Foreign Policy

Tonight's announcement shows president's commitment to Petraeus Plan (Sen. Mitch McConnell)

As some of you may know, the president tonight is expected to declare the end of United States combat operations in Iraq. As the senator from a state that has carried a very heavy burden in this war, I think we can all say this is very welcome news. This is a time to be grateful for the incredible sacrifices the men and women in the armed forces have made, are making, and will continue to make on our behalf in the struggle against terrorism.


Iraq: An end or an escalation? (Rep. Ron Paul)

Amid much fanfare last week, the last supposed “combat” troops left Iraq as the administration touted the beginning of the end of the Iraq War and a change in the role of the United States in that country.


Chamber's Cuba policy amounts to 21st century mercantilism

Throughout the 111th Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been obsessed with U.S. policy towards Cuba. Unfortunately, their obsession is not with the freedom of the Cuban people nor the heroic struggle and sacrifice of Cuba's pro-democracy movement. Instead, it's focused on conducting business with that island's totalitarian, repressive regime.


International day against nuclear tests

On August 29, 2010 there will be festivities in Astana, Kazakhstan, and many other cities around the world marking the first “International Day Against Nuclear Tests.” This event, declared last year by the UN General Assembly, is intended to focus international attention on the urgent need to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons to mankind and, ultimately, to free the world from nuclear weapons. Since the first days of our independence, Kazakhstan has not only shared this dream, but has worked to make it a reality.


Get U.S.-Cuba policy right

This week, Cuba announced the release of six more political prisoners bringing the total released in the last six weeks to 32. This move follows reports that the Obama administration will announce plans to expand the scope of legal travel to Cuba. Combined with legislation in Congress to lift the travel ban and ease agricultural exports and policy briefs supporting all these moves, these latest developments indicate we are on the brink of changing our strategy toward Cuba.


Mr. President: Lift the travel ban (Rep. Barbara Lee)

With reports this week that the Obama administration will announce plans to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba, the embargo between the U.S. and Cuba has once again become a major topic of discussion.

As reported, the administration's plan would loosen restrictions on travel by academic, religious, and cultural groups that were imposed by President George W. Bush's administration and return to the "people-to-people policies" followed under President Bill Clinton's administration.


Moving toward Middle East peace

MR. CROWLEY:  Good morning and welcome to the Department of State.  We have Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here along with our Special Envoy George Mitchell to tell you about the most recent developments in our pursuit of Middle East peace.  The Secretary will begin with a brief statement.  George Mitchell will stay behind to answer your questions.  And we are joined today by your colleagues in the White House Press Corps up in Martha’s Vineyard and we’ll be sharing the – they’ll be sharing the Q&A duties with you.