President al-Assad to Armed Forces: Our National Army Embodies Dignity and Pride, We Will Remain Free in National Decision-Making
Aug 01, 2011http://www.sana.sy/eng/21/2011/08/01/361548.htm
The President pointed out that the conspirators wished to cause sedition that leaves nothing behind, but the Syrian people proved bigger than plots and managed to end sedition and make a responsible stand to explore the areas of weakness and deal with them, opening prospects of comprehensive reform that will not stop despite the financial, technological, diplomatic, media and military resources that are deployed against Syria.
Obama says U.S. appalled by Syria brutality
WASHINGTON | Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:44pm EDT http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/ ... NT20110731
"In the days ahead, the United States will continue to increase our pressure on the Syrian regime, and work with others around the world to isolate the Assad government and stand with the Syrian people."
Analysis: Kurds serve warning as U.S. withdrawal nears
KIRKUK, Iraq | Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:32am EDT http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/ ... 9V20110731
Eight years after the United States ousted Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still building its police and army to battle a lethal Sunni Islamist insurgency and Shi'ite militias within, as well as defending against external threats.
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'The Arab Spring is a fantasy'
In interview with Haaretz, Republican stalwart and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is quite clear in his views regarding the biggest enemies of the United States and Israel.
I think this whole effort to have forces on the ground has turned out to be a swamp, whether it's Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. Because we are not prepared to be engaged deeply enough to change the culture, and we are [only] prepared to engage deep enough to get in and out. And that leaves you with the worst of all worlds. Because over time your enemies hate you, your very presence leads to more people deciding you are their enemy. You become a symbol around which to organize anti-Western radicalism.