by Pete Souza
All out war there! Peace!
Hello, darlin’! Love that photo!
Let’s hope that is the only place where there is tension. Cute pic.
Sunny and Bo are so cute! I do love me some First Dogs!
I’ll put my money on Bo.
Hmmmmm, dunno Japa, Sunny looks like a feisty little devil.
I agree Chipsticks.
We women may look soft and sweet, but we can hold our ground if we have too. Don’t get me wrong now I still love Bo too.
and I fear you’re likely to lose…the (dog) girls mostly rule the roost at home…likely BO wouldn’t want to rock that boat!
Where’s Pete when you need him to settle this dispute?
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This is great news, UT. I remember the GOP convention booed the Latina woman; didn’t remember they booked this man as well. They sure know how to play it classy don’t they?
Sec. Kerry is giving one hell of a testimony. So far so good on having Pres. Obama’s back. I’ve been pleased with his job as SoS and he hasn’t disappointed.
"Let's shut that door now as tight as we can." <— Sec. Kerry pushes back on Sen. Bob Corker and boots on the ground in #Syria— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 03, 2013
Sec. Kerry: "There will not be American boots on the ground with respect to the civil war." #Syria— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 03, 2013
Good to hear UT – thanks, I’ve been reading your tweets and keeping up with SoS Kerry’s testimony.
I don’t know why my brain put your sentence together like this…”Sec Kerry pushed Sen. Bob Corker out the door with his boot”
uhm… wishful thinking?
Would have paid to see that happen, GGail.
key words ‘with respect to the civil war’
Chipsticks, you guys have posted some powerful pics today….including this one – thanks!
Oh no!!!!! A huge flock of geese just flew by my window(I’m on the 17th floor) Summer is oveeeeeeer!
Waiting for @ggreenwald to complain that all this Syria talk is attempt to distract from his brilliance. Or has he done that already?— john miller (@deaconmill) September 03, 2013
Now the dorks come out of the woodwork to re-write President Obama’s speech. He has not given up any of his powers to call up the military and put boots on the ground, although most of us don’t want to see that and that’s not his current plan. Krystal is misrepresenting, with her snark du jour, thinking she’s being oh so cute:
@krystalball Et tu, Krystal? I think your implication is poor, because you know what he meant. We elect the President to be the CinC.— (@JOBoomr) September 03, 2013
What I understood SOS Kerry to say, there will be no boots on the ground unless there is a stock of chemical weapons which could fall into the wrong hands and we have the chance to get to the weapons and destroy them. Why must these two bit pundits like Ms. Ball try to make trouble where trouble is not.
Randi Rhodes is discussing Syria and as someone said on the previous thread her hair is on fire also. I respect her opinion but she is totally missing the point. She says all we need to do is to give humanitarian aid. Everyone seem to be missing the fact that there is an International Treaty banning chemical weapons.
There seems to be a willful misunderstanding here. If you and I and the others here at TOD get, it, COS, Randi is being deliberately obtuse. Humanitarian aid is absolutely essential for the living refugees, especially the children. But it won’t help those who were murdered with sarin gas by Assad.
Exactly right. The people screaming for no war have closed their minds and ears to anything being said. They are stubbornly, willfully ignorant. It doesn’t look good on them.
Not only doesn’t it look good on them, Sandy, it makes them look like cold, heartless individuals who don’t care that Assad has used chemical weapons to kill his own citizens. They also fail to note that if Assad feels he can get away with doing it once, and no one objects, it emboldens him to do it again and again. He develops the habit of thinking that since no one did anything, he can do whatever he wants. Also, having chemical weapons in his power is dangerous. Who’s to say that he wouldn’t use them on Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, and other countries in the region? This is one of the things that makes this a very important national security issue not only for the U.S. but for the Middle East.
Meant: Not only does it not look good on them…
I did not hear or get the impression that PBO wants to start bombing as soon as he gets Congress’s approval. I heard PBO say we need to retaliate solely with military action, I did not hear bombing Syria into oblivion. Someone on the radio talked sanctions about hitting Assad financially, freezing his money, I think Assad is thinking like everyone else bracing for bombs when it could be absolutely something else or someone else. Randi and all the pundits are going to have major egg on their face when once again PBO does things on HIS timetable and not the media or anyone else’s.
sorry, I meant : I Did NOT hear PBO wanted to solely use military action.
In the 90s the left and right were hollering the same things about Bill Clinton and his bombing campaign in Kosovo and Balkans. What we got was peace and the preservation of life. No American soldiers were lost. Thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Kosovars were saved and allowed to return to their homes. In both instances at the outset the bombing campaigns were not popularly supported. He didn’t get Congressional approval but did it anyway with a good result for peace and humanitarian outcome.
It’s a beautiful America with Barack Obama as President.
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I missed Sec Kerry, what exactly did he say about boots on the ground? My Twitter TL is lighting up.
He said that Pres. Obama will not allow boots on the ground. That he wants authorization for a limited strike because Assad used chemical weapons. During Kerry’s testimony, Bob Corker tried to say that Pres. Obama wants boots on the ground for all parts of our interaction with Syria. Kerry pushed back and said no, we will not use boots on the ground with respect to the civil war. We’re not engaging in their civil war to that extent. Corker asked what would happen if Assad retaliated. Kerry said the U.S. knows how to deal with Assad if he is foolish enough to retaliate.
My take? The only time we might see boots on the ground is if Seal Team Six sneaks in to take Assad out if he is foolish enough to respond to the limited strike.
Thanks UT. Just starting to watch it now, seeing people claiming he said boots on the ground would be justified “if Syria imploded” and chemical weapons might fall into terrorist hands??
Wow….where are they getting that? Such hyperbole. Kerry has taken great pains to tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over and over again that Pres. Obama does not want boots on the ground. He wants a limited strike. He repeated it over and over again and told the Senate that he wants that to enter his testimony tick-tock and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) – (I believe is the chairman of the committee since Democrats control the Senate) – said he would make sure that point was highlighted. Kerry said that in accordance with the limited strike, Pres. Obama and other allies want to fund the moderate opposition further than they have done. He wants them to have intelligence training so they can defend themselves better. He said the U.S. will not be going to war; the opposition will fight their own war.
I read today that Saudi Arabia has already trained and reinserted opposition troops into Syria and the difference is noticeable. PBO wants to do the same thing using the CIA to train them. Some Americans hear what they want to hear, ut, because to hear what is actually being said causes a disruption in their talking points.
In other news……..Tonight is the final NYC Mayoral debate.
The MSM is billing it as a “cage match” or KillBill.
NBC is carrying the first 60 minutes on TV and streaming the final 30 minutes. I will try to watch it all and post my thoughts later.
Last debate was carried on CSPAN so I will check that now and get back here to let TOd know if it will be available there.
The wind has shifted in the NY newspapers. Front page Times today photo of the deBlasio family dancing at the West Indian Day Parade. Bill already 6’5″ is a foot off the ground and his wife and kids have their knees bent and their arms up. They all look joyful and lovely.
Chris Quinn and Bill Thompson’s pix are buried on page 16.
Just checked. Nothing on CSPAN re: NYC debate.
Good afternoon! I don’t know if anyone here caught the syrian ambassador on cnn or not, but what struck me was how his talking points were all about trying to make syria the victim! I think that was their plan, however PBO’s decision to be patient and get congressional approval makes that TP seem as laughable as it really is. I think PBO sent not only our feckless media on a tailspin, but also sent the whole syrian attempt to portray themselves as victims of western agression right down the crapper.
Well played mr president. again. can we just make PBO president for life?
Okay, here’s the video, I need to watch!
YES!!!!!! Another win for Americans!
YES! #ObamaCare is here to stay. MT @politico: Baltimore @Ravens to aid Obamacare enrollment effort in Maryland politi.co/14gIGfs— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 03, 2013
Yay!! And hahahahahahaha to jerry jones and his NFL ban on promoting ACA.
Jerry Jones is the reaon the Dallas Cowboys haven’t won anything in the recent years. I wish he would go somewhere. As a Cowboys fan I don’t like J.Jones one bit.
Anybody else feel thirsty when Rubio was chattin’?
Hagel's reaction to Rubio's monologue just now: http://t.co/TXQRxrg8cq— (@igorvolsky) September 03, 2013
Ha! This is hilarious.. love it Well done Chips!
I’m I missing something? Did PBO ask Congress to go to WAR? When has a surgical strike turn into a war? Assad and Putin are smart enough not to mess with the man who got Bin Laden. I guess I will have to stop listening to Randi for the rest of the week.
You didn’t miss anything. The emos have proven as ignorant as Freepers. They don’t care what war actually means. It just sounds good to keep telling themselves that PBO is a warmonger.
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