Saturday, October 22, 2011

President Obama announces Iraq War will end: "...our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays"

Washington, D.C. - President Obama surprised the nation, announcing that there will be an end to the nearly decade long war in Iraq. Furthermore, troops will be coming home by the end of the year.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

President Obama's speech on the Middle East and Northern Africa (w/question and answer period)

In a major foreign policy speech, President Obama spoke of the many obstacles and opportunities facing the Middle East and Northern Africa in the midst of numerous government protests throughout the region. President Obama also addressed the middle east peace process.

Here is the speech in its entirety, followed by a question and answer period:

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

The death of bin Laden. . . a week in (video) review

A video review of this week in U.S. history

Word broke late Sunday night that the President was going to address the nation on an important matter of national security. Some speculated President Obama would talk about Libya. However, the real news turned out to be much more impactful. After nearly 10 years since the tragic events of 9/11, President Obama was able to announce the capture and death of Osama bin Laden:

News of bin Laden's death received a standing ovation at a bipartisan Congressional dinner:

Later that week the President traveled to New York, meeting with members of the NYPD, FDNY and family members of the victims of 9/11. The trip to New York ended with the laying of a wreath at the site of "ground zero" in memory of those lost:

The week culminated with a salute to the troops where President Obama and Vice President Biden visited Fort Campbell, KY:

A week that will surely be recorded in history.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton reacts to Osama bin Laden death

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

State Department Press Briefing (4/11/11)

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

President Obama's Weekly Address (3/26/11)

President Obama discusses the military intervention in Libya

The President used this week's address to talk about the current military intervention in Libya. Citing humanitarian purposes, international cooperation, and the need to prevent destabilization in the region, President Obama stated that it was in America's interest to act at this time. President Obama made it clear that he does not feel America must intervene every time there is unrest in the world. However, the circumstances as they exist - the humanitarian need in addition to a consensus amongst the international community - presented a responsibility for the United States to act:

"As Commander-in-Chief, I face no greater decision than sending our military men and women into harm's way. And the United States should not - and cannot - intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. But I firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized; when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region; and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives - then it's in our national interest to act. This is one of those times."

President Obama listed the mission of the military intervention as follows:

- to enforce the mandate of the United Nations Security Council
- to protect the Libyan people from Qaddafi's forces
- to put in place a no fly zone and other measures to prevent further atrocities

You can read an explanation and full text of the UN Security Council Resolution here.

The President credits such actions for having averted a "humanitarian catastrophe" and states that the military intervention has shown signs of success:

"We're succeeding in our mission. We've taken out Libya's air defenses. Qaddafi's forces are no longer advancing across Libya. In places like Benghazi, a city of some 700,000 that Qaddafi threatened to show 'no mercy,' his forces have been pushed back.

So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians - innocent men, women and children - have been saved."

As discussed in this interview on the Rachel Maddow Show, the advancements of the Libyan rebels, though modest, have taken some encouraging steps forward:

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The role America plays in this effort, President Obama stated, is limited. Stressing the involvement of the international community, President Obama reiterated that no ground forces are being used in this operation, and confirmed that leadership of this effort will be handed over to NATO:

"As I pledged at the outset, the role of American forces has been limited. We're not putting any ground forces into Libya. Our military has provided unique capabilities at the beginning, but this is now a broad international effort.

Our allies and partners are enforcing the no fly zone over Libya and the arms embargo at sea. Key Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have committed aircraft. And as agreed this week, responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the United States to our NATO allies and partners."

President Obama's Weekly Address:

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