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It is no longer clear if the United States has the influence to broker a settlement or whether the limited steps the White House is now willing to consider would be sufficient to help it regain its lost leverage.
“The regime stonewalled; they did nothing, except continue to drop barrel bombs on their own people and continue to destroy their own country, and I regret to say they are doing so with increased support from Iran, from Hezbollah and from Russia.”
Mr. Kerry’s remarks on Monday reflected the blunt assessment that Mr. Assad is filibustering in Geneva while seeking a battlefield victory
Knowing that the U.S. will have limited capacity to do more than one thing at a time, adversaries will want to coordinate their actions to give America multiple problems at once. We can anticipate, for example, that Iran and North Korea will start pushing Washington's buttons at the same time.
These developments would have seemed impossible just a few years ago, as America still stirring visions of American beneficence assuaging the hurts and wants of humanity around the world. Fewer and fewer Americans believe that stuff now.
The lessons of America’s post Cold War foreign policy are increasingly clear: Iraq, a failure; Afghanistan, a quagmire with little apparent purpose; the Middle East generally, a region of turmoil struggling to define itself and largely impervious to Western meddling, cajolery or power; America, drastically in need of internal soothing and remediation.
As the failures mount up
There is devastation in several parts of Baghdad after a series of bomb attacks that killed at least 49 people on Monday night.
Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when it was emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings that claimed tens of thousands of lives.
The blasts came as firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr delivered a blistering criticism of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in a rare televised address, and reiterated his earlier declaration that he was retiring from politics.
All of one major city and parts of another in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, have been held by anti-government fighters for weeks, attacks and clashes have killed more than 480 people so far this month and over 1,450 since the start of the year.
According to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.
Officials say two roadside bomb attacks have killed six Afghan soldiers and three civilians in the eastern part of the country,
Army spokesman Noman Atefi said Tuesday that a blast occurred a day earlier in Alasay district of Kapisa Province as an army unit was returning from an operation.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo in recent weeks under heavy aerial bombardment by the Syrian government
Emptying whole neighborhoods and creating what aid workers say is one of the largest refugee flows of the entire civil war.
The Houston region is in a drought, and we need some rain. Unfortunately the only chance of rain during the next several days comes on Thursday. And prospects aren’t much brighter after that.
It’s quite warm — in the mid-60s — and humid this morning and despite mostly cloudy skies later today highs should still rise to near 80 degrees. Houston has not recorded an 80-degree day since Dec. 4.
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck northeast of Barbados early Tuesday, jolting thousands from their sleep but causing no reported damage or casualties, it also was felt in the nearby French Caribbean island of Martinique.
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Update to what the May 15th Prophecy told you in 2007 The Woman and The Word of God Patience When war shall come, Britain and the United States will fight a never ending defensive war using Egypt, India and Japan as proxies, they shall deliver vast amounts of arms unto them; but they shall not prevail.
Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fire FN Minimi light machine guns while training with U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 7, 2014. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training.