The Obama administration plans to announce an arms package to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates worth as much as $10 billion -- the centerpiece of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to the countries next week, according to U.S. officials.
Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary today, battered politically by a confirmation fight even as he takes on challenges from Pentagon budget cuts to withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
A Mideast peace agreement leading to an independent Palestinian state can’t be achieved without both sides giving ground, President Barack Obama said today as he urged new ways of approaching the conflict.
The assassination of three Syrian military leaders loyal to President Bashar al-Assad may hasten the end of his family’s four-decade rule, an upheaval that would affect the security and influence of Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and other neighboring states.
President Barack Obama sees in Chuck Hagel a new Pentagon chief who, as a decorated Vietnam War veteran, can stand up to generals at a tight budgetary time and shares his doubts about open-ended military commitments.