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President Barack Obama told Haitians "they will not be forsaken". The United States was sending 3,500 soldiers and 300 medical personnel have been sent there to help with disaster relief and security in the wake of an earthquake that knocked the Caribbean nation to its knees. The Pentagon was also sending an aircraft carrier and three amphibious ships, and Marines. The challenge there will be long-term. Parliament, the national palace, and many government buildings collapsed and it was and many lawmakers and officials are feared dead.
Are there problems ahead for the Obama administration and Pakistan? If the current situation is any indication, there may be. The U.S. wants the Pakistanis to engage Afghan militants operating in Pakistan to assist the NATO war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan says it has its hands full with its own war. This is a serious problem, because the U.S. needs Pakistani cooperation on this in order to make its new strategy on the Afghan war to work.
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev agreed the outlines of a deal to reduce their strategic nuclear warheads to 1,500-1,675 within seven years of a new treaty coming into force. The sides want to make a deal before the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) expires on Dec. 5. Both sides are already committed to reducing their arsenals to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads under the separate Moscow Treaty (SORT) that runs until 2012.
President Barack Obama said he got the commitments he wanted yesterday from the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. What he got were promises from them to take the fight to the Taliban and al-Qaida. The terrorist organizations are growing in stature and are becoming more brazen. At the same time the U.S. military is dealing with reports that U.S. forces accidentally killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan. In the middle of the chaos, there are reports the Taliban killed civilians and paraded them around claiming U.S. forces did it.
How safe are the nation's critical networks? Several years ago Chinese hackers were caught trying to break into sensitive government and military systems. They've progressed from that to Congress. Last year, two members of Congress said their systems had been hacked into and sensitive information destroyed. The news that they struck again --hitting the Joint Strike fighter a couple of years ago, comes as no surprise to many in the cyber world. The Obama administration is preparing to release a review of the nation's cyber security.
President Barack went to CIA headquarters yesterday, with a message. "There have been some conversations that I've had with senior folks, at Langley in which people have expressed understandable anxiety." He was referring to his decision to release classified documents detailing questionable interrogation techniques in the previous Bush administration. In a visit to the CIA, where he praised employees, Obama said much of the information in the memos had already leaked out.
President Obama sent a strong message to Wall Street when he proposed imposing new limits on the size and activities of the country's largest banks. In an effort to prevent another financial Armageddon, Obama wants to prevent commercial banks (those that lend and maintain deposits) from also owning hedge funds or private equity units, and from engaging in proprietary trading (trading for their own accounts using their firm's own money).
President Obama has made his new nuclear posture public. It has three pillars --disarmament, nonproliferation and peaceful uses. He said they are central to the vision, outlined in Prague last September, of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and seeking a world without them. He's proposing measures to reduce and eventually eliminate existing nuclear arsenals; strengthening the Non-proliferation Treaty and halting proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional states; and prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons or materials. He's also placing heavy emphasis on the black market that feeds illicit programs
Politico reports that Obama and the Republicans face differences in counterterrorism issues.