speed up the progress of; facilitate
France announced Tuesday that it was recognizing the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition and would consider arming the group, seeking to inject momentum into a broad Western and Arab effort to build a viable and effective opposition that would
hasten the end of a stalemated civil war that has destabilized the Middle East.
an orderly grouping
The goal was to make an opposition leadership — both inside and outside the country — representative of the
array of Syrian groups pressing for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.
violent and needless disturbance
Although Mr. Assad is increasingly isolated as his country descends further into
mayhem and despair after 20 months of conflict, he has survived partly because of the disagreements and lack of unity among his opponents.
lawfulness by virtue of being authorized
“They’ve decided to back this umbrella organization and hope that it has some kind of political
legitimacy and keep it from going to extremists,” he said.
the systematic use of spies to obtain secrets
The F.B.I. investigation that toppled the director of the C.I.A. and has now entangled the top American commander in Afghanistan underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about: that in policing the Web for crime,
espionage and sabotage, government investigators will unavoidably invade the private lives of Americans.
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption
The F.B.I. investigation that toppled the director of the C.I.A. and has now entangled the top American commander in Afghanistan underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about: that in policing the Web for crime, espionage and
sabotage, government investigators will unavoidably invade the private lives of Americans.
make one's way by pushing or shoving
For years now, as national security officials and experts have warned of a Pearl Harbor cyberattack that could fray the electrical grid or collapse stock markets, policy makers have
jostled over which agencies should be assigned the delicate task of monitoring the Internet for dangerous intrusions.
capable of being wounded or hurt
By having a secret extramarital affair, for instance, Mr. Petraeus was arguably making himself
vulnerable to blackmail, which would be a serious concern for a top intelligence officer.
deficient in amount or quality or extent
As the nation’s largest banks stay
stingy with credit and a growing portion of the population has no bank at all, major retailers are stepping into the void.
react in an offended or angry manner
While the banks are likely to
bristle at such competition, supporters of the retailers say the stores are stepping into areas that banks have abandoned.