Obama to focus on foreign policy
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 10:04 AM

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After a 10-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and a visit to New Orleans to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Obama next week will mark the end of combat operations in Iraq and preside over a new round of Middle East peace talks in Washington, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

While both events carry long-term risks, they could provide Obama a chance to end summer on a positive note, analysts said.

White House officials told the Post they hope a large-scale drawdown in Iraq will satisfy the antiwar wing of the Democratic Party, which provided energy to Obama's presidential campaign. However, officials said they were mindful of the political dangers that a resurgence of violence in Iraq could mean.

The same is true for the Middle East peace talks, officials said. Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for what he could do, now is trying to bring Israeli and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

The threat of violence that could destroy peace efforts also is present. When briefing reporters, counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration is committed to ensuring extremists on both sides do not thwart the peace effort.

"We are going forward with this with a strong sense that these talks can succeed," Brennan said. "And so what we need to do is to make sure that all sides remain committed for these talks over the next year."

(Source: UPI )
 

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