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Tuesday News: UN Climate Report Highlights Need for Emergency Action NOW;...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, November 26. In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action...

Thursday News: “Trump’s America: Reckless, Alone and Ridiculed”; Trump’s Unhinged, “Off-the-Rails”...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, September 27.  Trump Charges China—Not Russia—with Meddling in U.S....

Wednesday News: Rest of World Laughs at Trump’s Boasts About His...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 26.  UN audience laughs when Trump boasts of...

Tuesday News: America’s Disgrace Goes to U.N.; “Trump should leave Rod...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, September 25.  Arctic lakes are leaking dangerous greenhouse gases....

Monday News: Avenatti Says He’s Representing THIRD Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Accuser;...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, September 24. Feinstein calls for delay in Kavanaugh nomination...

Hillary’s Waterloo Is Along the Road to Damascus

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Hillary Clinton photo 130904Hillary_Clinton_zpsf69a494b.jpg This has to be a particularly uncomfortable moment for Hillary Clinton. She was an architect of this Syrian dilemma by omission and commission. Her team has been hoping we would ignore that. The statement that was released on her behalf was nuanced for deniability. Like her vote on Iraq, spineless.

"Secretary Clinton supports the president's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons."

There is no escape for this pretender this time. And it really doesn't matter that the situation in the Middle East is the culmination of a decade or more of national arrogance that overlays a crumbling economic foundation. Ms. Clinton bought a permanent stake in this when she cast her vote at that very important moment supporting George Bush's war. When she had an opportunity to redeem herself and demonstrate her moxie as Secretary of State, she didn't.

There have been too many missteps to count regarding Syria alone. And throughout this period, her understudy, Susan Rice, now the National Security Advisor, was completely ineffective in her role as Ambassador to the United Nations. Every bit of this has Hillary's signature all over it. And this will weigh her down throughout her campaign for 2016.

The Russian reset is part and parcel of this situation; Hillary owns that. At a time when Clinton's State Department team was sending out feelers to Assad's opposition, inviting representatives to meet with our Ambassador to Syria, we were handing Assad's benefactor a trump card. Unexpectedly, as the opposition transitioned to the use of organized violence, something happened to change Hillary's opinion of Assad and to cast him as a reformer. No wonder the Russians and their client read the tea leaves the way they did. Meanwhile, Senator McCain was allowed or maybe even encouraged to traipse around the region as though he had any ability to discern the situation on the ground. But that fit with Hillary's penchant for wanting to have it both ways. The United States could be seen supporting both sides.

Sad Day/Week in America

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Something happened last week, on Wednesday to be precise, that illustrates a systemic problem. Our nation stands for grand principles, except when it doesn't. It is a yet another sign we have lost our way. Few media outlets made much of it.  Hardly anyone commented about it in op-eds or commentaries.  Yet it is a subject vital to us all.  In this regard, the world is almost one (and yet strangely divided).

Everyone knows that safe drinking water is essential for life.  It should go without saying.  And yet the UN took a vote anyway.  Not surprisingly there were no "No" votes. However while 122 nations voted yes, forty abstained, the US, Canada, UK and several European countries among the abstainers.  Far be it from the later group to do or say anything to hurt the powerful water privateers and bottlers ripping off Americans and other countries by, in most cases, using our public water supplies to bottle water and sell it at a huge markup.  I am, however, very disappointed in our White House over the vote. Our nation supposedly awaits another process in Geneva with the Human Rights Council (as if we have paid the Human Rights body much other than lip service during the past 9.5 years.) Talk is cheap.