Congress has been notified that the United States will acknowledge that Syria has used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times and a “red line” has been crossed, according to congressional sources.
The intelligence community has concluded that sarin gas was used and 100-150 people have died, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.
The Syrian government and rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons on the battlefield, prompting the United Nations to call for the deployment of an international team of investigators. Both sides have denied using chemical weapons.
The Syrian government has been battling a rebellion for more than two years.
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CBS NEWS/ May 13, 2013, 2:31 AM
ISLAMABAD – Pakistanis were mesmerized last week by the spectacle of candidate Imran Khan toppling backwards off a fork-lift at a campaign rally just days before national parliamentary elections.
Grainy pictures of the fall and Khan’s emotional appeal to his supporters later — wearing a neck brace in a hospital bed — elbowed other news stories aside.
In ordinary circumstances, one story in particular would have grabbed much bigger headlines last week.
On Thursday, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan ruled that U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory are illegal, inhumane and a violation of the United Nations charter on human rights.
The drones belong to the United States. They regularly fly from Afghanistan over the border into Pakistani air space to fire missiles at suspected Taliban militant leaders.
So, you have clipped the Carolina wings of an ultra-qualified black woman in politics. What have you gained more than a black mark on your own legacies. But, you don’t care for fairness in government. ”No whipped cream on your apple pie, Susan Rice,” you tell your victim. Today the American people have more respect for the victim of your power-play than any success you may take delight in. Enjoy the bitter taste of such success as it macerates in your sorry mouths.
Note: Senator Graham’s first name is “Lindsey,” actually. Sorry.
President Obama has Susan Rice’s back.
At a press conference this afternoon, the commander-in-chief came out swinging against Republican senators who are fiercely criticizing the U.N. ambassador, who is rumored to be one of the top candidates to take Hillary Clinton’s Secretary of State post when she steps down next year.
Many Republicans blame Rice for publicly stating that the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was caused by a spontaneous riot rather than the terrorist-fueled assault that it has since been revealed to be.
Still, Rice has done “exemplary work,” Obama said. “She has represented the United States and our interests in the United Nations with skill… and grace. As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided before. If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after someone they should go after me.”
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WASHINGTON — Days after Mitt Romney backed off his claim, made during a secretly recorded fundraiser, that 47 percent of Americans depend on the government and see themselves as victims, the Republican presidential nominee is set to soften another controversial remark he made that night.
In a heavily hyped foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, Romney plans to declare his commitment to the notion of “a Democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.” According to advance excerpts of his remarks provided by the campaign, he will also knock President Barack Obama for failing to make progress on a two-state solution, instead abdicating responsibility to international institutions like the United Nations.
“In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new president will bring the chance to begin anew,” Romney will say.
Romney is hardly the first political figure to criticize Obama for inaction on the Israel-Palestine conflict. A number of Middle East observers have expressed their frustration with the hand the president has played on this front. But the idea that Romney is eager to forge ahead with the two-state solution in a way Obama failed to do contradicts his own words.
Swords Into Plowshares
The United Nations garden contains several sculptures and statues that have been donated by different countries. This one is called “Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares” and was a gift from the then Soviet Union presented in 1959. Made by Evgeniy Vuchetich, the bronze statue represents the figure of a man holding a hammer in one hand and, in the other, a sword which he is making into a plowshare, symbolizing man’s desire to put an end to war and convert the means of destruction into creative tools for the benefit of all mankind.
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