While Barack Obama works on his putting, the rest of the world is not at rest
We do believe there were air strikes undertaken in recent days by the
UAE and Egypt inside Libya," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby
said at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday. The State
Department reacted similarly,
confirming the attacks but not saying whether the US was notified in advance - leading to an assumption that the country knew nothing of the strikes.
Several US officials are also being quoted in media reports saying
Washington had been caught off guard by air strikes carried out by the
UAE using Egyptian air bases. The lack of notification amounts to
diplomatic embarrassment for the United States, since the UAE and Egypt
are considered to be American allies. Washington is a significant
provider of military aid to Egypt and is regularly involved in arms
sales to the UAE.
Secret air strikes are "an astounding and unusual action," said William
Lawrence of the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington,
adding that the US would not have approved of the move.
Moving east a little (even Martha Raddatz noticed)
President Obama admitted today that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.
Wonder if Putin would like to join the foursome
Nato has accused Russia
of a "blatant violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty and engaging in direct
military operations to support pro-Russian rebels.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that "despite
hollow denials", it was now clear that Russia had illegally crossed
To which the POTUS had this to say
“As a result of the action Russia has already taken and the
major sanctions we’ve imposed,” Obama said, “Russia is
already more isolated than any time since the end of the cold
“The separatists are backed, trained, armed, financed by
Russia. Throughout this process we’ve seen deep Russian
involvement in everything that they’ve done,” Obama added.
That behavior, he added, “will only bring more cost and
consequences to Russia.” After speaking with allies, Obama
continued, he expects a new wave of sanctions to come soon. The
president is expected to meet with NATO partners next week, and
said the US “will continue to stand firm with our allies and
partners” to protect Ukraine from further encroachment.
Summertime, and the livin' is easy.
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