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Topic - Bashir Assad
Secretary of State John F. Kerry lauded international weapons inspectors Thursday for working "with unprecedented speed" toward eliminating Syria's chemical weapons stocks in accordance with the recent pressure put on Syria by the U.S., Russia and other permanent members of the U.N. Securtiy Council to destroy the weapons.
Al Qaeda affiliates fighting against the Syrian regime are now debating when to launch attacks outside the country's borders, according to a senior U.S. lawmaker.
The Pentagon issued Thursday a strong rebuke to Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times, which lectured the U.S. on the use of the force and working through the U.N. to resolve international conflicts.
Rep. James P. McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat and one of the president's most reliable allies in Congress, said Sunday he can't support Mr. Obama's call for authorization of a military strike on Syria.
Obama girds for response against Syria; Kerry: Chemical attack against civilians a 'moral obscenity'
Secretary of State John F. Kerry declared Monday that a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria was undeniable and an act of "moral obscenity."
America should end its intervention in Syria or shift its support to President Bashir Assad. Iraq-based al Qaeda militants now control the rebellion. A shadowy terrorist named Baghdadi has moved from Iraq to northern Syria to control al Qaeda's operations there. He is a grotesque savage, determined to compel acceptance of radical Islam through religious courts and executions.
As the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Sen. John F. Kerry denounced the war in Iraq as a "profound diversion" and asserted that without a serious change of course, America faced "the prospect of a war with no end in sight."
Palestinians complained Tuesday that the Mideast peace process barely got a mention in the final U.S. presidential campaign debate, saying American standing in the Middle East will be doomed without a greater effort to resolve the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
With the exception of Iran and Egypt (where the army appears to be effectively re-establishing control), there is no situation in the Middle East more potentially dangerous than the Syrian civil war.
Minxin Pei, the most original of current Sinologists, makes the point that authoritarian/totalitarian regimes inherently give priority to protecting regime leaders over the nation's long-term interests.
President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met at the White House Monday to mark the end of the war in Iraq and reaffirm their commitment to working together to help the country maintain security and establish economic stability in the years ahead.
Never in the modern history of relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia have both countries experienced this level of improper public display exploiting the annoyance both have of each other's policies. The harshest attack was published few days ago on al-Arabiya Web site (Saudi-owned) in which an unnamed Saudi official castigated the Syrian leadership and in particular Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara'a who, two days earlier, had his own cacophonous words berate the Saudis.
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq briefed members of Congress yesterday on the war in a session that both Democrats and Republicans say reinforced their views.
"We're being told that there's two choices: Do nothing or bomb Syria. Clearly there have to be some other choice in between. We ought to explore them," he said.