TOP NEWS: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs: September 13th, 2012
- Libya Attack Brings Challenges for U.S.
- Origins of Provocative Video Are Shrouded
- Israeli Leader Blasts U.S. Over Iran
- U.N. Steps Up Pressure on Iran Nuclear Program
- German Court Ruling Favors European Bailout Fund
Excerpts and more top stories
LIBYA: Libya Attack Brings Challenges for U.S. – NYT
The violent deaths of four American diplomatic personnel in Libya provoked an uproar in Washington on Wednesday, presenting new challenges in the volatile Middle East less than two months before the presidential election.
LIBYA: For Veteran Envoy, Return to Libya Was Full of Hope – NYT
J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador who was killed on Tuesday, knew the opportunities and travails facing Libya after the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
LIBYA: Marines sent to Libya after envoy killed - FT
President Barack Obama condemns violence and orders increased diplomatic security after US ambassador killed in attack in Benghazi
LIBYA: Attack Victim Shared His Fears in Messages - NYT
Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran working as an information management officer in Libya, was one of the four Americans killed in Tuesday’s attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
LIBYA/US ELECTIONS: A Challenger’s Criticism Is Furiously Returned – NYT
From Mitt Romney’s perspective, the time was ripe to cast the president as someone who apologizes for America.
* MORE LIBYA STORIES & OPINIONS BELOW
HATE FILM: Origins of Provocative Video Are Shrouded - NYT
The trailer for the video at the center of the violence in Libya and Egypt was uploaded to the Web by an individual whose identity remains in question.
ISRAEL: Israeli Leader Blasts U.S. Over Iran - WSJ
Israel’s prime minister leveled the sharpest attack in years by an Israeli leader against the U.S., over differences on dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.
ISRAEL/IRAN: ‘Red Line’ Folly – WP, OPINION
Fareed Zakaria: Netanyahu publicly scolded the US for refusing to draw a “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program and added that he would not accept a “red light”.
IRAN: U.N. Steps Up Pressure on Iran Nuclear Program - WSJ
The U.S. and several of its allies aim to step up pressure on Iran with a proposal that would empower the United Nations nuclear watchdog to order snap inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.
IRAN: U.S. Group Issues Warning on Iran Attack – WSJ
A bipartisan group of ambassadors, retired generals and foreign policy experts is warning against a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities without a more thorough public discussion to weigh the costs and benefits.
IRAN/EUROPE: European Lenders Keep Ties to Iran - WSJ
The banks have continued handling billions of euros in transactions despite the perception among some observers that they stopped dealing with Iran entirely. They also risk scrutiny in the U.S.
EUROZONE: GERMANY: In Victory for Merkel, German Court Ruling Favors European Bailout Fund – NYT
Germany’s constitutional court gave Chancellor Angela Merkel a significant victory in her bid to master the debt crisis that has buffeted Europe and endangered its common currency.
EUROZONE: GERMANY: German court backs bailout fund — with conditions – WP
German court’s decision to allow taxes to be used for bailout fund a victory for Europe’s financial rescue plan.
EUROZONE: Barroso calls for EU ‘federation’ - FT
European Commission president José Manuel Barroso blames euro crisis on a lack of political cohesion in the bloc and chastises squabbling leaders
EUROZONE: BUSINESS: EADS, BAE Talks Unsettle Investors - WSJ
Airbus parent EADS has left its minority shareholders cold with its plan to boost its exposure to the politically sensitive defense sector via a merger with BAE Systems.
MIDEAST POLICY: Does Mideast Democracy Complicate Diplomacy? – NYT, ROOM FOR DEBATE
Can the United States stay engaged with modern democratic Middle Eastern countries that have sizable anti-Western populations?
MIDEAST POLICY: Mitt and Bibi: Diplomacy as Demolition Derby – WSJ, OPINION
Bill Keller: A review of the latest foreign policy missteps of Bibi Netanyahu and Mitt Romney in the Middle East.
FOREIGN POLICY: The New World Disorder – WSJ
As the U.S. retreats, bad actors begin to fill the vacuum.
YEMEN: Turmoil Spreads to U.S. Embassy in Yemen - NYT
Protesters angered by an anti-Islam film tried to storm the American embassy in Sana, the Yemeni capital, on Thursday, two days after assailants killed the United States ambassador to Libya.
DEFENSE: Defense a big winner in spending talks - NYT, OPINION
The Defense Department so far appears to have done well in congressional talks over a resolution to keep paying the country’s bills.
GUANTANAMO RULING: Judge Rules Against Law on Indefinite Detention – NYT
Charlie Savage: The ruling came as the House voted to extend another contested law connected to fighting terrorism, an expansion of warrantless surveillance.
RUSSIA: Medvedev Urges Pussy Riot’s Release – WSJ
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he thought the two-year sentences for hooliganism for three jailed members of the punk group Pussy Riot were too harsh.
SOMALIA: Somalia’s New President Survives Suicide Bombings – NYT
Three suicide bombers attacked the temporary residence of the new president of Somalia as he was giving a news conference on Wednesday, killing an African Union soldier but failing to assassinate any political leaders
EGYPT: Egypt May Be Bigger Concern Than Libya for White House - NYT
The tepid response from the Egyptian government to violence at the American Embassy in Cairo gave American officials cause for worry.
MORE LIBYA STORIES & OPINION:
LIBYA/EGYPT: Arab spring leaves state frailties in its wake – FT
In Libya and Egypt, the state has been weakened by revolutions of the past 18 months and it has given radical groups space to manoeuvre
LIBYA: Witnesses: Attack came after militants joined protesters - WP
U.S. officials, witnesses cast doubt on theory that attacks grew spontaneously from demonstrations at consulate.
LIBYA: Don’t Give Up on the Arab Spring – FP, OPINION
Why America did the right thing in Libya — and freedom will eventually win.
LIBYA: Security Fears Cloud Libyan Oil Growth - WSJ
Heightened security fears after the killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens will further slow the return of foreign oil workers to Libya, potentially threatening the country’s plans to boost oil output and grow its economy, according to oil company executives and consultants.
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