616 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
David Petraeus
Surprise for Washington? Not for Europe or the Middle East!
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Intelligence circles in the Middle East and Europe were fully abreast of Gen. David Petraeus’s fondness for the company of strong, ambitious women like Paula Broadwell and were not against exploiting those women’s garrulity for their own ends.

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Ayatollah Ali Khameini
Khamenei Tries to Stifle Insider Clamor for Talks with US to End Sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has decided against opening direct talks with the Obama administration, upsetting the reelected President Obama’s best-laid plans to solve the Iranian nuclear controversy by diplomacy.

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Paula Broadwell, author of Petraeus bio All In
Was an affair just a pretext for Petraeus’ resignation as CIA chief?
DEBKAfile Special Report November 10, 2012, 11:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

The resignation of acclaimed national American hero David Petraeus as CIA Director is presented by his friends as an honorable act in the light of an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, 39 - and nothing else. An FBI probe of Broadwell for accessing his e-mail is cited. Neither explanation is really convincing. Republican Party faithful, smarting under Mitt Romney’s election defeat, are trying to connect it to an alleged cover-up of the circumstances surrounding the murder of four US diplomats in Benghazi. 

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Barack Obama
America Will Give Syrian Rebels Arms Once a Competent Leader Is Found
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2012, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama has decided to break through the Syrian stalemate by sending scouts out to find a Syrian rebel with leadership qualities who is fighting Assad in Syria. When this leader is found and approved by the president, the United States will provide him and his militia with advanced hardware ...

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Barack Obama
America Will Build a Virtual Security Radar Fence to Secure the Suez Canal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2012, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama is keen on Muslim Brotherhood collaboration in the war on al Qaeda and other terrorists, including those sponsored by Tehran, and offered to build a hi-tech security radar fence to defend the Suez Canal from the terrorists and smugglers infesting Sinai.

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Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran Can No Longer Be Kept from Attaining Nuclear Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2012, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama’s decision to go for direct talks with Iran comes too late to stop its nuclear program. He is left with bargaining over the size of the Iranian nuclear arsenal and its disposal with Ali Khamenei holding most of the high cards.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Mitt Romney
Obama Is Reelected. Netanyahu Has a Way to Go
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2012, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu kicks off his campaign for reelection in the January election on the wrong foot having played the losing horse in the US presidential election.

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They agree on direct talks - but not the date
Obama aims to start nuclear talks with Iran next month
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2012, 11:10 AM (GMT+02:00)

US President Barack Obama aims to launch direct, fast-track nuclear talks with Tehran in December with a three month deadline for their conclusion, debkafile reports. His advisers warn him that Iran’s campaign for its June 14 presidential election kicks off in March and Tehran cannot be expected to commit to a resolution of their nuclear controversy by then.  Iranian strategists would prefer to hold off nuclear diplomacy for eight months until after their election “just as Tehran waited for the US vote.”

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What's next for the Middle East?
Obama-2 and the Middle East
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly November 8, 2012, 9:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out last Friday offers an expert forecast of how Barack Obama is approaching the region’s hot-button crises in his second term as US President. First, he will go for a “Grand Bargain” with Iran on its nuclear program – then, fast deals with Moscow and Beijing to cool the crises of a war-torn Syria, a burgeoning Muslim Brotherhood and a rampant al Qaeda. Will he keep US ties with Israel and other allies ambivalent? And will Obama diplomacy work better this time?
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US election's winners and losers
Barack Obama wins reelection: Mid East faces nuclear Iran, Brotherhood grip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 7, 2012, 7:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Some Middle East nations, including the Persian Gulf and Israel, view with trepidation four more years of Barack Obama. They envisage the continued hitching of US regional influence on the Muslim world – Sunni and Shiite alike – through the acceptance of a nuclear Iran and the sponsorship of Muslim Brotherhood rule of Sunni Arab nations. Israel is caught in a vise between Iran, whose leaders call openly for Israel’s extinction, which is achievable only by nuclear aggression, and the hostile Muslim Brotherhood.

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Medium-enriched uranium
Iran suspends uranium enrichment. Gesture to boost Obama’s reelection
DEBKAfile Special Report November 4, 2012, 9:25 AM (GMT+02:00)

Sources in Tehran put out word Sunday, Nov, 4, that Iran had suddenly suspended 20-percent uranium enrichment. An Iranian lawmaker called it a "goodwill" gesture ahead of a new round of talks with the US directly after the presidential election. Two days before the vote, Tehran is transparently throwing its weight behind Obama by suggesting to the American voter that he can solve the nuclear crisis without resorting to war and is Iran’s preferred partner for talks.

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Syria on a cliff edge between Assad and Al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Video October 30, 2012, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

Because the powers concerned about Syrian bloodshed stick to a hands-off policy Assad and al Qaeda win a free field to fight it out.

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Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan
Obama Nixes Lebanese Revenge for Dead Security Chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012, 12:38 AM (GMT+02:00)

Washington acted fast to hold back Lebanon’s anti-Syrian Lebanese forces from avenging the assassination of Lebanon’s top intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan to save Lebanon from being ripped apart by a civil war. Assad and Nasrallah were allowed to get away with it.

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Adm. James A. Winnefeld
Ankara Winks and Nods at Israel to Lure the US into Jumping into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012, 12:38 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s tactics for blocking Binyamin Netanyahu’s options for attacking Iran are now being applied to the Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan to hold him back from direct military intervention on the side of the rebels in Syria and dragging American in too.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Barack Obama
Tehran Reveals Four Years of Secret US-Iranian Talks Yielded No Breakthroughs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012, 12:38 AM (GMT+02:00)

An Iranian ex-diplomat and a lawmaker provide unknown details of the four years of secret American-Iranian exchanges on solving the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program which ended without results.

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Obama and Romney square off on foreign policy
Obama, Romney both avoid equating an attack on Israel to an attack on America
DEBKAfile Special Report October 23, 2012, 5:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

Both US presidential contenders, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, pledged to stand with Israel if attacked in their foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Florida Monday, Oct. 22. But neither agreed in reply to the question to formally declare that an attack on Israel would be tantamount to an attack on America, especially in relation to a nuclear Iran. Romney and Obama agreed that a military option must be a last resort, although Romney, unlike Obama, said even a “nuclear-capable Iran” was unacceptable.

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A pre-election summit?
Obama-Khamenei summit would cap long back-channel dialogue
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2012, 3:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama has agreed to hold direct talks on Iran’s nuclear program with its leaders, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Is this a surprise? On April 16, 2012, debkafile disclosed that Washington and Tehran were conducting back-channel talks in Paris and Vienna. Obama hopes that a summit will lift his chances of reelection. debkafile: He has so far accepted Iran’s right to enrich uranium, erasing all Israel’s red lines. His last demand is for 24/7 inspections which Tehran refuses.

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Bombing outrage in Beirut
Syria, Iran, Hizballah attack while US and Israel play computerized war games
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 20, 2012, 1:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

The car bomb which murdered anti-Syrian Lebanese security chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and seven others Friday, Oct. 19, in Beirut also dissipated hopes in the West and Israel of the Syrian civil war sundering the Tehran-Damascus-Hizballah axis, or that liquidating Iran’s nuclear scientists and cyber warfare would turn Tehran away from a nuclear bomb.  The Syrian bloodbath grows wider and more malignant and Tehran is closer than ever to a nuclear weapon. A reduced joint US-Israel war game begins Sunday.

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An extra 6,000 centrifuges for Natanz enrichment plant
Obama to Israel: Iran is piling up fissile material for 4-6 bombs - in Natanz too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2012, 2:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama this week clued Binyamin Netanyahu in on the latest US intelligence confirming Iran will have enough enriched uranium for 4-6 bombs by March 2013, debkafile reports. It was the first time Obama acknowledged that sanctions and diplomatic pressure are not working. Also revealed was that Iran had doubled the enrichment centrifuges at Natanz to 6,000, and that Iran needs no more than 2-3 weeks to upgrade enriched uranium from 20% to weapons grade. Obama still objects to an Israeli pre-emptive strike.

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Obama Demands Immediate Action against Al Qaeda’s Benghazi Killers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

US President Obama wants a settling of accounts with the terrorists who murdered four diplomats in Benghazi before his next debate with Mitt Romney orbefore the Nov. 6 election at latest. Counter-terrorism and intelligence chiefs explain the operation requires time-consuming planning for coordinated attacks on multiple targets in several ...

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