Jeffrey Goldberg says debate is white-hot inside the Obama administration over whether to use U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria’s airbases.
According to Goldberg’s sources, Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for immediate and sustained airstrikes to punish Bashar Assad’s regime for using chemical weapons against rebels. Earlier, President Barack Obama had said that such use would justify an increased American response to the rising number of deaths in the war.
But Kerry’s airstrikes idea was shot down in a tense Situation Room exchange by Army General Martin Dempsey, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Pentagon estimates that at least 700 sorties would be needed to effectively destroy the airfields. That increases the probability an American pilot would…[more]
Last week, the Postmaster General told Congress that the United States Postal Service (USPS) could lose up to $10 billion this year due to declining mail volume and rising pension costs. To compensate, he wants to cut delivery services, sell over 200 post offices and receive billions from a taxpayer bailout. Congress seems willing, but the experience of other countries suggests there are much cheaper ways to get even better service.
No one disputes the need for postal reform; just the method for doing so.
Over the last ten years USPS’s mail volume has dropped 20…
"The Gang of Eight bill being debated in the Senate does not require any security advances before illegal immigrants are granted a decade-long 'temporary' legal status. And all that is required before those same immigrants move on to permanent legal status and citizenship is that a 'Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy' be 'substantially deployed and substantially operational.' What does…[more]
—Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent