May 21st, 2012
05:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Romney's Bain record is fair game

(CNN) – President Barack Obama took Mitt Romney to task on Monday, arguing the likely GOP presidential nominee's history as a corporate CEO does anything but qualify him for the Oval Office.

"When you're president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot," the president said during a press conference at the NATO summit in Chicago.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • NATO • President Obama
First on CNN: Obama's open mic a Republican open season
March 26th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Obama's open mic a Republican open season

(CNN) – Republicans wasted no time Monday pouncing on President Barack Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In a new web video, the Republican National Committee painted a stark picture of Obama's exchange with the Russian leader, introducing the conversation with the text: "What Obama tells world leaders when he thinks you aren't listening."
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Filed under: 2012 • Dmitry Medvedev • Mitt Romney • NATO • President Obama • RNC • Russia • South Korea
BLITZER'S BLOG: Fired for telling the truth
U.S. army soldiers at Outpost Monti in Kunar province, on September 17, 2011.
November 7th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Fired for telling the truth

(CNN) – Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. He rose through the ranks to become a two-star general. He often risked his life in battle for the United States. Most recently, he's been in the war zone, serving as the deputy commander of the American-led NATO mission to train and equip Afghan forces. In short, he's a real military hero.

But it deeply saddens me to learn that the U.S. Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, has effectively fired Fuller for telling the American people the truth.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • NATO
December 2nd, 2009
12:35 PM ET
8 months ago

NATO to commit at least 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan

London, England (CNN)–The non-U.S. members of NATO intend to commit at least 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan along with the American buildup just announced, the alliance's top civilian leader said Wednesday.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the 5,000 figure is "based on what we know now," adding, "I would expect a few thousand on top of that."

"Based on my talks with a big number of political leaders, I feel confident that we will see significant increases in the troop contributions," Rasmussen said on CNN's "Amanpour" program.

The additional units would bring NATO's contribution to the Afghan war to about 47,000 troops. That figure comes on top of the nearly 100,000 Americans expected to be in the fight once the additional deployments U.S. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday night are in place.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • NATO
September 30th, 2009
11:20 AM ET
5 years ago

Pressure increases on Obama over Afghanistan

President Obama is under increasing pressure to decide whether the United States will commit more troops and resources to the conflict in Afghanistan.
President Obama is under increasing pressure to decide whether the United States will commit more troops and resources to the conflict in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama is under increasing pressure to decide whether the United States will commit more troops and resources to the conflict in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the head of NATO met with the president and endorsed Obama's plan to fine-tune the strategy for Afghanistan before deciding on whether to deploy more troops.

"I agree with President Obama in his approach: strategy first, then resources," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after meeting with Obama at the White House.

The meeting comes a day before Obama is scheduled to discuss Afghanistan strategy with his national security team.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs backed up Rasmussen's assessment.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • NATO • President Obama
April 4th, 2009
11:43 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama lauds NATO allies' pledges of Afghan support

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel greet other leaders Saturday at the NATO summit.
President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel greet other leaders Saturday at the NATO summit.

STRASBOURG, France (CNN) - President Obama on Saturday said he is "pleased that our NATO allies pledged their strong and unanimous support" for the new U.S. strategy toward fighting militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Obama spoke at the end of a two-day NATO summit in Strasbourg, France. One of the main topics of discussion was the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

America's NATO allies in Afghanistan are committing 3,000 combat troops and 400 more paramilitary trainers to the fight against the Taliban, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs announced earlier Saturday.

The combat forces from allied and partner nations will provide security leading up to Afghan elections later this year. Of the 3,000, the major contributors will be Britain, with 900, and Germany and Spain, 600 each.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Saturday that "when it comes to Afghanistan, this summit and this alliance has delivered."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • G-20 • NATO • President Obama
March 16th, 2009
02:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Gates will not attend NATO meeting with Obama

 U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has repeatedly said there will be many tough decisions to be made in this budget on weapons programs.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has repeatedly said there will be many tough decisions to be made in this budget on weapons programs.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will not attend next months NATO Summit with President Obama in order to focus on the defense budget, according to Pentagon officials.

"Secretary Gates will remain in Washington to keep working on what is being called a "very difficult budget," this year, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

The summit involves leaders of NATO member countries, but defense ministers often attend for behind-the scenes discussions.

"He had hoped to join President Obama in Strasbourg and Kehl to celebrate the alliance's 60th anniversary, but his work on the 2010 budget will not permit him to leave Washington then," another Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, said in a statement. "He simply needs more time to review all of our major weapons programs and assess how they fit into his efforts to strategically rebalance the department's budget."

Gates has repeatedly said there will be many tough decisions to be made in this budget on weapons programs. High-profile, and pricey, programs Gates will have to weigh whether to keep or to cut include the Air Force's F-22 "Raptor" fighter, the Army's $160 billion Future Combat System program and the over-budget and delayed new presidential helicopter program.

Asked why Gates would be skipping a NATO meeting where most ministers of defense will join their heads of state, Whitman said the Secretary believed there was very good U.S. representation in President Obama.


Filed under: NATO • President Obama • Robert Gates