The U.S. and eight other countries ask Syrian diplomats to leave in retaliation for the needless slaughter of more than 100 people, including dozens of children, in Houla. Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has condemned the killings and promises an investigation. But Keeping Them Honest, after 15 months of violence and reports of 12,000 deaths the people of Syria deserve more. They want a promise to end the bloodshed.
A guy hides an engagement ring in the sand on a beach. Guess where this is going - right on the RidicuList.
Reporter's Note: President Obama has been dogged from the start with questions regarding his birth certificate, which he ended by releasing the pertinent documentation some time ago…at least, I thought he had.
Dear Mr. President,
Well, I assume you are sending a nice fruit basket or some sort of mixed snacks to Donald Trump. Is there anything he could have done to make his own chosen candidate, Mitt Romney, squirm more than to bring up the birth certificate debate again?
I don’t think so.
For the millionth time, let’s review the facts; and yes, I’m fully aware that some people out there just refuse to accept that these are the facts.
Fact one: Some people think you were not really born in the United States, but instead, through some remarkably Machiavellian maneuvers a magnificent lie has been concocted, complete with paperwork, to suggest you really were born here so you could illegally abscond with the presidency.
Fact two: All the evidence says they’re wrong. By evidence, of course, I mean documents, testimony, and eyewitness accounts…in other words all the stuff we routinely rely on every single day in courts all across the land. Including in Hawaii.
Look, I get that some people remain very upset about you winning the Oval Office and they vigorously want to see you booted out on Election Day, if not sooner. I understand that they will grasp at any straw they think has a prayer of making that happen. They have that right in our Democracy, and they should not be ridiculed for pursuing that course. But once the straw has been broken, shredded, and pounded to a pulp, it is just silly for anyone to waste anymore time on it.
So, like I said, you ought to thank Donald Trump for bringing it up again. It’s not going to hurt you, and yet it will give Mitt Romney nothing but headaches on the day he is expected to finally have enough delegates to clinch his party’s nomination.
So even though it is a couple of months ahead of time, happy birthday.
The United States, along with the Netherlands, Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada are expelling Syrian diplomats in retaliation for the massacre of more than 100 people in the city of Houla over the weekend.
Most of the victims, including dozens of children, came face-to-face with their killers. According to reports, armed men went house to house slaughtering innocent civilians. Video of the aftermath shows a horrific scene — small bodies covered in white burial shrouds.
The al-Assad regime claims “terrorists” are behind the killings. A U.N. official said it’s clear “government forces were involved.”
Even with a small number of U.N. monitors on the ground in Syria, the government has never complied with the U.N.-backed peace plan they agreed to weeks ago.
Tonight Anderson speaks with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman about the increasingly dire humanitarian crisis, and the world’s inaction. Friedman believes the priority is to prevent civil war and state collapse, predicting “a terrible human disaster” if the violence and chaos escalates.
Friedman also talks about the need to remove al-Assad from power, either through a deal brokered by Russia, or through an internal revolt and military coup.
Watch a preview and see the full conversation tonight on AC360 at 8 and 10pm ET. Share your thoughts with Anderson on Twitter.
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