The president’s remarks on two hostages’ deaths reflected a growing ambivalence about using drones.
Hopes are once again high as the president and the Iraqi prime minister meet at the White House.
For the president, even a successful agreement with Tehran is likely to get ugly on Capitol Hill.
“It’s not a fixed-year agreement,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. “It’s a forever agreement.“
The U.S. has taken a light counterterrorism approach against al-Shabab in Somalia, but the bloodshed in Kenya highlights the challenge of long-term victory over resilient enemies.
DEBRIEF | Seeking to make his case about the Iran nuclear agreement to the American people and to the world, his remarks reflected the unfinished and fragile nature of the accord.
He believes that American leadership, persistence and engagement with determined enemies can change the world.
The administration is facing pressure to confront Iran’s use of proxy militant groups across the Middle East.
New airstrikes in Iraq and a freeze on troop withdrawals in Afghanistan are at odds with his long-term approach.
The president agreed to keep about 9,800 troops in the country through the end of this year.