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President Obama has consistently polled well on foreign policy. A July USA Today/Gallup survey showed 52 percent of Americans trust him to handle foreign policy concerns compared to just 40 percent for GOP challenger Mitt Romney. Similarly, an April Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 53 percent of Americans trusted Obama over Romney to handle international affairs, with the Republican candidate earning just 36 percent.

Still, critics say Obama was slow to provide practical support to revolutionary forces during the Arab Spring uprisings that overthrew authoritarian regimes in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The president long held onto hope for a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian civil war that has been raging since March 2011, but he recently ordered clandestine support -- not including arms -- to revolutionary forces trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Obama said in May 2011 that “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” Some observers said that statement represented a shift in U.S. policy toward Israel, and it prompted a sharp rebuke from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who rejected the president’s position.

Obama said during his 2008 presidential campaign that he would meet directly with leaders from Iran, but the talks have never materialized. The president helped broker U.N. sanctions against Iran’s military establishment, and he signed U.S. sanctions against the country. He has vowed to keep all options on the table -- including military strikes -- to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but he has urged Israel not to attack that nation unilaterally.

The president ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan near the end of his first year in the White House, but he began withdrawing forces from the conflict-torn nation in July 2011. He has set a target of 2014 for transitioning U.S. forces to a largely support role in the country, and he ended major U.S. combat operations in Iraq in 2010.

Obama ordered joint military exercises with the South Korean military after North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean Navy ship and shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong in 2010.

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Steve Webb

Steve Webb Romney has virtually no experience in this area.

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia while Obama is in the process of getting us out of wars, Romney has said it was a mistake leaving Iraq and wants to start another war with Iran

Stirl Demby

Stirl Demby Pres. Obama has shown his leadership around the world and has restored our National image abroad. He has returned legitimacy to American policy and security as it relates to our interests and those of our allies.

Henri Walker

Henri Walker Because he is a great leader

Dadou Dadou Db

Dadou Dadou Db It's high time America discontinue the belief that they are superior to all other nation of the world. We too can be concern about others. Cease to use other government for our servitude.

Gabriel Brown

Gabriel Brown I'm happy we're past Cowboy Diplomacy. I'd like it to stay that way.

Tonya Brown

Tonya Brown He has no backbone , he has already stuck his foot in his mouth too many times, besides i believe he would promote war just to make money.

Bill Gallagher

Bill Gallagher Our leadership is respected again around the world instead of being laughed at. Iran's economy is on the ropes, and we are no longer throwing our weight around like the biggest bully on the block.

Jon Divine

Jon Divine We are respected again. Africa, India. and many other countries are back to believing us.

Michael Wells

Michael Wells The world view of the U.S. hit a low during the Bush years. It we entered two wars that were basically paid for on credit. One certainly under false pretense. We lost creadability that President Obama has worked hard to ...See More

Jamie Deveaux

Jamie Deveaux The World respects the USA again with a leader who commands respect everywhere he goes. We do not need to start any more wars, we need to build our economy from the bottom up not the top down.

David Graham

David Graham Mitt Romney is stuck in the last century when it comes to foreign policy. Obama has a proven track record here.

Jill Gering

Jill Gering Obama has handled foreign policy well. And foreign policy is the biggest and trickiest. Romney has not only been deceptive on this issue but inept. His Vice Presidential pick is also inept.

Michael Minjack

Michael Minjack No more WARS A Viet Nam vet!!

Teri Swinton

Teri Swinton I believe in his work and policies in place.

Twyla Dorzweiler

Twyla Dorzweiler This is where our president shines. He is diplomatic and knows how to communicate with nations from other cultures with other goals and ideals. Romney insults everyone. I perish the thought of him dealing with our enemies when he botches ...See More

C Fred Crawmer

C Fred Crawmer he's the commensurate diplomat & world leader, nuf said.

Melodie Miller

Melodie Miller He has traveled, studied, understands and remains opened minded to other cultures.

Carl Barbee

Carl Barbee OBAMA HAS ENDED ENDED THE WAR IN IRAQ, ENDING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, AND GOT RID OF OSAMA BIN LADEN, HELPED TO BRING LIBYA, TUNISIA AND EGYPT OUT OF DICTATORSHIP.

Peter Wong

Peter Wong Syria is Iran's path to the sea. Nuff?

Deirdre Quigley

Deirdre Quigley http://coffeycall.com/?page_id=36

Terri Miller

Terri Miller Has much more experience.

Thomas Keating

Thomas Keating Diplomacy

Carmin Liz

Carmin Liz He is consistent and I feel safe.

Laurel C B Stranaghan

Laurel C B Stranaghan Me, and the rest of the WORLD!

Savitri Basaviah

Savitri Basaviah A carefully foreign policy is important for a country's security.

Roger Bauer

Roger Bauer Thoughtful Foreign Policy wins support from others around the world. Belligerence drives away potential friends. Obama appears to think about the consequences of his actions. Romney and his advisers reflect Bush era thinking.

Eugene Barufkin

Eugene Barufkin Barack's been doing it well for 4 years, why change horses???

Chris Obiesie

Chris Obiesie Obama is foreign policy expert. Romney will put America in trouble with inexperienced foreign policies. He utter words without thinking the consequences.

ANdy Chou

ANdy Chou He believes in the future of America.

Michael Simo

Michael Simo The support that Obama Obama has been able to gain to put pressure on Iran with all the economic sanctions is proof that our president knows how to build consensus, in the time we live, with all the challenges that ...See More

Marta Soto Tarantul

Marta Soto Tarantul I trust President Obama over Romney to handle international affairs.

Robert Miller

Robert Miller Romney is not interested in Foreign Policy. Best he could do was agree with Obama's policy. Who needs that.

BeenThere DoneThat

BeenThere DoneThat We are safe, we are not in any new wars, we have gain respect from our allies, and our enemies know that we have a President that will talk with you but if you cross the line he will not ...See More

Sydney Elaine

Sydney Elaine President Obama has overwhelming support overseas. Romney does not. Romney & the Republicans act like they're the only ones on Israel's side, yet Netanyahu endorsed President Obama. One of Romney's aids seriously said that his foreign policy experience came from ...See More

Dick Parry

Dick Parry His Common Sense!!

Deborah Edwina Allen

Deborah Edwina Allen He has proven himself and restore our good image overseas.

Deborah Edwina Allen

Deborah Edwina Allen President Obama has proven himself and has restored our image oversea. Mitt Romney will take us into another War with Iran and nay Middle East Country that he has trobule with.

Lea Lyra Gary

Lea Lyra Gary After the last debate, it's obvious that President Obama has a better foreign policy.

Jary Sheppard Earl

Jary Sheppard Earl He is experienced, knowledgeable and much less likely to shoot from the hip than his opponent. I fear that if Romney is elected, we could very well end up in yet another pointless war that we can ill afford.

Abdul G.kargbo

Abdul G.kargbo A great communicator. Regards world peace as world economic growth

Folashade Maxwell-shittu

Folashade Maxwell-shittu He is better on Foreign Policy

Angie Espinal

Angie Espinal President Obama has a proven track record of telling it as it is while Romney is a puppet of the wealthy..... we need a president that knows what these words mean "That this nation under God, shall have a new ...See More

Cee Bee

Cee Bee President Obama is the King of Foreign Policy

Cheryl Dyson

Cheryl Dyson I think a man of color has more influence then the usual 1%er such as Romney.

Susan Bounds

Susan Bounds During the 3rd debate, it became clear that Romney essentially concurred with Pres. Obama's foreign policies and actions. Why support the inexperienced candidate whose only forays overseas have been gauche and gaffe-prone when we already have an experienced statesman?

Kitty Jawitz

Kitty Jawitz He is determined and focused- after 10 years- cold trail - he went after and got obl- war criminal. as New Yorker I felt again that we could be victorious. Every year after 9/11 that we hadn't managed to bring ...See More

Douglas Long-Middleton

Douglas Long-Middleton Obama ordered the raid on Osama's compound. He ended the war in Iraq and is pulling our solders out of Afghanistan by 2014. He supported the Libyan revolution. And now is supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA)

Edward Murray

Edward Murray It's credible, and forward thinking. He knows that we aren't in a cold war mindset with Russia.

Elizabeth Blake

Elizabeth Blake No contest, the President. He's proven himself to be a strong leader not a hot head. Romney's a hawk and a terrible diplomat.

Yin Changqing

Yin Changqing I prefur belive Obama

Nancy Rayne

Nancy Rayne Obama doesn't flip-flop and is not seeking war with every other country.

Pamela Hoyles

Pamela Hoyles Mitt doesn't have a policy, he has talking points.

E. Ann Powell

E. Ann Powell Obama has gone full-tilt Old Style Republican on foreign policy. OBL is dead. Al-Q is a herd: he's cut off heads of herds with drones and counter-terrorism measures with special forces. We don't need a war with Iran or Syria, ...See More

Mary McGrail

Mary McGrail Why is it that the republicans cannot own that 911 happened on their watch nine months into their administration. I feel safer with Obama as Commander and Chief. Peaceful co-existence is still a worthy pursuit and the only way to ...See More

Richard Mann

Richard Mann Mit, in a yamaka, was just too much for me.

Judy Hughes

Judy Hughes There is simply no comparison between the two candidates on this issue.

Stewart Eastman

Stewart Eastman Negotiated Start nuclear reduction treaty. Sparked democracy in the Middle East with Cairo speech. Handed Libya right. Ended Iraq war. On President Obama's watch 3 new democracies in the Arab world, the first in generations. Also an independent South Sudan, ...See More

Brenda Clements

Brenda Clements I trust President Obama' foreign policy and he is very well respected throughout the world.

Jorge Gomez

Jorge Gomez I support Obama 100% on foreign policies.

Zoraida Rivera

Zoraida Rivera I come from a military family and President Barack Obama has our backs covered,

The ONLY seated President EVER to win the Nobel Peace Prize. "mr. flip-flop" has NO EXPERIENCE!

Otis Zeon

Otis Zeon Bin-la den is Dead! after 3 years in office...need i say more?

Catherine Ratliff

Catherine Ratliff We have recent first-hand experience with shoot-from-the-hip foreign policy. Obama's approach is measured, thoughtful, and informed.

Donna Hicks Melton

Donna Hicks Melton Obama and Hillary Clinton have done much to help the US regain the international respect we lost under Bush/Cheney. Watching Romney trail around Israel and the mideast this summer in Sheldon Adelson's shadow was a scary foreshadowing of how his ...See More

Robert D. Reynolds

Robert D. Reynolds One minute Romney says there will never be peace over Israel . I really believe he wants to go to war with Iran.

David Britt

David Britt Because he is a grown up, not a child playing war; and because he is not in the control of the neocons who brought us the Iraq war and Iranian power filling the vacuum left by Iraq.

Carmen Spoor

Carmen Spoor There is nothing wrong with Obama's handling of the Iran situation. When Romney was asked, they came up with nothing they would be doing differently. The ring wing spin machine distorts facts and likes to stir up its base with ...See More

James Worthen

James Worthen Osama Bin Laden: Dead. Iraq war ended. Afganistan war ending.

Jake Lester

Jake Lester Avoids war as a knee-jerk decision, regained allies in a difficult war, understands the Middle East far better than Romney.

Verma Cooke-hutchinson

Verma Cooke-hutchinson Better at it than anyone so far.

Steven Yaniz

Steven Yaniz Romney's has no clue

Aliyar Sahib

Aliyar Sahib I am up for America with a less aggressive foreign policy. Invest on the education, jobs and NOT on the cluster bombs.

Robin Farrell Oleck

Robin Farrell Oleck He gets it. His diplomacy is well respected.

Johana Nadler

Johana Nadler He has diplomatic skills that helps with communication and keeping our allies'loyalty

Perry Brett

Perry Brett His demonstrated handling too the present.

Sheila Beaudoin

Sheila Beaudoin He has a mature, considered, holistic opinion. We need someone that can remain calm and yet presidential and approachable at the same time. Not a hot head who will say whatever he needs to to get elected. Obama's military got ...See More

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas Mitt Romney seems to take the George Bush approach of chest pounding,I dont think his statements are well though out and i dont want him in cnotrol of our forces.The Presedent has done a fair job on foreign policy,I am ...See More

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson Wars ended bin ladin dead

Thom Isanski

Thom Isanski Shows great diplomatic skills, level headed, not a hot head, snap judger. Excellent track record so far. Romney has none.

Vincent Flament

Vincent Flament No need to start a war with Iran and blindly trust and support Israel without looking at the broader perspective!

Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson We should not be the worlds policeman or try to interfere in all the countries where the people are rising up against dictators. We had our own war for independence and shed our own blood to make this an independent ...See More

Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson We should not be the worlds policeman or try to interfere in all the countries where the people are rising up against dictators. We had our own war for independence and shed our own blood to make this an independent ...See More

Carl David Smith Jr

Carl David Smith Jr Good about time Israel got told NO

Ilse Genovese

Ilse Genovese In a world of changing geo-political aliances, the U.S. needs a nuanced, thoughtful, and far-seeing president. Obama has been that for 3.5 years and will continue to "lead from behind." That's the smart way to lead.

Andy Bilmanis

Andy Bilmanis smart to utilize diplomacy before bullets

Eliner Tryon Elgin

Eliner Tryon Elgin Foreign policy is like a game of Chess and poker combined. You do not show all your cards or telegraph your next move to your friends or your enemies.

SA ReUnion

SA ReUnion If Israel wants to play with the US regarding Iran the deal with the Palestinians in an open and honest manner. US citizens are tired of fake wars on behalf of the 1%!

Robert Stone

Robert Stone There is no perfect foreign policy, but the course we are on now is mostly working. We cannot afford to go around bullying people, Romney appears to want to go back to the Bush years which were quite a disaster.See More

Michael J. Gould

Michael J. Gould Obama understands that America does not have to be the world's cop anymore.

Rob Wood

Rob Wood He is not a flip flopper

Joseph Malgeri

Joseph Malgeri He has proven that he can do the job.

Sarah Hamer

Sarah Hamer I trust obama on our foreign policy

Mara E Meyer

Mara E Meyer Obama has a handle on the needs of our supporting the freedom of choice in many regions of the world. He also is protecting our interests as wel as the people of other nations to make their own choices.

Diadou Seck

Diadou Seck ben laden is dead . romney is confused .

Jose Delgado

Jose Delgado PRESIDENT OBAMA DOESN'T LIKE WARS HE GOES TO NEGOCIATION FIRST I THINK HE HAS THE BEST JUDGEMENT AND SEEMS MORE HONEST.

Eric Joseph Holmes

Eric Joseph Holmes The president has consistently demonstrated good judgement in the handling of foreign affairs and in his dealings with allies and foes.

Don Mau

Don Mau Looks to me like Obama wants to avoid war. Looks like Romney will be ready to attack Iran the day after inauguration. Republicans put us in two wars we couldn't win and never even came up with the taxes to ...See More

Jody Ellis

Jody Ellis He is Smart Informed & willing to sit down with leaders from other Countries & Talk. Not in the Pocket of Israel when they come into Our Country & try to Bully us into another War! Oh Yeah He Got ...See More

Abdollah Garmsiri

Abdollah Garmsiri He has shown over and over that diplomacy works over war since he's been elected.

Moru Souare

Moru Souare OF COURSE, OBAMA CAUSE A GREAT POLITICIAN HAS BILATERAL PARTNERS, HE DOESN'T SAY RUSSIA IS OUR NUMBER ONE ENEMY

Mattie B. Marshall

Mattie B. Marshall A president that know the value of diplomacy.

President Obama is winding down Republican initiated wars and Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Joe Mbu

Joe Mbu Old hand. The world does not need a Policeman.

Carlos Omar Rodríguez

Carlos Omar Rodríguez If there is one thing I agree with Obama on so far is Foreign Policy.

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan President Obama has been so successful in thwarting enemy attacks against our country and he successfully eliminated Osama bin Laden along with his second in control! Bush tried for years and couldn't, Romney didn't even want to try! I think ...See More

Leimomi Martin

Leimomi Martin GOP has block every vote when it came to Foreign policy. I trust Obama when it comes to Foreign Policy.

Kelly Parrish

Kelly Parrish Foreign Policy is a strength for President Obama.

Leimomi Martin

Leimomi Martin After seeing Obama follow through with his foreign policy, how other countries welcome him and his plans. Job well done for Obama compared to G. Bush where he was not welcomed by G-Summits during his administration.

Farah A. Vasquez

Farah A. Vasquez Romney will trash Foreing Policy, he doesn't have the experience to handle internantional affairs, I do Americans trust Obama.

Ezekiel Josephs

Ezekiel Josephs Romney has no experience and leaders around the world respond to Obama. Romney would tarnish our image as Bush did

Glennetta White

Glennetta White Romney seem to be pushed by his party like McClain to be in another war against Middle East, and Israel. They seem to think a war fix everything like former president Bush

Vicki Green

Vicki Green President Obama have a proven track record.

Jewels Ofthenile

Jewels Ofthenile The last President chose to go to war on false information and ignored our failed economy. This is not about making enemies, this is about preserving our safety and the lives of everyone else. War is never a good thing ...See More

Laura Nina Thomas

Laura Nina Thomas After reading Romney's comments during the London Olympics I feel Obama has the upper hand in dealing with world leaders.

Antonia Morfin Soto

Antonia Morfin Soto President Obama thinks things out before taking action.

Gary Cross

Gary Cross I believe President Obama has the best foreign policy. He acieved what he said he would achieve by killing Ben Laden.

Sandra Corder

Sandra Corder President Obama has brought a sense of stability not only here at home but abroad. It is not the responsibility of the United States to police the activities of other nations, as a parent does to a child. We cannot ...See More

Rosa Portela

Rosa Portela Obama is using Development, Diplomacy, and Military strength to deal with foreign issues. He is a thinker and cautious. Romney wants to initiate anther cold war & project a bully-like image to the world.

Carlos Gonzales

Carlos Gonzales The RNC has repeatedly LIED that Obama apologized. General Powell's words: "Come on People, Think!"

Joe Lombardi

Joe Lombardi EXPERIENCE! EXPERIENCE! EXPERIENCE!

Jake Black

Jake Black "President Obama went around the world and apologized for America." GOP Fantasy. Romney is GWB 2.0. We will show how great we are with military force, every chance we get. No thanks. That has not worked out so well I ...See More

John Forbyn

John Forbyn Romney promotes an offensive idea of American exceptionalism and runs at about a gaffe-per-minute.

AJ Boiles

AJ Boiles He's the reason why BIN LADEN is in hell right now!

Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson Obama is cool headed and does not enjoy sending out men and women into war without a good reason. He understands we cannot be the worlds policemen and take on every country that does not jump to our desires and ...See More

Linda Dacosta

Linda Dacosta Obama understanda that wars bankrupt nations both fiscally and morally. there is no advantage for a developed nation to win a war. what the victor captures is a ravaged nation that must be restore and a hostile population that must ...See More

Dorothy Jean Reynolds

Dorothy Jean Reynolds I think Romney's trip to Europe this summer proves he has no ideas on diplomacy or foreign policy, he would have us in a war with Iran before spring.

Emberdink Humberdittle

Emberdink Humberdittle President Obama conducts business in all respects like a considerate adult. Of course I'm endorsing him on foreign policy. Mitt is already regarded as a bufooon by our closest ally. To add to this injury Romney addressed a group of ...See More

Julia Gosztyla Ziobro

Julia Gosztyla Ziobro He gets it! He's a smart diplomat, and it was brilliant to ask Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State -- she has done a great job. It's so refreshing to have someone intelligent and well-mannered in the White ...See More

Antoinette Cozzo Iannacco

Antoinette Cozzo Iannacco Because President Obama really cares about our families and our future!!! Keeping our country safe is very important to Obama too!!

Anastasia Aldridge

Anastasia Aldridge Romney's foreign policy will get us into another war.

Jerry Planta

Jerry Planta GREAT LEADER WHO CAN MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES

Jerry Planta

Jerry Planta GREAT LEADER WHO CAN MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES

Cheryl Zolotor

Cheryl Zolotor President Obama has experience in foreign policy that Governor Romney lacks.

Ken Lee

Ken Lee Making China the US's economic enemy #1 is really stupid, then asking for war with Iran and Syria is idiotic, nuff said

Maeve Ryan

Maeve Ryan Romney is a warmonger.

Thomas Mosby

Thomas Mosby Somali pirates DIED, Osama bin laden DEID, Khadafi DEID, MORE OF THE TOP TALIBAN LEADERS DIED...China being investigated for unfair trading practices.

Jeanette Leach

Jeanette Leach Obama has education and experience to deal with complex foreign policy issues. His opponent has neither.

Gwendolyn Carter

Gwendolyn Carter President Obama said he would go after Bin Laden until he was captured or killed. President Obama directed the Navy Seals in the kill or capture of Bin Laden. Bin Laden is dead, and GM is alive!

Ryan Mitchell

Ryan Mitchell He's shown clear political and academic knowledge of not only that we exist and need to work in a global society, but a true understanding and appreciation of how other countries view dramatically complex issues. This foresight, balanced by being ...See More

Diana Kitch

Diana Kitch Because he isn't elitist and treats others with respect. Diplomats have to be able to do that.

Robert ReelectObama Flipping

Robert ReelectObama Flipping While he may not have gotten everything he wanted to do, he accomplished quite a bit while dealing with a recalcitrant Congress. Thanks for bringing Bin Laden to justice. Thanks for closing the donut hole for my parents and in-laws. ...See More

Bill Macomber

Bill Macomber Clearly the better choice, Republicans haven't been good for foreign policy since the Eisenhower days, the rest of the world just hung in there hoping it'd get better.

Mitch Freifeld

Mitch Freifeld ...why? you have to ask why? hahaha...funny.

Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin No more Bin Laden

Tamar Zucker

Tamar Zucker President Obama is well briefed on important issues, he does his homework, knows history, and is well informed on current events. He is attentive to cultural sensitivities, He has sense enough not to offend foreign governments that he want's to ...See More

Steve'n Angie Finney

Steve'n Angie Finney Because President Barack Obama uses Common Sense!

Ron Vanderford

Ron Vanderford This one is a no brainer. Romney can't even visit England without picking up the moniker "Mitt the Twit."

Alan J. Franklin

Alan J. Franklin Candidate Romney has shown he has no skills in foreign-policy. He is only a sounding board for the tea party right wingers.

Craig A. McNeil

Craig A. McNeil GM is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead.

Gene Reid

Gene Reid Obama understands. Romney doesn't have a clue.

Carolyn Ottes

Carolyn Ottes Obama don't Play

Francie Smith

Francie Smith Obama speaks of the true America which believes in freedom from tyranny of corrupt leaders and destructive mobs. America believes in the inherent dignity of all peoples. Romney is just another neo-con who would be dangerous to America and to ...See More

Francie Smith

Francie Smith Obama speaks of the true America which believes in freedom from tyranny of corrupt leaders and destructive mobs. America believes in the inherent dignity of all peoples. Romney is just another neo-con who would be dangerous to America and to ...See More

Olav Bryant Smith

Olav Bryant Smith We are still trying to repair the international damage caused by Bush.

Hany E. Ozman

Hany E. Ozman Mitt Romney is a misinformed trigger happy candidate. We dont need to be in a new war, over someone else's speculations.

Jeffery Smith

Jeffery Smith DO NOT EVER LET ROMNEY TRAVEL ABROAD while representing our nation.

Russ Pate

Russ Pate Cool under fire.

George Henderson

George Henderson Over the last 3-1/2 years, President Obama has pubicly proven himself again and again to be highly skilled in the art of executive diplomacy, helping to build and strengthen America's relationships with our allies around the world at every opportunity. ...See More

Patricia Wexler

Patricia Wexler Obama knows everything

Raysa Stroud

Raysa Stroud President Obama all the way!

Linda Lee Sheldt

Linda Lee Sheldt He's not Romney!

Roni Knell

Roni Knell Watching Romney in action has told me that all he would do is escalate more havoc in the world with his foot in mouth means of articulating his opinions/philosophy.

Dennis Gates

Dennis Gates Obama doesn't insult our allies with bull dropings like mr. romney and the Marathon Man!!!!

SisterJanet Strong

SisterJanet Strong He is seasoned and he doesn't act before he knows all the necessary facts.

Brian F Kelly

Brian F Kelly Mittens has proven in the last 72 hours that he is a dangerous amateur

Darlene Williams

Darlene Williams We have watched a war go on for 10 years. When President Obama came into office he took the initiative to build bridges that had been severed. This takes courage and humility. As a result many strong holds have been ...See More

Loretta Stein

Loretta Stein He's so cool and level headed, just as he was during the financial meltdown when McCain fell apart during the 2008 campaign. There is no comparison between these two candidates this time. Romney could start World War II and never ...See More

Larry Cooper

Larry Cooper I believe president Obama cares, and will continue doing doing a great job.

Jerry Ez

Jerry Ez SMARTS!

Listiel Rock

Listiel Rock Remember the headline: "Mitt the twit". That says it all.

Charles Sloan

Charles Sloan The most sensible way

Judith Lieberman- Wahler

Judith Lieberman- Wahler because i think he is level headed and smart and does not jump to any conclusion like Romney- Romney is not prepared to be President- he cannot stop stumbling

Eric OccupyChicago Roberts

Eric OccupyChicago Roberts Lets look at the score...under Republican admins, we got into two wars and the man that coordinated teh largest and most costly attack on US soil became a non-issue. Under Obama, we killed that man, got out of the illegal ...See More

Pat Henry

Pat Henry He is an intelligent, well informed individual who for the second time in my life demonstrated how a President can best serve our country in that office. To Mitt Romney Please set down shut up and get out of the ...See More

Denise Oliver-Velez

Denise Oliver-Velez Romney is clueless about foreign policy. Still sees Russia as the enemy.

Martin Chiaravalloti

Martin Chiaravalloti Romney has no clue. He thinks our biggest threat is Russia and Iran? What about Pakistan? Romney showed his courage, instead of going to Viet Nam, he went to France, lived in a mansion and tried to talk the French ...See More

Jennifer Levitan

Jennifer Levitan He has a brain.

Celia Key

Celia Key Obama a proven excellent comander in chief and world respected leader

Wayne A. Morris

Wayne A. Morris It's a no-brainer!!

JeaGloris Powell

JeaGloris Powell PRESIDENT OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IN FOREIGN POLICY.THEY TOOK DOWN OSAMA BIN LADEN ,HELPED OVERTHROW KADAFFI. I WANT PRESIDENT OBAMA IN THE OFFICE FOR FOREIGN POLICY. THINK ABOUT MITT MITT STILL FULL OF SH-- IN THE WHITE HOUSE ...See More

Heather Houston

Heather Houston How many more check marks in the win column does this man need before the right shuts up? And to the ones that keep saying that he is weak on dealing with the middle east.... well here is an easier ...See More

Sam Lehman

Sam Lehman Let's start more wars! Romney could help us there. Given how much he has already messed up on foreign affairs before he even wins the nomination. Its not like Obama ended the Iraq war, found Bin Laden, and is pushing ...See More

Ted Graves

Ted Graves Bin Laden is dead, we've pulled out of Iraq, and have a plan to pull out of Afghanistan--that just scratches the surface of what the administration and our GREAT military has accomplished. The President is not a chicken hawk, and ...See More

Tammy Jackson

Tammy Jackson Obama gets it and Romney doesn't. Romney cannot even control his tongue when he is overseas and would lead us into 2 if not 3 more wars.

Emmanuel Elijah

Emmanuel Elijah Obama understand the economy and doesn't want to use a lot of money on wars. Mitt wants wars with Iran and other countries by force.

romney dont look or sound like someone who cares abt the foreign policy. he just want to be president to sign laws that would protect his money.

Gladstone Harrison

Gladstone Harrison No contest here

Robert Smith

Robert Smith Romney is a blooper reel when it comes to foreign policy.

Sam Watkins

Sam Watkins Radically more reasonable than Romney & the GOP.

Barbara Jones Hatcher

Barbara Jones Hatcher The President sees himself as a Global as well as US citizen. he understands and respects multiculturalism!

David Wright

David Wright President Obama has restored the dignity of America back to where it was prior 9/11 and the nation is now very much respected all over the world . Apart from his foreign relation advisers , he himself is well experienced ...See More

Harold Troger

Harold Troger Romney is an empty idiot and loose cannon who insults our friends and calls our rivals best friends.

Donna M Crane

Donna M Crane Strong stance against dictators. He has given a great boost to our respect among other nations of the world. Ending the Iraq War, getting us out of Afghanistan, and of course, providing the wisdom to take the recommendations of experts ...See More

Jane Davis

Jane Davis There is absolutely nothing about Foreign Policy that would make me trust Mitt Romney.

Ryan Cameron Pabon

Ryan Cameron Pabon Aside from the fact that the President has already proven himself a capable diplomat, ended one half of our generation's Vietnam, and ordered the death of Osama bin Laden, he also isn't rushing to start another war in Iran and ...See More

Napoleon Holliman

Napoleon Holliman President Obama is the best person for the "JOB", AND MOST EXPERIENCE.

Yannick Luce Yambaka

Yannick Luce Yambaka President Obama has the intelligence and the charisma. What exactly does Romney have to offer, besides the special interest?

Karla Walker

Karla Walker He's excellent at it!

Robert Warner

Robert Warner Simple here. America goes forward with a pragmatic foreign policy aimed at a 21st century world and flexible deterrants - or backwards to ignorant, heavy handed bluster and bullying of other nations and cultures.

Jason Safford

Jason Safford Think Mitt will sit on the couch on this one.

Ja Lo

Ja Lo The record speaks for itself. In a shrinking world, forming allies is important. We have gained respect from other world leaders.

Muthu Ganapathy

Muthu Ganapathy President Obama is a respected leader in the international community. President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton made a very amicable relationship with other countries.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson Mr/ Obama has proved he's a respected leader; well liked abroad by the people and leaders of foreign countries. Romney has thus far proved only his ineptness, and reminds me of the perspective other people had of America when Bush ...See More

Ruhy Bremen

Ruhy Bremen He is a wise negotiator, no war.

Robert Merle Dane

Robert Merle Dane After Romney's farcical attempt to show his foreign affairs "chops.," there's no way I would want him representing us. Despite the lies from the Right, President Obama has restored our honor with other nations. Having another run at hard line ...See More

Robert Merle Dane

Robert Merle Dane After Romney's farcical attempt to show his foreign affairs "chops.," there's no way I would want him representing us. Despite the lies from the Right, President Obama has restored our honor with other nations. Having another run at hard line ...See More

Milo Art

Milo Art Because diplomacy and sanctions are the solution in this new world. Let other countries be.

Steve Hanna

Steve Hanna We will have more wars.

Moh Kumar

Moh Kumar Romney created an international stirr during a short visit to UK during Olympics. No experience in foreign affairs.

Kathleen Sawyer

Kathleen Sawyer Bin Laden, need I say more.

Denise Robertson Lambert

Denise Robertson Lambert Because his true, steadfast dedication to America and to ensuring the rights of ALL Americans are upheld. He makes knowledgeable decisions and does not send our men and women in uniform into wars without having a clear vision for the ...See More

Jeff Bunting

Jeff Bunting Obama knows way more about foreign policy than Mitt Romney who seems to even offend our allies aka the British. Obama's visited the troops while Romney hasn't visited Afghanistan at all. Another issue is that Romney seems clueless when dealing ...See More

Sage Keramet Bellamy

Sage Keramet Bellamy He has been successful in all his endeavors so I trust that he will make the right decision

Mike Askme

Mike Askme Simple Romney does not even know what decade we are in. i am tired of the saber rattling.

Billie J Sanford-wright

Billie J Sanford-wright Just look at Willard's puppet handlers then just remember Iraq and Afghanistan... nough said!

Thad Berry

Thad Berry The President showed strong foreign policy instincts the past 3 1/2 years. We were not catastrophically attacked on U.S. soil by terrorists from abroad. Our biggest enemy and terrorist has been the hatred towards each other.

Ford Chandler

Ford Chandler Is there even an argument here? Europe loves Obama, Brazil loves Obama, the UK loves Obama... So he's got all of their respect. Plus he's just a great leader. Then you have Romney, who just went on a world tour ...See More

Richard Salim Rawson

Richard Salim Rawson The USA is respected more now in the world than if has ever been before.

Richard Salim Rawson

Richard Salim Rawson The USA is respected more now in the world than if has ever been before.

Herb Lesser

Herb Lesser he 7s doing fine. We can always go to war if necessary but talk is better

Herb Lesser

Herb Lesser he 7s doing fine. We can always go to war if necessary but talk is better

Herb Lesser

Herb Lesser he 7s doing fine. We can always go to war if necessary but talk is better

Herb Lesser

Herb Lesser republicans hours into the two wars we are paying for with American lives anddollars

Breckin Perry

Breckin Perry End the wars this country is fighting. Do not create new ones.

Kat Isme

Kat Isme I have no issues with the way Obama has handled our foreign relations. I would like us to move faster in getting out troops out of Afghanistan, but we are working within a coalition. I think more Just see how ...See More

Dawana Lee

Dawana Lee No problems here. Im tired of wars and they only seem to start to when Neo-Cons have there way. Peace is what Obama represents.

Michael Rainey

Michael Rainey has been prudent in middle east.

Jane M Comer

Jane M Comer Romney is a war monger.

Tommy Rabid

Tommy Rabid Obama: Uses diplomacy, and sanctions instead of immediate military action when dealing with other countries. He supports the withdraw of troops from Afghanistan. Romney: He will simply continue the "GW Bush" style approach to things: Invade a random middle-eastern country ...See More

Erik Lindquist

Erik Lindquist He (and his FP team) handle the delicate issues of international affairs with nuance and care. The ham handed approach of the Bush/Rice era did more damage to our ability to have an influence overseas and limited the choices we ...See More

Michael Ramey

Michael Ramey He has done a fantastic job, considering the 'terrorist world of George Jr. left behind, not to mention the two unfunded decade long wars that the Jr Cowboy started and did not finish. Like all chicken-hawk Republicans, Willard will play ...See More

Marlene Langkilde Tuitele

Marlene Langkilde Tuitele Obama has proven himself on Foreign Policy - Romney's trial run was a disaster.

Dev Sta

Dev Sta "Speak softly and carry a big stick"!!!!

Dot C. Leach

Dot C. Leach He has uplifted the standing of our country globally. And, he has proven he is a Diplomat as much as he is a Commander-In-Chief. As edgy and fragile as the world seems to be, I think his demeanor and now ...See More

Capt. Fall-Down

Capt. Fall-Down That's why.

Ray Barnes

Ray Barnes GREAT LEADER, GO OSL, REMEMBER THE WAR CRIMINAL DUMBASS bush, ACTING LIKE A FOOL YEARS AGO, WELL romney WOULD BE AS BAD OR WORSE !!! OBAMA STRONG LEADER, DEALING FROM POWER.

Patty Scott Miller

Patty Scott Miller Because Romney is clueless and Obama is level-headed.

Reba Dubay

Reba Dubay Foreign leaders respect his courage and finesse. As we've seen, Romney is not a trained diploamt nor is he poised enough.

L Denise Hall

L Denise Hall He is less abrasive and much more respectful and contemplative in his approach to foreign issues and foreign leaders than Mitt Romney. And, did I forget to mention, he is a much, much, much smarter player on the world stage ...See More

Fernando Salazar

Fernando Salazar There is no question that this President has had the strongest foreign policy of any other since Reagan. All, I hear is that the President is distancing himself from Israel.Well, the US alone in 2011 gave Israel 3.5 billion. Israel ...See More

Suzanne Polk Williams Lamminen

Suzanne Polk Williams Lamminen I believe that President Obama's approach is educated, thoughtful (taking in the broad picture), and correct in action.

Christopher Mullaney

Christopher Mullaney I think Mr Obama's slow approach with little or no military action is more reasonable that the bellicose stance the Republican party seems to espouse.

Jason Varner

Jason Varner I have had enough of America's imperialist agenda. I am also grossly sickened by the constant need to defend Israel. Let Israel defend itself. In fact let the entire world handle their business as they see fit and focus on ...See More

Anthony Childress

Anthony Childress President Obama utilizes Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Enough said.

Dan Hess

Dan Hess Highly agree with most of the Administration's standpoints on foreign policy. Now, if only we could reopen diplomatic negotiations with Iran...

Ursula Mahlendorf

Ursula Mahlendorf he and Hillary have improved our reputation the world over.

Farouk Al-Nasser

Farouk Al-Nasser Pesident Obama understand that in the 21 st century problem resolutions start with diplomacy as the first option, establishing alliances against adversiries, and no fear to negotiate. Force is the very last option. Romney and his neocon advisors foreign policy ...See More

Homer H Harding

Homer H Harding He's proven his skill; Romney has proven he lacks fp skill

Rodney Griffith

Rodney Griffith Obama has clearly shown better foreign relations.

Matthew Costanzo

Matthew Costanzo I don't want another idiot in charge of all our guns,

Chynna Rolland

Chynna Rolland Osama Bin Laden and his cronies. Need I say more?

Pam Miner

Pam Miner Obama has done well with his foreign policy.

Srinadh Godavarthy

Srinadh Godavarthy Obama has done what needs to be done. There is no argument who is better at Foreign policy.

Frank Robert

Frank Robert Without going into detail....I just do

Spot Ify

Spot Ify Bin Laden, Gaddafi, Milosevic, the list goes on. Democrats are ironically enough better at war than Republicans.

Valerie Bock

Valerie Bock Obama has ended one war, has plans for the end of another, caught and killed the perpetrator of 9/11, and unlike Romney, doesn't toss out "ill-thought-out" statements about complex issues, like Israel and Iran. Romney would have us in another ...See More

David Lux

David Lux He's shown he has good judgment and a strong team.

Henry Exhaust

Henry Exhaust Romney is a dolt, and couldn't argue a point out of a paper bag.

Pam Miner

Pam Miner Obama has done real well with his foreign policy.

Peter Nowell

Peter Nowell While I'm not happy with some of Obama's foreign policies, I am not thrilled with most of the Reagan/Bush, Bush Jr. and Romney foreign policies. Specifically Iran/Contra,both Iraq wars, one-sided support of Israel, torture, cold war support of any dictator ...See More

Mary Gannon Stolle

Mary Gannon Stolle The President wants to use diplomacy and not bombs. The president believes in soft power and so do I.

Mark Gruszka

Mark Gruszka He has fully restored our reputations throughout the world, He is respected abroad. Obama got Osama enough said!

Barbara Patton

Barbara Patton potus is doing a good job in tough times. he cares for the country and doesn't lie.

RickandCarol Fidler

RickandCarol Fidler The results are obvious

David Lux

David Lux Better team; better experience.

Hussein M. Ali

Hussein M. Ali Keep American Interest before any other Country.

Rustan Laine

Rustan Laine Obama has improved relations with many countries - he doesn't resort to hyperbole or gut instinct. Romney thinks Russia is our largest threat. Romney has clearly demonstrated that he has no idea on foreign policy and will find it tough ...See More

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson The leader of the USA shouldn't have to call any other leader, not even Bibi, to check and make sure that some statement they're about to make is "ok".

Kate Alexander

Kate Alexander President Obama has a stradegy in place and Romney wants mor war extended. There is no way this is not just a political war with the end result not for the American people but the Republicans only want to beat ...See More

Johnice Reid

Johnice Reid Foreign Policy has long out grown hot head, knee-jerk reactionary fixes, cool level-headed well thought out deplemocy is a safer course in resolving issues in this century! No one respects a bully and I believe the Nation has regained more ...See More

Hal Stein

Hal Stein The facts speak for themselves.

John Sheffield

John Sheffield H e has not only actively and agressively taken the offensive terrorism. He kept his promise to the Ameican people to bring our people home from wars. He and his policies have re established the respect for our country and ...See More

Brian Richards

Brian Richards America needs a winner and President Obama has demonstrated that he backs his talk with results. He's tough. He made the decision to get bin Laden after others had quit looking for him. He's not afraid to win a war. ...See More

Emberdink Humberdittle

Emberdink Humberdittle In 2008, when President Obama was running for Office, he said that he would do whatever it takes to get bin Laden, including going into Pakistan if necessary. Every Republican exhibited their fawned outrage and histrionics in reaction to this ...See More

Patty Wright

Patty Wright Experience matters! Mitt has already made a few gaffs overseas.

Bob Wilkes

Bob Wilkes better foreign policy initatives.

Calvin Price

Calvin Price Barak Obama is a man who demonstrates integrity and a willingness to talk first and take action second. This is not only admirable but essential in our world.

Calvin Price

Calvin Price Romey could be a permanent member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time" politicians.

Maalik Simmons

Maalik Simmons Experience

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis Do I really need to point out why Obama and not Romney?

Hanns Barker

Hanns Barker The United States stands tall among other countries, today. The only reason anyone listened "W" was they were afraid of his "Cowboy Foreign Policy"! I can't say that starting an illegal war bodes well for the GOP. Not only that,but ...See More

Solja Itstrue

Solja Itstrue President Obama is a proven champion of foreign policy issues, including killing Bin Laden, helping Libyan's and Egyptian's when their leaders were murdering them in cold blood. He is slowly changing the look of the middle east without putting American ...See More

Carlton Goodwin

Carlton Goodwin Romney's lack of policy; no need to mention Romney's recent trip with the attendant disasters.

Tonya Michaels

Tonya Michaels I think Mitt's trip to the Olympics tells us everything we need to know about his character. So simple. My nine year old niece would know to have better manners. Pathetic display.

Robert Lieb

Robert Lieb The only thing I know about Romney is that he can't wait to attack Iran.

Theodore F Vick

Theodore F Vick Romney doesn't know a thing about foreign policy. He is simply a corporate raider.

S.k. Rheinhardt

S.k. Rheinhardt While I may not agree with Obama on every aspect of his foreign policy, the intelligent, even-tempered, and diplomatic approach of this administration (and most exceptionally Hillary Clinton) is one I strongly support. Romney's comments on his general approach to ...See More

Alan Ireland

Alan Ireland Is there really a question here? The Pres gas already shown his creeds, MR would start another war.

Scott Kidd

Scott Kidd Because his opponent is so obviously inept.

Obama's Statements (222)

January 27, 2010
Now, even as we prosecute two wars, we're also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people -– the threat of nuclear weapons.  I've embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons and seeks a world without them.  To reduce our stockpiles and launchers, while ensuring our deterrent, the United States and Russia are completing negotiations on the farthest-reaching arms control treaty in nearly two decades.    And at April's Nuclear Security Summit, we will bring 44 nations together here in Washington, D.C. behind a clear goal:  securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists. 
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January 27, 2010
Now, these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons.  That's why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions –- sanctions that are being vigorously enforced.  That's why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated.  And as Iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt:  They, too, will face growing consequences.  That is a promise. 
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January 28, 2010
Q    My question is, last night in your State of the Union address you spoke of America's support for human rights.  Then why have we not condemned Israel and Egypt's human rights violations against the occupied Palestinian people and yet we continue to support financially with billions of dollars coming from our tax dollars?
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February 19, 2010
And, finally, the third reason that we had to take this on is because the deficit and the debt that you hear everybody getting in a tizzy about -- properly so -- the vast majority of our long-term debt is driven by Medicare and Medicaid.  It's driven by our rising health care costs.  Nothing comes close.  You could eliminate every earmark, you could eliminate foreign aid, you could eliminate all that stuff -- it would amount to about 5 percent of the budget.  Most of it is health care costs.
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February 25, 2010
MILITARY AIDE:  The 2009 National Humanities Medal to Elie Wiesel.    The 2009 national Humanities Medal to Elie Wiesel, for his unwavering commitment to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and its victims.  He has fostered compassion and understanding through his writing, his leadership, and his relentless advocacy for human rights. 
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March 26, 2010
Since taking office, one of my highest priorities has been addressing the threat posed by nuclear weapons to the American people.  And that’s why, last April in Prague, I stated America’s intention to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, a goal that’s been embraced by Presidents like John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
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March 26, 2010
In many ways, nuclear weapons represent both the darkest days of the Cold War, and the most troubling threats of our time.  Today, we’ve taken another step forward by -- in leaving behind the legacy of the 20th century while building a more secure future for our children.  We’ve turned words into action.  We’ve made progress that is clear and concrete.  And we’ve demonstrated the importance of American leadership -- and American partnership -- on behalf of our own security, and the world’s.
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March 26, 2010
Broadly speaking, the new START treaty makes progress in several areas.  It cuts -- by about a third -- the nuclear weapons that the United States and Russia will deploy.  It significantly reduces missiles and launchers.  It puts in place a strong and effective verification regime.  And it maintains the flexibility that we need to protect and advance our national security, and to guarantee our unwavering commitment to the security of our allies.
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March 26, 2010
With this agreement, the United States and Russia -- the two largest nuclear powers in the world -- also send a clear signal that we intend to lead.  By upholding our own commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we strengthen our global efforts to stop the spread of these weapons, and to ensure that other nations meet their own responsibilities.
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March 26, 2010
I’m pleased that almost one year to the day after my last trip to Prague, the Czech Republic -- a close friend and ally of the United States -- has agreed to host President Medvedev and me on April 8th, as we sign this historic treaty.  The following week, I look forward to hosting leaders from over 40 nations here in Washington, as we convene a summit to address how we can secure vulnerable nuclear materials so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists.  And later this spring, the world will come together in New York to discuss how we can build on this progress, and continue to strengthen the global non-proliferation regime.
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March 26, 2010
Finally, I look forward to continuing to work closely with Congress in the months ahead.  There is a long tradition of bipartisan leadership on arms control.  Presidents of both parties have recognized the necessity of securing and reducing these weapons.  Statesmen like George Shultz, Sam Nunn, Henry Kissinger, and Bill Perry have been outspoken in their support of more assertive action. Earlier this week, I met with my friends John Kerry and Dick Lugar to discuss this treaty, and throughout the morning, my administration will be consulting senators -- my administration will be consulting senators from both parties as we prepare for what I hope will be a strong, bipartisan support to ratify the new START treaty.
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March 30, 2010
We reaffirmed our commitment to confront the greatest threat to global security —- the spread of nuclear weapons.  And I updated President Sarkozy on our new START treaty with Russia.  I look forward to welcoming President Sarkozy back to Washington in two weeks for our summit on securing vulnerable nuclear material so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists.
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March 30, 2010
We discussed our shared determination to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  On this the United States and France are united, are inseparable.  With our P5-plus-1 partners, we offer Iran good faith proposals to resolve this matter through diplomacy.  But Iran thus far has rejected those offers.  Today, the international community is more united than ever on the need for Iran to uphold its obligations.  And that’s why we’re pursuing strong sanctions through the U.N. Security Council.
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March 30, 2010
On the Middle East, it’s excellent news to hear that the United States are thus engaged.  Of course peace in the Middle East is the -- is something which concerns primarily the Israelis and the Palestinians.  However, the absence of peace in the Middle East is a problem for all of us, because what it does is keep feeding terrorism all over the world.  And I wish to express my solidarity vis-à-vis President Obama in condemning the settlement process.  Everybody knows how engaged and committed I am vis-à-vis Israel’s security, but the settlement process achieves nothing and contributes in no way to Israel’s safety and security.  There comes a time when you have to take initiatives in favor of peace.
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March 30, 2010
Q    Thank you, sir.  Thank you for your patience.  President Obama, you’ve talked about the importance of having consequences for Iran over its nuclear program, but is there ever a real deadline?  What is your specific timeline for U.N. sanctions on Iran?  And is it one that the American people can believe in?
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March 30, 2010
We mobilized the international community around this approach, including partners like Russia that in the past might have been more hesitant to take a firmer stance on Iran’s nuclear program.  What we said, though, was that there was going to be a time limit to it and that if we had not seen progress by the end of the year, it was time for us to move forward on that sanctions track.
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April 26, 2010
I say it again tonight:  Despite the inevitable difficulties, so long as I am President, the United States will never waver in our pursuit of a two-state solution that ensures the rights and security of both Israelis and Palestinians.    And around the world, the United States of America will continue to stand with those who seek justice and progress and the human rights and dignity of all people.
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April 27, 2010
Let me give you one example.  Everybody thinks that foreign aid, if we just kind of stopped foreign aid, that that would be a big help.  Let me tell you, foreign aid is less than 1 percent of our budget -- 1 percent.  Some people say, well, if we eliminated pork projects, earmarks, right -- now, some of these earmarks are kind of ridiculous, so we should eliminate them just because we don't have any money that we should be wasting -- but let me tell you, earmarks are only about 1 percent of the budget.
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April 27, 2010
So we can eliminate all foreign aid, all earmarks, and we’d still have a huge problem, because most of our budget goes to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense spending.  Those things account for about 70 percent of the budget.  Everything else we do is only about 30 percent of the budget -- everything from national forests to the Agricultural Department to student loans.  All that stuff is only -- is less than a third of our budget.
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May 27, 2010
I also want to commend her for her commitment to democracy.  There are going to be legislative and presidential elections in 2011.  And part of President Sirleaf’s legacy is that she will continue to usher in a sense that democracy is the regular way of doing business in Liberia.  And in that way, she can be an example for countries like Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire and Niger that I think can -- should look to Liberia as an example for democracy and rule of law.
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June 24, 2010
By any measure, we have made significant progress and achieved concrete results.  Together, we negotiated and signed the historic New START Treaty, committing our nations to significant reductions in deployed nuclear weapons.  Today, we reaffirmed our commitment to work to ratify this treaty as soon as possible so it can enter into force and set the stage for further cuts and cooperation.
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June 24, 2010
Along with our international partners, we passed and are enforcing new U.N sanctions against North Korea.  We offered Iran the prospect of a better future, and when they refused, we joined with Russia and our partners on the Security Council to impose the toughest sanctions ever faced by the government of Iran.
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June 24, 2010
Together, our nations have deepened our cooperation against violent extremism, as terrorists threaten both our people, be it in Times Square or in Moscow.  And today we’ve agreed to expand our cooperation on intelligence and counterterrorism.  Russian transit routes now play a vital role in supplying American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.  And to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons, we came together at our Nuclear Security Summit, where our two nations made numerous commitments, including agreeing to eliminate enough plutonium for about 17,000 nuclear weapons.
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June 24, 2010
We’re deepening partnerships between our societies.  As they did during our meeting in Moscow, leaders from civil society groups -- Russian and American -— are meeting here in Washington to explore new ways to cooperate in education and health, human rights and combating corruption.  And in the spirit of President Medvedev’s visit, they’re placing a special focus on how new technologies can improve their work.
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June 24, 2010
I’m going to leave it up to Secretary Tim Geithner to make a determination as to the pace.  He’s the expert when it comes to examining the currency markets.  I will say that we did not expect a complete 20-percent appreciation overnight, for example, simply because that would be extremely disruptive to world currency markets and to the Chinese economy.  And ultimately, not surprisingly, China has got to make these decisions based on its sovereignty and its economic platform.
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June 24, 2010
And I think that we will be able to track a trajectory.  And if that trajectory indicates that over the course of a year the RMB has appreciated a certain amount that is more in line in economic fundamentals, then I -- hopefully not only will that be good for the U.S. economy, that will also be good for the Chinese economy and the world economy.
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June 24, 2010
Russia is working with the temporary caretaker leadership of Kyrgyzstan.  We believe that they should prove their legitimate character, nature.  But we consider Kyrgyzstan to be a strategic partner.  We will help them both in terms of money and humanitarian aid.  We hope that during the election process, a full-fledged government will be shaped, able to solve and rest the issues that face this state.  Otherwise Kyrgyzstan will degrade and will break up into parts.
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June 24, 2010
One of the things that we discussed is creating a mechanism so that the international community can ensure that we have a peaceful resolution of the situation there, and that any actions that are taken to protect civilians are done so not under the flag of any particular country, but that the international community is stepping in.
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June 26, 2010
We also discussed Iran, and I thanked David for his stalwart support of the United Nations Security Resolution 1929 -- the toughest sanctions that have been imposed on the Iranian government through the United Nations Security Council. We now have to make sure that we follow up in terms of implementation, and that was a major discussion point.
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June 26, 2010
One of the other points that we discussed extensively was the issue of commercial and trade ties between our two countries. There has been a lengthy negotiation to arrive at a free trade agreement. The last time I was in Korea, I said that I would be committed to moving this forward. And today I indicated to President Lee that it is time that our United States Trade Representative work very closely with his counterpart from the ROK to make sure that we set a path, a road, so that I can present this FTA to Congress.
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June 27, 2010
That's why I announced that my administration will work to resolve outstanding issues regarding the United States-Korea free trade agreement by the time that I visit Korea in November.  This will create new jobs and opportunity for people in both our countries, and enhance America’s competitiveness in the 21st century.
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June 27, 2010
And then if I could ask you just quickly on North Korea -- you said yesterday that North Korea must be held to account for the sinking of the South Korean warship and that there must be consequences for such irresponsible behavior.  What specifically -- what kind of punishment would you like to see imposed on North Korea, short of some sort of condemnation from the U.N. Security Council?  Thank you.
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June 27, 2010
With respect to North Korea, our main focus right now is in the U.N. Security Council making sure that there is a crystal-clear acknowledgement that North Korea engaged in belligerent behavior that is unacceptable to the international community.  And the United States participated in the investigation that was conducted around the Cheonan.  Our experts concluded that North Korea had carried out that attack.  That was consistent with South Korea’s assessment and others who were observers in the process.
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June 27, 2010
I think President Lee has shown extraordinary restraint given these circumstances.  And it is absolutely critical that the international community rally behind him, and send a clear message to North Korea that this kind of behavior is unacceptable and that the international community will continue to step up pressure until it makes a decision to follow a path that is consistent with international norms.
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June 27, 2010
Q    Okay.  The Cheonan incident once again indicated unstability of Northeast Asia and the importance of the U.S.-Japan security treaty that just marked the 50th anniversary this month.  And you will be meeting with new Prime Minister Kan after this.  And on this occasion, would you please talk about your long-term vision on the alliance and the security treaty?  I mean, is this current structure of the treaty sustainable for the coming decades, especially with the Chinese military expansion and unpredictable North Korea?  And -- or would there be more responsibility required on the Japanese side?
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June 27, 2010
And the related second-part question is, in your meeting with Hu Jintao yesterday, you called for the cooperation from Chinese side to send a clear message to North Korea as a consequence.  How do you look at response so far?  Is it favorable and strong enough to send a united, clear message to North Korea?  Thank you.
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June 27, 2010
Now, I am sympathetic to the fact that North Korea is on China’s border.  They have a security interest in not seeing complete chaos on the Korean Peninsula or a collapse that could end up having a significant impact on them.  And so I think the United States and the international community should be mindful that this is in China’s backyard.
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June 27, 2010
And I am also happy to have such a meeting in a year which is a milestone of 50 years -- 50th anniversary of the Japan-U.S. alliance.  And this alliance between Japan and the United States not only has brought peace and prosperity not only to Japan, but also it has been a foundation and cornerstone of civility of the whole Asia-Pacific region.  And President Obama has such a recognition and he completely shares the same understanding about our alliance.  And for the stability of Asia, Japan is proud of having been working together with the United States.
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June 30, 2010
And that means that --by the way, the State Department, our diplomatic arms, we’ve got to give them more support.  A lot of times -- we really support our military, but I’ll be honest with you, when you go up to Congress and you start talking to them about the budget for training our diplomats and training our development specialists and all that, then people want to cut their budget because they think, well, that’s just foreign aid, that’s not -- we don't want to spend our money on that.
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June 30, 2010
About a third of it was help to states and local governments so that they could plug their budget holes.  So, for example, Jim Doyle here I think will testify, had we not provided this federal aid, the states would have had to cut much more severely police officers, teachers, firefighters, and so forth.  Now, not only is that bad in terms of people then not getting services and being less safe, or kids not -- having a larger class sizes or all those things, but obviously when those people lose their jobs they can't spend money buying a new car or buying clothes or buying the computer for their kids.  So it was  -- it put the states and local governments in a better position to kind of sustain themselves.
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July 20, 2010
Above all, our alliance thrives because it advances our common interests.  Whether it’s preventing the spread of nuclear weapons or securing vulnerable nuclear materials, thwarting terrorist attacks, or confronting climate change, or promoting global economic growth and development, when the United States and the United Kingdom stand together, our people —- and people around the world -- are more secure and they are more prosperous.
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July 20, 2010
We discussed the continuing threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.  On this we are united:  The Iranian government must fulfill its international obligations.  The new sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council, the United States, and other countries are putting unprecedented pressure on the Iranian government.  And I thanked David for Great Britain’s efforts to ensure strong European Union sanctions in the coming days.
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July 20, 2010
So these are all important achievements, and they go a long way toward helping create the conditions needed for Afghans to assume greater responsibility for their country.  Indeed, over the coming year, Afghans will begin to take the lead in security, and in July of next year will begin to transfer -- we will begin the transfer some of our forces out of Afghanistan.  And the Kabul Conference shows that the Afghan -- that Afghanistan has the support of the international community, including the United States, which will remain a long-term partner for the security and progress of the Afghan people.
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July 20, 2010
The Middle East was the third area that we focused on today. We both want a secure, peaceful and stable Middle East.  And that means two things:  First, as Barack has just said, Iran must give up its pursuit of a nuclear weapon.  We urge the Iranian regime to resume negotiations with the international community without delay.  It’s not too late for it to do so.  America and Britain, with our partners, stand ready to negotiate, and to do so in good faith.  But in the absence of a willing partner, we will implement with vigor the sanctions package agreed by the United Nations Security Council, and in Europe we will be taking further steps as well.
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August 13, 2010
But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.
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August 13, 2010
We must never forget those who we lost so tragically on 9/11, and we must always honor those who led the response to that attack -– from the firefighters who charged up smoke-filled staircases, to our troops who are serving in Afghanistan today. And let us also remember who we’re fighting against, and what we’re fighting for. Our enemies respect no religious freedom. Al Qaeda’s cause is not Islam -– it’s a gross distortion of Islam. These are not religious leaders -– they’re terrorists who murder innocent men and women and children. In fact, al Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion -– and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.
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August 13, 2010
But let me be clear.  As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.    And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.  This is America.  And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.  The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are.  The writ of the Founders must endure.
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August 13, 2010
We must never forget those who we lost so tragically on 9/11, and we must always honor those who led the response to that attack -– from the firefighters who charged up smoke-filled staircases, to our troops who are serving in Afghanistan today. And let us also remember who we’re fighting against, and what we’re fighting for.  Our enemies respect no religious freedom.  Al Qaeda’s cause is not Islam -– it’s a gross distortion of Islam.  These are not religious leaders -– they’re terrorists who murder innocent men and women and children.  In fact, al Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion -– and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.
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September 23, 2010
Earlier this year, 47 nations embraced a work-plan to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years.  We have joined with Russia to sign the most comprehensive arms control treaty in decades.  We have reduced the role of nuclear weapons in our security strategy.  And here, at the United Nations, we came together to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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September 23, 2010
As part of our effort on non-proliferation, I offered the Islamic Republic of Iran an extended hand last year, and underscored that it has both rights and responsibilities as a member of the international community.  I also said -- in this hall -- that Iran must be held accountable if it failed to meet those responsibilities.  And that is what we have done.
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September 23, 2010
Now let me be clear once more:  The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it.  But the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear program.
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September 23, 2010
One of the first actions of this General Assembly was to adopt a Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. That Declaration begins by stating that, “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.”
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September 23, 2010
Human rights have never gone unchallenged -- not in any of our nations, and not in our world.  Tyranny is still with us -- whether it manifests itself in the Taliban killing girls who try to go to school, a North Korean regime that enslaves its own people, or an armed group in Congo-Kinshasa that use rape as a weapon of war.
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September 23, 2010
In times of economic unease, there can also be an anxiety about human rights.  Today, as in past times of economic downturn, some put human rights aside for the promise of short term stability or the false notion that economic growth can come at the expense of freedom.  We see leaders abolishing term limits.  We see crackdowns on civil society.  We see corruption smothering entrepreneurship and good governance.  We see democratic reforms deferred indefinitely.
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September 24, 2010
The other path is taken by leaders who fulfill their obligations, and which would lead to improved relations between the United States and Sudan, including supporting agricultural development for all Sudanese, expanding trade and investment, and exchanging ambassadors, and eventually, working to lift sanctions -- if Sudanese leaders fulfill their obligations.
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September 24, 2010
Now is the time for the international community to support Sudanese leaders who make the right choice.  Just as the African nations of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development rose to the challenge and helped the parties find a path to peace in 2005, all of us can do our part to ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement is fully implemented.
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September 24, 2010
We must promote dignity and human rights throughout all of Sudan, and this includes extending the mandate of the U.N.  independent expert of Sudan -- because we cannot turn a blind eye to the violation of basic human rights.  And as I said, regardless of the outcome of the referenda, we must support development in southern Sudan, because people there deserve the same dignity and opportunities as anyone else.
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November 13, 2010
As partners around the world, we reviewed the range of security challenges we face together, including our cooperation on the prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons and the need to secure the world’s vulnerable nuclear materials.  I discussed our progress in Afghanistan and expressed my appreciation to Japan.  Japan is the largest donor of assistance for reconstruction and development.  And I told the Prime Minister how much we value Japan’s willingness to accept the obligations of leadership, including its contributions to the United Nations.       And as the Prime Minister noted, we discussed the issue of Security Council reform.  I reiterated our longstanding view that Japan stands as a model of the kind of country we would want to see as a permanent member of the Security Council and I look forward to a reformed Security Council that includes Japan as a permanent member.
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November 18, 2010
There is no higher national security priority for the lame duck session of Congress.  The stakes for American national security are clear, and they are high.  The New START treaty responsibly reduces the number of nuclear weapons and launchers that the United States and Russia deploy, while fully maintaining America’s nuclear deterrent.
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November 18, 2010
If we ratify this treaty, we’re going to have a verification regime in place to track Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons, including U.S. inspectors on the ground.  If we don’t, then we don’t have a verification regime -– no inspectors, no insights into Russia’s strategic arsenal, no framework for cooperation between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.  As Ronald Reagan said, we have to trust, but we also have to verify.  In order for us to verify, we’ve got to have a treaty.
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November 18, 2010
The New START treaty is also a cornerstone of our relations with Russia.  And this goes beyond nuclear security.  Russia has been fundamental to our efforts to put strong sanctions in place to put pressure on Iran to deal with its nuclear program.  It’s been critical in supporting our troops in Afghanistan through the Northern Distribution Network.  It’s been critical in working with us to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world, and to enhance European security.
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November 19, 2010
Finally, let me say a few words about the need to ratify the New START treaty.  As I’ve said, this is a national security imperative for the United States.  We need to ratify New START to put in place on-the-ground inspections of Russian nuclear arsenals, to reduce our deployed weapons and launchers, and to build on our cooperation with Russia -- which has helped us put pressure on Iran and helped us to equip our mission in Afghanistan.
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December 13, 2010
Richard Holbrooke has been serving this nation with distinction for nearly 50 years -- from a young foreign service officer in Vietnam to the architect of the accords that ended the slaughter in the Balkans, to advancing our regional efforts as our Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and countless crises and hot spots in between.  He is simply one of the giants of American foreign policy.
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December 13, 2010
Day in, day out, you strengthen our alliances.  You forge new partnerships.  You prevent conflicts and the spread of deadly weapons.  You promote global prosperity and global health.  You stand up for human rights and you stand up for universal values. In other words, you -- you show the world the very best of America.  And on behalf of the American people, I want to say thank you.  You are doing an extraordinary job. 
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January 14, 2011
He understood American power, in all its complexity, and believed that when it is applied with purpose and principle, it can tip the scales of history.  And that coupling of realism and idealism, which has always represented what is best in American foreign policy, that was at the heart of his work in Bosnia, where he negotiated and cajoled and threatened all at once, until peace was the only outcome possible.
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January 19, 2011
I have come to the United States to increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation, and push forward the positive, cooperative, and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century.     Over the past 32 years, since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the China-U.S. relationship has grown into one with strategic significance and global influence.  Since President Obama took office, with concerted efforts of the two sides, our cooperation in various fields has produced fruitful results and our relations have achieved new progress.  This has brought real benefits to our two peoples, and contributed greatly to world peace and development.        As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the people of both China and the United States want to see further progress in our relations and people around the globe want to see greater prosperity in the world.  Under the new circumstances, and in the face of new challenges, China and the United States share broad common interests and important common responsibilities.          We should adopt a long-term perspective, seek common ground while resolving differences, and work together to achieve sustained, sound, and steady development of our relations.  I hope that through this visit, our two countries will advance the positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship, and open a new chapter in our cooperation as partners.        Our cooperation as partners should be based on mutual respect.  We live in an increasingly diverse and colorful world. China and the United States should respect each other’s choice of development path and each other’s core interests.  We should deepen mutual understanding through communication, increase mutual trust through dialogue, and expand common ground through exchanges.        Our cooperation as partners should be based on mutual benefit.  China’s future and destiny are increasingly tied to those of the world and China-U.S. relations have become closer.  Our two countries should seek to learn from each other through exchanges and achieve win-win progress through cooperation.  This is the right approach for us to develop our relations.        Our cooperation as partners should be based on joint efforts to meet challenges.  China and the United States should step up communication and coordination in international affairs, work together to counter the global challenges, and make a greater contribution to world peace and development.
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January 25, 2011
The 21st century government that’s open and competent.  A government that lives within its means.  An economy that’s driven by new skills and new ideas.  Our success in this new and changing world will require reform, responsibility, and innovation.  It will also require us to approach that world with a new level of engagement in our foreign affairs.
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January 25, 2011
American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war.  Because Republicans and Democrats approved the New START treaty, far fewer nuclear weapons and launchers will be deployed.  Because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent so they never fall into the hands of terrorists. 
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January 25, 2011
Because of a diplomatic effort to insist that Iran meet its obligations, the Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions than ever before.  And on the Korean Peninsula, we stand with our ally South Korea, and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons. 
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February 11, 2011
Q    Under the Obama administration, the State Department changed the way that civil society in Egypt was funding -- was funded.  First of all, it didn’t directly fund civil society groups or democracy groups as the Bush administration had done.  It instead went through the Egyptian government through approved civil society groups, and then also lowered how much civil society groups were funded.  In retrospect, does the Obama administration regret that?
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February 11, 2011
MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think that -- yes, I mean, look, I think the Vice President has -- we talked about it in here, there’s a -- he had a counterpart-to-counterpart relationship with Vice President Suleiman, and has on a number of occasions spoken directly with him and, quite honestly, Dan, reiterated largely the very same set of points that you’ve heard us make public, and that is the genuine steps that needed to be taken to address the concerns that those in Tahrir Square and throughout the country have had.  I think he has -- he’s been on the phone fairly regularly.  I think -- obviously he has brought to meetings in the Situation Room and in the Oval Office, like last evening, quite a bit of knowledge and experience in foreign affairs and foreign policy that have helped guide the administration along the last 18 days or so.
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February 11, 2011
MR. GIBBS:  Well, look, I think that -- I think that there -- it’s probably hard to go back and pinpoint all of them, but I would say that it was -- hard to, I think, be any clearer and more blunt than the Vice President was on that call about the steps that we, that the international community and, most importantly, the people of Egypt needed to see happen.  And I think that -- I think that certainly helped move this process along.
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February 11, 2011
MR. GIBBS:  Well, again, I think that -- I don't think we have to fear democracy.  I don't -- I think the international community has, and again I think most importantly the people have, laid out a series of steps that they need to see taken.  But I think it’s important, Dan, to understand that this was a group of demonstrations and protests that were -- that demonstrated the breadth of concern across Egyptian society.
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February 11, 2011
Obviously, there’s still great work to do to bring peace throughout this region, and the President has worked tirelessly with the team on that.  But -- and I think, again, there will be many days ahead to see what comes next here.  But I also think it’s important, we will continue to talk about -- as we have -- as we did with the Egyptian government -- of the universal values that we hold dear.
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February 15, 2011
As President, he expanded America’s promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities.  He reduced nuclear weapons.  He built a broad international coalition to expel a dictator from Kuwait.  When democratic revolutions swept across Eastern Europe, it was the steady diplomatic hand of President Bush that made possible an achievement once thought impossible -- ending the Cold War without firing a shot.
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February 15, 2011
The Honorable Jean Kennedy Smith.  The eighth of nine children to Joseph and Rose Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith joined the family business of helping her fellow Americans in improving our world.  In 1974, she founded Very Special Arts, a nonprofit organization that promotes the artistic talents of young people living with disabilities.  On the international stage, Jean Kennedy Smith played a pivotal role in the peace process in Northern Ireland while serving as United States ambassador to Ireland.  With intelligence, compassion, creativity and grace, Jean Kennedy Smith has contributed volumes to her family’s outstanding legacy of service to our country.
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February 23, 2011
The United States also strongly supports the universal rights of the Libyan people. That includes the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. They are not negotiable. They must be respected in every country. And they cannot be denied through violence or suppression.
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February 23, 2011
Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need, and to respect the rights of its people. It must be held accountable for its failure to meet those responsibilities, and face the cost of continued violations of human rights.
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February 23, 2011
This is not simply a concern of the United States. The entire world is watching, and we will coordinate our assistance and accountability measures with the international community. To that end, Secretary Clinton and I have asked Bill Burns, our Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, to make several stops in Europe and the region to intensify our consultations with allies and partners about the situation in Libya.
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February 23, 2011
I’ve also asked Secretary Clinton to travel to Geneva on Monday, where a number of foreign ministers will convene for a session of the Human Rights Council. There she’ll hold consultations with her counterparts on events throughout the region and continue to ensure that we join with the international community to speak with one voice to the government and the people of Libya.
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March 19, 2011
This is not an outcome that the United States or any of our partners sought.  Even yesterday, the international community offered Muammar Qaddafi the opportunity to pursue an immediate cease-fire, one that stopped the violence against civilians and the advances of Qaddafi’s forces.  But despite the hollow words of his government, he has ignored that opportunity.  His attacks on his own people have continued.  His forces have been on the move.  And the danger faced by the people of Libya has grown.
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March 19, 2011
First of all, I’m pleased to announce that President Rousseff and I just completed an agreement for a new Economic and Financial Dialogue.  It’s time for the United States to treat our engagement with Brazil on economic issues as seriously as we do with nations like China and India, and this dialogue will help us do that -- (applause.)  This dialogue will help us do that by promoting economic cooperation, streamlining regulations, and enhancing international cooperation not only at the G20 but elsewhere.
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March 20, 2011
Together, our two nations can also help defend our citizens’ security.  We’re working together to stop narco-trafficking that has destroyed too many lives in this hemisphere.  We seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.  We’re working together to enhance nuclear security across our hemisphere.  From Africa to Haiti, we are working side by side to combat the hunger, disease, and corruption that can rot a society and rob human beings of dignity and opportunity.    And as two countries that have been greatly enriched by our African heritage, it’s absolutely vital that we are working with the continent of Africa to help lift it up.  That is something that we should be committed to doing together. 
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March 20, 2011
From the beginning, we have made clear that the change they seek must be driven by their own people.  But for our two nations, for the United States and Brazil, two nations who have struggled over many generations to perfect our own democracies, the United States and Brazil know that the future of the Arab World will be determined by its people.
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March 20, 2011
No one can say for certain how this change will end, but I do know that change is not something that we should fear.  When young people insist that the currents of history are on the move, the burdens of the past can be washed away.  When men and women peacefully claim their human rights, our own common humanity is enhanced.  Wherever the light of freedom is lit, the world becomes a brighter place.
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March 21, 2011
So today we recommitted ourselves to fully implementing our free trade agreement to include protections of intellectual property so our businesses can innovate and stay competitive.  We agreed to build on the progress we’re making towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership so we can seize the full potential of trade in the Asia Pacific, especially for our small and medium businesses.
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March 21, 2011
Q    President Pinera, President Obama, good afternoon.  President Obama, you have emphasized and highlighted the economic management of Chile, the leadership in the region -- those were your words -- and even the successful transitioning to democracy in the difficult years of the ‘90s.  However, in Chile, President Obama, there are some open wounds of the dictatorship of General Pinochet.  And so in that sense, leaders, political leaders, leaders of the world, of human rights, even MPs (members of parliament), the son of the murdered Orlando Letelier, foreign minister, have said that many of those wounds have to do with the United States.  I ask you, justice is investigating cases of Allende and the death of President Eduardo Frei Montalba.  In that new speech that you will announce, do you include that the U.S. is willing to collaborate with those judicial investigations, even that the United States is willing to ask for forgiveness for what it did in those very difficult years in the ‘70s in Chile?
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March 21, 2011
And in the face of that, the international community rallied and said we have to stop any potential atrocities inside of Libya, and provided a broad mandate to accomplish that specific task.  As part of that international coalition, I authorized the United States military to work with our international partners to fulfill that mandate.
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March 21, 2011
Now, I also have stated that it is U.S. policy that Qaddafi needs to go.  And we got a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support that policy.  We were very rapid in initiating unilateral sanctions and then helping to mobilize international sanctions against the Qaddafi regime.  We froze assets that Qaddafi might have used to further empower himself and purchase weapons or hire mercenaries that might be directed against the Libyan people.
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March 21, 2011
I think it’s also important to note that the way that the U.S. took leadership and managed this process ensures international legitimacy and ensures that our partners, members of the international coalition are bearing the burden of following through on the mission, as well.  Because, as you know, in the past there have been times where the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden.
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March 21, 2011
But I can tell you that Chile, our government and this President believes, firmly believes in the self-determination of peoples, and firmly believes in the rule of law and respect for human rights.  For that reason, when we had evidence that in the case of President Frei Montalba, there could have been a homicide, our government submitted a claim, a complaint, is party to it, and it’s collaborating to investigate those responsible for the death of the former President Frei Montalba.  And once the judiciary ascertains those responsibilities, they will have to assume the penalties and punishment according to our rule of law.
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March 21, 2011
And that is why Chile supports the initiative of the United Nations through its Security Council, NATO and the Arab League to do all that is possible to end a true carnage, killing of civilians in Libya.  And I think that is a responsibility of the international community, because as I said a while ago, human rights do not and should not respect borders.  The responsibility is of all of us in each and every place of the world, whatever the circumstances involved to violate human rights.  And in my view, a person that has bombarded his own people does not deserve to keep on being the ruler of that people.
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March 21, 2011
And that alliance should be comprehensive.  It should reach out to the fields of democracy, freedom, rule of law, defense of human rights.  And I think that we have to improve the democratic charter of OAS.  It should also open up the doors to the free trade of goods and services, and faster than what we have done hereto.
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March 21, 2011
Also, we would like to raise our voice to ask for countries like Colombia and Panama also to have free trade agreements with your country and may join in this Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative.  It’s going to be a free trade area on both sides of the Pacific Ocean and where we will find the largest free trade market in the world.
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March 21, 2011
I was talking with President Obama in -- avoiding this nuclear menace.  But it’s not only that a few countries in the world will have nuclear weapons and others not, but to have a world without weapons of mass destruction.  This is the common goal we share with President Obama and with all the men and women of goodwill of all of the world.
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March 21, 2011
President Obama, I have read with great attention your words in Cairo, Egypt, for the Arab world, where you proposed a new beginning in the relations between the United States and the Islam world, and also, your words in Accra, Ghana, where you raised a new commitment, a new promise, new commitment with the sub-Saharan African world.  And today, the winds of freedom, of democracy, of participation and protection of human rights are stronger than ever, even those countries that had -- it had not existed for many years.  This is a great opportunity to have a new alliance between the United States and the Latin America countries.
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March 21, 2011
To the people and progress of Chile —- the United States of America is proud to stand with you as partners. And to what our partnership says about who we are —- two proud nations bound by the conviction that change is possible, that every nation can be free, and that there can be no denying the dignity and human rights that are so eloquently expressed in our Constitution and are now lived out in Chile today. Salud.
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March 21, 2011
Which leads me to the final area where we must continue to partner, and that’s strengthening democracy and human rights.  More than 60 years ago, our nations came together in an Organization of American States and declared -- and I quote -- that “representative democracy is an indispensable condition for the stability, peace and development of the region.”  A decade ago, we reaffirmed this principle, with an Inter-American Democratic Charter that stated -- and I quote -- “the people of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it.”
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March 21, 2011
And just as we defend democracy and human rights within our borders, let’s recommit to defending them across our hemisphere.  I understand, every nation will follow its own path.  No nation should impose its will on another.  But surely we can agree that democracy is about more than majority rule, that simply holding power does not give a leader the right to suppress the rights of others, and that leaders must maintain power through consent, and not coercion.  We have to speak out when we see those principles violated.
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March 21, 2011
Let’s never waver in our support for the rights of people to determine their own future -- and, yes, that includes the people of Cuba.  Since taking office, I’ve announced the most significant changes to my nation’s policy towards Cuba in decades.  I’ve made it possible for Cuban Americans to visit and support their families in Cuba.  We’re allowing Americans to send remittances that bring some economic hope for people across Cuba, as well as more independence from Cuban authorities.
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March 21, 2011
Security for our citizens.  Trade and development that creates jobs, prosperity and a clean energy future.  Standing up for democracy and human rights.  These are the partnerships that we can forge together -- here in the Americas but also around the world.  And if anyone doubts whether this region has the capacity to meet these challenges, they need to only remember what happened here in Chile only a few months ago.
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March 22, 2011
And obviously there are always risks involved in this kind of operation, but for us to be able to structure something where we bring our unique capabilities to bear to fulfill a mission that is supported by the international community against somebody who was about to direct his armed forces against his people in the most vicious of ways is something that I think the American people, and certainly our American military, should be proud of.
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March 22, 2011
The military action that we moved forward on, in conjunction with our international partners, was defined by the U.N. Security Council resolution that said we have a humanitarian threat and we need to deal with that humanitarian threat quickly, in part through a no-fly zone, in part by ensuring that humanitarian assistance can get into places that need it.  And what we’ve done is to create the space for that to happen.
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March 22, 2011
That doesn’t mean that we can solve every problem in the world.  It does mean that when you have not only the United Nations but also the Arab League and also other countries in the Gulf who are saying, we need to intercede to make sure that a disaster doesn’t happen on our watch as has happened in the past when the international community stood idly by.
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March 22, 2011
The truth, , is that this is a fundamental visit, first of all because Latin America, after the democratization process that we’ve gone through the last two decades, is now a region in peace that enjoys the desserts, fruits of this great struggle for human rights and the strengthening of our democracies.
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March 28, 2011
Faced with this opposition, Qaddafi began attacking his people.  As President, my immediate concern was the safety of our citizens, so we evacuated our embassy and all Americans who sought our assistance.  Then we took a series of swift steps in a matter of days to answer Qaddafi’s aggression.  We froze more than $33 billion of Qaddafi’s regime’s assets.  Joining with other nations at the United Nations Security Council, we broadened our sanctions, imposed an arms embargo, and enabled Qaddafi and those around him to be held accountable for their crimes.  I made it clear that Qaddafi had lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead, and I said that he needed to step down from power.
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March 28, 2011
Confronted by this brutal repression and a looming humanitarian crisis, I ordered warships into the Mediterranean.  European allies declared their willingness to commit resources to stop the killing.  The Libyan opposition and the Arab League appealed to the world to save lives in Libya.  And so at my direction, America led an effort with our allies at the United Nations Security Council to pass a historic resolution that authorized a no-fly zone to stop the regime’s attacks from the air, and further authorized all necessary measures to protect the Libyan people.
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March 28, 2011
Ten days ago, having tried to end the violence without using force, the international community offered Qaddafi a final chance to stop his campaign of killing, or face the consequences.  Rather than stand down, his forces continued their advance, bearing down on the city of Benghazi, home to nearly 700,000 men, women and children who sought their freedom from fear.
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March 28, 2011
To summarize, then:  In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a no-fly zone with our allies and partners.  To lend some perspective on how rapidly this military and diplomatic response came together, when people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s, it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians.  It took us 31 days.
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March 28, 2011
That’s not to say that our work is complete.  In addition to our NATO responsibilities, we will work with the international community to provide assistance to the people of Libya, who need food for the hungry and medical care for the wounded.  We will safeguard the more than $33 billion that was frozen from the Qaddafi regime so that it’s available to rebuild Libya.  After all, the money doesn’t belong to Qaddafi or to us -- it belongs to the Libyan people.  And we’ll make sure they receive it.
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March 28, 2011
Now, despite the success of our efforts over the past week, I know that some Americans continue to have questions about our efforts in Libya.  Qaddafi has not yet stepped down from power, and until he does, Libya will remain dangerous.  Moreover, even after Qaddafi does leave power, 40 years of tyranny has left Libya fractured and without strong civil institutions.  The transition to a legitimate government that is responsive to the Libyan people will be a difficult task.  And while the United States will do our part to help, it will be a task for the international community and –- more importantly –- a task for the Libyan people themselves.
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March 29, 2011
I am so grateful to be here in this beautiful space. Let me begin by thanking the Brown family for making me a part of this celebration. I want to thank President Clinton for his leadership and his outstanding example when it comes to foreign affairs. I want to thank my outstanding -- and I mean outstanding -- U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice. And the members of the diplomatic community who are here for your wonderful work. Our dedicated U.N. Mission staff. I want to thank Charlie Rangel for helping to make this day possible. Mayor Dinkins, it’s wonderful to see you. All the great friends of Ron Brown.
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March 29, 2011
That’s why he invested so much time and energy in Africa. It’s why he argued that economic progress and human rights can’t be separated. That’s why he called commerce and economic development the “infrastructure of democracy.” That’s why he was on that flight to the Balkans -- because, he said, just as America “took the lead in the peace process, we need to show the way in rebuilding from the ruins of war.”
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March 29, 2011
We believe that just as every sovereign nation has rights, that they also have fundamental responsibilities. Governments exist not simply to perpetuate themselves, their own rule, but to fulfill the aspirations of their people. And history teaches us that nations are more secure and the world is more peaceful when nations meet these responsibilities -- to uphold human rights, to resolve differences peacefully, when we advance our interests together.
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March 29, 2011
We believe that when nations fail to meet these basic obligations -- when peace is threatened or international law is undermined -- that we cannot stand idly by. The words of the charter must have meaning. The writ of the international community must have credibility. Violations of these core principles must have consequences.
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April 21, 2011
As John said, we’ve made incredible progress over the last two and a half years, but we’ve got so much more work to do. There are still a lot of folks hurting out there. We’ve got to put people back to work. We’ve got to grow the economy. We’ve got to reduce the deficit. We’ve got to pass immigration reform. We’ve got to have an energy plan that works for all Americans. And that’s before I start talking about international affairs.
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April 22, 2011
And I’m confident -- because I travel around the country, and my poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis, and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people.  But when I talk to ordinary folks, they are not always paying attention.  If you ask them what the makeup of the budget is, they’ll say 25 percent of it goes to foreign aid.  If you ask them about Medicare, they’ll say, I love that program but I wish government wouldn’t get involved in it.    Just because they’re busy and they’re tired and they’re working hard.  They’re looking after their families, they’re looking after their kids.
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April 22, 2011
Look, if I wasn’t professionally in this, I wouldn’t be following all these debates in Washington.  But when you talk to them about their values, what they care about, then they say of course we should make sure every child has a good education and gets opportunity, and absolutely we’ve got to make sure that our commitments to seniors are met, and of course we want a family whose child has a disability to make sure that child is getting everything possible to allow them to succeed.  And yes, internationally, we want to stand on the side of human rights and democracy.  And we understand the world is complicated.  But we have a vision about what America should be in the world and we want to live up to that.  And yes, government should live within its means, but we think we can live within its means and still ensure that we’re delivering for the next generation.
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April 28, 2011
Not the Yankees.  They’ve had enough.  In building on that friendship, we discussed a wide range of issues in our meeting today.  Obviously, one of the most important ones is how do we grow the economies of both countries.  And in that regard, we are very pleased by the progress that we’ve made in moving forward a U.S.-Panamanian free trade agreement.
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April 28, 2011
Thanks to the leadership of President Martinelli, there have been a range of significant reforms in banking and taxation in Panama.  And we are confident now that a free trade agreement would be good for our country, would create jobs here in the United States, open up new markets with potential for billions of dollars of cross-border trade.  We think it would be also very good for Panama and allow additional economic exchanges between our two countries.
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April 28, 2011
We also discussed some of the broader issues related to the region.  We both agreed that the more we can do to showcase the success of free markets, commitments to democracy, human rights, individual liberties, freedom of the press, the more that we are highlighting those shared values between our two countries, the more successful the people of the region will be.
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May 22, 2011
A strong and secure Israel is in the national security interest of the United States not simply because we share strategic interests, although we do both seek a region where families and children can live free from the threat of violence.  It’s not simply because we face common dangers, although there can be no denying that terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons are grave threats to both our nations.
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May 22, 2011
We also know how difficult that search for security can be, especially for a small nation like Israel living in a very tough neighborhood.  I’ve seen it firsthand.  When I touched my hand against the Western Wall and placed my prayer between its ancient stones, I thought of all the centuries that the children of Israel had longed to return to their ancient homeland.  When I went to Sderot and saw the daily struggle to survive in the eyes of an eight-year-old boy who lost his leg to a Hamas rocket, and when I walked among the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, I was reminded of the existential fear of Israelis when a modern dictator seeks nuclear weapons and threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the map -- face of the Earth.
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May 22, 2011
You also see our commitment to our shared security in our determination to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.    Here in the United States, we’ve imposed the toughest sanctions ever on the Iranian regime.    At the United Nations, under our leadership, we’ve secured the most comprehensive international sanctions on the regime, which have been joined by allies and partners around the world.  Today, Iran is virtually cut off from large parts of the international financial system, and we’re going to keep up the pressure.  So let me be absolutely clear –- we remain committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. 
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May 22, 2011
Its illicit nuclear program is just one challenge that Iran poses.  As I said on Thursday, the Iranian government has shown its hypocrisy by claiming to support the rights of protesters while treating its own people with brutality.  Moreover, Iran continues to support terrorism across the region, including providing weapons and funds to terrorist organizations.  So we will continue to work to prevent these actions, and we will stand up to groups like Hezbollah, who exercise political assassination and seek to impose their will through rockets and car bombs.
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May 22, 2011
Now, I have said repeatedly that core issues can only be negotiated in direct talks between the parties.    And I indicated on Thursday that the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas poses an enormous obstacle to peace.    No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction.    And we will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace, including recognizing Israel’s right to exist and rejecting violence and adhering to all existing agreements.    And we once again call on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit, who has been kept from his family for five long years. 
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May 22, 2011
And just as the context has changed in the Middle East, so too has it been changing in the international community over the last several years.  There’s a reason why the Palestinians are pursuing their interests at the United Nations.  They recognize that there is an impatience with the peace process, or the absence of one, not just in the Arab World -- in Latin America, in Asia, and in Europe.  And that impatience is growing, and it’s already manifesting itself in capitals around the world.
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May 22, 2011
But the march to isolate Israel internationally -- and the impulse of the Palestinians to abandon negotiations –- will continue to gain momentum in the absence of a credible peace process and alternative.  And for us to have leverage with the Palestinians, to have leverage with the Arab States and with the international community, the basis for negotiations has to hold out the prospect of success.  And so, in advance of a five-day trip to Europe in which the Middle East will be a topic of acute interest, I chose to speak about what peace will require.
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May 22, 2011
Ultimately, it is the right and the responsibility of the Israeli government to make the hard choices that are necessary to protect a Jewish and democratic state for which so many generations have sacrificed.    And as a friend of Israel, I’m committed to doing our part to see that this goal is realized.  And I will call not just on Israel, but on the Palestinians, on the Arab States, and the international community to join us in this effort, because the burden of making hard choices must not be Israel’s alone. 
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May 23, 2011
We also wanted to express our extraordinary appreciation to Ireland for all the work that it does internationally.  I mentioned that Ireland punches above its weight.  It’s a small country, but the work it does on a range of issues -- in peacekeeping to the trainers in Afghanistan, to this work we’re doing together on food security, to its strong voice on human rights -- all that makes an enormous difference around the world. And the extraordinary relationship that we have with Ireland is also reflected in the work that it does in the EU, and so we’re grateful for that.
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May 25, 2011
We discussed Yemen, where the Yemeni people call for greater opportunity and prosperity and a nation that is more unified and more secure, and we expressed our joint concern of the deteriorating situation on the ground there.  We applauded the leadership of the Gulf Cooperation Council in seeking an orderly and peaceful resolution to the crisis, and we call on President Saleh to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power.
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May 25, 2011
But there’s not a whole host of new and different assets that somehow could be applied -- partly because we’ve been extraordinarily successful in avoiding significant civilian casualties.  And that’s been part of our goal, that’s been part of our mission, is making sure that we are targeting regime forces in a way that does not result in enormous collateral damage.  And that means we may have to sometimes be more patient than people would like.  But ultimately I think it promises greater success, and it sustains our coalition and support for it, not just here but in the Arab world as well.
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May 25, 2011
And that, in the end, is why the peace process in Northern Ireland was successful, because both sides had some understanding of what the other side needed for some dignity and for some peace.  And that is what we badly need right now in the Middle East.  And I think the President’s speech has been a good step forward in really helping to make that happen.  Thank you.
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May 25, 2011
Our third action must be to help elevate the changes in North Africa and the Arab world from a moment in history to a turning point in history.  We’ve seen some extraordinary things  -- protesters braving bullets, bloggers toppling dictators, people taking to the streets and making their own history.  If global politics is about spreading peace and prosperity, then this is a once-in-a-generation moment to grab hold of.
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May 25, 2011
So the President and I are agreed we will stand with those who work for freedom.  This is the message we’ll take to the G8 tomorrow when we push for a major program of economic and political support for those countries seeking reform.  And this is why we mobilized the international community to protect the Libyan people from Colonel Qaddafi’s regime, why we’ll continue to enforce U.N. resolutions with our allies, and why we restate our position once more:  It is impossible to imagine a future for Libya with Qaddafi still in power.  He must go.
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May 25, 2011
And it’s because of this we share the view that our partnership will not just continue, but it will get stronger.  And this is a partnership that goes beyond foreign affairs.  At home, we have similar goals -- to bring more responsibility to our societies, and to bring transparency and accountability to our governments.  In all these ambitions, our countries will continue to learn from each other and work with each other.
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May 25, 2011
Together, we have met great challenges.  But as we enter this new chapter in our shared history, profound challenges stretch before us.  In a world where the prosperity of all nations is now inextricably linked, a new era of cooperation is required to ensure the growth and stability of the global economy.  As new threats spread across borders and oceans, we must dismantle terrorist networks and stop the spread of nuclear weapons, confront climate change and combat famine and disease.  And as a revolution races through the streets of the Middle East and North Africa, the entire world has a stake in the aspirations of a generation that longs to determine its own destiny.
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May 25, 2011
We also share a common interest in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.  Across the globe, nations are locking down nuclear materials so they never fall into the wrong hands -- because of our leadership.  From North Korea to Iran, we’ve sent a message that those who flaunt their obligations will face consequences -– which is why America and the European Union just recently strengthened our sanctions on Iran, in large part because of the leadership of the United Kingdom and the United States.  And while we hold others to account, we will meet our own obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and strive for a world without nuclear weapons.
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May 25, 2011
It is that truth that guides our action in Libya.  It would have been easy at the outset of the crackdown in Libya to say that none of this was our business -– that a nation’s sovereignty is more important than the slaughter of civilians within its borders.  That argument carries weight with some.  But we are different.  We embrace a broader responsibility.  And while we cannot stop every injustice, there are circumstances that cut through our caution -– when a leader is threatening to massacre his people, and the international community is calling for action.  That’s why we stopped a massacre in Libya.  And we will not relent until the people of Libya are protected and the shadow of tyranny is lifted.
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May 28, 2011
I'm very happy that we could exchange our opinions about the engagement in the construction of democracy in the environment of Europe, both to the East -- for example, in Belarus, where there was a dramatic collapse of democratic processes.  So we are having to deal with the arrests and convictions of the combatants or the opposition to the current presidential elections and we also saw the harassment of the correspondent of the Polish press in Belarus.  I'm also very glad that our views are absolutely identical as far as a very firm presentation of problems of civil and human rights in Belarus.
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May 28, 2011
At the same time, as Prime Minister Tusk mentioned, here in this neighborhood we still have challenges.  We discussed in particular the unacceptable situation in Belarus.  President Lukashenko has shown a total disregard for democratic values, the rule of law, and the human rights of his own people.  And his brutal crackdown included the conviction and sentencing of presidential candidates who challenged him in the presidential election, and the repression and imprisonment of members of the free press, including one of the Polish press.
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May 28, 2011
We both believe that we cannot compromise on our most cherished principles and ideals, but we should also seek to cooperate where we can -- for example, in areas like counterterrorism, counternarcotics, the spread of nuclear weapons and materials, and the support of our joint operations in Afghanistan.
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May 28, 2011
Both the United States and Poland will be ambitiously setting forth -- the conduct for the international community so that the Belarusian people do not have to pay too high a price and for too long a period.  I also informed President Obama about our interpretation of the events in the Belarusian economy.
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May 28, 2011
And so to the American people, even at a time when we have fiscal constraints, even at a time where I spend most of my day thinking about our economy and how to put folks back to work and how to make sure that we’re reducing gas prices and how we stabilize the housing market and how we innovate and adapt and change so that we are fully competitive in the 21st century and maintain our economic leadership, I want the American people to understand we’ve got to leave room for us to continue our tradition of providing leadership when it comes to freedom, democracy, human rights.
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July 19, 2011
And so I want to congratulate the Gang of Six for coming up with a plan that I think is balanced.  We just received it, so we haven’t reviewed all the details of it.  It would not match perfectly with some of the approaches that we’ve taken, but I think that we’re in the same playing field.  And my hope is, is that we can start gathering everybody over the next couple of days to choose a clear direction and to get this issue resolved.           So far, at least, the markets have shown confidence that leadership here in Washington are not going to send the economy over a cliff.  But if we continue to go through a lot of political posturing, if both sides continue to be dug in, if we don’t have a basic spirit of cooperation that allows us to rise above immediate election-year politics and actually solve problems, then I think markets here, the American people, and the international community are going to start reacting adversely fairly quickly.
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September 26, 2011
The American people are going through a very tough time. This is a big transition -- and by the way, it's not unique to America. This is a global shift that's taking place. We've got a world that has shrunk and is interconnected and is more competitive than ever. And every country out there is trying to adjust and trying to figure out, how do we make sure we've got the best educated citizens, and how do we make sure we've got the most dynamic, innovative economy, and how are we making sure that we're investing in industries of the future, like clean energy, and how do we make certain that in our international affairs we're projecting power not just based on our military but also based on our diplomacy and the power of our ideas.
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September 28, 2011
Now, what we’ve tried to do is to send a signal that we are open to a new relationship with Cuba if the Cuban government starts taking the proper steps to open up its own country and its own -- and provide the space and the respect for human rights that would allow the Cuban people to determine their own destiny.
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October 20, 2011
We did exactly what we said we were going to do in Libya.  And I think it underscores the capacity of us to work together as an international community.  The United States obviously has unique capacities, and we were proud of the leadership we showed in that process.  But, increasingly, wherever we have the possibility of working with outstanding partners like Norway, then I think that we’re going to be even more effective.  And the United States will always preserve its right and duty to protect ourselves, our allies and our interests.
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October 20, 2011
Most importantly I’m proud of what the Libyan people have achieved.  And I think they’ve got an enormous opportunity ahead of them.  They’ve got a lot of challenges as well, but we have now given them the opportunity to determine their own destiny.  And that’s something that we’ve seen across North Africa and the Arab world -- that there’s nothing unique in aspiring to freedom and human rights and democracy.  This is something that all people want to enjoy, and I’m very pleased that the Libyan people are going to have the opportunity to do so.  All right?
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October 27, 2011
Finally, let me just say that the Czechs continue to inspire the world with their own transition from being behind the Iron Curtain to freedom and democracy.  And so their strong stance on issues of human rights and democracy and freedom around the world is extraordinarily important.  And I know the Prime Minister is committed to making sure that the Czech Republic continues to send a signal around the world, whether it’s in the wake of the Arab Spring, or other countries where freedom and democracy have not yet been achieved, that they are able to continue to set a great example and provide the kind of leadership and technical assistance that’s so important for many of these countries.
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October 27, 2011
We would like to discuss our participation within Open Government Partnership initiative, and of course, a discussion concerning center for civil nuclear cooperation -- because we do appreciate your strong leadership, your announcement that you’d like to have a vision of a world without nuclear weapons that was announced in Prague.
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December 12, 2011
Across the region, Iraq is forging new ties of trade and commerce with its neighbors, and Iraq is assuming its rightful place among the community of nations.  For the first time in two decades, Iraq is scheduled to host the next Arab League Summit, and what a powerful message that will send throughout the Arab world.  People throughout the region will see a new Iraq that’s determining its own destiny -- a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process.
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December 14, 2011
We also know that these numbers don’t tell the full story of the Iraq war -– not even close.  Our civilians have represented our country with skill and bravery.  Our troops have served tour after tour of duty, with precious little dwell time in between.  Our Guard and Reserve units stepped up with unprecedented service.  You’ve endured dangerous foot patrols and you’ve endured the pain of seeing your friends and comrades fall.  You’ve had to be more than soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen –- you’ve also had to be diplomats and development workers and trainers and peacemakers.  Through all this, you have shown why the United States military is the finest fighting force in the history of the world.
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December 14, 2011
And that’s why the United States military is the most respected institution in our land because you never forget that.  You can’t afford to forget it.  If you forget it, somebody dies.  If you forget it, a mission fails.  So you don’t forget it.  You have each other’s backs.  That’s why you, the 9/11 Generation, has earned your place in history.
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December 16, 2011
Now, I know that many of you share my frustration sometimes, in terms of the state of the peace process.  There’s so much work to do.  But here’s what I know –- there’s no question about how lasting peace will be achieved.  Peace can’t be imposed from the outside.  Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them. 
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December 16, 2011
Another grave concern -– and a threat to the security of Israel, the United States and the world -– is Iran’s nuclear program.  And that’s why our policy has been absolutely clear:  We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.    And that’s why we’ve worked painstakingly from the moment I took office with allies and partners, and we have imposed the most comprehensive, the hardest-hitting sanctions that the Iranian regime has ever faced.  We haven’t just talked about it, we have done it.  And we’re going to keep up the pressure.    And that’s why, rest assured, we will take no options off the table.  We have been clear.
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January 24, 2012
Let there be no doubt:  America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. 
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January 30, 2012
It’s very important that you mentioned, obviously, the prospect of a free trade agreement with Georgia, because that’s going to attract lots of additional activity to my country, and basically helping our nation-building process.
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January 30, 2012
And so one of the most important things that we’re doing in addition to things like the MCC and OPIC loans is also what we’ve agreed to is a high-level dialogue between our two countries about how we can continue to strengthen trade relations between our two countries, including the possibility of a free trade agreement.  Obviously, there’s a lot of work to be done and there are going to be a lot of options that are going to be explored.  The key point, though, is we think it’s a win-win for the United States and for Georgia as we continue to find opportunities for businesses to invest in Georgia, for us to be able to sell Georgia our goods and services, and Georgia to be able to sell theirs as well.
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February 24, 2012
Obviously, most recently, the operations in Libya could not have been as effective had it not been for the precision and the excellence of the Danish armed forces and their pilots.  But that's fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs.
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February 24, 2012
And we had a chance to talk about a wide range of international issues, including the situation in Syria.  And I have to say that all of us who've been seeing the terrible pictures coming out of Syria and Homs recently recognize it is absolutely imperative for the international community to rally, and send a clear message to President Assad that it is time for a transition, it is time for that regime to move on, and it is time to stop the killing of Syrian citizens by their own government.
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February 24, 2012
At the same time, there are other threats in the region, including the situation in Iran.  And I thanked the Prime Minister and the Danish government for their leadership role in applying the toughest sanctions we've ever seen coming out of the EU.  Difficult sanctions to apply, but we both agree that we're making progress and they are working in sending a message to Iran that it needs to take a different path if it wants to rejoin the international community, and that there is a expectation on the part of the world that they abide by their international obligations when it comes to their nuclear program.
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March 25, 2012
We also had the opportunity to discuss the issue of Iran and its nuclear program.  I expressed to the Prime Minister once again that I believe there is a window of time to resolve this question diplomatically, but that window is closing.  And it's absolutely critical for us to be able to move forward in an effective way, in a serious way, in concert based on negotiations through the P5-plus-1 and other channels, to ensure that Iran abides by its international obligations, which also then assures them the right to engage in peaceful nuclear power.  I very much appreciate the Prime Minister's insights obviously as a neighbor of Iran and as someone who is interested in seeing this issue resolved in a peaceful fashion.
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March 25, 2012
And of course, as human beings, people with conscience, we cannot remain a spectator to these developments, which are things that we have to be doing something about within the framework of international law.  And I’m also very pleased to see that our views in general very much overlap on this subject.
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March 26, 2012
2:27 P.M. KST   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It is wonderful to see once again President Nazarbayev from Kazakhstan.  And I want to first of all congratulate him on his leadership for the issues that are going to be discussed over the next two days.   Twenty years ago, Kazakhstan made a decision not to have nuclear weapons.  And not only has that led to growth and prosperity in his own country, but he has been a model in efforts around the world to eliminate nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands.  So I very much appreciate his leadership.   In fact, one of the major deliverables that will take place at the summit is a outstanding effort to deal with nuclear materials that were carried over from the Soviet era.  Working with Russia and the United States, Kazakhstan has been able to secure those materials, and that makes us all safer.   I know that we’ll have an opportunity during this bilateral meeting to also discuss some of the other efforts that Kazakhstan has made when it comes to highly-enriched uranium, plutonium, their efforts at helping to develop a international fuel bank that can lessen the need for countries to pursue their own enrichment capabilities.   So across the board, Kazakhstan has been a key leader on these issues and is appropriately going to be featured during the next two days at this nuclear security summit.   The close relationship between our two countries extends beyond just the nuclear security issue, so this meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss the cooperation that we have built over the last several years with respect to Afghanistan and the help we've received in supplying our troops and helping to assist the Afghan government.    We obviously have commercial tie as well, and we’ll be discussing how we can deepen those.  I’ll be interested in discussing with the President efforts to further expand democracy and human rights within Kazakhstan, which will help to lead to further growth and prosperity in the future.   And so I very much appreciate his leadership and his efforts.  And I look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship between our two countries.    PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV:  (As interpreted.)  Well, I'm very grateful for this opportunity to participate in this important summit in Seoul.  We are discussing a very crucial issue of nuclear security.  And I am very grateful to you, , for the invitation to participate at the Washington summit, and now we are here in Seoul to discuss a very important issue.   , I support your call to all nations to struggle for a nuclear-free world and we fully support the nuclear strategy of the United States, and we say that all the countries that support the Non-Proliferation Treaty will get the support of nuclear powers and will never be threatened by any nuclear state.  And I think this is very important.   You discussed in detail your plan -- the joint work that we carry out between our nations.  And Kazakhstan 20 years ago was the first country to close its nuclear test site -- in Semipalatinsk we voluntarily renounced our nuclear arsenal.  And you know very well that at that time, on the territory of Kazakhstan, there was 1,100 warheads were deployed on the intercontinental missiles.    And in the last years we have worked closely -- Russia, the United States and Kazakhstan -- to demolish the infrastructure that was left over on the polygon, and we did a lot to rehabilitate the part of the Kazakhstan territory that was radiated.  And the people of Kazakhstan who suffered a lot and who lost many lives in that tragedy, they appreciate that effort very much.   And we work very closely with the United States, and we have achieved a lot.  We work jointly on many projects.  About $20 billion U.S. dollars have been invested in the Kazakhstan economy so far.  And 80 percent of all foreign investments that were directed to Central Asia ended up in Kazakhstan.  And I always show this collaboration as a very shining and proud example of good collaboration.  And I talk to all the nuclear powers and those who are threshold countries, and I talked to the leaders of Iran and I explained that they can get better collaboration with the two countries and start to peace.   And of course we work very closely on stopping terrorism, on Afghanistan, and the issues of transportation and transit through the territory of Kazakhstan that we discussed two years ago.   And, , we hope that the good and strong relations between us and the United States will strengthen further in the future, especially in economics and politics.  And we're ready to work shoulder to shoulder on this particular issue of nuclear safety and in other -- all of the issues that we believe that will involve our part of the world.   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you, everybody.   END 2:39 P.M. KST
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March 26, 2012
I think this is an excellent opportunity for us to discuss a wide range of issues. First of all, the fact that we are at a nuclear security summit, following up on our discussions in Washington two years ago, shows the progress that the international community has made in preventing nuclear proliferation and making sure that we’ve secured nuclear materials. And I know that’s in the interest of both the United States and China.
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March 26, 2012
So our shared future -- and the unprecedented opportunity to meet shared challenges together -- is what brings me to Seoul. Over the next two days, under President Lee’s leadership, we’ll move ahead with the urgent work of preventing nuclear terrorism by securing the world’s nuclear materials. This is an important part of the broader, comprehensive agenda that I want to talk with you about today -- our vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
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March 26, 2012
Three years ago, I traveled to Prague and I declared America’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and to seeking a world without them. I said I knew that this goal would not be reached quickly, perhaps not in my lifetime, but I knew we had to begin, with concrete steps. And in your generation, I see the spirit we need in this endeavor -- an optimism that beats in the hearts of so many young people around the world. It’s that refusal to accept the world as it is, the imagination to see the world as it ought to be, and the courage to turn that vision into reality. So today, with you, I want to take stock of our journey and chart our next steps.
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March 26, 2012
South Korea, Japan, Pakistan and others are building new centers to improve nuclear security and training. Nations like Kazakhstan have moved nuclear materials to more secure locations. Mexico, and just yesterday Ukraine, have joined the ranks of nations that have removed all the highly enriched uranium from their territory. All told, thousands of pounds of nuclear material have been removed from vulnerable sites around the world. This was deadly material that is now secure and can now never be used against a city like Seoul.
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March 26, 2012
We’re also using every tool at our disposal to break up black markets and nuclear material. Countries like Georgia and Moldova have seized highly enriched uranium from smugglers. And countries like Jordan are building their own counter-smuggling teams, and we’re tying them together in a global network of intelligence and law enforcement. Nearly 20 nations have now ratified the treaties and international partnerships that are at the center of our efforts. And I should add that with the death of Osama bin Laden and the major blows that we’ve struck against al Qaeda, a terrorist organization that has actively sought nuclear weapons is now on the path to defeat.
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March 26, 2012
So in short, the international community has made it harder than ever for terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons, and that has made us all safer. We’re building an international architecture that can ensure nuclear safety. But we’re under no illusions. We know that nuclear material, enough for many weapons, is still being stored without adequate protection. And we know that terrorists and criminal gangs are still trying to get their hands on it -- as well as radioactive material for a dirty bomb. We know that just the smallest amount of plutonium -- about the size of an apple -- could kill hundreds of thousands and spark a global crisis. The danger of nuclear terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to global security.
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March 26, 2012
And that's why here in Seoul, we need to keep at it. And I believe we will. We’re expecting dozens of nations to announce over the next several days that they’ve fulfilled the promises they made two years ago. And we’re now expecting more commitments -- tangible, concrete action -- to secure nuclear materials and, in some cases, remove them completely. This is the serious, sustained global effort that we need, and it's an example of more nations bearing the responsibility and the costs of meeting global challenges. This is how the international community should work in the 21st century. And Korea is one of the key leaders in this process.
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March 26, 2012
The United States will continue to do our part -- securing our own material and helping others protect theirs. We’re moving forward with Russia to eliminate enough plutonium for about 17,000 nuclear weapons and turn it instead into electricity. I can announce today a new agreement by the United States and several European partners toward sustaining the supply of medical isotopes that are used to treat cancer and heart disease without the use of highly enriched uranium. And we will work with industry and hospitals and research centers in the United States and around the world, to recover thousands of unneeded radiological materials so that they can never do us harm.
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March 26, 2012
Now, American leadership has been essential to progress in a second area -- taking concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons. As a party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, this is our obligation, and it’s one that I take very seriously. But I believe the United States has a unique responsibility to act -- indeed, we have a moral obligation. I say this as President of the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons. I say it as a Commander-in-Chief who knows that our nuclear codes are never far from my side. Most of all, I say it as a father, who wants my two young daughters to grow up in a world where everything they know and love can’t be instantly wiped out.
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March 26, 2012
Over the past three years, we’ve made important progress. With Russia, we’re now reducing our arsenal under the New START Treaty -- the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly 20 years. And when we’re done, we will have cut American and Russian deployed nuclear warheads to their lowest levels since the 1950s.
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March 26, 2012
As President, I changed our nuclear posture to reduce the number and role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy. I made it clear that the United States will not develop new nuclear warheads. And we will not pursue new military missions for nuclear weapons. We’ve narrowed the range of contingencies under which we would ever use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. At the same time, I’ve made it clear that so long as nuclear weapons exist, we’ll work with our Congress to maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal that guarantees the defense not only of the United States but also our allies -- including South Korea and Japan.
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March 26, 2012
My administration’s nuclear posture recognizes that the massive nuclear arsenal we inherited from the Cold War is poorly suited to today’s threats, including nuclear terrorism. So last summer, I directed my national security team to conduct a comprehensive study of our nuclear forces. That study is still underway. But even as we have more work to do, we can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need. Even after New START, the United States will still have more than 1,500 deployed nuclear weapons, and some 5,000 warheads.
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March 26, 2012
Going forward, we’ll continue to seek discussions with Russia on a step we have never taken before -- reducing not only our strategic nuclear warheads, but also tactical weapons and warheads in reserve. I look forward to discussing this agenda with President Putin when we will meet in May. Missile defense will be on the agenda, but I believe this should be an area of cooperation, not tension. And I’m confident that, working together, we can continue to make progress and reduce our nuclear stockpiles. Of course, we’ll consult closely with our allies every step of the way, because the security and defense of our allies, both in Europe and Asia, is not negotiable.
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March 26, 2012
Here in Asia, we've urged China -- with its growing nuclear arsenal -- to join us in a dialogue on nuclear issues. That offer remains open. And more broadly, my administration will continue to pursue ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. And after years of delay, it’s time to find a path forward on a new treaty that verifiably ends the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons -- ends it once and for all.
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March 26, 2012
By working to meet our responsibilities as a nuclear power, we’ve made progress in a third area -- strengthening the global regime that prevents the spread of nuclear weapons. When I came into office, the cornerstone of the world’s effort -- which is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty -- was fraying. Iran had started spinning thousands of centrifuges. North Korea conducted another nuclear test. And the international community was largely divided on how to respond.
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March 26, 2012
This same principle applies with respect to Iran. Under the NPT, Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear energy. In fact, time and again the international community -- including the United States -- has offered to help Iran develop nuclear energy peacefully. But time and again Iran has refused, instead taking the path of denial, deceit and deception. And that is why Iran also stands alone, as the only member of the NPT unable to convince the international community that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes -- the only member. That’s why the world has imposed unprecedented sanctions, slowing Iran’s nuclear program.
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March 26, 2012
The international community is now poised to enter talks with Iran’s leaders. Once again, there is the possibility of a diplomatic resolution that gives Iran access to peaceful nuclear energy while addressing the concerns of the international community. Today, I’ll meet with the leaders of Russia and China as we work to achieve a resolution in which Iran fulfills its obligations.
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March 26, 2012
As we do, let’s never forget the astonishing benefits that nuclear technology has brought to our lives. Nuclear technology helps make our food safe. It prevents disease in the developing world. It’s the high-tech medicine that treats cancer and finds new cures. And, of course, it’s the energy -- the clean energy that helps cut the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. Here in South Korea, as you know, as a leader in nuclear energy, you’ve shown the progress and prosperity that can be achieved when nations embrace peaceful nuclear energy and reject the development of nuclear arms.
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March 26, 2012
One of the great challenges they’ll face and that your generation will face is the fuel cycle itself in producing nuclear energy. We all know the problem: The very process that gives us nuclear energy can also put nations and terrorists within the reach of nuclear weapons. We simply can’t go on accumulating huge amounts of the very material, like separated plutonium, that we’re trying to keep away from terrorists.
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March 26, 2012
In this sense, we see how the efforts I’ve described today reinforce each other. When we enhance nuclear security, we’re in a stronger position to harness safe, clean nuclear energy. When we develop new, safer approaches to nuclear energy, we reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism and proliferation. When nations, including my own, fulfill our responsibilities, it strengthens our ability to ensure that other nations fulfill their responsibilities. And step by step, we come closer to the security and peace of a world without nuclear weapons.
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March 26, 2012
Like our vision of a world without nuclear weapons, our vision of a Korea that stands as one may not be reached quickly. But from this day until then, and all the days that follow, we take comfort in knowing that the security we seek, the peace we want, is closer at hand because of the great alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea -- and because we stand for the dignity and freedom of all Koreans. And no matter the test, no matter the trial, we stand together. We work together. We go together.
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March 26, 2012
Thank you. Well, first of all, let me just say that the last three years of my work with President Medvedev has been extremely productive. And he listed some of the achievements that has resulted from this work -- the New START Treaty reduces our nuclear stockpiles in ways that can help create greater peace and security not just for our countries but for the world, and is consistent with our obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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March 26, 2012
On Iran, we agree that the P5-plus-1 talks with Iran that should be announced soon offer us an opportunity to resolve diplomatically the critical issue of ensuring that Iran is abiding by its international obligations, that will allow it to rejoin the community of nations, and have peaceful uses of nuclear energy while not developing nuclear weapons.
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March 26, 2012
Twenty years ago, Kazakhstan made a decision not to have nuclear weapons. And not only has that led to growth and prosperity in his own country, but he has been a model in efforts around the world to eliminate nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands. So I very much appreciate his leadership.
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March 26, 2012
I know that we’ll have an opportunity during this bilateral meeting to also discuss some of the other efforts that Kazakhstan has made when it comes to highly-enriched uranium, plutonium, their efforts at helping to develop a international fuel bank that can lessen the need for countries to pursue their own enrichment capabilities.
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March 26, 2012
I think we all understand that no one nation can do this alone.  This is one of those challenges in our interconnected world that can only be met when we work as an international community.  And what we did in Washington, what we're now doing in Korea, becomes part of a larger global architecture designed to reduce the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism, but also allows us then to more safely and effectively pursue peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
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March 27, 2012
12:00 P.M. KST   PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV:  (As interpreted.)  Well, probably as all of you know that Semipalatinsk nuclear test site was one of the largest nuclear test sites in the world, together with Nevada.  And about 500 nuclear tests have been carried out on this test site, 70 of them in the open air.    And the polygon was closed by my first decree as the President of Kazakhstan 20 years ago, and since then, together with Russia and the United States, we have been working to rehabilitate the territory around the Semipalatinsk test site.  And since 2004, we were able to rehabilitate from radiation about 3,000 square kilometers of the polygon.  The total polluted area is about 40,000 square kilometers.  And as a result of tests in the past, about 1.5 million people have been radiated.   And this is a very good example of close collaboration when all three countries also work on getting rid of the military infrastructure on the polygon.  And you probably know that about 1,100 warheads have been deployed on military missiles on the territory of the polygon in military launching shafts.  And we closed that also, together with the help of Russian and American partners.  And we are very grateful, the people of Kazakhstan are very grateful for that assistance, and we hope that we'll be able to work together in the future for a safer world on nuclear non-proliferation.   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I'm going to just make a very brief statement here.  We wanted to do this brief appearance to highlight one of the most significant examples of what we've been doing through this Nuclear Security Summit, and what our three countries have been able to accomplish through some painstaking cooperation over the last several years.   As President of Kazakhstan indicated, this was a major site for nuclear operations during the Cold War.  There was a lot of loose nuclear material that was vulnerable to potential smugglers, to potential infiltration.  And as a consequence of extraordinary cooperation between our three countries that actually predates my administration, but was accelerated as a consequence of this Nuclear Security Summit, we've been able to effectively lock down and secure all this vulnerable material.   So we have been able to do this in part because of the outstanding leadership of President Nazarbayev and the people of Kazakhstan.  We've also been able to do it because the United States and Russia over the last several years have shown ourselves to have a mutual interest in making sure that nuclear materials are secured and that they do not fall into the wrong hands.   And so this kind of multilateral cooperation is being duplicated as a consequence of this Nuclear Security Summit.  And it gives you a specific example of the kind of progress that we're making.  We're going to need to make more progress over the next several years.  But I am confident that we can actually meet the goal that we set in the first Washington summit, which is in four years to have made extraordinary progress in making sure that loose nuclear material is not vulnerable to smuggling or to potential terrorist plots.   PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV:  (As interpreted.)  Summits are held not only to conduct meetings, not only to shake hands, not only to declare good goals, but it is also held to demonstrate examples concrete examples of cooperation.  I believe that this is precisely one of such concrete examples.    From 2004, the three countries -- United States, Kazakhstan and Russia -- have been cooperating to eliminate the remnants of the past activities within the territory of the Semipalatinsk test site.  We were all aware of the threat coming from the test site.  And at the moment, now, we can state with confidence that all the threats have been liquidated, and that the Semipalatinsk test site can now develop in a new capacity.  The country of Kazakhstan can look into the future.  So I believe that this is a good example of practical cooperation that should be highlighted.   I would like to thank my partners, in particular President of Kazakhstan Nazarbayev, for his proactive stance and for creating favorable conditions to accomplish those goals.  The Russian Federation and the United States are precisely those countries which have a special responsibility for ensuring nuclear security of the world, and they managed to join efforts in this good example of cooperation.    Although we're aware that the situation we had was the result of the mindset of the past that countries had, we managed to show this good example of cooperation, and such example I believe should multiply, should be reproduced, and should also lead other countries to ensure nuclear security.   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much.   Q    , can I ask you quickly about the open mic?  Can you clarify what you meant by having flexibility on missile defense in a second term, what you wanted to have passed on to Mr. Putin?  And isn't it presumptuous to be talking about a second term?   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  First of all, are the mics on?    Look, what I said yesterday, Ben, is I think something that everybody in this room understands, which is -- I'll just go ahead and then you can translate at the end.   Arms control is extraordinarily complex, very technical, and the only way it gets done is if you can consult and build a strong basis of understanding both between countries as well as within countries.  And when you think about the New Start Treaty that Dmitry and I were able to hammer out and ultimately get ratified, that was a painstaking two-year process.  I don't think it's any surprise that you can't start that a few months before a presidential and congressional elections in the United States, and at a time when they just completed elections in Russia and they're in the process of a presidential transition where a new president is going to be coming in in a little less than two months.   So it was a very simple point, and one that essentially I repeated when I spoke to you guys yesterday, which is that we're going to spend the next nine, 10 months trying to work through some of the technical aspects of how we get past what is a major point of friction -- one of the primary points of friction between our two countries, which is this whole missile defense issue.  And it involves a lot of complicated issues.  If we can get our technical teams to clear out the underbrush, then hopefully, in 2013, there's a foundation to actually make some significant progress on this and a lot of other bilateral issues.   So I think everybody understands that -- if they haven't they haven't been listening to my speeches -- I want to reduce our nuclear stockpiles.  And one of the barriers to doing that is building trust and cooperation around missile defense issues.  And so this is not a matter of hiding the ball, I'm on record.  I made a speech about it to a whole bunch of Korean university students yesterday.  I want to see us, over time, gradually, systematically, reduce reliance on nuclear weapons.   And as Dmitry said, the United States and Russia, because of our history and because we are nuclear superpowers, have a special obligation.  That doesn't make it easy, because both countries are committed to their sovereignty and their defense.   And last point I'll make -- the only way I get this stuff done is if I'm consulting with the Pentagon, if I'm consulting with Congress, if I've got bipartisan support.  And frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations.  I think the stories you guys have been writing over the last 24 hours is probably pretty good evidence of that. I think we'll do better in 2013.   All right.  Thanks, guys.   END                     12:16 P.M. KST
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March 27, 2012
Arms control is extraordinarily complex, very technical, and the only way it gets done is if you can consult and build a strong basis of understanding both between countries as well as within countries. And when you think about the New Start Treaty that Dmitry and I were able to hammer out and ultimately get ratified, that was a painstaking two-year process. I don't think it's any surprise that you can't start that a few months before a presidential and congressional elections in the United States, and at a time when they just completed elections in Russia and they're in the process of a presidential transition where a new president is going to be coming in in a little less than two months.
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March 27, 2012
So I think everybody understands that -- if they haven't they haven't been listening to my speeches -- I want to reduce our nuclear stockpiles. And one of the barriers to doing that is building trust and cooperation around missile defense issues. And so this is not a matter of hiding the ball, I'm on record. I made a speech about it to a whole bunch of Korean university students yesterday. I want to see us, over time, gradually, systematically, reduce reliance on nuclear weapons.
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March 27, 2012
And finally, I want to express my thanks for his participation in this conference, because I think that we all agree that given the threats that have been directed in Pakistan, the terrorism that has taken place on their own soil, and obviously our experiences with terrorism, we can’t afford to have non-state actors, terrorists, get their hands on nuclear weapons that could end up destroying our cities or harming our citizens.  So, Mr. Prime Minister, of course, I very much appreciate you being here.  And, please.
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April 24, 2012
So that’s what we’ve done.  But it’s not enough just to increase student aid.  We can’t keep subsidizing skyrocketing tuition or we’ll run out of money.  And colleges and universities, they’ve got to do their part also to keep college costs down.    So I’ve told Congress to steer federal aid to those schools that keep tuition affordable, that provide good value, that serve their students well.  And we’ve put colleges on notice:  If you can’t stop tuition from just going up every single year a lot faster than inflation, then funding you get from taxpayers, at least at the federal level, will go down -- because we need to push colleges to do better, and hold them accountable if they don’t. 
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April 25, 2012
So what I said to colleges and universities is, you guys have to do your parts to keep costs down.    And I've told Congress, steer federal aid to those schools that keep tuition affordable and provide good value and serve their students well.  We’ve put colleges on notice:  If you can’t show us that you’re making every effort to keep tuition from going up, then funding from taxpayers will go down.  You've got to make an effort.    We’ve got to hold colleges accountable if they don’t. 
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April 25, 2012
And then what we said was it’s not enough just to increase student aid.  We’ve also got to stop subsidizing skyrocketing tuition, or we’ll run out of money.  So the schools themselves have to keep their tuition lower.    So we put out the challenge to colleges and universities.  And I’ve told Congress, steer federal aid to those schools that are doing a good job keeping tuition affordable and providing good value, and serving their students well.  And we’ve put colleges on notice:  If you can’t stop tuition from skyrocketing, the funding you get from taxpayers is going to go down.  We’re going to put money into the schools that are doing a better job.    And we’re going to hold schools accountable.
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April 30, 2012
And Prime Minister Noda, how likely do you think it is that North Korea will carry out a third nuclear test?  How would Japan respond to such a test?  And what would you like the U.S. to do to respond?
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April 30, 2012
PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Obviously, I’m aware of the press reports on the situation in China, but I’m not going to make a statement on the issue.  What I would like to emphasize is that every time we meet with China, the issue of human rights comes up.  It is our belief that not only is that the right thing to do because it comports with our principles and our belief in freedom and human rights, but also because we actually think China will be stronger as it opens up and liberalizes its own system.
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April 30, 2012
Obviously, I’m aware of the press reports on the situation in China, but I’m not going to make a statement on the issue.  What I would like to emphasize is that every time we meet with China, the issue of human rights comes up.  It is our belief that not only is that the right thing to do because it comports with our principles and our belief in freedom and human rights, but also because we actually think China will be stronger as it opens up and liberalizes its own system.
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April 30, 2012
Fourth, our joint vision reaffirms our role as global partners bound by shared values and committed to international peace, security and human rights.  For example, our nations are the largest donors in Afghanistan.  As we plan for the NATO Summit in Chicago and the next phase of the transition in Afghanistan, Japan is planning for a donor conference to sustain development there.
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April 30, 2012
I also want to take this opportunity to commend the Prime Minister and Japan for showing such strong leadership with regard to Iran’s nuclear program.  The regime in Tehran is now feeling the economic screws tighten, and one of the reasons is that countries like Japan made the decision to reduce oil imports from Iran.  This is just one more example of how, despite challenging times at home, Japan has continued to serve as a model and a true global leader.
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April 30, 2012
I had a very good exchange of views with the President today on bilateral relations between Japan and the United States, the situation in the Asia Pacific region and various global challenges, among others.  We were able to confirm from broader perspectives the present-day significance of the Japan-U.S. alliance and where the Japan-U.S. relations should be headed in the longer term.
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April 30, 2012
We want China to be strong and we want it to be prosperous.  And we’re very pleased with all the areas of cooperation that we’ve been able to engage in.  But we also believe that that relationship will be that much stronger and China will be that much more prosperous and strong as you see improvements on human rights issues in that country.
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April 30, 2012
And what we’ve said is, is that the more you engage in provocative acts, the more isolated you will become, the stronger sanctions will be in place, the more isolated you will be diplomatically, politically and commercially.  And so although we can’t anticipate -- and I don’t want to hypothesize on what might happen in the coming months -- I think Pyongyang is very clear that the United States, Japan, South Korea, other countries in the region are unified in insisting that it abide by its responsibilities, abide by international norms, and that they will not be able to purchase anything from further provocative acts.
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April 30, 2012
Now, in the latest round of missile launch, they also conducted a nuclear test, which means that there is a great possibility they will conduct a nuclear test.  And I believe the international community as a whole, together, will need to call for restraint on the part of DPRK, and more specifically I believe the measures incorporated in the recent U.N. Security Council chairman’s statement need to be complied with.  And among Japan, the U.S. and Korea, as well as China and Russia, we need to communicate with each other fully and also stress that China’s role continues to be very important, and cooperate with China while also maintaining close coordination with the United States.  And we shared this view with President Obama.
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April 30, 2012
PRIME MINISTER NODA:  (As interpreted.)  Let me answer first.  As you correctly pointed out, the shared vision does not refer to any specific country, but we recognize China as a major partner in the region.  And in our exchange of views, both of us, in fact, confirmed that viewpoint.  China’s development is an opportunity for the international community and for Japan and for the Asia Pacific.
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May 21, 2012
We also agreed on what NATO’s relationship with Afghanistan will look like after 2014.  NATO will continue to train, advise and assist, and support Afghan forces as they grow stronger.  And while this summit has not been a pledging conference, it’s been encouraging to see a number of countries making significant financial commitments to sustain Afghanistan’s progress in the years ahead.  Today the international community also expressed its strong support for efforts to bring peace and stability to South Asia, including Afghanistan’s neighbors.
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May 21, 2012
And I think ultimately everybody in the alliance, all of ISAF, and most importantly the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan understand that neither country is going to have the kind of security, stability, and prosperity that it needs unless they can resolve some of these outstanding issues and join in common purpose with the international community in making sure that these regions are not harboring extremists.  So I don’t want to paper over real challenges there.  There is no doubt that there have been tensions between ISAF and Pakistan, the United States and Pakistan over the last several months.  I think they are being worked through both military and diplomatic channels.
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May 21, 2012
We have established a strong counterterrorism partnership with the Yemeni government, but there’s no doubt that in a country that is still poor, that is still unstable, it is attracting a lot of folks that previously might have been in the FATA before we started putting pressure on them there.  And we’re going to continue to work with the Yemeni government to try to identify AQAP leadership and operations and try to thwart them.  That's important for U.S. safety.  It’s also important for the stability of Yemen and for the region.
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May 21, 2012
Now, I think with respect to the protesters, as I said, this is part of what NATO defends, is free speech and the freedom of assembly.  And, frankly, to my Chicago press, outside of Chicago, folks really weren’t all that stressed about the possibility about having some protesters here, because that's what -- part of what America is about.  And obviously, Rahm was stressed, but he performed wonderfully and the Chicago police, Chicago’s finest, did a great job under some significant pressure and a lot of scrutiny.
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May 23, 2012
We’re not going back to the days when you could be kicked out of the United States military because of who you are and who you love.    We’re moving forward to a country where every American is treated with dignity and respect and equality. That’s what we’re moving towards. 
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May 23, 2012
And when other people in other countries see that we’re rooting for their success, it builds trust and partnerships that can advance our interests for generations.  It makes it easier to meet common challenges, from preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to combating climate change.  And so we seek an international order where the rights and responsibilities of all nations and peoples are upheld, and where counties thrive by meeting their obligations and they face consequences when they don’t.
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May 23, 2012
I see an American Century because more and more people are reaching toward the freedoms and values that we share.  No other nation has sacrificed more -- in treasure, in the lives of our sons and daughters -- so that these freedoms could take root and flourish around the world.  And no other nation has made the advancement of human rights and dignity so central to its foreign policy.  And that’s because it’s central to who we are, as Americans.  It’s also in our self-interest, because democracies become our closest allies and partners.
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May 29, 2012
Madeleine Korbel Albright.  Madeleine Korbel Albright broke barriers and left an indelible mark on the world as the first female Secretary of State in the United States’ history.  Through her consummate diplomacy and steadfast democratic ideals, Secretary Albright advanced peace in the Middle East, nuclear arms control, justice in the Balkans, and human rights around the world.  With unwavering leadership and continued engagement with the global community, she continues her noble pursuit of freedom and dignity for all people.
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May 29, 2012
John Glenn has set a peerless example through his service to our nation.  As a Marine Corps pilot and the first American to orbit the Earth, he sparked our passions for ingenuity and adventure and lifted humanity’s ambitions into the expanses of space.  In the United States Senate, he worked tirelessly to ensure all Americans had the opportunity to reach for limitless dreams.  Whether by advancing legislation to limit the spread of nuclear weapons or by becoming the oldest person ever to visit space, John Glenn’s example has moved us all to look to new horizons with drive and optimism.
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June 22, 2012
You can decide whether we’re going back to the days when you could be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are and who you love. 
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June 25, 2012
You can decide whether we go back to the days where you could be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are or who you love.  I know where I stand on this. 
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June 25, 2012
You can decide whether or not we go back to the days when you could be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are and who you love.    You can decide whether or not it’s time to stop denying citizenship to responsible young people just because they’re the children of undocumented workers -- who have been growing up with our kids and want to contribute to this country.
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July 23, 2012
Today, we’re also working for a transition so the Syrian people can have a better future, free of the Assad regime.  And given the regime’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, we will continue to make it clear to Assad and those around him that the world is watching, and that they will be held accountable by the international community and the United States, should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons.    And we will continue to work with our friends and our allies and the Syrian opposition on behalf of the day when the Syrian people have a government that respects their basic rights to live in peace and freedom and dignity.
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August 10, 2012
They’re young people, like the student who wrote me a letter about what it’s like to grow up Muslim in America.  She’s in college.  She dreams of a career in international affairs to help deepen understanding between the United States and Muslim countries around the world.  So if any of the diplomatic corps have tips for her -- (laughter.)  She says that "America has always been the land of opportunity for me, and I love this country with all my heart."  And so we’re glad to have Hala Baig here today.     They are faith leaders like Sanaa Nadim, one of the first Muslim chaplains at an American college -- a voice for interfaith dialogue who's had the opportunity to meet with the Pope to discuss these issues.  We're very proud to have you here. 
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Romney said during his July 2012 trip abroad that the U.S. should use “any and all measures” to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but he has not explained specific policy differences with President Obama. The GOP candidate accused Obama of “throwing Israel under the bus” for saying that negotiations for a future Palestinian state “should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”

He wants to strengthen U.S. ties with Israel and help the Jewish state maintain its “strategic military edge,” according to his campaign Web site.

In July, Romney said the U.S. should directly arm Syrian rebels trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but he said the U.S. military should not get involved in the conflict.

Romney has accused Obama of making a political decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan earlier than many ground commanders advised. He has promised to do what it takes to achieve success for the U.S. mission of eliminating al-Qaeda and the insurgent groups that threaten peace in that country.

A July USA Today/Gallup survey showed that just 40 percent of American voters trust Romney to handle foreign policy concerns, compared to 52 percent for Obama. Similarly, an April Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 36 percent trusted Romney over Obama to handle international affairs, while the president earned 53 percent.

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Melissa Miller Two words: Benghazi. Oh, and Obama blew off Israel, one of our closest allies!!

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo Benghazi- Do I need to say more. We will find out more but not until after the election. Will there be an impeachment? We don't have to go there. Vote for Romney and then there can be just a trial ...See More

Steven Lawrence

Steven Lawrence Obama's Bush-On-Crack foreign policy is abysmal on all fronts.

Mark Hawke

Mark Hawke They way Obama handled Benghazi is treason. They had knowledge of everything and four Americans are dead. Romney's foreign policy plan is air tight. I support Romney in every category as I believe Obama is unfit to be President!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ShadyRags Falife

ShadyRags Falife Th Mid East is more unstable than ever before

Barry Chase

Barry Chase It is simple. Strong vs Weak.

Jerry L. Schreiner

Jerry L. Schreiner Because character matters and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will lead our country in the successful ways they have led their lives!

Jerry L. Schreiner

Jerry L. Schreiner Because character matters and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will lead our country in the successful ways they have led their lives!

Vic Burrack

Vic Burrack The man has the grasp of what is necessary, in addition, he would never abandon any Americans in harms way.

Maureen Sweeney

Maureen Sweeney Because of the cover up in Libya

Jackson Buice

Jackson Buice Obama really only sides with Muslims and Arabs.

Swordmaiden Truthseeker

Swordmaiden Truthseeker Hands Down! He will call a Spade a Spade and a Terrorist a Terrorist. He knows who our true friends are and knows how to be a true friend!

Robert Hightower Jr

Robert Hightower Jr Romney won't take any crap. Obama rolls over.

Lynda Sledgeski Reilly

Lynda Sledgeski Reilly These people think Obama is a foreign expert. Really he never ever made a trade of any business transaction in his life. What is wrong with you people for 4 years he has been playing chess and the bail outs ...See More

Rick Berry

Rick Berry President Obama has lied over lybia!

Kyle Vance

Kyle Vance All obama has done is go around the world and apologize for America. We don't need a president that agrees with the UN more than with the American people. He treated one of our best and closets allies, Israel, like ...See More

Helen McReynolds

Helen McReynolds Business experience

Economy, Leadership, Morality and Strong Military.

Bao-Khanh Nguyen

Bao-Khanh Nguyen He has a plan that he described vaguely but still a plan... He has a vision. Obama did too 4 years ago, but he hasnt got very far has he? He did nothing but give us empty promises. It's time ...See More

Subhash Gangar

Subhash Gangar ...he has a plan for balancing "power" as well as economy! His vision on economy is superb!!

Leon Elledge

Leon Elledge The fear that Romney is already pushig Iran to talk of backing down.

Wayne Grimsley

Wayne Grimsley I agree with Romney; the US frees the world from dictators, and does not dictate. Obama's policies have made our country more vulnerable.

Terri Kleinsmith

Terri Kleinsmith We are not safe with Obama in the WH. He does not have our country's best interest at heart. Refusing to make time to meet with Netanyahu, going to Vegas when our consulate was being attacked and the list goes ...See More

Leslie Feliciano Massucco

Leslie Feliciano Massucco Well lets stop giving credit to President Obama for Bin laden, that was set up by President Busch, He just didn't change anything. Lets move forward to our current actions or lack of actions which took lives. We cannot be ...See More

Salai Mang

Salai Mang Obama is too soft in dealing with China and Iran

Kai Kroeger

Kai Kroeger We need a stronger national defense not a bunch of apologies that makes our national defense look week

Irma Torres

Irma Torres Totally supprt Romney 100%... WE are in a huge mess because of Obama's constant apologies to our Enemies that they have run out of respect for us... Go Romney he will not bring war back but he will have a ...See More

Anthony Zarrella

Anthony Zarrella We need to stop being "one among many" and go back to being (at least) "first among equals". We don't ask permission from the UN (for anything), we don't apologize for our values (ever), and we don't try to oust ...See More

Alla Torchinsky

Alla Torchinsky I want a president who will be there,when the bad things happen. Obama always is not there. Oil spill - he is playing golf. Americans are killed - he is gathering money for his campaign,and lie.

Rob Parish

Rob Parish Fair job does not get it done. We lost four lives! What is going on with China and a long relationship with allies that are no longer being called American allies? It is obvious that Obama's idea of a Foreign ...See More

Sam 'Jay' West

Sam 'Jay' West Stop apologizing and cowering before other world leaders

Farmer Joe

Farmer Joe GIVE AN INCH TAKE A YARD

Farmer Joe

Farmer Joe tHE MIDDLE EAST IS A FIRE OUT OF CONTROL!

Securities Finance

Securities Finance Mitt Romney believes in America. That's all you need to know.

Annette Gibson

Annette Gibson Romney does not hold the view that America is not an exceptional country. Obama does. Romney holds the view of peace through strength, that no country will attempt to hurt us if we can damage them in return. Obama does ...See More

Elizabeth Duncan

Elizabeth Duncan He "gets" it! Obama thinks he can talk them into liking the US.

John Blanda

John Blanda Agree with Ric Allen

Ric Allen

Ric Allen Obama has no foreign policy unless your a Muslim

Linda Fugger Rice

Linda Fugger Rice SEE ABOVE

Linda Fugger Rice

Linda Fugger Rice OBAMA WILL LET THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TAKE OVER, HE IS A VERY POOR PRESIDENT AND A COWARD.

Lee Varner

Lee Varner The world is in turmoil, we need a strong leader that has a clue, that is Romney. Obama is lost and should never have been elected.

Alex Quirk

Alex Quirk Selectively communicating(or NOT) with our allies in the middle east....Mitt's opponent is definitely not showing Patriotism (or maybe showing his stripes)

Securities Finance

Securities Finance Apologies for misplacing in Foreign Policy of the Environment comment. Here is my view on why Mitt is the right choice on Foreign Policy. // All you really need to do is look at how Obama ignored the warnings that ...See More

Securities Finance

Securities Finance Mitt will respect and enhance protection of our national forests, our public lands, our water and air. But he will NOT go way overboard so that there can be no development anywhere. He will not let a rare locust hold ...See More

Fatima Baeta

Fatima Baeta Romney will not let other countries walk over us. I believe he will work with other countries, and get something done.

Antor Miha

Antor Miha The Secretary of State broke travel records. But she also broke America's pride!

Myckey Frederickson

Myckey Frederickson Mr Obama has shown himself to be weak and incompetent on foreign policy. Mr Romney appears to know better and promises to act more constructively in this area.

Michael Carvalho

Michael Carvalho ALL WHO BELIEVE ROMNEY'S LIES FROM HIS DEBATE, ARE THOSE WHO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS' COVER WITHOUT RESEARCH. TYPE "ROMENY LIES YOUTUBE" AND HIS BAIN CAPITAL OUTSOURCING JOBS WILL BE THERE TO. ROMNEY GAVE NO SPECIFICS WHO WOULD TRULY ...See More

Catherine Gleisner Laird

Catherine Gleisner Laird Obama is selling out Americans. He is a Muslim, he wants to see America defeated. We need to increase our military budget and address issues with Iran and their nuclear power. Obama is hoping that we are seen as a ...See More

Tami Angel

Tami Angel I don't trust Obama with my life that's why..

Rich Free

Rich Free Obama has done nothing for foreign policy

Brian Barrett

Brian Barrett he will be a more balanced president

Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews the only reason Obama might do better is that he speaks their language ! He is a Muslim and his family ! Well that just means we are in a world of problems with that man running this country !See More

Frank Smith

Frank Smith Having served in Iraq I know that the mindset is different that most in the civilized world. They see talk as weakness, but respect strength. We are projecting weakness by wanting to talk and make nice. You stand up to ...See More

Shaun Brown

Shaun Brown OBAMA IS A TERRORIST

Shaun Brown

Shaun Brown because obama is gaving 5 trillion dollars to terrorist

Catherine Sprague

Catherine Sprague Obama is depleting our nuclear warheads while the Iranians, China, Korea, etc. are adding more. When we have less nuclear warheads than these other countries. America is not protected from their enemies.

Baine Sumpin

Baine Sumpin I believe Obama has weaken the US

Eric N. Coop

Eric N. Coop Mr. Obama has shown time and again that he does not have a grasp on reality when it comes to dealing with foreign policy. He wants to be the Nevil Chamberlain of the 21st Century. Mr. Romney will take us ...See More

Celia Ann Godfrey

Celia Ann Godfrey Romney would put a new face on America, one that could be trusted. Obama showed us what he was SEPT.11, 2012 and it took until Sept. 26, 2012 for his press. Sec. to confess.

Steve Max Gayes

Steve Max Gayes What is Obama's foreign policy?

Debora Knepp

Debora Knepp Obama doesn't even have an elementary understanding of how to handle issues in the Middle East where the culture and traditions require a different approach. Worst of all, he doesn't know enough to realize that he knows nothing (or his ...See More

Sharon Coston

Sharon Coston He's not a coward like Obama!

Shawn Randall

Shawn Randall Afghan war was not a "good war" as Obama indicated but the press doesn't report it. Drone strikes without congressional approval, Recent anti-american trumoil with mixed messages and now IRAN declaring that they will retaliate if Israel were to preempt ...See More

Morgandy Barnett

Morgandy Barnett He won't promise Russia flexibility on missile defense systems when the election is over...

Cole Wheeler

Cole Wheeler he lies , more then once he changes his story not only about this but everything . start collecting news shot of him and his promises, and the crap that came out of Obams mouth , and compare with other ...See More

Red Sabre

Red Sabre Are you kidding me! Look at the middle east right now. And the WH cant even get its story straight. They lie and spin until they get caught then they spin some more. Obama went all over the world trying ...See More

Nancy Neff- Skrzyniarz

Nancy Neff- Skrzyniarz This has to be a game changer......Because it is not a game or popularity contest.

Maureen Wilson

Maureen Wilson It should be obvious.

Pamela Martin Hoyt

Pamela Martin Hoyt I believe with Romney we will have a CLEAR picture of who is our ally and who is NOT. Obama can't even make up his mind on that. His trip to Cairo in 2009 made me SICK. Romney will back ...See More

Ron Berry

Ron Berry Romney will keep America safe. Obama will cause America to decline.

Oscar Manuel Torres

Oscar Manuel Torres because with MITT WE WONT APOLOGIZE we will show that the US is the SWORD AND SHIELD OF FREEDOM

Taiwo Alamu

Taiwo Alamu Obama's agenda is to hand over this nation to the Islamist. He himself is a muslim. The reason he was hiding his birth certificate in 2008 was because of his middle name, "Hussain", not because he was not born in ...See More

Damon Dees

Damon Dees Romney stands with our only true friend in the middle east, while the KNUCKLE HEAD is sucking up and Bowing to other KNUCKLE HEADS LIKE HIM!!!

Jim Moon

Jim Moon Obama has done nothing but suck up to countries that want to make America go back to the dark ages. Romney has the strength to put the right people in place. Our homeland security director was a failure in AZ ...See More

William C. Fisher

William C. Fisher Romney knows who our friends are and who our enemies are.

Judith Madhavi Goldman

Judith Madhavi Goldman "...one of two things will happen if we don't lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values....We cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot ...See More

Judith Madhavi Goldman

Judith Madhavi Goldman The MidEast is in chaos. We have helped oust our pro-American allies(not great but they were kept the peace and weren't our enemies) and replacing them with anti-American, anti-Western Islamists-who are buddying up to the Iranian genocidal madman. Romney seems ...See More

Tim Krier

Tim Krier Appeasement and Ransom (foreign aid) given to countries that are clearly against our Nation, our beliefs, traditions, and religions makes absolutely no sense, and produce nothing. The events of the past few days should convince even the most Cumbaya among ...See More

Daniel Danielson

Daniel Danielson Mitt Romney is smarter than Obama

Maria Medero

Maria Medero The blame for the death of four Americans in Libya is Obama's and Mrs. Clinton. I endorse Mitt Romney for his experience.

Lily Rykbos

Lily Rykbos Mitt Romney has been very honest and upfront about his support for Israel and Obama is very slow to condemn the barbaric actions of our enemies.

Judy Hodges

Judy Hodges We need a President that DOES NOT APOLOGIZE for the USA.

M.k. Barton

M.k. Barton He will work for, not against, America's best interests.

Jerry Gilman

Jerry Gilman Obama is weak on the middle east, he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia,

Robert Forsberg

Robert Forsberg Hello ... ISRAEL is our friend and Iran isn't ...

Jerree Richardson

Jerree Richardson without a s t r o n g mil i tary America will be a s e c o n d c l a s s nation instead of the leader it has always been but then you also need ...See More

Doug Watson

Doug Watson Current administration totally inept! Time to bring back stong national defense arm of the Republican party to monitor world peace.

Kirk Davis

Kirk Davis Obama has no policy Hillary Clinton has a policy

Tracey Lindsay

Tracey Lindsay Mitt will do a good job on handeling this mess with Iran, I dont think we should go to war but, I do think Mitt can handel and to wants best for the counrty. I believe every counrty should handel ...See More

Scott Sullivan

Scott Sullivan mitt romney is stong and not a wimp

Erick Silk

Erick Silk Obama has not done enough to help foreign policy and improve trade with other nations. Mitt will improve America's trade and bring jobs back to America!

Myron Crider

Myron Crider I believe he is better qualified to handle both foreign and domestic policy.

August West

August West ...Because I am not a useful-idiot. If President Obama was a student, and his last four years were his grades, he would be "held back", to put it nicely. If President Obama was the CEO of a company, he would ...See More

Walt Keays

Walt Keays Simple, we have nothing to apologize for. The USA has helped more countries and groups of people in this world that any other.

Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson Because I believe we have apologized enough already!

Catherine Hillis

Catherine Hillis because I believe in "peace through strength" and to never negotiate with a dictator.

William Mckinney

William Mckinney Sronger leadership

Luis Bodé

Luis Bodé Leading from behind --as we are currently doing-- is not "leading" at all.

Ordinary Citizen

Ordinary Citizen Ask Israel and our best allies, should I say more? Obama is a disgrace for the US, a complete disgrace to the World!

Raymond Yang

Raymond Yang Obama came into the White House with no foreign policy experience, not to mention he was under 50 years old. I believe Romney's life experience alone should earn my trust over Obama's.

Phil Hornbeak

Phil Hornbeak Obama has surrounded himself with people who hold his view that America is not exceptional and must decline in influence to rightfully sit at the table with other nations as an equal.

Craig Fletcher

Craig Fletcher Obama is weak.... He has no back bone...... Talk with Iran.... come on.... they are going to destroy Israel, They are our one try friend in this world along with England. We need to stand strong with them. Obama wants ...See More

Shela D Kelley-Sturgeon

Shela D Kelley-Sturgeon He want go to other countries and Apologize for the USA.

Sandy Larson- Gonzales

Sandy Larson- Gonzales He will not bow down to anyone and support American exceptionalism around the world. He is a proven leader.

Lewis Hemmerton

Lewis Hemmerton I don't endorse either of these clowns. I endorse Gary Johnson.

Dean Nester

Dean Nester Here is a man with a mind! He understand business and I have no doubt that he will stand up for American values in foreign policy as well.

Pothr Hamlin

Pothr Hamlin America does not illegally kill our enemies, and we do not negotiate with terrorists. This is what I trust Romney to do.

Cheryl Seese

Cheryl Seese Because he is a serious adult who represents the US in an honorable way. He is clear and direct and will do what is right. He also respects our military. No leaks will "escape" under his administration. Mr. Romney has ...See More

Kathryn Kitty Reichman Atkins

Kathryn Kitty Reichman Atkins Because Obama wants to negotiate with terrorists! Obama is fundamentally challenged on what being America means to foreign countries!

Nivek Htims

Nivek Htims Romney wants to reestablish our relationship with Israel which is good, he also wants to restore some credibility to our country. Barry bowed down to every world leader he has met, and bowed down to them literally.

Riker Kasamoto

Riker Kasamoto Obama is trying to distance himself from Israel, which is a mistake.

Shawn Thomas

Shawn Thomas GOPers agree on Mitt Romney because Obama shakes hands with Arabs and hasn't nuked Iran yet. I wish I was joking, but apparently that's all the rationale they need. Think I'm lying? Read other 'endorsements' here; also, read the definition ...See More

Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas Between the meddling during the Arab Spring, the intervention in Libya, and the non-intervention in Iran, this President has made clear that his foreign policy interests are not the same interests as our nation. Couple that with his support for ...See More

Royal Sanders-James

Royal Sanders-James Obama is a con man who knows little to nothing about governing a country or maintaining world order

Richard K Harter

Richard K Harter He sup[ports Israel he will not apologize for America, he is not going to bow to any King or petty Dictator and Obama had even less experience when he rose to the Presidency.

Liesl Roeder

Liesl Roeder I do not want a President who bows to other nations. I want a President who does not apologize for America's success in the world. I do not believe Obama is proud to be in America, but I believe Mitt ...See More

Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner I do not want a president who bows to other nations. I do not believe Obama supports America as we have known it. I do not feel safe under him.

Rebecca Perry Williamson

Rebecca Perry Williamson The US should be strong and solid, not bow, literally or figuratively to other nations.

Debra Bosio Riley

Debra Bosio Riley The Obama administration is completely inept when it comes to Foreign Policy. The entire world has become far more dangerous under Obama and his cadre of enablers. I should say, under Jarrett, who actually seems to be the one in ...See More

Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson Not a but kisser like the bummer

Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner Yes, it’s the Arab spring, and the whiff of Islamic fundamentalism is in the air. And now the Muslim Brotherhood is running Egypt, and Libya. Is this the Arab spring, or Arab winter? So, is democracy on the rise, in ...See More

Bryan K. Macklowe

Bryan K. Macklowe Mitt Romney will stop apologizing for America. He will negotiate from a place of stregnth. Romney will stand with our allies, like Poland and Israel.

Jay Adams-Feuer

Jay Adams-Feuer i think Obama didn't really have a plan this time except to make his first speech in Cairo, he and people in his administration seem to want to distance us from England and Western and Central Europe. He's got a ...See More

Ok Nana

Ok Nana ROMNEY SUPPORTS ISRAEL . SO DO I.

Antoinette McCrea

Antoinette McCrea Republicans who didn't have the foreign policy experience teamed up with men who did

Phil Hueston

Phil Hueston You're kidding, right? Other countries respect Obama like drug dealers respect the law - not at all. He's made us a laughing stock and put the world at risk. One more thing - Romney is smarter by a mile!

Just Brilliant

Just Brilliant Leading from behind as President Obama has in the past is risky. If there is a specific finish line, you can be in second place the whole race, then accelerate past the finish. Our detractors know this strategy well enough ...See More

Carolina Verdugo

Carolina Verdugo He is welcomed and respected in foreign countries, he carries himself with dignity and humility and knows how to maintain healthy relations with our allies and create new alliances with the rest of the world. He understands how to surround ...See More

Ira Weiner

Ira Weiner BO is waiting for Iran to make a move on Israel before he jumps in. BTW - it will be too late as Israel will have them pinned before BO blinks.

Edward Gordon

Edward Gordon Mitt will not kowtow to other countries but will stand strong but willing to negotiate.

Romney's Statements (29)

February 22, 2011
President Obama went around the world and apologized for America.
October 7, 2011
Will Iran be a fully activated nuclear weapons state, threatening its neighbors, dominating the world's oil supply with a stranglehold on the Strait of Hormuz?  In the hands of the ayatollahs, a nuclear Iran is nothing less than an existential threat to Israel. Iran’s suicidal fanatics could blackmail the world.
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October 7, 2011
Next door, Pakistan awaits the uncertain future, armed with more than 100 nuclear weapons. The danger of a failed Pakistan is difficult to overestimate, fraught with nightmare scenarios: Will a nuclear weapon be in the hands of Islamic Jihadists?
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October 7, 2011
Russia is at a historic crossroads.  Vladimir Putin has called the breakup of the Soviet empire the great tragedy of the 20th Century. Will he try to reverse that tragedy and bludgeon the countries of the former Soviet Union into submission, and intimidate Europe with the levers of its energy resources?
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October 7, 2011
First, American foreign policy must be prosecuted with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies must have no doubts about where we stand. And neither should our rivals. If the world knows we are resolute, our allies will be comforted and those who wish us harm will be far less tempted to test that resolve.
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October 7, 2011
Second, America must promote open markets, representative government, and respect for human rights. The path from authoritarianism to freedom and representative government is not always a straight line or an easy evolution, but history teaches us that nations that share our values, will be reliable partners and stand with us in pursuit of common security and shared prosperity.
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October 7, 2011
Fourth, the United States will exercise leadership in multilateral organizations and alliances. American leadership lends credibility and breeds faith in the ultimate success of any action, and attracts full participation from other nations. American leadership will also focus multilateral institutions like the United Nations on achieving the substantive goals of democracy and human rights enshrined in their charters.  Too often, these bodies prize the act of negotiating over the outcome to be reached.  And shamefully, they can become forums for the tantrums of tyrants and the airing of the world’s most ancient of prejudices: anti-Semitism. The United States must fight to return these bodies to their proper role. But know this: while America should work with other nations, we always reserve the right to act alone to protect our vital national interests.
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October 7, 2011
I will enhance our deterrent against the Iranian regime by ordering the regular presence of aircraft carrier task forces, one in the Eastern Mediterranean and one in the Persian Gulf region. I will begin discussions with Israel to increase the level of our military assistance and coordination. And I will again reiterate that Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.
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November 4, 2011
And then there's foreign aid. Did you know that we give $27 million a year in foreign aid to China? I will stop sending money to any country that can take care of itself. And no foreign aid will go to countries that oppose American interests.
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December 7, 2011
I would not meet with Ahmadinejad. He should be excluded from diplomatic society. He should be indicted for the crime of incitement to genocide under Article III of the Genocide Convention. Iran’s ayatollahs will not be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons on my watch. A nuclear-armed Iran is not only a threat to Israel, it is a threat to the entire world.  Our friends must never fear that we will not stand by them in an hour of need. Our enemies should never doubt our resolve.
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December 9, 2011
He has bowed to foreign dictators
March 6, 2012
I have seen Israel by land and by air. I have seen its narrow waist, and its vulnerability to positions on the Golan Heights. I have spent time with families in Sderot who have been terrorized by rocket barrages from Gaza. I have walked the streets of Jerusalem, seen schools pocked by rifle rounds fired from the foreboding hills that nearly surround it. I would never call for a return to the ’67 lines because I understand that in Israel, geography is security.
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March 6, 2012
Yet, the current administration has promoted a policy of engagement with Iran. The President offered to sit down with Ahmadinejad during his first year in office without preconditions. He sat silent as Iranian dissidents took to the streets of Tehran, not wanting to disrupt the potential opportunity for dialogue with Iran’s fanatical tyrants. This President not only dawdled in imposing crippling sanctions, he has opposed them.
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March 6, 2012
I will bring the current policy of procrastination toward Iran to an end. I will not delay in imposing further crippling sanctions, and I will not hesitate to fully implement the ones we currently have. I will make sure Iran knows of the very real peril that awaits if it becomes nuclear. I will engage Iran’s neighbors. I will station multiple carriers and warships at Iran’s door. I will stand with the Syrian people who are being mercilessly slaughtered. I know that the fall of Assad would not only be an important victory for liberty, but also a strategic blow to Tehran.
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March 6, 2012
This is a president who has failed to put in place crippling sanctions against Iran. He's also failed to communicate that military options are on the table.
March 19, 2012
The Founding Fathers wrote that we are endowed by our Creator with the freedom to pursue happiness. In America, we would have economic freedom, just as we would have political and religious freedom. Here, we would not be limited by the circumstance of birth nor directed by the supposedly informed hand of government.  We would be free to pursue happiness as we wish.
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March 28, 2012
We go to the United Nations and who is it that always stands up for the world's worst actors? It is always Russia.
April 13, 2012
As President, I will follow a very different path than President Obama. I will be a staunch defender of religious freedom.  The Obamacare regulation is not a threat and insult to only one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group.  As President, I will abolish it.
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May 12, 2012
The protection of religious freedom has also become a matter of debate.  It strikes me as odd that the free exercise of religious faith is sometimes treated as a problem, something America is stuck with instead of blessed with.  Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government.
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May 12, 2012
Religious freedom opens a door for Americans that is closed to too many others around the world.  But whether we walk through that door, and what we do with our lives after we do, is up to us.
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May 18, 2012
The international community will know that the future of Cuba is within the leadership of the Cuban pro-democracy movement, represented in men and women like Jose Daniel Ferrer, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez,” Sara Marta Fonseca, and Berta Soler.
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July 24, 2012
This is not the time for the President’s radical cuts in the military. Look around the globe. Other major powers are rapidly adding to their military capabilities, some with intentions very different from ours.  The regime in Tehran is drawing closer to developing a nuclear weapon.  The threat of radical Islamic terrorism persists. The threat of weapons of mass destruction proliferation is ever-present. And we are still at war and still have uniformed men and women in conflict.
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July 24, 2012
The operating principle of American foreign policy has been to work with our allies so that we can deter aggression before it breaks out into open conflict.  That policy depends on nurturing our alliances and standing up for our common values.
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July 24, 2012
I will leave Reno this evening on a trip abroad that will take me to England, Poland, and Israel.   And since I wouldn’t venture into another country to question American foreign policy, I will tell you right here – before I leave – what I think of this administration’s shabby treatment of one of our finest friends.
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July 24, 2012
We’ll need that same clarity of purpose and resolve in the Middle East.  America cannot be neutral in the outcome there.  We must clearly stand for the values of representative government, economic opportunity, and human rights. And we must stand against the extension of Iranian or jihadist influence.
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July 24, 2012
Egypt is at the center of this historical drama.  In many ways, it has the power to tip the balance in the Arab world toward freedom and modernity. As president, I will not only direct the billions in assistance we give to Egypt toward that goal, but I will also work with partner nations to place conditions on their assistance as well.  Unifying our collective influence behind a common purpose will foster the development of a government that represents all Egyptians, maintains peace with Israel, and promotes peace throughout the region. The United States is willing to help Egypt support peace and prosperity, but we will not be complicit in oppression and instability.
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July 24, 2012
There is no greater danger in the world today than the prospect of the ayatollahs in Tehran possessing nuclear weapons capability.  Yet for all the talks and conferences, all of the extensions and assurances, can anyone say we are farther from this danger now than four years ago?
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July 24, 2012
The same ayatollahs who each year mark a holiday by leading chants of “Death to America” are not going to be talked out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons.  What’s needed is all the firmness, clarity, and moral courage that we and our allies can gather.  Sanctions must be enforced without exception, cutting off the regime’s sources of wealth.  Negotiations must secure full and unhindered access for inspections.  As it is, the Iranian regime claims the right to enrich nuclear material for supposedly peaceful purposes.  This claim is discredited by years of deception.  A clear line must be drawn: There must be a full suspension of any enrichment, period.
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July 24, 2012
It is a mistake – and sometimes a tragic one – to think that firmness in American foreign policy can bring only tension or conflict.  The surest path to danger is always weakness and indecision.  In the end, it is resolve that moves events in our direction, and strength that keeps the peace.
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Iran Pick a Candidate
Trust handling international affairs 09/09/2012 38% Romney 51% Obama
Jobs Pick a Candidate
Trust to do a better job creating jobs (AP-GfK) 08/20/2012 44% Romney 45% Obama
Medicare Pick a Candidate
Trust handling Medicare 10/13/2012 38% Romney 53% Obama
Military Spending Pick a Candidate
Better at being a good commander-in-chief (NBC/WSJ) 07/22/2012 35% Romney 45% Obama
Same-sex marriage Pick a Candidate
Trust to handle social issues such as abortion and gay marriage 09/09/2012 39% Romney 50% Obama
Social Security Pick a Candidate
Stronger on Social Security (Reuters/Ipsos) 09/10/2012 39% Romney 46% Obama
Taxes Pick a Candidate
Trust handling taxes 10/13/2012 44% Romney 49% Obama
*Poll results from Post-ABC polls among registered voters unless otherwise noted. Complete results available in the Post poll archive.

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