FROM Scott Wilson
Obama at the UN: Conflict or Compromise? President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly today, promising the US will stay engaged in the Middle East for the rest of his term. He said there must be "consequences" if Syria fails to give up its chemical weapons. With regard to Iran and its new President, Hassan Rouhani, he said, "diplomacy must be tested," and that agreement on Iran's nuclear program could produce a new and different relationship. He said the two countries have been isolated from each other since the Islamic revolution, and that the mistrust has deep roots, but allowed that there could be an opening. How does that sound to Israel? We hear conflicting reactions.
Obama in Berlin During the Cold War, Presidents Kennedy and Reagan made history by addressing crowds in Berlin from the West side of the Brandenburg Gate. Now the Cold War is over, and today, President Obama spoke from the East side, proposing another reduction of nuclear weapons. The President also addressed the recent controversy about electronic surveillance. Scott Wilson is White House Bureau Chief for the Washington Post .
President Obama Addresses United Nations In his annual address to the UN General Assembly today, President Obama asked world leaders to condemn the deadly attacks against US diplomats and embassies in Egypt and Libya. He said he does not believe violence or hate speech represents the views of most Muslims any more than the video. Scott Wilson covers the White House for the Washington Post .
US and Israel Discuss Iran's Nuclear Ambitions At the White House today, President Obama began a day of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , who's been publicly impatient about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As they began, the President told reporters they both "prefer to solve this diplomatically." The Prime Minister said, "Israel and America stand together." Yesterday, at the annual meeting of AIPAC, anticipating criticism from Republicans and hard-line Israelis, the President addressed the issue head on. "Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government… I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
Can the US Learn from Germany's Economic Success? At the Obama White House tonight, Chancellor Angela Merkel will be receiving the Medal of Freedom. Today, the President and Chancellor held a joint press conference , at which they pledged their mutual support. While much of Europe is struggling to emerge from the recession, Germany is thriving. Why is the German economy doing so much better than that of the US? Scott Wilson covers the White House for the Washington Post. Ralph Atkins is Frankfurt Bureau Chief for the Financial Times.
Another President, Another Try for Middle East Peace Secretary of State Clinton today formally opened the first direct talks in almost two years between Israel and the West Bank Palestinians. In a public ceremony, she addressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Another President, Another Try for Middle East Peace Secretary of State Clinton today formally opened the first direct talks in almost two years between Israel and the West Bank Palestinians. In a public ceremony, she addressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Under non-stop pressure from the United States, the challenge is to resolve decades-long disagreements in the next year, but even advocates of a Palestinian state say failure could make matters worse. How far apart are they on settlements, borders, the "right of return" and the status of Jerusalem? Neither Abbas nor Netanyahu has much domestic support for historic compromise. Did they come together because of their worries about Iran?
President Obama and the Middle East As President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today, Al-Jazeera aired what purports to be a threatening new audiotape from Osama bin Laden. But King Abdullah met Air Force One in searing heat at the airport and the two exchanged kisses on both cheeks.
President Obama Arrives in the Middle East As President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today, Al-Jazeera aired what purports to be a threatening new audiotape from Osama bin Laden. But King Abdullah met Air Force One in searing heat at the airport and the two exchanged kisses on both cheeks. The President is on his way to Cairo for tomorrow's speech to the Muslim world. He met with King Abdulla to "seek his majesty's counsel." Saudi Arabia is a major player in both the religion and politics of a troubled region, and it's key to stabilizing the price of oil. We hear about common interests and differences on Iraq, the Taliban, Iran's nuclear program and peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.