But a list is not a strategy. A strategy requires achievable goals and a plan to realize them. A good U.S. national security strategy also should be built around an outcome that enduringly advances national interests. This speech lacked several key components in both respects.
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With the president delaying executive action until after the November congressional elections, some Democrats worry that expectations have been raised beyond what he can deliver. “If they weren’t sky high before, they are now,” said Jim Manley, a web site former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “I’m not convinced they will meet the expectations of the Hispanic community.” White House officials say the delay will not affect the scope of what Obama intends to do. They play down suggestions he is looking to build his legacy with the decision. “The goal is going to be to do as meaningful a package of reforms as is available to the president through his executive authority,” White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said. “I don’t think that is going to manifestly change from September to when we do this later this year.” The 2006 incident with the immigrants seeking to avoid deportation illustrates Obama’s past reluctance to act unilaterally and calls attention to the on-and-off relationship he has had with leaders in the Latino community.
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emergency sessions and a fast-paced, urgent response to slow Ebola’s spread that still requires more money, doctors and anti-Ebola supplies. Ukraine and Russia tensions may have eased, but fears remain among many leaders regarding Russia’s future intentions. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will appeal to the General Assembly to not let Ukraine stand alone. President Vladimir Putin of Russia is not attending. U.S.
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Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat and the most senior member of Congress to question Obama’s legal basis for intervening in the Middle East. “We are living on borrowed time, and we are traveling on vapors.” A showdown looms when lawmakers return to the Capitol after midterm elections and no one knows yet how it’s going to play out. Permission to prepare vetted Syrian opposition units as a ground force to complement U.S. airstrikes expires Dec. 11, at which point the training effort won’t even have begun.