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September 29, 2001
The Times is exactly right in saying "globalization is our greatest ally" in fighting terrorism (editorial, Sept. 23). USA Engage has always believed global engagement to be our best hope to strengthen economies and spread democracy. The Times, however, is exactly wrong in its characterization of the position of USA Engage. We are opposed to unilateral, not multilateral, sanctions. The reason Iraq is "so eager to be rid of" sanctions is because the country is under U.N.-sponsored multilateral sanctions.
February 17, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The sprawling 2010 Affordable Care Act has proved so hard to implement that the Obama administration has delayed or waived multiple provisions of the law in the hope of avoiding even more breakdowns and confusion. Last week the administration put off for another year the requirement that larger employers provide coverage for some or all of their workers. It's also reportedly considering a longer delay in implementing the law's minimum standards for insurance policies. Although the administration may have the right motives, its aggressive use of executive power to change deadlines and weaken requirements sets an unwelcome precedent.
April 28, 1989 | From Reuters
East Germany began implementing unilateral cuts in its armed forces today by disbanding part of a tank regiment that stood guard when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. Foreign reporters watched 127 conscripts being demobilized from the 8th Tank Regiment and reunited with their families.
December 5, 2013 | By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Pratheepan Gulasekaram
Last month in San Francisco, President Obama called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. His speech was novel in many respects: The president used the backdrop of a community center in Chinatown to remind voters that immigrants are racially diverse. Also, for the first time in prepared remarks, the president signaled that he would consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform long favored by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. What got the most attention, however, was an unscripted exchange between Obama and Ju Hong, an undocumented UC Berkeley graduate who interrupted the president, calling on him to use his executive authority to halt all deportations.
August 9, 1985
I find the secretary of state's rejection of the Soviet proposal for a moratorium on nuclear weapons testing disheartening. Certainly, the stockpiling of 50,000 nuclear weapons now in existence has not brought either side closer to the goal of peace and security. A moratorium on nuclear explosions would be a meaningful first step toward slowing and reversing the nuclear arms race. A unilateral Soviet moratorium in nuclear explosions could be seen as a confidence-building measure to bolster the talks in Geneva while a simultaneous test ban treaty is currently being negotiated.
June 30, 2003
"U.S. Looks at Organizing Global Peacekeeping Force" (June 27) sees the new proposal as a shift by the Bush-Rumsfeld regime toward multilateralism. The concept would cast aside multilateral understandings developed over 50 years and embodied in cautious and realistic organizations such as NATO and the U.N. We would arrogantly cover our ears to the views and experience of "Old Europe." Instead, whenever a naive U.S. administration so desired, other people's lands would be occupied by a "coalition" of "New European" mercenaries willing to be our ground soldiers.
June 16, 2006
Re "The Truman myth," Opinion, June 14 When comparing presidents Truman and Bush within the context of conflict, start at the very beginning -- their actual war service: Truman was an exemplary commander under fire during World War I; Bush opted out of the Vietnam War. Next consider them as war leaders: Truman made his mark fighting supplier corruption; Bush seems to encourage it at every turn. When Gen. Douglas MacArthur failed to follow orders, Truman fired him. Bush only fires people who disagree with him; performance has nothing to do with it. Finally, Max Boot recalls all of Truman's unilateral actions.
March 23, 2003
On Friday I watched the beginning of the "shock and awe" bombing of Baghdad. I was truly amazed. I haven't seen anything like it since I was a child and watched newsreels of the Nazi blitzkrieg of Eastern Europe. This unjustified, unilateral and what I believe to be illegal action by the Bush regime legitimizes every future attack on American government, business and civilian interests. I believe that the ramifications are likely to have negative effects for the rest of our lives. Ken Blalack Redondo Beach If I hear once more that the U.S. attack on Iraq was unilateral and preemptive I think I will scream.
October 9, 1986
World reknowned astronomer Carl Sagan writes that we are facing a historic opportunity to extricate ourselves from the nightmarish nuclear trap by matching the Soviet Union's unilateral halt of testing nuclear weapons. He's right! Sagan has written, lectured and traveled the globe to make this point. Recently he took his message to the Nevada test site where he was arrested while petitioning our government to stop this nuclear madness. Can he do more? He has, by challenging the U.S. government to match the Soviets in their nuclear test moratorium.
March 7, 1999 | Shibley Telhami, Shibley Telhami holds the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
'Israeli Politicians Compete to Set a Date for Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon" was the typical headline in the Arab press last week, describing the Israeli reaction to mounting casualties in Lebanon. It was a subtle version of the headline that would announce unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon: "Israel Evacuates Territories When Faced by Force."
May 16, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday ruled out unilateral U.S. military action in Syria even if proof emerges that Syrian forces have used lethal chemical weapons. "This is … an international problem," Obama said at a White House news conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "It's not going to be something that the United States does by itself. And I don't think anybody in the region would think that U.S. unilateral actions … would bring about a better outcome.
August 19, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I have rented a room in my house to a woman and her young daughter. After she moved in, she changed the lock on the door to her room without my consent and had male companions in her room who were very noisy and disruptive. If she continues to make me uncomfortable in my own home, can I just change the locks to force her to leave? If I can't get rid of her, can I at least force her to give me a key to her room? Answer: Unilaterally locking out a tenant is never legally permissible, no matter the justification.
August 16, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Whether serious or a bluff,Israel'spublic threats to attackIran'snuclear development program are widely credited for bringing U.S. pressure and international sanctions against Tehran this year. But as speculation about a potential unilateral Israeli strike reignited this week, fueled by public comments and leaks by proponents and opponents both in Israel and the U.S., some here are wondering whether the unusually public campaign is starting to take a toll on the credibility of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.
March 7, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Tuesday ruled out a unilateral U.S. military campaign to support the beleaguered rebels in Syria, calling such an operation "much more complicated" than the NATO-led air war launched to help protect civilians during the civil war in Libya last year. At a White House news conference, Obama described the shelling and other attacks on civilians and rebel fighters by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad as "heartbreaking and outrageous. " But Obama made it clear that he is not prepared to send U.S. forces to try to stop the carnage in Syrian cities and towns, or to help overthrow Assad, as some Republicans in Congress have urged.
January 13, 2012 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
With the appointment of Jacob Lew as his new chief of staff, President Obama chose a Washington veteran who is well-liked on Capitol Hill, but — just as important for dealing with hostile Republicans in a election year — is also an expert on the executive powers Obama can use to advance his agenda without lawmakers' cooperation. Lew, who replaces William M. Daley, steps into the role after a year of fierce partisan battles that saw Obama's policy goals largely stalled in Congress.
July 24, 2011 | By Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our homeowner association is up against a bad economy and years of maintenance neglect. The board is fairly upfront with owners, but we have a new homeowner who came into his very first board meeting up in arms about suing the board and wanting to be a director at the same time. He knocked on doors, promising lower association fees and amnesty on past-due fees. Once elected, he began making false and ridiculous accusations against prior boards. He initiated his own investigations at association expense into all allegations he has heard since he purchased his unit.
March 17, 2002 | Ross Newhan
In returning to my computer after a medical absence of several weeks, the prognosis personally is far more optimistic than it is for baseball's labor negotiations. Those sporadic talks again threaten the game's stability and could again end at a potentially disabling impasse. Of course, I had the opportunity to call on the surgical skill of USC urologist Donald K. Skinner, who thwarted the spread of recently detected cancer by removing my prostate gland.
May 9, 1989 | From Times wire services
Britain's opposition Labor Party dropped its commitment to unilateral nuclear disarmament today as part of a wide-ranging policy review aimed at breaking Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's 10-year grip on power. The party's national executive voted 17 to 8 in favor of a new policy under which a Labor government would cut British nuclear weapons only in return for reductions by the Soviet Bloc. The new policy was derided by the ruling Conservatives. "I expect it will turn out to be unilateralism in a different wrapping," Thatcher told Parliament.
May 26, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
A week after ratcheting up pressure on Israel's government to restart peace talks with Palestinians, President Obama launched a campaign to persuade European leaders not to endorse a separate Palestinian bid for statehood. But his appeal to Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, won only a noncommittal response. After a meeting Wednesday with Obama, Cameron said the time was not yet right for European leaders to decide on the Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition, which the Palestinian Authority leadership is expected to make at the U.N. General Assembly in September.
December 9, 2010 | By Bonnie Neeley
The Times' Nov. 23 editorial on local municipalities imposing beach curfews was well intentioned but misinformed. While recognizing fundamental public beach access rights and acknowledging that allowing local governments unilateral discretion over beach closures ? which the California Coastal Commission opposes -- is not a good idea, the editorial the commission's historic approach to dealing with this issue. The Commission is always concerned about public safety issues and takes them into careful consideration when reviewing locally imposed access restrictions.
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