September 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As President Obama and lawmakers grapple with Syria's alleged chemical attacks, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has a seat near the center of new maneuvering in the Senate. Casey, a Democrat, is part of a small bipartisan group of senators working on a plan to give Obama authorization to use military force in Syria if its leaders fail to turn over its chemical weapons to international monitors - an option that has gained momentum in recent days. That idea, first proposed by Russia, is now the subject of high-level diplomatic talks, taking the focus off Congress for now and placing it on the international stage.
September 12, 2013
Feet on the floor Michael Smerconish's comments on bad drivers were amusing ("This is for you, lousy drivers," Sept. 1). As a salesman who spends hours behind the wheel on the region's highways, it amazes me how many drivers abandon courtesy and common sense. Traffic laws and enforcement are there to address people acting badly, and stupidly (for instance, violating the seat-belt law). But maybe we need yet another law to protect the dimwitted: Prohibit feet on the dashboard. Driving down to my Shore home, I regularly observe this thoughtless behavior.
September 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's call for military strikes in Syria has thrust New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez to the forefront of a national debate. Menendez, a Democrat who early this year became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been one of the most outspoken lawmakers endorsing Obama's call for military action in response to a chemical-weapons attack, even as many remain wary of another Middle East entanglement. Menendez was center stage Tuesday, as he chaired the first hearing on Obama's request, leading proceedings carried live on cable-news networks and featuring Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and powerhouse Republicans such as Sens.
March 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A panel of White House advisers warned President Obama in a secret report that U.S. spy agencies were paying inadequate attention to China, the Middle East and other national security flash points because they had become too focused on military operations and drone strikes, U.S. officials said. Led by influential figures including new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and former Sen. David Boren (D., Okla.), the panel concluded in a report last year that the roles of the CIA, the National Security Agency, and other spy services had been distorted by more than a decade of conflict.
March 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to reassure anxious Israelis and their American supporters, Vice President Biden vowed Monday that the United States would not back down from its pledge to use military action to thwart Iran's nuclear program should all other options fail. "President Barack Obama is not bluffing," he said. In a prelude to Obama's forthcoming trip to Israel - his first as president - Biden told a powerful pro-Israel lobby that the United States doesn't want a war with Iran, but that the window for diplomacy is closing.
December 21, 2012
U.N. authorizes action in Mali UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized military action to wrest northern Mali from the control of al-Qaeda-linked extremists but demanded progress first on political reconciliation, elections, and training of African troops and police. A resolution adopted unanimously by the United Nations' most powerful body stressed that there must be a two-track plan, political and military, to reunify the country, which has been in turmoil since a coup in March.
October 5, 2012 |
AKCAKALE, Turkey - Turkey sanctioned further military action against Syria on Thursday and bombarded targets across the border with artillery for a second day, raising the stakes in a conflict that increasingly is bleeding outside Syrian territory. Although both sides moved to calm tensions, Turkey's parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill allowing the military to conduct cross-border operations into Syria - making clear that Ankara has options that do not involve its Western or Arab allies.
September 5, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli officials said Tuesday they are in close discussions with the United States over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program, seeking to ease tensions that have emerged between the two allies over a possible Israeli military strike against Iran. The dialogue, in which Israel is looking for President Obama to take a tough public position against Iran, suggests the odds of an Israeli attack in the near term have been reduced. Israel, convinced that Iran isn't taking seriously U.S. vows to block it from acquiring nuclear weapons, believes that time to stop the Iranians is quickly running out. A series of warnings by Israeli officials in recent weeks has raised concerns that Israel could soon stage a unilateral military strike.
August 27, 2012
Either Israel is engaged in the most elaborate ruse since the Trojan Horse, or it's on the cusp of a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. What's alarming is not just Iran's increasing store of uranium or the growing sophistication of its rocketry. It's also the increasingly menacing, annihilationist threats emanating from its leaders. Israel's existence is "an insult to all humanity," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.
July 1, 2012 |
This year marks the bicentennial of a war that is largely forgotten but almost tore the United States apart. Most of us remember incidents from the war — the burning of Washington; Dolley Madison saving the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington; and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " But ask Americans in which conflict those incidents took place, and you can bet many will say the Revolutionary War. In reality, it was the War of 1812, which to many is as obscure as the Gadsden Purchase.