The U.S. is looking beyond Afghan President Hamid Karzai to signing a security agreement with his successor, even as support in Congress slips and intelligence officials warn that the Taliban may retake some territory won by Afghan forces.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said in an interview with Julianna Goldman on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that President Barack Obama wrestled with his decision to end U.S. government storage of private phone data until hours before his speech today announcing plans for the nation’s surveillance programs.
President Barack Obama wrestled with his decision to end U.S. government storage of private phone data until hours before his speech yesterday announcing plans for the nation’s surveillance programs, said Ben Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser.
President Barack Obama defended U.S. electronic spying as a bulwark against terrorism while promising U.S. citizens and allies he will put new restraints on the government’s sweeping global surveillance programs.
Four U.S. service members were injured yesterday while on flights to evacuate Americans from South Sudan, prompting the Obama administration to urge the strife-torn country’s opposing interests to negotiate.
After less than a year as secretary of state, John Kerry has emerged as a relentless evangelist for can-do -- or try-to-do -- diplomacy who’s taken risks, veered off-script and notched some tangible if tentative wins.