percentage is expected to increase. The Swiss-based Air Transport Action Group says the aviation industry alone produces 12 percent. But the big shots have to get there some how, and most fly in.
President Obama said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t want a repeat of Afghanistan with its military action in Syria, but he doesn’t expect Moscow to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war anytime soon.
With Islamist terrorism overshadowing his starring role at a climate change summit, President Obama tried to play peacemaker between Turkey and Russia Tuesday amid signs that escalating tensions could further harbor the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State.
American and Canada are not the destinations of choice for Syrian refugees looking to escape the violence within their nation. Only 6 percent, in fact, cited North America as the place they would prefer to live in, this according to a new Gallup poll of Syrians released Monday.
President Obama called himself an “island boy” Tuesday at the climate-change summit in Paris during a discussion of the impact of rising seas on island nations.
Anyone who listened to President Obama speak to reporters in Paris on Tuesday would reasonably conclude it is high time to start drawing up the papers to transmit to Congress for his removal.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, blasted both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel Sunday, saying the Iraq war was a mistake that led to the creation of the Islamic State terror group.
Would-be Cyber Monday sales were busted up by the tens of thousands as the result of a multinational law enforcement effort that allowed authorities to quash 37,479 websites suspected of illegally selling counterfeit goods ahead of one of the holiday season’s biggest shopping days, officials said this week.