August 30, 2013 |
Three days before the rockets fell outside Damascus, a team of Syrian specialists gathered in the northern suburb of Adra for a task that U.S. officials say had become routine in the third year of the country's civil conflict: filling warheads with deadly chemicals to kill Syrian rebels. The preparations, as described by U.S. intelligence analysts, continued from Aug. 18 until just after midnight on Aug. 21, when the projectiles were loaded into rocket launchers behind the government's defensive lines.
August 14, 2013 |
President Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency. Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term, his pantry of excuses for failure is bare, his domestic agenda is nonexistent and his foreign policy of empty rhetorical deadlines and red lines is floundering. And at last week's news conference he offered inconvenience as a justification for illegality. Explaining his decision...
September 18, 2013 |
The Syrian crisis over the past few weeks has thrust President Obama into a role in which at times he has seemed uneasy: that of commander in chief. The prospect of an attack to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons exposed the Nobel Peace laureate's strained and somewhat tentative relationship with the military. His dramatic oscillation from detachment on Syria to the brink of military action, with him ultimately settling for a potential diplomatic solution,...
August 28, 2011 |
The little girl in the painting titled "The Problem We All Live With" is walking to school in a white dress, white socks and white shoes. Her hair is parted in neat plaits and she is carrying a book and a ruler. The girl appears confident and proud, even as she is overshadowed by U.S. marshals in muted gray suits. She does not seem to notice the tomato splashed on the painted wall behind her or the racial epithet scrawled above her. The Norman Rockwell painting,...
February 15, 2008 |
White House Watch is published every weekday, around mid-day. I spend mornings scouring the Internet for the most interesting White House-related items from newspapers, magazines, broadcast Web sites and blogs. Then I mull what I've collected, organize it, and generally add some observations of my own. The "White House Watch Links," available in the strip atop my column, include the latest White House salary list, a map of the West Wing and a list of correspondents covering the White House for major news outlets.
October 23, 2008 |
Every presidential election brings change to the 100-room, 208-year-old White House, which functions as an office, a setting for official ceremonies and entertaining, a museum and a private home. Soon after the election, the president-elect and his wife are invited for a meeting. "As part of this, the outgoing first lady usually gives the incoming first lady a tour and talks about the spaces and how they use them," says William Allman, White House chief curator. Transition books prepared by the chief usher list available...