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Topic - Gordon Adams
Members of Congress need to pay attention when President Obama delivers a speech: He could be urging support for an initiative they've never heard of.
While abroad in Europe last week, President Obama vehemently defended his decision to swap five Taliban guerrillas for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but upon returning home to Washington over the weekend, the president may no longer have control over the narrative and likely will face increasingly intense questioning over the deal.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry's first full year as the top U.S. diplomat promises to be busy in a foreign policy landscape increasingly resistant to American dominance.
Some call him a patriot whistleblower, while others say he is neither patriot nor whistleblower — and may be even a traitor. Either way, Edward Snowden has become a Rorschach test for how Americans young and old see their government and how it balances security with privacy.
The Pentagon's intense public relations campaign is designed to sell Congress and the public on how the first year of "sequester" budget cuts is leaving the U.S. military unable to train or deploy overseas. Public warnings generally have garnered media sympathy, but there have been signs in recent weeks of a backlash from the Washington press corps.
The Obama administration is putting attention-getting Pentagon projects on the chopping block in a bid to pressure Congress into making a deal that avoids $46 billion in military budget cuts March 1, analysts and congressional officials say.
As the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Sen. John F. Kerry denounced the war in Iraq as a "profound diversion" and asserted that without a serious change of course, America faced "the prospect of a war with no end in sight."
To hear the Obama administration tell it, the motivations behind the current U.S. foreign policy pivot to Asia couldn't be more obvious.
"Obama is not master of his fate on the future of the Bergdahl issue," said Gordon Adams, a professor of U.S. foreign policy at American University who oversaw foreign affairs and national security budgets at the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton White House.
"Bergdahl, the Republicans, and those five terrorists in Qatar control the future here. If he comes back and the military determines that [Bergdahl] was AWOL, or worse, a deserter, the issue bleeds on for the president. That's because the Republicans will work hard to make the blood flow, as we approach the fall elections," Mr. Adams said.