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Syrian Rebels Fly Al Qaeda Flag

27 Jun

“It didn’t happen in Afghanistan or the tribal regions in Pakistan. It actually happened in the town of Binsh in Idleb province northern Syria. The Syrian terrorists inspired by their fellows in Libya raised Al-Qaeda flag to express publicly their terrorist beliefs.

What kind of revolution that claims to demand freedom while at the same time raises Al-Qaeda flag!?”

 

Syrian rebels pose with Al Qaeda flag

 

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China says it’s wary of U.S. plan to focus on Pacific military power

4 Jun
CNN’s Liz Neisloss contributed to this report.

The United States is “not in step with the times” in seeking to bolster its military presence in the Pacific region, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Spokesman Lie Weimin’s statement comes on the heels of the weekend announcement by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that 60% of the U.S. naval fleet will sail the Pacific by 2020.

The change is part of President Barack Obama’s decision to reorient the United States’ strategic attention to the economically vital Pacific after a decade of war in the Middle East.

The fleet is currently divided evenly between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, Panetta said.

Weimin welcomed a U.S. role in the region, so long as the country respects the interests of China and other countries there. But he said the trend in Asia today is peace and cooperation, not military buildup.

“Deliberate emphasis on military and security agendas, and strengthening military deployment and alliances are not in step with the times,” he said.

Obama announced the shift to a Pacific focus during a tour of Asian countries in November.

The announcement came against a backdrop of reduced defense spending as the United States was dealing with economic issues at home, preparing to pull out of Iraq and contemplating the end of warfare in Afghanistan.

“As we end today’s wars, I have directed my national security team to make our presence and missions in the Asia Pacific a top priority,” Obama said in a November 17 speech in Australia. “As a result, reductions in U.S. defense spending will notI repeat, will not — come at the expense of the Asia Pacific.”

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Obama Abandons Hope & Change, Embraces John McCain To Portray Romney As Right Wing Nut

4 Jun

Obama Embraces John McCain To Draw Contrast With Mitt Romney Ahead Of 2012 Election | Huffington Post

June 4, 201215 Militants Killed in Suspected US Drone Strike in Pakistan | CNN 


(This blog post was written before the above headline broke.  This would bring total deaths from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan this year to an estimated   117 to 132, making it the the  20th U.S. drone attack on Pakistan in 2012.)

Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT Newscom

An alternate title I came up with is “Obama Wants to Make McCain Look Cool To Make Romney Look Even More Uncool; Meanwhile U.S. At War With Pakistan.”   I say war because Obama has ordered 19 drone strikes just this year, killing between 102 and 117 people.  That is an act of war, but since no official has announced it, it just doesn’t exist, I suppose.    2 + 2=4, I promise.

I really loathe politicians and their expensive political theater, but I thought this was an interesting piece because it calls out the real reasons behind Obama’s uncomfortably fuzzy embrace of McCain.  It is obviously a ploy, with the goal being to paint Romney as a right wing extremist.  If they’re trying to propagate  the image of Romney being an extremist who actually wants to live by The Constitution, they have their work cut out for them.  If they want to shape his character into an extremist who is an uneducated racist,  constantly talks about guns, and hates anyone who isn’t Christian, they have their work cut out for them.

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Syria Crisis Digest: May 26 – June 1 Huffington Post

4 Jun

Syria Crisis Digest: May 26 – June 1.| from Huffington Post

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U.N. monitors say 13 killed in cold blood in Syria & Other Syria News | Reuters

30 May

A Syrian boy mourns his father who was murdered by the Syrian government forces.
Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP

U.N. monitors say 13 killed in cold blood in Syria | Reuters

13 people, rumored to be defected Syrian soldiers, were killed Wednesday.  The victims had been shot and were found face down with their hands tied behind their backs 31 miles east of the city of Deir al-Zor .  Those responsible for this atrocity have taken the tragic fighting to a new, barbaric level.  The U.N. Human Rights Council has plans to meet on Friday to confront Syria for the third time since the rebellion began in March 2011.

China and Russia still refuse to impose U.N. penalties to force Assad to stop the brutality towards protesters and armed insurgents.

Turkey, United States, Britain, France and Germany have joined forces and ordered Syrian diplomats out of their countries in protest of the Houla massacre.  Reuters reports,

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani accused U.S. and other Western officials of seeking to “prepare the ground for a new crisis” over Syria, Iran’s Press TV website reported.

“The Majlis (parliament) condemns the opportunistic intervention of certain countries in Syria and the U.S. terrorist measures and unwise warmongering messages,” he said.

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Opposition to Law of the Sea Treaty heats up – The Hill’s Global Affairs

27 May

Opposition to Law of the Sea Treaty heats up – The Hill’s Global Affairs.

Body of Letter:

Dear Mr. Leader,

We understand that Chairman Kerry has renewed his efforts to pursue Senate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. We are writing to let you know that we believe this Convention reflects political, economic, and ideological assumptions which are inconsistent with American values and sovereignty.

By its current terms, the Law of the Sea Convention encompasses economic and technology interests in the deep sea, redistribution of wealth from developed to undeveloped nations, freedom of navigation in the deep sea and exclusive economic zones which may impact maritime security, and environmental regulation over virtually all sources of pollution.

To effect the treaty’s broad regime of governance, we are particularly concerned that United States sovereignty could be subjugated in many areas to a supranational government that is chartered by the United Nations under the 1982 Convention. Further, we are troubled that compulsory dispute resolution could pertain to public and private activities including law enforcement, maritime security, business operations, and nonmilitary activities performed aboard military vessels.

If this treaty comes to the floor, we will oppose its ratification.

U.S. Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terrorists

15 May

The U.S. is Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda is Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terorrists…Terrorist-Hunting TSA Still in Your Kid’s Pants

Excerpts from ‘Syria says U.S. allied to “terrorists” in country’ Reuters May 12, 2012

(Reuters) -“ Syria accused the United States and Western countries on Saturday of colluding with al Qaeda-linked militants to target the country, in the wake of a string of explosions in Damascus and Aleppo the government has blamed on foreign-backed fighters.”

“Western countries and the United States, which made alliances to wage wars using the pretext of fighting terrorism, are now making alliances with the terrorists which Syria has been facing,” Information Minister Adnan Hasan Mahmoud told journalists in Damascus on Saturday.”

“He said attacks such as a deadly twin car bombing in Damascus on Wednesday which killed 55 people showed that elements linked to the global militant group al Qaeda were targeting Syria.”

“Opposition to Assad, which began with peaceful protests in March 2011 inspired by popular revolts against other Arab autocratic leaders, has grown increasingly militarized.”

“Western countries, Turkey and Gulf Arab states have vocally supported the opposition movement and offered money for communications tools and other equipment, but only the Gulf has openly called for foreign powers to arm the rebels.”

“Many activists and fighters say Gulf countries are quietly channeling money or weapons to the rebels through private donors.”

“With the truce deal in tatters, many in the opposition have questioned the viability of Annan’s peace plan. The information minister said the opposition and its supporters were trying to thwart the initiative.”

“This is a grave violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions on fighting terrorism and to international envoy Kofi Annan‘s plan. It asks for tangible steps forward from armed groups and their supporting countries, who are trying to foil the mission,” the minister said.”

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