Obama: Mandela, ‘The Last Great Liberator of the 20th Century’

In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela today, President Obama called Mandela “the last great liberator of the 20th century,” while “tens of thousands of South Africans, joyously cheering and singing despite a cold rain, mourned the passing and celebrated the life of the father of their modern nation.” Speaking in … Continue reading

Obama Shakes Hand, Conservative Heads Explode

President Obama shook the hand of Cuba’s President Raul Castro today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, marking the first time in a longtime since leaders of the U.S. and Cuba have had personal contact. The simple gesture of the handshake, has caused conservative heads to explode across the punditry and social media … Continue reading

President Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

President Obama delivered a statement a short time ago on the passing of Nelson Mandala. In his statement Obama said Mandala was “a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” … Continue reading

South Africa’s Liberator Nelson Mandela, Dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died today at 95.  Mandala led the “emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule” after spending 27 years in a South African prison, and became an “international emblem of dignity and forbearance.” Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty … Continue reading

Russia Urges Syria to Cede Arsenal In Response to Kerry

Is the tide turning on Syria? I hope it is… Secretary of State John Kerry said today “that if President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on Syria he should hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week.” It’s some heavy diplomatic pressure from the U.S. on … Continue reading

What Should We Do In Syria?

I must confess that I have been guilty of sitting on the fence with respect to whether the United States should launch even a limited military strike against Syria, ostensibly in response to the chemical bombing of their own citizens. I have wanted to do two things: first, gather as … Continue reading

Can We Stay On Issue?

Some members of Congress can’t seem to stay on issue, as we witnessed yesterday when Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) “charged that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to carry out an attack on Syria due to mistakes made in Benghazi and controversies involving the IRS and NSA programs.” Duncan raised … Continue reading

President Obama To Seek Syria Vote in Congress

In a speech to America earlier today, President Obama announced that he will seek a vote in Congress on striking Syria, effecting shutting down the speculation that he would order a strike without Congressional approval. Obama said in his Rose Garden speech, delivered with Vice President Biden at his side, … Continue reading

Kerry Lays Out Reasons to Strike in Syria

We’re in full court press on Syria now. The drums are beating. The debate is ongoing and looking more and more as though action in Syria is on the way. In a speech today on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry “laid out the case like the prosecutor he once … Continue reading

Kerry: Obama Wants ‘Accountability’ for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

All eyes have been on Syria recently with the “that President Bashar al-Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians last week.” Over the weekend President Obama met with his national security team at the White House and “advisers discussed options for military action.” In a statement earlier today to … Continue reading