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February 23, 2014
15:40 // 6 months ago
January 15, 2014
14:11 // 7 months ago
December 16, 2013
14:58 // 8 months ago
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

(Source: nytimes.com )

12:35 // 8 months ago
November 30, 2013
11:18 // 9 months ago
November 3, 2013
14:25 // 9 months ago
October 26, 2013
14:12 // 10 months ago
August 15, 2013

Obama’s tough stance on military sexual assault apparently a little too blunt

  • then In a May speech, President Obama took a hard-line stance against sexual assault cases in the military. “I don’t want just more speeches or awareness programs or training but, ultimately, folks look the other way,” he said at the time. “If we find out somebody is engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable - prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.”
  • now After a number of cases were directly swayed by the president’s comments, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent out a letter softening the administration’s stance on the issue, in part because the move was seen as an unlawful influence in legal cases by defense attorneys. “There are no expected or required dispositions, outcomes or sentences in any military justice case, other than what result from the individual facts and merits of a case and the application to the case of the fundamentals of due process of law,” he wrote in a letter obtained by the The New York Times. Nonetheless, Hagel is working on improving internal structures to ensure such cases are not swept under the rug. source
19:58 // 1 year ago
August 14, 2013
We have repeatedly called on the Egyptian military and security forces to show restraint, and for the government to respect the universal rights of its citizens, just as we have urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. Violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy, and runs directly counter to the pledges by the interim government to pursue reconciliation.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest • Condemning this morning’s violent crackdowns throughout Egypt, on behalf of the Obama Administration, following reports that more than 140 people were killed when Egyptian military forces forcibly removed demonstrators from their camps in Cairo and elsewhere. The vast majority of those killed are believed to be supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and/or former president Mohamed Morsi, many of whom did not believe the military would ever resort to the violence which was carried out on Wednesday. Egypt’s interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned from his post on Wednesday, in response to the violent crackdown by Egypt’s military. source
14:54 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2013
Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him…I hope it will not affect the business-like character of our relations with the U.S. and I hope that our partners will understand that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, flippantly brushing aside Washington’s demands that Russia extradite Edward Snowden. “Moscow is now giving wedgies and making the Obama administration eat bugs,” the American Interest’s Walter Russell Mead wrote yesterday. That may be true, but Putin also claimed that Russian intelligence hasn’t attempted to debrief Snowden, which if true, should at least be a minor relief to the Obama Administration. Still, though, this is undoubtedly aggravating news for Washington. source
15:29 // 1 year ago