Vladimir Putin

Putin pushing dangerous path says American general

Putin pushing dangerous path says American general

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the US military’s top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an “aggressive” agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks to address alleged […]

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down. “That’s not how I think about it,” Obama told reporters during his annual end-of-the year news conference. Instead of brooding about tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout […]

New nuke deal with Iran leaves Israel with few options

New nuke deal with Iran leaves Israel with few options

After feverishly trying to derail the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now has little choice but to accept an agreement that he has derided as deeply flawed. Netanyahu believes the six-month deal leaves Iran’s military nuclear capabilities largely intact, while giving Iran relief from painful economic […]

Was U.S. ‘outfoxed’ on Syria?

Was U.S. ‘outfoxed’ on Syria?

Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons argued Sunday about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war, or whether his threat of military action propelled the breakthrough. Obama said the turn to diplomacy had laid “a foundation” toward political settlement of […]

Obama unsure about Russia

Obama unsure about Russia

President Barack Obama says a U.S.-Russian agreement offers a chance to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat they pose to Syrians and the world. But the two powers are divided over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama, speaking in a television interview taped before Saturday’s announcement of […]

Putin slams American military interventions

Putin slams American military interventions

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using an opinion piece in The New York Times to assert that it’s alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Putin says he doubts that such interventions are in the long-term interest of the U.S. He also says millions around […]

Divided vote in Senate over Obama’s war plans; More trouble in House?

Divided vote in Senate over Obama’s war plans; More trouble in House?

A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war. The administration was pressing ahead Thursday with its full-scale sales job, holding another round […]

Not the world Obama expected

Not the world Obama expected

Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there’s deep […]

So, what’s a little spying among friends?

So, what’s a little spying among friends?

President Barack Obama had a simple answer to European outrage over new allegations that the U.S. spies on its allies: The Europeans do it too. Obama said Monday during his trip to Africa that every intelligence service in Europe, Asia and elsewhere does its best to understand the world better, and that goes beyond what […]

Snowden withdraws request for Russian asylum

Snowden withdraws request for Russian asylum

NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s attempts to seek refuge outside the United States hit hurdles Tuesday, after Russian media reported he canceled his asylum bid in Russia and several European countries said such applications wouldn’t be considered if they were made from abroad. Russian news agencies Tuesday quoted President Vladimir Putin‘s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying […]