President Barack Obama’s declaration that a Syrian use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” was a mistake, according to two veteran U.S. foreign policy leaders who warned against deeper U.S. engagement there.
Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican who served six terms in the U.S. Senate and led its Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” that President Barack Obama made a mistake by drawing a so-called red line over Syrian chemical-weapons use.
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew urged Congress to fulfill a U.S. pledge to reinforce the war chest of the International Monetary Fund, saying the lender has helped mitigate financial crises from the Middle East to Europe.
The International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde used the word “challenging” to describe the Cyprus rescue to which she pledged $1.3 billion. She might say the same about where the IMF stands with the U.S. Congress.
President Barack Obama asked Congress to approve a plan to boost the International Monetary Fund’s crisis-fighting resources, trying to make good on a pledge 2 1/2 years ago that would also increase China’s clout at the institution.
Republican Richard Lugar came to Washington known as “Richard Nixon’s favorite mayor,” voted for President Ronald Reagan’s agenda more than any other senator, and is preparing to exit Congress a casualty of the anti-tax Tea Party.
Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana has been ruled ineligible to vote back home, a blow for the six- term Republican facing a Tea Party-backed primary challenger who says the senator is out of touch with his state.
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist announced he is backing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock over U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the state’s May 8 Republican primary, a blow for the six-term incumbent days before his toughest re-election challenge.