Tag: State Department
Either the U.S. Department of State is playing an early April fool's gag or the environmental movement has taken another huge setback in efforts to, well, save the planet (no big deal!). Environmental leaders were clearly left befuddled when the State Department concluded in its report on Friday that the Keystone XL Pipeline is not the environmental threat that concerned citizens of the planet fear. Take the knife out of my back, President Obama (no, John Kerry shouldn't take the fall if the pipeline is ultimately approved)!
Yes, I was there on that absurdly cold day in February of this year when thousands of concerned citizens of the planet assembled in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate their concern about the earth warming effects of the Keystone XL pipeline. I was there and I saw thousands of individuals of different colors, backgrounds, religions, political beliefs, and choice of footwear clearly state that the Keystone XL Pipeline is not the way forward for America. But the State Department knows best, right?
Until yesterday, when the State Department concluded that one of two outcomes (Assad stopping the violence or Assad stepping down) could be worked to its credit, the United States hadn't taken much of any position. State did make the marvelously stupid move of having the Ambassador reach out to and meet with dissidents. Now we have not only managed to alienate all parties who matter in Damascus, we have been turned a paper tiger.
...the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Ja'afari, ... accused the United States of "instigating further violence in the country, and giving the wrong message to the armed terrorist armed groups that they are under American and Western protection so that they go ahead with their insurrection and destructive activities in the country." - New York Times