United States Will Not “cringe” Before Soviet Weapons
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives a news conference in 2009. (Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images) SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR URGENT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL Dear United States, Hello I am Pres MR BASHAR ASSAD of Syrian Arab Republic. This is email with excitement opportunity for international communities. I am hold large stockpile deadly chemical for interest of one MR BAN KI MOON of United Nation and MR BARACK OBAMA of U.S. States. These chemicals for rebels/AlQaeda,not for civilians OK? Syrian Arab Republic is seek disposal chemical weapons, contain amount one (1) thousand tonnes (KG). We are require funds in amount U.S.$1BILLION for cost. Please I will advice that you contact me through my direct telefax number with all bank infos for dispose sarins. Sirs, Syrian Arab Republic is nation in difficult time, we have many expense with regards resistance to Western imperialism and for destruction of terrorism and also making instagrams . This transaction should be kept confidential. For your assistance as the account owner we shall deposit chemicals to United Nation, care of Pres MR VLADIMIR PUTIN of Moscow Russia, only on full receipt of funds plus 300 (four hundred) days or until MR BARACK OBAMA lose election. Your reply will be appreciated, YOUR SINCERELY, PRES BASHAR ASSAD. DAMASCUS SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC Max Fisher is the Post’s foreign affairs blogger.
(David Cannon / Getty Images / September 23, 2013) By Diane Pucin September 23, 2013, 12:10 p.m. When the Solheim Cup, a team competitionthat pitswomen golfers from the United States against Europe, returns to the United States in 2017, it will be at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, which hosted the 1999 U.S. Senior Open Championship. The U.S. lost the Cup to Europe last month in Colorado. The top-ranked U.S. golfer, Stacy Lewis, said, “Playing in the Solheim Cup is one of the greatest experiences that you can have as a golfer. The atmosphere and excitement thats created by the fans is unlike any other event in golf and I cant wait to see the amazing display put on by the great fans in Des Moines. The 2015 Solheim Cup will take place at Golf Course St. Leon-Rot in Germany. The European Team enters the competition holding the Cup and will need 14 points to retain it, with the U.S. Team needing 14 points to regain the coveted Waterford Crystal prize. The U.S. squad holds an 8-5 lead in the series, which began in 1990. ALSO:
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Information and telecommunication technologies cannot be the new battlefield between states. Time is ripe to create the conditions to prevent cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war, through espionage, sabotage, and attacks against systems and infrastructure of other countries, Rousseff said. U.S. President Barack Obama was en route to the United Nations while Rousseff spoke. Speaking immediately after Rousseff, he avoided direct reference to her criticism. We have begun to review the way that we gather intelligence, so as to properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies, with the privacy concerns that all people share, said Obama, who concentrated mostly on the crisis in Syria and the prospects for a diplomatic opening with Iran. Rousseff rejected the U.S. government reasoning that the NSA surveillance was aimed at detecting suspected terrorist activity and she accused the agency of engaging in industrial espionage. Rousseff said she had asked Washington for explanations, an apology and promises the surveillance would never be repeated. Postponing the state visit was a rare and diplomatically severe snub by Brazil. While foreign leaders frequently visit the White House, state visits are reserved for special occasions and include an elaborate state dinner.
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Dulles’ speech indicated that although the Korean War had finally reached a peaceful conclusion, the United States would continue its policy of containing communist expansion, by force if necessary. Secretary Dulles began his speech to the American Federation of Labor by observing that he believed world peace was within reach, but was threatened by “communist leaders who openly repudiate the restraints of moral law.” The United States, he declared, “does not believe that salvation can be won merely by making concessions which enhance the power and increase the arrogance of those who have already extended their rule over one-third of the human race.” Acknowledging that the Soviets now possessed a nuclear arsenal, Dulles countered that the United States would not “cringe or became panicky.” Turning to the issue of labor, Dulles then spoke at length about what he called the communist “swindle.” The secretary spoke derisively of the “hoax” played on Russian workers by their own government. “The Russian worker,” Dulles stated, “is the most underpaid, overworked person in any modern industrial state. He is the most managed, checked, spied on, and unrepresented worker in the world today.” Dulles’ speech indicated that although the new administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower had recently finished negotiating a cease-fire in Korea, the United States was not backing off from its stated Cold War commitment to containing communism. The speech also hinted at two points that would become mainstays of the Secretary’s Cold War diplomacy. First was the idea that the United States would not back down from the Soviets simply because of the threat of nuclear war. This idea eventually became known as “brinkmanship”the notion that the Soviets, if pushed to the “brink” of nuclear war, would eventually back down. Second was Dulles’ frequently repeated assertion that the people living in communist nations were essentially “captives” of repressive communist regimes. In the years to come, Dulles would expand on both ideas in more detail. Fact Check We strive for accuracy and fairness.