Sen. John McCain on Tuesday praised the “brave fighters” battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and renewed his call for the Obama administration to move aggressively militarily to aid the opposition.
Republicans keep slamming President Barack Obama’s push to move the government away from a war footing and refine and recalibrate counterterrorism strategy.
The United States said Sunday that it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria’s opposition as the rebels’ top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the two-year battle to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.
On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strategic landscape nearly unrecognizable from the one he encountered on his first trip to the region shortly after assuming office in 2009.
When President Barack Obama steps into the Middle East’s political cauldron this coming week, he won’t be seeking any grand resolution for the region’s vexing problems.
According to the results of an interactive quiz offered by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., only an estimated 50 percent of all Americans can correctly identify Syria on a map of the Middle East.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that he expects to have a continued good working relationship with President Barack Obama’s administration despite changes in the U.S. diplomatic corps.
Democracy declined across the globe in 2012, marking the seventh consecutive year of democratic government’s decline.
American envoys challenged assertions Saturday that Washington seeks to diminish its role in Middle East affairs, insisting U.S. political ties and energy needs bind the country closely to a region full of “threat and promise.”
The United Nations wants Israel to open up its nuclear program for inspection.
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