April 30, 2013 |
President Obama took questions from the press at the White House on April 30, 2013. Read the full text of his remarks below. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Hello. Good afternoon -- or good morning, everybody. I am here to answer questions in honor of Ed Henry, as he wraps up his tenure as president of the White House Correspondents' Association. Ed, because of that, you get the first question. Congratulations. Q : Thank you, sir. I really appreciate that.
May 13, 2013 |
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a critical U.S. ally in the Muslim world, is struggling with the crisis in Syria, which has strained his country's fast-growing economy, swamped it with hundreds of thousands of refugees and created unusually public friction with Washington. The urgency of Erdogan's concerns over Syria was underscored by Saturday's car bombings that killed 46 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, where thousands of Syrian refugees have taken...
March 2, 2012 |
Four prints by the 19th-century Scottish painter David Roberts hung in the Beirut apartment that I rented in the early 1970s when I was a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Roberts produced them from sketches he'd made during his tours of what was then called the Near East. One, " Sidon Looking Towards Lebanon ," shows a group of caravanners, garbed in turbans and the baggy trousers known as sherwal, resting beside kneeling camels and tethered horses on the Mediterranean shore.
April 2, 2013 |
ISTANBUL As the decisive battle for Damascus approaches, the array of Syrian opposition forces facing President Bashar al-Assad appears to share one common trait: Most of the major rebel groups have strong Islamic roots and backing from Muslim neighbors. The Free Syrian Army has developed a rough "order of battle" that describes these rebel groups, their ideology and sources of funding. This report was shared last week with the State Department. It offers a window on a war that, absent some diplomatic miracle, is grinding...
May 9, 2013 |
Zalmay Khalilzad was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2007 to 2009. The use of chemical weapons in Syria has increased pressure on President Obama to arm the opposition. Earlier in the conflict, I endorsed such a step . But circumstances have changed. Instead, the United States should focus on working with Russia to disarm Syria. A U.N. Security Council resolution mandating an inspection and disarmament process for Syria could open the door to wider negotiations on a political resolution.
May 1, 2013 |
THE MUDDLE that is President Obama's policy on Syria has grown still muddier. On Tuesday the president backed away from a " red line " he had drawn on the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, setting the threshold for proof of a violation in such a way as to virtually exclude the possibility that one could ever be confirmed. Yet that same day his aides leaked to The Post and other news organizations the news that the president might soon reverse his long-standing opposition to...