Amid the tensions, the White House announced Friday that President Obama will visit Estonia next month before a NATO summit. The Baltic states are concerned about Russian intentions in light of the Ukraine developments.
Antiwar politicians and activists who largely stood by Obama when he ordered limited strikes to avert a 'potential genocide' are sounding alarms over what they see as his military reengagement in Iraq.
Although President Obama has ruled out US combat troops in Iraq, concerns are nevertheless rising about how to address both the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq and the broader threat posed by the Islamic State.
After presiding over the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, President Obama didn't promise a timetable. 'Ultimately there's not going to be an American military solution to this problem,' he told reporters.
Benghazi and Rwanda, two crises where military intervention was not used, likely figured in the backdrop of Obama's decision on what to do about a looming genocide and an imminent threat to US personnel in Iraq.
The State Department lashed out at Israel Sunday for what it called ‘disgraceful’ shelling of a refugee center. But two days earlier, President Obama had offered a full-throated defense of Israel’s Gaza offensive.
With the largest gathering ever of African leaders in the US, President Obama wants to move away from a view of Africa as defined by war, pestilence, and extremism to one that amplifies economic opportunities and strengthens democracy.
Pressure from Congress to impose sanctions over the repression, in which 40 protesters were killed and scores jailed, spiked after the failed extradition this week of a Venezuelan general, an alleged cocaine trafficker.
Before the FAA ban was lifted, Secretary of State John Kerry met with an angry Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile, some Obama administration critics found political intent in the agency’s order.
As Kerry shuttled in search of a cease-fire, the FAA extended a flight ban to Ben Gurion Airport that Israel sees as a concession to terrorists. Some Arab states appear wary of a deal that strengthens Hamas.