February 16, 2014 |
For decades, one golden rule has guided America's military involvement in Africa: Stay out. Generally speaking, the reason was a sense that the strategic stakes did not justify the risk. When we deviated from this rule, we often learned lessons the hard way that seemed to reinforce its validity, as in Somalia in 1993. And while presidents often profess a stronger interest in Africa than their actions would imply, they tend to say such things when not in the White House - witness Bill Clinton calling the nonintervention in Rwanda's 1994 genocide his greatest regret as president, or Sen. Barack Obama calling for more assertiveness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, and Sudan six to eight years ago. But, in fact, now is the time to reassess this long-standing American anathema to military involvement in Africa's terrible wars.
September 18, 2013 |
To strike Syria or not - for Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), that wasn't exactly the question. In the Wall Street Journal, he said he couldn't even consider U.S. military intervention unless the military budget was liberated from the sequester. McKeon has represented his rock-ribbed GOP district, in north L.A. County and Ventura County, since 1993. His campaigns have benefited from the district's aerospace and defense industries. He chairs the Armed Services Committee. And the nascent diplomatic deal to "sequester" Bashar Assad's chemical weapons?
September 12, 2013 |
The police found her at an abandoned cement plant at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. They were too late. There were a few different ledges at the plant from which 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, of Lakeland, Fla., could have jumped. One ledge reached up about 19 feet; another, about 24 feet; a third offered a 60-foot plunge to the ground. In the end, the ledge she may have chosen does not matter, officials said: Rebecca had almost certainly jumped to her death, chased to that abandoned lot by a vicious, relentless cloud of cyberbullying that had followed her out of one school already and never let her go. “We can see from what we've investigated so far that Rebecca wasn't attacking back," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters Thursday.
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September 8, 2013 |
A protest in Hollywood against U.S. military intervention in Syria snarled traffic Sunday but remained peaceful, police said. Witnesses said more than 100 people gathered on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, and video taken at the scene showed them chanting "Hands off Syria" and holding signs calling for peace. The protest came as Congress prepares to resume debate over whether to attack the Mideast nation amid allegations that Syrian President Bashar Assad had launched a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people.
September 1, 2013 |
PARIS -- In France, lawmakers seized on President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria as an argument for holding their own vote on a potential armed intervention. French President Francois Hollande has said his country would join the U.S. in punishing Bashar Assad's regime for allegedly ordering a chemical attack that killed hundreds of people. But opposition parties in France warned Hollande not to make any “hasty decisions” and demanded a vote in the National Assembly, even though Hollande is obliged neither to call nor to heed such a vote.
August 30, 2013 |
BEIRUT - After months of steady battlefield gains, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is bracing for a daunting new threat: a possible U.S. missile barrage in response to his military's alleged involvement in suspected poison-gas attacks outside Damascus. The Syrian leader has dismissed the accusations as "completely politicized," while his aides called the Aug. 21 attack a rebel provocation meant to incriminate Assad and draw U.S. military action. But more than two years into a grinding civil war that has left more than 100,000 people dead, the Syrian government seems resigned to the likelihood that it will directly face U.S. military might, a specter long considered the one development that could turn the tide of battle.