WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has asked the Pentagon for initial recommendations for the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan in 2014, a first step in planning the final U.S. drawdown there despite a bleak security outlook.
Sources familiar with the discussions said President Barack Obama’s top aides have asked for scenarios for 2014. As part of that process, the Pentagon must look at troop levels for 2013 — suggesting deeper withdrawals beyond the removal, by next September, of the 33,000 surge troops Obama deployed in a bid to turn around the flagging decade-old conflict.
WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, whose
foreign policy agenda has been dominated by Middle East
upheaval and European debt this year, will try to shift the
spotlight to Asia this month to make good on his promise to
deepen U.S. ties in the region.
East Asia, with its economic dynamism and challenge from
China, has been a priority for Obama and Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton from their first days in office. But often
their time and media attention have been usurped by conflict in
Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and elsewhere.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to cast himself as a strong leader on foreign policy, highlighting a U.S. pullout from Iraq and the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as success stories.
In a message Obama is likely to push in his 2012 re-election campaign, he said his leadership had made it possible to turn the page on a decade of war and refocus on bolstering the U.S. economy and paying down the national debt.
WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – While President Barack Obama
and top aides have been united this week in grave warnings over
an alleged Iranian assassination plot, some U.S. government
officials are privately expressing disquiet that the
outlandish-sounding plan has triggered U.S. calls for stiff new
action against Iran.
These officials, while not disputing many facts of the
case, say that if anything, the scheme reveals weaknesses in
Iran’s security agencies, and the increasingly fractured state
of Iran’s government as it faces intense international
, Oct 14 (Reuters) – With support from
the South Korean president, President Barack Obama sought on
Friday to reassure U.S. auto workers that a new trade pact
between the two countries would not cost Americans jobs.
Visiting a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan, Obama
said the trade deal signed this week would support at least
70,000 jobs and bolster the U.S. economy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday hailed a long-sought trade deal as an engine for job creation in both countries and presented a united front in the North Korean nuclear standoff.
Hosting Lee amid the pomp of a formal state visit, Obama underscored what is widely seen as a high point in the longtime alliance between Washington and Seoul as well as his ever-closer personal bond with the South Korean leader.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak hailed a long-sought trade deal as an engine for job creation in both countries as their White House summit got under way on Thursday.
Hosting Lee amid the pomp of a formal state visit, Obama sought to underscore what is widely seen as a high point in the longtime alliance between Washington and Seoul as well as his ever-closer personal bond with the South Korean leader.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama laid out a $3.6 trillion plan on Monday to cut budget deficits partly by raising taxes on the rich, but Republicans rejected it as a political stunt and made clear the proposal has little chance of becoming law.
Vowing to veto any plan that relies solely on spending cuts to reduce deficits, the Democratic president’s recommendations set the stage for an ideological fight with Republicans opposed to tax increases that will stretch through Election Day 2012.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday laid out a $3 trillion plan to cut U.S. deficits by raising taxes on the rich, but Republicans mocked it as a political stunt, signaling the proposal has little chance of becoming law.
Vowing to veto any cuts to Medicare unless Congress hikes taxes on companies and the wealthy, the Democratic president’s recommendations set the stage for an ideological fight with Republicans that will stretch through Election Day 2012.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
lay out a plan on Monday to cut the U.S. deficit that will
raise taxes on the rich, striking a populist tone to motivate
his Democratic Party base before the November 2012 election.
Obama will vow to veto any cuts proposed for the
government-run Medicare health program for the elderly unless
Congress agrees to lift taxes on companies and the wealthy.