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U.S. diplomat suspended for book, blog with WikiLeaks link

WASHINGTON — The State Department has suspended a veteran diplomat for a book critical of US policy in Iraq and irreverent blog posts that included a link to a WikiLeaks cable, he said Wednesday. Peter Van Buren, a 23 year foreign service officer who worked in human relations, said he…

Petraeus, McCain to mourn Saudi crown prince

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday announced a high powered delegation to accompany Vice President Joe Biden to offer condolences to Saudi Arabia over the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. Biden will be accompanied by senior Republican Senator John McCain, CIA chief David Petraeus, Clinton-era defense…

U.S. doubts military option on Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that it did not envision the use of force in Syria in the wake of Libya as it renewed its call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Republican Senator John McCain, speaking Sunday in Jordan, raised the prospect of military action to…

McCain suggests U.S. military intervention in Syria

DEAD SEA, Jordan — US Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people. “Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military…

McCain calls end of Iraq War “a strategic victory for our enemies”

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s conservative critics on Friday blasted his announcement that all US troops will leave Iraq by year’s end, citing worries US archnemesis Iran will fill the vacuum. Republican Senator John McCain, Obama’s rival for the White House in 2008, described the news as a “consequential failure”…

U.S. lawmakers see new era in Libya

WASHINGTON — Top US lawmakers on Thursday hailed news of Moamer Kadhafi’s death, saying Libya was now “liberated” and calling for closer ties between Washington and Tripoli as the war-torn country tries to rebuild. “Kadhafi’s death marks the end of his reign of terror and the promise of a new…

Obama risks miring U.S. in an African war: McCain

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to send 100 military troops to Uganda risks miring the United States in another protracted war, a top Republican lawmaker warned on Sunday. Senator John McCain said that with almost 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan and the drawdown from Iraq still not complete, Obama’s…

McCain introduces jobs bill to Senate

WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Senator John McCain on Thursday unveiled an alternative employment plan after his party this week blocked President Barack Obama’s jobs bill in the Senate. McCain presented proposals drawn up with fellow Senator Rand Paul, a member of the conservative Tea Party movement, pledging to halt new…

Libya inspired world, but tough road ahead: McCain

TRIPOLI — Libya’s revolution has “inspired the world” but the country faces huge challenges, including the mass proliferation of weapons, US Senator John McCain said on a visit to Tripoli on Thursday. “The Libyan people have inspired the world…. We believe strongly that the people of Libya today are inspiring…

White House: Kadhafi’s days numbered

The White House predicted Sunday that Moamer Kadhafi’s days as leader of Libya were numbered, as rebel forces fired the opening shots in a battle for Tripoli. President Barack Obama received a briefing from senior national security staffer John Brennan at his rented farmhouse on the resort island of Martha’s…

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