614 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Russian drill at Kapustin Yar missile base
The Ukraine crisis: Russia may halt (START) strategic weapons inspections, revert to Cold War tactics
DEBKAfile Special Report March 8, 2014, 5:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russia ratcheted up international tensions over Ukraine Saturday, March 8, after mobilizing air and coastal defenses for a month-long drill to secure the May 16 Crimean referendum from disruption. The defense ministry in Moscow announced “Russia is considering halting foreign inspections of its strategic weapons arsenal, including nuclear-capable missiles, in response to ‘threats’ from the United States and NATO over the Ukraine crisis. debkafile: Moscow is ready to revert to Soviet belligerent posture unless the US and the West back down on the Ukraine dispute.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Obama and Putin, Leagues Apart, Duel over Ukraine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama and Putin are poles apart on the Ukraine crisis with now visible common ground for resolving it.

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US Mediterranean Forces Go on High Alert, Rush Airlift to Israel. Russian Army on Combat Readiness
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US delivers assault helicopters in special airlift to Israel and places its Middle East forces on high alert, especially in the Mediterranean. Russian armed forces also remain on combat readiness.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
How Long Will the New Obama-Netanyahu Alliance Last?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014, 1:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Netanyahu persuaded Obama to back Israel’s raid on an Iranian missile ship to improve his soft image and possibly deter Putin from further military action in Ukraine.

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Russian military vehicles in Crimean town of Balaclava
Ukraine calls up reserves against Russia. Putin spurns Obama’s call to de-escalate with fallout on Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 2, 2014, 2:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US-EU tactic of turning the heat on Moscow instead of Kiev is proving futile and a strategic blunder stemming from weakness, more likely to spark real violence and bloodshed. US President Barack Obama’s call to Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the tension and pull his troops out of Crimea went unheeded. So Kiev mobilized a million military reservists and put the Ukraine army on a war footing, without the resources for feeding or arming them. Putin was encouraged to forge ahead with his plans until the interim government falls – or talks.

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Russian armored forces build up for Ukraine
Russians strike Ukraine army post in Crimea. Kiev fears Ukraine army putsch. US warships on standby
DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2014, 1:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian forces Saturday, March 1, staged their first attack on a Ukraine military installation in Crimea, while completing their takeover of the region and its severance from Ukraine. The new Crimean premier announced a March 30 referendum to determine its status. In Kiev, the interim government feared a possible Ukraine army putsch to install a military regime capable of containing Russian expansion. As President Barack Obama warned Moscow of “costs” for military intervention in Crimea, two US warships moved up to the Black Sea’s Crimea shore.

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Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu
Putin’s Chessmen in Place for Military Intervention in Ukraine – or a Western Climb-down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Crimea is Russia’s main springboard for Putin’s Mid East strategy. Kerry’s last-ditch phone call to Lavrov may avert a Russian military operation – but at a steep price for Kiev and the West.

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European Wire-Pullers Misjudged Ukraine Unrest – Pushed It too Far
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

The European wire-pullers misjudged the unrest in Kiev and let it go too far. They had planned a pro-EU unity government working with Yanukovych – not to oust him.

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Ukraine parliament in Kiev Feb. 20
Yanukovych refuses to resign - and goes missing in E. Ukraine. Tymoshenko seizes opposition center stage in Kiev
DEBKAfile Special Report February 22, 2014, 6:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych went on the air Saturday, Feb. 22, to say he has no plans to resign. From Kharkiv, he accused ”armed extremists and gangsters” of staging a coup comparable to the Nazi putsch in Berlin of 1933. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on the German, French and Polish foreign ministers to step in and take responsibility for the deal they helped the rivals forge Friday, warning that Ukrainian sovereignty was threatened. The crisis is falling into the lines of a split between opposition Kiev and pro-Yanukovych Kharkiv.

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Obama Couldn’t Prevent Saudi-Pakistan Nuclear Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014, 10:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Pakistan refused to heed Obama’s demands to back of its nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will be more flexible on non-nuclear issues like Syria in order to repair the fraught relations with Washington.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan -architect of Saudi Syria, Iran strategies
Obama’s Iran policy wins key point: Saudis drop its lead antagonist Prince Bandar
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2014, 10:58 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was reported by debkafile’s US and Saudi sources Wednesday, Feb. 19, to have been removed from policy-making in Riyadh. The prince was the live wire of kingdom’s drive against President Barack Obama’s détente with Tehran. Bandar’s removal is one up for Obama, and a significant loss for Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu as the only other Middle East leader ready to publicly decry US policies on Iran and Syria. No word about the prince’s status has come from Riyadh since he dropped out of sight a month ago.

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Iran's heavy water reactor under construction at Arak
Nuclear talks open with Iran and three unattainable US pledges to Israel re Fordo, Arak, enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2014, 12:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

The six powers and Iran sat down in Geneva Tuesday, Feb. 18 for talks on a final, comprehensive resolution of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. But first, the Obama administration gave the Israeli government three pledges. debkafile: The US would insist on the shutdown of the Fordo enrichment plant; the Arak reactor’s conversion to a light water plant; and a cap on 5-percent enrichment. They all face Tehran's certain rejection. Binyamin Netanyahu can only try for a ceiling on centrifuges when he meets Barack Obama on March 3.

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Saudis Procure a Pakistani Nuclear Shield & Troops, also Indian and Japanese Fleets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Riyadh is clinching military deals with Pakistan, India and Japan to show Barack Obama when he comes for a visit that Saudi Arabia has new strategic partners against Iran.

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Iranians torch and stamp on US President's image
Obama and Kerry ask Netanyahu to hold back from responding to Iranian threats
DEBKAfile Special Report February 11, 2014, 10:23 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s leaders celebrated the 35th anniversary of their Islamic revolution Tuesday, Feb.11, with a torrent of hate rhetoric and threats surpassing even the crudely belligerent language used by former President Ahamedinejad. As his audience burned US and Israeli flags and stamped on placards depicting Obama, President Hassan Rouhani echoed the IRGC leaders in mocking America’s military option, while Khamenei called for Israel’s extermination as a “cancerous growth.”  Yet Barack Obama opted not to react and demanded that Prime Minister Netanyahu follow suit.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Ambassador Ron Dermer
Netanyahu accepts Kerry’s “framework” in principle, seeks publication delayed to Knesset recess
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2014, 9:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has informed Washington of his acceptance in principle of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document - subject to reservations raised with US Special Envoy Martin Indyk. A high-ranking US official told debkafile: “We all know the die is cast in Jerusalem and Netanyahu has accepted Kerry’s guidelines. They are now working on the reservations he needs to submit for his government coalition to survive the expected storm of protest and resistance and for the talks with the Palestinians to carry on” to a final accord.

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John Kerry and the boss
Obama may be in two minds over Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace mission
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 7, 2014, 11:51 AM (GMT+02:00)

The give-and-take over an Israeli-Palestinian accord, doggedly kept afloat by US Secretary of State John Kerry, is evolving into a complex personal dynamic: Israel’s A-team - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – are not of one mind on the issues; Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s popular base is infamously narrow and flimsy. And John Kerry, too, needs to overcome reservations in President Obama’s White House team to obtain his blessing. He is not entirely sure he will get it.

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John Kerry and Barack Obama
Obama Reserved on Kerry’s Iranian, Syrian, Israeli-Palestinian Enterprises
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)

The White House is qualifying its support for Kerry’s diplomacy for Iran, Syria and Middle East peacemaking, finding it too decisive for Obama.

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Wendy Sherman
Wendy Sherman’s Slip Bared Obama’s Game: To Dump Iranian Nuclear Diplomacy on Next President
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)

By a slip of the tongue, Wendy Sherman gave away Obama’s game which is to drag Iranian nuclear diplomacy on for two years and hand the hot potato to his successor.

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Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef
Saudi Arabia and UAE Set to Uproot Muslim Brotherhood Influence from Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pulling no punches in their determination to root out the Muslim Brotherhood from their neighborhood even though this flies in the face of Barack Obama as he heads out for a visit to Riyadh next month.

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Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah
Prince Bandar Prepares Obama-Abdullah Summit. Washington Picks Its Favorite Prince
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)

Riyadh demands a fence-mending summit for the king and Obama while flying in Washington’s face on the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, Iran and Egypt.

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