Iran and western powers agree to deal to curtail nukes.
More than 70 killed in Syrian clashes.
Afghan council approves U.S. security pact.
Winter storms kill in the West; head east.
Rhodes Scholars named for 2014.
Syria — Inspectors visit all but two of the chemical weapons sites.
Drone strike kills leaders of Kenyan terror group.
Federal judge blocks part of Texas abortion law.
Penn State to pay victims of abuse by Jerry Sandusky.
Trial of ex-aides to Murdoch in phone hacking scandal starts.
World Series: Boston takes a 3-2 series lead by winning 3-1.
The U.S. and allies express hope for Syrian peace conference.
The September jobs report was anemic.
Wildfires move close to Sydney, Australia.
Two human rights groups criticize U.S. drone program.
Yet again — Child in Texas kills himself playing with gun.
Word of warning — anonymous tweeting from the White House can get you fired.
U.N. data in gas attack points to Assad’s forces.
GOP proposes new thinking on debt ceiling debate.
Gun legislation is still D.O.A. despite Navy Yard.
Cops’ convictions in Katrina killings thrown out; new trial ordered.
Tropical Update: Humberto remains a tropical storm out to sea.
The Tigers beat the Mariners 6-2; the magic number is six.
Suspect in Navy Yard shooting had a history of trouble with the law.
Forensic details in U.N. report point to Assad’s use of gas.
Weather grounds rescue helicopters in Colorado.
Salvage crews righted the cruise ship Costa Concordia that was wrecked off Italy nearly two years ago.
The Tigers beat the Mariners 4-2; magic number is 7.
Syria admits they have chemical weapons.
U.S. eases some sanctions on Iran.
Colorado state reps recalled over gun control.
The Tigers won against the White Sox 9-1.
So how much is this foray into Syria going to cost?
A limited United States intervention in Syria would not require a supplemental appropriations bill from Congress, an Obama administration official told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.
The official’s assessment that a narrowly tailored operation could be paid for with “existing Department of Defense resources” was seconded by two high-ranking aides on Capitol Hill.
However, another Hill staffer argued that without a greater understanding of the operation, it would be impossible to settle on an exact price tag or means of payment.
“Who the f— knows what it will cost? It depends entirely on what happens,” said the staffer.
I’d write more, but I have to go to work and see how much more they’re cutting out of Head Start, IDEA, and Title II this year.
If you thought that the reasons the Obama administration is contemplating attacking Syria was because they used chemical weapons to attack their own people and we as the moral guardians of the world could not allow that to happen, well, yeah, okay.
But there’s another reason, and it’s far more important.
A U.S. official briefed on the military options being considered by President Obama told the Los Angeles Times that the White House is seeking a strike on Syria “just muscular enough not to get mocked.”
“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” the official told the paper, giving credence to similar reports describing a limited military strike in the aftermath of last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack.
NBC News reported earlier this week that the administration would launch three days of missile strikes, while CNN cited a senior administration official saying that the White House wanted to conclude any action before the president departs for the G-20 summit next week.
It’s always about that. Forget the possibility of killing more civilians, forget intervening in a civil war, forget recruiting more kids for al-Qaeda, and forget uniting the various in-fighting factions in the Middle East against a common outside enemy. It’s all about looking butch on the playground.
Not that I’m in favor of invading Syria, but for Donald Rumsfeld of all people to say that President Obama has failed to justify intervening in Syria takes a truckload.
President Obama weighs “limited” strikes against Syrian forces.
Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to close.
Former JP Morgan employee arrested in $6 billion loss.
Family of Israel Hernandez is suing Miami Beach Police in the taser death of their son.
Lots of same-sex couples are getting licenses and getting married in New Mexico.
That explains it: The New York Times website was hacked today for a few hours.
The Tigers lost to the A’s 6-3 in a game shortened by rain.
I have no doubt about the sincerity behind Secretary of State John Kerry’s harsh words for the Syrian government and the “undeniable” evidence of their use of chemical weapons. If that is true, clearly it’s a crime against humanity; chemical warfare is specifically outlawed by every decent nation and it is the mark of a regime that doesn’t deserve to be in power. (It would be even easier to be outraged if it wasn’t for the fact that when it comes to the condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, our hands haven’t been exactly clean.)
Be that as it may and repeating a question I asked last week, what are we going to do about it?
The suggestions include a limited surgical strike, such as dropping a couple of Cruise missiles on the Syrian command and control center or wherever the Pentagon thinks the Syrians are running their civil war from. But if this is a regime that has no qualms about gassing civilians right under the noses of the U.N., they won’t be phased by some bombs on the roof; they’ve probably already factored that in and are somewhere where the only people who will get killed are civilians.
We have learned over the last sixty years or so that there is no such thing as a “limited war.” It’s like being a little bit pregnant. No, I think we’re in this all the way.
I would love to be proven wrong.
White House sharpens the tone on Syria and chemical weapons.
Iraq — Insurgent attacks kill over 40.
Mexico migrant train derails; at least five dead.
California wildfire now the size of Chicago.
Tropical Update: TS Fernand is heading up through central Mexico.
The Tigers walloped the Mets 11-3, completing the sweep.
Experts say that chemical weapons use is plausible in Syria.
Soldier who commited Afghan massacre apologizes, but no explanation.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will quit amidst multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
President Obama calls woman who talked guman out of shooting up school.
The Tigers drop another to the Twins 7-6.
Back in June when it was first suggested that the government of Syria was using chemical warfare, the Obama administration said that was the “red line;” now we would consider intervening somehow.
That didn’t happen other than a lot of air got moved, so to speak, to rally other countries to do something.
Now there is horrific evidence that the Syrian government forces used chemical weapons even as U.N. inspectors were in the country.
So now what? Do we send troops? Do we send support to the rebels? Which ones? Do we come up with some international coalition and send in a combined force? Drones?
I seriously want to know. What are our options?
This past weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War. The two sides are still technically in a state of war.
Over 36,000 Americans died in the war; over 100,000 were wounded, and nearly 8,000 were missing in action.
Sixty years later, South Korea has a booming economy, a world-class electronics and automobile industry, and growth that rivals other nations in both capital and income. North Korea is a brutal dictatorship under the heel of a cult of personality, plagued by famine and hopelessness and determined to build nuclear weapons to threaten the region because they can. In other words, they’re no better off than they were 60 years ago.
And were it not for a TV sitcom based on a 1970 film by Robert Altman, very few Americans would have remembered or even known about the war that lasted over three years and killed over 2 million people overall.
Three American soldiers among those killed in a bombing in Afghanistan.
Oil prices drop on weak China market.
Virginia governor pays back “loans,” apologizes.
Anthony Weiner admits to more sexting after he got caught the last time.
Up to 22 libraries in Miami-Dade could be closed under budget proposal.
Tropical Update: A little disturbance is out in the Atlantic.
The Tigers beat the White Sox 6-2.
From the New York Times:
Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.
Mr. Obama is committed to ending America’s military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and Obama administration officials have been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a small “residual force” behind. But his relationship with Mr. Karzai has been slowly unraveling, and reached a new low after an effort last month by the United States to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
Mr. Karzai promptly repudiated the talks and ended negotiations with the United States over the long-term security deal that is needed to keep American forces in Afghanistan after 2014.
Well, then, if that’s the way he feels, why hang around? Just don’t come crying to us when the Taliban re-take the country and blast it back to the Bronze Age.
U.S.-Taliban talks remain on the line.
Nine foreign tourists shot to death in Pakistan.
Crews battle wildfire in southwest Colorado.
Edward Snowden left Hong Kong; destination unknown.
The Tigers beat the Red Sox 10-3 as Max Scherzer goes 11-0.
U.S. scrambles to save talks with Taliban after Afghan leader refuses to join.
FBI director says they use drones over the U.S.
Feds say they foiled a plot to poison people with radiation.
Immigration negotiations hinge on border security.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) backs marriage equality.
HPV rates fall due to vaccine.
Tropical Update: TD 2 has become TS Barry on the coast of Mexico.
The Tigers got walloped by the Orioles 13-3.