914 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Obama cautions against “a premature attack” on Iran, rejects red lines
DEBKAfile Special Report March 2, 2012

In an interview to The Atlantic Friday, March 2, US President Barack Obama held to the line that “Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon” and cautioned against a “premature attack” on the Islamic Republic. debkafile: This assessment is certainly not shared by Israel and ignored its call for red lines to warn Iran it will be attacked if it takes its nuclear weapons program beyond them. Neither did the president mention the advanced stage of the shielding of Iran’s nuclear facilities in bunkers.

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Are the Saudis Using Oil to Block Obama’s Reelection?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

When the Saudis discovered the US was backing off military operations against both Iran and Syria, they retaliated by letting oil prices float upward without lifting a finger. This week oil prices hit an all-time high carrying the message to Barack Obama: Either attack Iran, or we’ll let oil prices rocket up to $150 per barrel - and you won’t be re-elected in November.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran Negotiates for a Russian Nuclear and Aerial Umbrella
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

A special intelligence assessment listing the prospects and risk of the various options for Ayatollah Khamenei conclude that Barack Obama will not hazard an attack on Iran before the November election but if he is returned to the White House he will go to war early in 2013. The chances of an Israeli attack are deemed slim but not to be ignored. Tehran is negotiating for a Russian nuclear and aerial umbrella.

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Obama Worries about a Potential Saudi-Israeli Front for Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

Washington suspects Saudi Arabia and Israel have revived their intelligence cooperation. The Obama administration will bend over backwards to prevent Israel using Saudi or other Gulf bases for an attack on Iran, even to providing refueling planes for Israeli bombers conducting the attack.

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Saudis Lean on Obama to Backpedal on His Non-Military Iran Policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

After learning in a caustic exchange with Hillary Clinton that Obama had turned down the safe havens military plan Syria, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal offered Arab air forces for an operation against Assad. Riyadh also stepped up arms deliveries to Syrian rebels.

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Last-ditch bid fails to bridge US-Israeli differences
Pentagon prepares “aerial refueling” for Israeli planes striking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2012

In a significant policy U-turn on Iran, anonymous Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday, March 1, that “military options being prepared start with providing refueling for Israeli planes and include attacking the pillars of the clerical regime.” This was the first Washington reference to possible joint US-Israeli military action against Iran.  Israel earlier called on the US to set red lines for Iran’s nuclear projects and to spell out military contingencies instead of the worn-out “all options are on the table” mantra.

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Baba Amr, Homs, after three-week bombardment
Obama rules out military intervention in Syria, weighs humanitarian corridors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2012

US President Barack Obama Tuesday, Feb. 28, vetoed plans submitted to him last week for Western-Arab military intervention in the Syrian crisis, debkafile reports. He is weighing an alternative plan for setting up “humanitarian corridors” in the most embattled areas. That too would be contingent on Russian endorsement, because Obama believes Moscow holds the key to Assad’s consent - or at least abstention from sending his army to attack the aid routes.  No Russian response as yet to feelers from Washington.

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Different policies, same goals.
To draw Iran into nuclear talks, Obama avoids ousting Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2012

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal marched out of the Friends of Syria conference in Tunis Friday, Feb. 24, after representatives of 70 nations fell in behind US plans designed to avoid direct action against Syria’s Bashar Assad. Riyadh accuses Washington of reducing Assad’s butchery of his opponents to the level of a humanitarian issue to save his regime and keep Iran on track for nuclear negotiations. The “safe haven” plan is seen as giving the Syrian ruler international immunity. 

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Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy
Sarkozy’s Safe Haven Plan Is on Obama’s Desk
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

The Sarkozy plan for Syria is based on reserving a quarter of Syrian territory as a safe haven protecting a quarter of its population under a coalition air shield. No foreign boots will touch the ground. After rounding up the UK, Italy, Turkey and Qatar, the French president is waiting for Obama’s nod because with the Americans the operation is not feasible.

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US Undercover Effort to Stall Israeli Strike against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

Jerusalem suspects Washington of planting undercover informants for advance warning of an Israeli strike against Iran. The mutuall distrust is traced to an encounter six months ago when Barack Obama turned Binyamin Netanyahu down on a secret plan for Israel to refrain from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites and follow his lead if the United States pledged a timely offensive against Iran.

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US, France, UK, Turkey, Italy prepare for military intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

Military preparations for intervention in the horrendous Syrian crisis are quietly afoot in Washington, Paris, Rome, London and Ankara. President Barack Obama is poised for a final decision after the Pentagon submits operational plans for protecting Syrian rebels and beleaguered populations, debkafile reports. The deaths of two notable journalists helped galvanize the West into action. They died after Syrian artillery located their secret press center in Homs with the help of Russian spy satellites or Iranian electronic measures - and gutted it. 

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Obama to try and talk Netanyahu out of Iran strike after his advisers failed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2012

After a high-ranking US delegation headed by White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon failed in three days of tough talks (Feb.18-20) to dissuade Israeli leaders to back off plans for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, the White House invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for talks with President Barak Obama on March 5. He will try and break the stalemate which ended his advisers’ talks with Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.

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They agree to talk
Crisis in US-Israel relations over nuclear talks with Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report February 18, 2012

Wednesday, Netanyahu blasted Iran – and indirectly Washington– when he said in Cyprus that sanctions “haven’t worked” and that a regime which attacks diplomats to have nuclear weapons “is something of enormous concern for the United States and for Israel.”In the last 24 hours, the approach of international talks with Iran on its nuclear program has escalated high tensions between the Obama administration and the Israeli government.
US President Barack Obama decided to send his US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon on an urgent visit to Israel Saturday for three days of talks “on regional issues including Syria and Iran.”
This unusually long trip over the weekend by a top White House official is a measure of the crisis in relations.

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US and Iran Set to Resume Nuclear Talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

The White House expects talks to start in days and lead to the halting of Iran’s nuclear program development and nuclear enrichment and the dismantling of its nuclear weapons facilities and labs. Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu is less sanguine, says sanctions or not working and slams Iran as “the most irresponsible power on earth today.”

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Dennis Ross
Tehran Flexes Muscle, Shrugs off Sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

Tehran was always willing to talk, less to listen. This time, Iran is preparing to enter into negotiations from a position of strength after demonstrating that US and European sanctions have not had the effect of blocking the bulk of its oil exports.

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Hillary Clinton and Ahmet Davutoglu
A Coalition No-Fly Zone over Syria - Hinging on US Military Input
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyin Erdogan has an ambitious new plan for a combined coalition effort to end the violence in Syria. But it all depends on President Obama's willingness to back it up with an air and naval umbrella against Syrian missile and air might backed by the Russian navy. The US president is in no hurry to jump in.

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Obama still tries to stop Israeli Iran strike. West confronts Iran in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2012

US President Barack Obama, by asserting Sunday, Feb. 5, he doesn't think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran, sought to keep Israel away from military action and set aside as a strategic reserve, while using its threat of attack to bring Iran to the table.  Monday, Feb. 6, Bashar Assad reportedly redoubled his deadly assault on Homs and, for the first time, Aleppo, taking advantage of the respite granted him by the Russian-Chinese veto. Syria is now a hub of the US-Iranian confrontation. 

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Iran Didn't Bring Down the RQ-170. A Chinese Cyber Whiz Team Did
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012

US stealth drones stay out of Iranian skies since the RQ-170 was downed now that American intelligence knows that a Chinese cyber team was responsible. The Obama administration is avoiding a reckoning with Beijing because Washington needs the Chinese on America's side – especially in a presidential election year.

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Massive US Military Buildup on Two Strategic Islands: Socotra and Masirah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2012

By early March, the US will have amassed 100,000 troops within reach of Iran, roughly equal to the 2003 Iraq invasion force, and enough to back up Barack Obama's pledge to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb with military force.

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Washington and Iran Are Talking Along Three Secret Tracks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2012

The Obama administration saw in the unimpeded passage of the Abraham Lincoln carrier through the Strait of Hormuz a signal that Tehran may be amenable to nuclear talks. Preparatory feelers are going forward on three tracks via Baghdad, Ankara and Vienna between the emissaries of the US President and Iran's Supreme leader.

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