Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Obama’s Geopolitical Poker Game

January 25, 2009

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“A new start with the Muslim world, as pledged by President Obama in his inaugural speech, has a sine qua non,” writes veteran political analyst Arnaud de Borchgrave: “a Palestinian settlement, a quest that has eluded the last five U.S. presidents. Following Israel’s invasion of Gaza and its 22-day campaign of airstrikes, tank and artillery bombardment that left 1,300 Palestinians killed for the loss of only 13 Israeli soldiers, a Palestinian state remains a diplomatic chimera.

“Peace Now activists to the contrary, the perennial Israeli-Palestinian crisis is one Obama can afford to leave in the hands of the diplomatic pros who have built careers on the “Mideast peace process.” Following the Feb. 10 elections, Israel’s next prime minister is likely to be Binyamin Netanyahu, the 59-year-old Likud leader who will spare no effort to prevent the emergence of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

“For Palestinians, even the most moderate ones, a Palestinian state must have as its capital Arab East Jerusalem, anathema to an overwhelming majority of Israelis. Obama, therefore, should resist being drawn into what will remain a quagmire as far as anyone can see into the future.

Read Arnaud de Borchgrave’s complete editorial at upi

Obama’s Decisive First Summit

January 4, 2009

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President-elect Barack Obama‘s first year of engagement with the rest of a watchful world will be defined by the economic crisis, by the calendar and by chance. As former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan observed, when asked to explain the main influences on his years in power: “Events, dear boy, events.”

The crisis and the calendar will come together at the Group of 20 meeting in London on April 2, when Prime Minister Gordon Brown hosts Obama and the rest of the Group of Seven leaders, along with the leaders of Russia, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Mexico and others.

This is the follow-up to the rather disappointing G20 summit in Washington on Nov. 25, which suffered from Obama’s absence. As well as Obama’s first encounter with his fellow leaders on the world stage, next year’s meeting will establish how far the world can expect a coordinated global response to the crisis.

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Closing detainee camp a minefield of critical steps

December 14, 2008
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To find a formula to close the Guantánamo prison camps, the incoming Obama administration will have to work through a thicket of questions.

Read more at Miami Herald

USAF to Brief Obama Team on F-22 Raptor Requirement

December 13, 2008

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Top Air Force officials are poised to make a case to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team for more F-22A fifth-generation fighters they feel are needed to combat current threats, reports Inside Defense.

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General James Jones’ Pick Contradicts Obama’s Energy Policies

December 13, 2008
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President-elect Obama’s choice of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones to be his national security adviser raises questions about possible tensions within the incoming administration over two potentially competing national interests: increasing “energy security” and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Inside Defense.

Though Jones was chosen for his extensive military experience, he comes to the key foreign-policy position with a recent background in energy policy and has been an outspoken advocate for increasing all forms of domestic energy production, including fossil fuels, for security reasons — a stance that has troubled environmentalists and others who support aggressive action on climate change.

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Gates Pledges “Active” Role as Obama Defense Secretary

December 13, 2008

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday that he had no intention of being a “caretaker” at the Pentagon and that he agreed with what he termed President-elect Barack Obama’s “responsible drawdown” plan for American combat troops from Iraq.

The defense secretary did not explicitly endorse Mr. Obama’s campaign pledge to withdraw all combat troops within 16 months.

Instead, Mr. Gates said he supported the broad outlines of Mr. Obama’s Iraq strategy and gave indications that he and the president-elect could reach common ground on troop withdrawals over the next year.

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Key Obama Aides Discuss DOD Procurement, Policy Challenges

December 13, 2008

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Recent essays by Michèle Flournoy, who co-chairs the incoming Obama administration’s Pentagon transition team, and Robert Gates, who will continue to lead the Defense Department for President-elect Barack Obama, shed light on the procurement and policy challenges awaiting DOD.
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Obama’s National Security Advisor Speaks Up on Afghanistan

December 13, 2008
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James Jones, President-elect Barack Obama’s new national security adviser, said a U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan will work only if other changes take hold there, including a strengthening of the judiciary and national police force, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ quoted the retired Marine Corps general as saying that Mr. Obama’s campaign pledge to move as many as 10,000 U.S. troops from Iraq to Afghanistan must mesh with a concentrated international effort to bolster government and eradicate the vast heroin trade.

“You can always put more troops into Afghanistan,” he said. “But if that’s all you do, you will just be prolonging the problem.”

Gates Envisions Quicker Iraq Withdrawal

December 13, 2008

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is walking a political tightrope between contradictory policy positions of his current and future bosses. Deviating from the Bush administration position he long upheld, Gates recently suggested he is open to a 16-month withdrawal timetable from Iraq and a speedy closure of the Guantanamo detention center for terrorist suspects.

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Obama’s National Security Strategy

December 13, 2008

 

While no one has said developing a new national security strategy will be as easy as one, two, three, a key member of President-elect Barack Obama’s camp recently recommended a trio of steps toward that end, reports Inside Defense (paid subscription required)