Sen. Carl Levin cited concerns about stress on the US military as the US decides its next steps in Afghanistan. Levin spoke at a Monitor breakfast Thursday.
In his Afghanistan war speech Tuesday, Obama is expected to call for more US troops to fight. But he'll need as many as 10,000 new foreign troop commitments, too, to get to the force size military commanders say is needed.
Tehran cast doubt Friday on whether the Iran nuclear deal will proceed. But the Iranians are also dealing with an unstable political landscape – and with Obama, who wants to give diplomacy a chance.
Violence reduced over the summer, but attacks surged in Baghdad and Ninewa Province and some US bases since American troops withdrew from the cities.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal submitted his recommendations Monday for a revised strategy to turn around the conflict.
Their numbers are small, but unit morale, cohesion, and discipline could be harmed.
Obama warns Tehran to accept nuclear talks soon. Iran's crackdown on protesters may be hardening US policy.
Only a tiny minority are drawn to violent groups, but these economic and political times may raise the potential for such connections.
In Prague speech Sunday, the US president talked about Iran, North Korea, Russia, and how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.