At a Monitor Breakfast, Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine.
Two man-made tragedies have shaken Bangladesh recently: riots over Islamist demands for blasphemy laws and the garment factory collapse. Bangladesh's response to both will show how well it can meet citizens' needs. US retailers must also take responsibility for factory conditions.
As killings in Syria worsen, more people look to Obama for action. But the mental preparation for action doesn't start with the White House.
A familiar question for the US secretary of State following the death of US diplomat Anne Smedinghoff.