Foreign Policy Problems Bubbling to the Surface
By Ben Pershing
After spending the first six weeks of his term focused primarily on domestic affairs, President Obama is devoting the bulk of this week to navigating international waters, hosting a "special" ally in Washington as trouble spots continue to bubble up all over the globe.
Gordon Brown will address a joint session of Congress this morning (much of his planned speech is here), one day after the British prime minister huddled with Obama at the White House to discuss the world economic crisis. Obama even did his best Jim Cramer impression, suggesting now might just be a good time for Americans to jump into the stock market, while Brown did his own FDR impression, raising the prospect of a "global New Deal."
At the same time, Obama parried questions about an unusual "secret" letter he sent to Russia recently, one that either did or did not offer to give up on building missile defense installations in Eastern Europe in exchange for Russian help containing Iran's nuclear program. Pakistan's problems are also on the radar, as they are nearly every day, after terrorists there attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, visited the West Bank to meet with Palestinian officials after a round of talks with the Israelis. (Got a caption for this photo? Comment below.) And John Murtha, always on message, suggested it might just take 600,000 troops to pacify Afghanistan.
Posted at 8:05 AM ET on Mar 4, 2009
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