Repeatedly stating that President Barack Obama is concentrating on making a statement in defense of international norms, Cruz called the objective of a limited strike fundamentally wrong during a speech at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon. Instead, Cruz gave several examples of ways the crisis in Syria should be resolved, including forcing a vote from the United Nations Security Council on the issue and making sure Iran is not supplying the Assad regime with chemical weapons. Cruz also said the Obama Administration should not be naive in believing that Russia and China will immediately work in collaboration with the U.S. We shouldntexpect that Russia and China will do anything other than act in their own national interest, Cruz said. Cruz compared Obamas leadership style to that of Ronald Reagans during the Cold War, citing the trust, but verify, relationship Reagan had with the Soviet Union. Thats the sort of leadership we need, he said.
Obama Syria Reversal Sets Stage for Fights with Congress
Job Disapproval Obama is entering his face-offs with Republicans with some of his lowest poll ratings — 49 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the way hes handling his job, compared with 44 approving, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA Today on Sept. 4-8. On foreign policy, just one-third of voters approve of how the president is handling the issue — the lowest rating since he entered office. His approval ratings are going down, so he doesnt have the ability to dictate from the bully pulpit, said John Feehery , a Republican strategist and former aide to House Republican leaders. It gives Republicans an opening. Lingering Issue If the international talks proposed by Putin to try to rid Assads regime of its chemical weapons fail to produce any real result, the Syria conflict will consume valuable legislative time and force the White House to continue to grapple with an unpopular issue. So far, the White Houses effort in Syria hasnt done much to persuade Republicans clicking here that siding with the president is a politically wise choice.
Obama Marks 9/11 With Nod to Benghazi, Syria Crisis
That interpretation is simply wrong. Ever since Obama decided to go to Congress for approval of what he regards as the least-bad policy in Syria, we have been treated to a fascinating preview of foreign policy debates in the age of social media. In prior crises, the presidents meetings with leading figures in Congress have been shrouded in secrecy. Now there are endless live interviews and immediate Twitter feeds summarizing closed sessions. There has, in fact, been more transparency on Syria than on, say, the Obama-John Boehner budget negotiations. March 8, 2005 – A Syrian soldier riding on top of a tank gestures after leaving his position, in Dah Maybe what we are seeing here is how foreign policy gets made in a post-Iraq environment.
Obama’s message on Syria: Look the other way or accept moral duty?
But even as the two officials prepared to meet in Washington, new revelations offered further fodder for Brazilian concerns about the surveillance. A report Sunday by Globo TV, based on leaked documents from Snowden, said the NSA targeted Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras. It also said the NSA targeted the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, an organization that oversees international bank transfers thought to be secure transactions. The NSA programs have sparked international consternation from Latin America to Asia and Europe. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who shared his concerns during his own private meeting with Obama last week, has said reports the NSA had kept tabs on his communications, if true, would constitute an illegal act. And Obama found himself on the defensive last week during a stop in Stockholm, where he insisted the U.S.
President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, along with members of their staffs, began the day by marking the anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, first with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House and then, for the president, a wreath-laying ceremony and speech at the Pentagon Memorial . Speaking to a crowd of dignitaries and families of Sept. 11 victims, Obama declared the anniversary a moment for prayer, public service and thanksgiving, especially for the survivors who have “taught us all there’s no trouble we cannot endure and there’s no calamity we cannot overcome.” Live Blog: 9/11 Anniversary Coverage “Even more than memorials of stone and water, your lives are the greatest tribute to those that we lost, for their legacy shines on in you,” Obama said. “When you smile just like him, when you toss your hair just like her, when you foster scholarships and service projects that bear the name of those we lost and make a better world; when you join the firehouse or you put on the uniform or you devote yourself to a cause greater than yourself, just like they did, that’s a testimony to them.” Elsewhere in Washington, lawmakers — many with small American flags tucked into the pockets of their suit jackets — filed onto the steps of the U.S.