In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for foreign diplomats and the media, US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford covers his nose from the smell of the dead bodies during his visit with other foreign diplomats to a mass grave, in Jisr el-Shughour, north of Syria, on Monday, June 20, 2011.
Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration
A young Syrian who lives in Greece shouts slogans during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. About 80 people gathered outside the embassy as Syrian troops killed nearly 100 people in two days, firing at worshippers heading to Ramadan prayers in the city on Hama, an opposition stronghold.
David Schenker is the Aufzien fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Originally published on Thu August 4, 2011 8:08 am
Credit Shuji Kajiyama / AP
A money trader reacts in front of the yen-dollar exchange rate at a money market brokerage firm in Tokyo.
During the early morning hours, Japan sold yen and bought dollars in order to stop the yen from strengthening. Dow Jones estimates that Japan may have spent as much as $20 billion to $30 billion in the transactions, pushing the yen 3.8 percent lower against the dollar.
President Barack Obama talks with supporters after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011.
Jay Cost is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.
Froma Harrop wrote a column this week, arguing that Democrats should primary Obama:
"Ed Rendell, do you have plans for 2012? Hillary Clinton? If you, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, or you, the secretary of state, are free next year and wouldn't mind, would you please launch a primary challenge against President Obama?"