918 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Stands by new Mid East direction
Obama: Mid East conflict costs US "blood and treasure"
DEBKAfile Special Report April 15, 2010

President Barack Obama confirmed the radical shift in US Middle East policies Tuesday, April 14, by commenting that conflicts like the one in the Middle East ended up "costing significantly in terms of both blood and treasure" - an echo of the words of Gen. David Petraeus.
His comment fueled his public feud with Israel, in which prominent American Jewish leaders have weighed in protesting that his tough new demands of Israel would deny it defensible borders and jeopardize its security

WJC President Ronald Lauder
American-Jewish leaders accuse Obama of abandoning Israeli security
DEBKAfile Special Report April 14, 2010

Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress addresses an open letter to president Obama voicing the deep concern of Jews around the world - not only about the nuclear ambitions of an Iranian regime with genocidal intentions toward Israel, but the deterioration of US-Israeli relations and public feud.
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch writes: "I weep today because my president, Barack Obama has changed the relationship between the US and Israel. …our closest ally… has been demeaned and slandered."

Iran threatens US with nuclear terror
Tehran: If Iran is attacked, nuclear devices will go off in American cities
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2010

This warning, along with an announcement that Iran would join the world's nuclear club within a month, struck at the heart of President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit which opened Tuesday, April 13. The statement run by the Iranian publication Kayhan said: "If the US strikes Iran with nuclear weapons, there are elements which will respond with nuclear blasts in the centers of America's main cities."  
debkafile: It was the first time Tehran had threatened America with nuclear terror.

The breach remains
Jones denies new US ME plan after Netanyahu shuns nuclear summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

US National Security Adviser James Jones denied the US had a new Middle East plan. He was replying to reporters' questions aboard Air Force One on their way back from Prague. His denial followed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's withdrawal from the US-sponsored summit on nuclear terror opening in Washington April 11. Washington saw this as a protest against a US policy Israel considered detrimental to its security interests, such as ignoring its need for secure borders and trying to impose peace.

The Middle East: No, he can't.
Obama's Middle East drive heads for a fall
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 6, 2010

Behind the Jerusalem impasse, US president Barack Obama is pushing the Middle East hard into another sweeping territorial redesign as the cure-all for all its troubles. The unpublished details of Obama's super-plan were revealed in DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out last Friday - together with the reasons why Israelis and Palestinians will reject it.

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Canadian FM chairs G8 parley
G8 skips Iran sanctions to boost secret US opening to IRGC
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2010

debkafile's Washington and Iran sources disclose that the G8 ministers meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, agreed to leave the door open to dialogue with Iran after they were discreetly informed that the Obama administration had launched a secret bid to engage Iran's radical Revolutionary Guards in nuclear talks.  
The initiative aimed at bypassing Iran's hardline political leaders and ayatollahs.
It was first revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 436 on March 12.

Put all his weight behind cowing Netanyahu
Obama is going after regime change in… Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 25, 2010

All the fine words about America's friendship and strategic support for Israel melted away in the flames of the rift between the Obama administration and Israel which burst out in the open during the Israeli prime minister's visit to Washington. President Barack Obama made it brutally clear that the Netanyahu government is an obstacle to his Mid East goals. He therefore has no qualms about seeking regime change in Jerusalem - even ahead of Tehran.


Netanyahu leaves amid standoff with Obama
Netanyahu reports to inner cabinet on standoff with Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2010

US president Barack Obama kept on turning the screw on Israeli minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, March 24, after their harsh conversation Tuesday: Netanyahu was told bluntly to issue a White House-dictated public pledge to eschew further construction in East Jerusalem, or else face a US presidential notice condemning Israel and holding its government responsible for the failure to restart indirect Israel-Palestinian talks. This standoff was unsolved when Netanyahu flew home that night.

Israeli PM arrives at White House
Israel under veiled US threat of diplomatic isolation
DEBKAfile Special Report March 24, 2010

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's high-stakes talks with President Barack Obama March 24 deepened the crisis marring relations between the two governments, debkafile's Washington sources report. The White House's hand is suspected behind London's decision to expel an Israeli diplomat over unproven passport allegations, to underline its threat of isolation.
In the Middle East, Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Palestinians stand ready to exploit the US-Israel rift.


Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu's secret concession to Obama
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 23, 2010

DEBKA-Net-Weekly's next issue reveals that, behind the scenes of the Netanyahu-Obama White House meeting, their protestations of friendship and row over construction in East Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister was willing to pay dearly to keep the administration's support.
He paid in the coin of issues related to Israeli security, which are first disclosed in our next issue, out Friday, together with its profound bearing on America's Middle East strategy, Israel's regional standing and Netanyahu's chances of survival.
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Advanced BLU-100 recalled by President Obama
Obama recalls bunker-buster bomb kits to bar Israeli strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2010

Shortly after the flare-up of a US-Israel row over new homes in East Jerusalem, US president Barack Obama ordered a consignment of Joint Direct Attack Munitions- JDAM already on its way to Israel to be diverted to the US Air Force base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. This step in mid-March, the pointer to a US arms embargo for preventing Israel attacking Iran's nuclear sites, is first revealed here by debkafile's military sources.

US Centcom chief Gen. David Petraeus
Washington sharpens crisis with Israel, may give Palestinians military shield
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2010

The Obama administration demands Israel extend its West Bank construction freeze to East Jerusalem for the duration of peace talks and offer more concessions to the Palestinians. This - plus a pledge not to attack Iran - is the price for ending the crisis. Gen. Petraeus's suggested transfer of the "Palestinian territories" to his Central Command is tantamount to providing the Palestinians with a US military shield against Israel, say debkafile's military sources.

He gets away with insulting America
US envoy for Damascus after Assad publicly mocks Hillary Clinton
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2010

Barack Obama is still going easy on Iran and Syria after both their presidents publicly ridiculed
his administration and secretary of state Hillary Clinton's appeal for Damascus to loosen its ties with Tehran.

The White House is going through with a decision to post the first US ambassador to Damascus in five years, while berating Israel day after day for the past week.


Ehud Barak meets Robert Gates in D.C.
US ponders denying Israel arms needed for conflict with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2010

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened his inner cabinet Saturday night, March 12, to discuss the spiraling crisis with Washington and his first response.
debkafile's military and Washington sources report: The Obama administration is considering withholding from Israel military items urgently needed in case of a flare-up of hostilities with Iran and its allies. This would further ratchet up the row over the added 1,600 homes in E. Jerusalem.


Obama has security chiefs on the carpet
Obama: We failed to connect the dots or act promptly
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2010

 US president Barack Obama, in a speech after meeting top security chiefs, Tuesday, Jan. 5, said: We had enough information to foresee and prevent the attempted bombing [of the Northwest airliner] on Christmas day." But it was not fully analyzed or leveraged for putting the suspect on the no-fly list. "I will not accept this. We have to do better and must do it quickly."

Umar Farouk Abdulmetallab
Obama cites US systemic failure for Detroit plane attack
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2009

US president Barack Obama, in his second speech in 24 hours, said: "Data was not shared and a systemic failure occurred. I consider that totally unacceptable."
Weeks ago, information came from the suspect's father to intelligence which was not efficiently distributed. "Bits of information with the intelligence community should have been pieced together and was not." 
Twelve hours before this speech on the failed airline bombing, debkafile ran a special analysis covering the same ground

Targeted: Northwest 253
Failed airliner attack was tardy wake-up call
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 29, 2009

The failure of Lagos and Amsterdam airport security to detect the explosives the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carried aboard two flights on Christmas Day was a side-effect of US intelligence policy-makers' flawed approach to al Qaeda. Until the agencies which fell down on the tasks of thwarting and combating terror are overhauled and change their approach, Americans will continue to be caught napping.
More about this in debkafile Special Analysis.

Netanyahu goes into White House
Obama gives Iran another year's grace for nuclear dialogue
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009

US president Barack Obama's tough talk of sanctions has melted into soft soap for luring Iran into further dialogue. Adopting the reverse tactic, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sounds almost reasonable for a change, even as Tehran pushes its revolutionary goals as pugnaciously as ever.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the US president another six months for diplomacy up to mid-2010 without the threat of military action when they met at the White House November 9.

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