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Topic - Group Of 20 Countries
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Dodging patent protection will make modern drugs scarce
We now know that President Obama's national security warnings were written in disappearing ink that fades the moment he gets into trouble.
President Obama's remarks at the Group of 20 conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, that he was "elected to stop wars, not start them" certainly implies that he sees himself endowed with an expanded global mandate. While it's far from clear that he understands the oath of office he took to be president of the United States — which is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic — he apparently has no trouble viewing himself as more of an "international president." There is no mandate in that oath that charges him with the responsibility to intervene or stop international wars, unless it can be seen to be in our vital national interests.
Rarely have so many Americans waited so anxiously to hear a president speak truth to them. We've been talking, debating and speculating around supper tables, in car pools, at work and in all the places Americans gather, about President Obama's proposed "shot across the bow" of Syria's Bashar Assad to punish his deadly and barbaric use of chemical weapons against his own people.
Facing overwhelming opposition from the public and fears in Congress that he lacks a sound military plan, President Obama backed away Monday night from his proposed missile strike against Syria and said he would pursue a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
Russia's deployment of its most powerful warship and a spy vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to observe any U.S. operations against Syria reflects the worsening state of U.S.-Russian relations in the past few years and underscores lost opportunities for bilateral cooperation, analysts say.
President Obama's stated willingness to go it alone on Syria surprises those who followed him during the previous administration, when, as a senator, he derided George W. Bush's commitment to multilateralism and questioned his "coalition of the willing" in Iraq.
Pope Francis said in a letter sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the Group of 20 should set aside talks of entering Syria with military force.
President Obama, traveling in Russia, struggled to make his case to skeptical foreign leaders for military strikes in Syria, while his administration faced growing opposition from Congress back home, where head counts Thursday showed his war plan in danger of being defeated.
At the Group of 20 summit in Russia, President Obama faced growing opposition from world leaders Thursday, advising him not to launch military strikes in Syria as punishment for a chemical-weapons attack.
President Barack Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world's gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria.
Seeking to enlist more global partners for a U.S. military strike against Syria, President Obama on Wednesday found himself in a fresh debate over whether he was backing away from his own "red line" on the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
There might be a worse time for President Obama to leave the U.S., or a worse destination for him than Russia, but at the moment it's hard to imagine an uglier combination of circumstances for presidential travel.
This is what President Obama's "reset" of relations with Russia looks like. He abruptly canceled plans Wednesday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month when he goes to Russia for the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg.