163 people killed in Syria today, according to a local activist committee. The fact that one of them was a Michigan woman has turned heads at the State Department; according to both AP and John McCain, the regime has recently gained the upper hand in the two-year-old conflict, which has claimed roughly 80,000 lives so far. source
Keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in forming a coalition [in Libya]… Liberated a country that had been under a dictator for 40 years… and as a result, you had thousands of Libyans in the streets saying, ‘America is our friend.’President Obama, touting his decision to enter the coalition that deposed former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
[Romney’s] doubling down on criticism of the President for the statement coming out of Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign.Time’s Mark Halperin. In case you missed it: Yesterday, Mitt Romney knocked President Obama for “sympathiz[ing] with those who waged the attacks” on US diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt. This claim was false to begin with—Obama didn’t express any sympathy for the attackers—but was made all the more awkward when, six hours after Romney’s statement, news came out that the US ambassador to Libya was killed in the attacks. After that revelation, Romney doubled-down on his attacks on POTUS, and so now, it seems a bit as if Romney is claiming that Obama supported the killing of one of his own ambassadors. Notable here is that very few prominent Republicans are backing Romney up on this—he’s more or less alone. source
apocalypsesunshine says: If you’re interested in what’s happening in Syria, this is good. That said, I find it mildly disturbing that they refer to it as a recap of sorts, as I identify recaps with entertainment media. Pop culture, stop infiltrating absolutely everything.
» SFB says: Recap is a synonym of “summary,” and it’s useful when writing not to keep repeating phrases. To just make a point on this, sort of a general thought on these types of comments, which we seem to get a lot: If we treat every phrase like a loaded word, we miss out on the big picture. Let’s consider the full context instead of the semantics. — Ernie @ SFB
He was given two options: to either take the office of prime minister or be killed. He had a third option in mind: to plan his own defection in order to direct a blow to the regime from within, and today, he is declaring his defection.A spokesman for Riyad Hijab, who defected today from his post as Syrian Prime Minister • Hijab, a former agricultural secretary, was named Prime Minister in June, but according to his spokesman, he’d planned his defection since before then. One thing to keep in mind: While it’s impossible to know for sure, many of these high-level Syrian defections are likely as much a result of pragmatism—that is, the recognition that the al-Assad regime will soon fall—as they are the result of moral objections to the regime’s actions. source (via • follow)
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