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New Foreign-Policy Leaders In U.S. Congress May Challenge White House

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has accused the Obama administration of dragging its feet on sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has accused the Obama administration of dragging its feet on sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.
By Richard Solash
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Congress starts its new session this month, two key committees that deal with foreign relations will be headed by lawmakers who could challenge the White House on several foreign-policy fronts, including Iran sanctions and U.S. strategy in the Caucasus.

Senator Robert Menendez (Democratic-New Jersey) is set to take over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, replacing President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, John Kerry.

Representative Ed Royce (Republican-California) is the new chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs now that Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's tenure as committee chairwoman has expired.

Both Menendez and Royce have served on their respective committees for several years but their new positions will let them decide which issues to focus on, influencing the foreign-policy debate in Washington.

Both may decide to scrutinize the White House's Iran policy, judging from their past statements.

Getting Tough On Iran

Senator Menendez, who is more hawkish on foreign policy than many of his Democratic colleagues, has accused the Obama administration of dragging its feet on sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.

"I'm looking forward to voting for the strongest set of sanctions [against Iran] because I see [Iranian President Mahmud] Ahmadinejad is largely dismissive of [UN] Resolution 1929," Menendez said at a committee meeting in 2010.

"And in part it's because I think we roar like a lion and bite like a puppy, and we need to change that dynamic, in my mind."

In December 2011, Menendez and Senator Mark Kirk (Republican-Illinois) co-authored tough sanctions legislation against Iran's powerful Central Bank. It was signed into law in early 2012, despite White House concern that the move could strain foreign alliances.

Menendez's stance on Iran could also put him at odds with Chuck Hagel, Obama's nominee for secretary of defense. Hagel voted against sanctions on Iran when he served in the U.S. Senate.

With Power Comes Responsibility

Menendez's Cuban roots -- he is the son of Cuban immigrants -- and work on Western Hemisphere issues suggest that Latin America may also receive greater focus on his committee. He has opposed the Obama's administration's efforts to relax restrictions on the Castro regime.

Among his other positions, Menendez has suggested that U.S. aid to Pakistan should be made contingent upon Islamabad's resolve against terror He supported Obama's plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2014 and also voted for the new START treaty with Russia.

While Menendez will "continue to pursue his relatively hard-line" on certain issues, he will, however, have to consider all the responsibilities of his new post, says James Lindsay, senior vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"One of the things that Senator Menendez will have to deal with, as he is chair of the committee as opposed to being a senior member, is that he has some responsibility for the broader party view on foreign policy, so that will obviously be a calculation that he will have to [keep] in mind," Lindsay notes.

As chairman, Menendez will also steer the committee's consideration of international treaties and ambassadorial nominations.

In September 2010, he blocked the nomination of Matthew Bryza, Obama's pick for U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, over his alleged anti-Armenian bias.

Menendez, whose home state of New Jersey has the second-largest Armenian-American population in the country, introduced legislation in 2009 that called on the Obama administration to recognize the World War I-era mass killings of Armenians as genocide.

He has also questioned U.S. military sales to Azerbaijan, warning of their potential use in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Armenian 'Champion'

The Armenian National Committee of America welcomed Menendez's Senate chairmanship, but sounded even more enthusiastic about Ed Royce's new position as head of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The group called him a "champion" for its causes.

U.S. Representative Ed Royce has accused the White House of hesitating on Iran sanctions.U.S. Representative Ed Royce has accused the White House of hesitating on Iran sanctions.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce has accused the White House of hesitating on Iran sanctions.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce has accused the White House of hesitating on Iran sanctions.
Royce, whose home state of California has the country's largest Armenian-American community, is currently co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.

"The world's strength to oppose killing today is made greater by accountability for actions present, but also past," Royce said at an April 2011 event on Capitol Hill to mark the anniversary of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

"It's weakened by denial of accountability of past acts. Not recognizing the Armenian genocide does just that, and that is why we will not give up."

In a recent interview with "The Washington Post," Royce mirrored Menendez in accusing the Obama administration of hesitating on Iran sanctions. He vowed to consider ways to tighten sanctions against Tehran and "bolster the democratic opposition."

Royce also criticized the Obama administration's initial opposition to the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which sanctions Russian officials implicated in gross human rights violations.

As chairman, he has also pledged to "give a greater focus to Asia" and to consider developments in the post-Arab Spring Middle East, where he says the Obama administration lacks a coherent approach.

Royce is also expected to take up the issue of diplomatic security, including the September 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
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by: Ben
January 15, 2013 16:43
I hope that the figure of Obama is the warning and simultaneously the punishment of America for it`s socialistic sin.More and more responsible people understand it and the resistance of the free-thinking America will grow.

by: Alex from: LA
January 17, 2013 01:35
I wanted to comment on the terrorist attacks in Syria, especially the university one. When is RFE/RL gonna update their article that it was the terrorist that did this, and many other news outlets, from get-go try to blame on Syrian Army, until the terrorist claimed responsibility... YOU DON'T DESERVE TO EXIT AS NEWS OUTLET... BUT A PROPAGANDA OUTLET... STOP SPREADING LIES...

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 17, 2013 05:56
To equate Armenians, war makers to invade Turky by Russia during WW2, victims, to nazi Germany - is simply to help Russia repopulate Caucasus by genocidal Russians and some genocidal helpers, like Cossacks Sam and Gad, Pechenegies and Turkish so called "Armenians", to devide genocidized World bertween Russian, Germano-Austrian and British resurrecting empires.

I would expect something like that from proxy of Turkish "Armenians" in USA, including those that participated in bestial genocide against Georgians in Abkhasia in 1992-1993.
Many of my relatives were murdered there, like 15 years old son of my cousin that was killed by Turkish "Armenians" after they bestially tortured and murdered his father before his eyes.

I would expect something like that from Obama, who probably ordered to murder my old mother 7/7/2012, as part of blackmail against me to be his plagiarized slave and my refusal - as Russians probably promised him - to make him a Greatest President.

By the way, his grandmother was of Chaldean "Jewish" extraction, wictim of WW2 nazi persecution, that was convinced by Russians that they liberated her, that probably influenced Obama.

By the way my mother was of Jewish extraction, but by Iber, not by Chaldeans - very intelligent, honest and noble lady. She was loyal to memory of my Georgian father that was killed during WW2, fighting to liberate also grandmother of Obama...
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by: Alex from: LA
January 17, 2013 07:29
Hahaha thank you Konstantin! That rumble, was hilarious I don't know what you are trying to say, but it hilarious, coming from Abhazian "Georgian" sakartevlo jan. ohh speaking of Georgian responsible for million deaths hmmm Stalin. I comment here because of innocent Syrian people dying at the hands of terrorist support in part by my country USA, and western countries and turkey, so they can install a dictator there. I say no war or intervention let the dictator that is power stay and let that society chew him up on their own. There are many countries in the world that worse than Assad but nothing is done because they are doing business, everyone intelligent knows this, British empire has been doing now US through NATO. Most of people in USA don't want this but greed of the wealth is at 110%, so they must bleed the world dry until nothing is left. And your Georgia will be a NATO outpost with nothing Georgian left, cuz Turks will be majority there. Stop being so jealous of Armenians, envy is another bad emotion.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 20, 2013 06:54
Gigling-Ha-ha-hing, hilarious Alex, at the death of my mother?
I can imagine your impudent face of Russian-Levite type "nahal"
(Possibly used cars salesman) - like covering-up her murder
Russian-Levitic mortuary and burial ceremony "personal"
That also put dirt-vorms incide germetic cement box.

"Abkhazian Georgian"? My father was from Georgia,
But not Abkhazia. My mother was born in Argentina,
Of Jewish extraction, I was born in Siberia, in 1942.
Stalin never did or agreed with any crimes of Russia
That your masters spread as lies, using liers like you.

It's I who allerted international community about Syria
Since archeology incinuation on Syrian people origins
By Germany-Britain-Russia imperio-resurrecto mafia
Several years ago. Are you taking credit for it, Russia?
USA and Turkey trying avoid involvment, lying Sashka!

Syria invaded by a new Halifat supplimental for Russia,
To resurrect empires with Brits and Germanic-Prussia,
Squash between other nations - are you waiting proffit?
Lands and property of would be vanishing nations, "Id"?
Turks be happy Iveria restored - not a Russians-invade.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 17, 2013 08:30
Error in fifst line - "WW2" should be replaced by "WW1".
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by: H. from: Los Angeles
January 28, 2013 09:42
There's more than a single error in what you wrote, Konstantin, and not only in the first line.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 17, 2013 12:26
So St. Matthew Bryza`s bias bias towards the armenians is `alleged`.isnt it? Good old Bryza was the best Turkish ,not american ambassador to azeristan,he is married /officially/toa turkish woman and has a million $$$ business thanks to his poltical-cia affiliations.And,yes,Con.stained teen,we are all sure you are not crazy and are as noble as your mother and even nobler than Koba who as you revealed was put under house arrest and killed by only you know who.Probably by the Bechtels.Lord have mercy on the georgian son.Amen.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 20, 2013 06:57
What, camel's Anush?
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 20, 2013 11:31
`What?`-asked the Con. man,-`Pot!`-answered the kettle.Lotsa bad pot from Poti,causing some brain damage,but wait-thats impossible-you dont have a brain.I have,I have said the Con.man,and its a georgian one which explains everything!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 20, 2013 18:39
You don't have a brain, camel's Anush, but canning "popa",
Not as impudent, thought, as Alex, spitting like antichrist
At Mary, this time killed before her son died on Galgofa.
At least you have brains to agree with what is right,
But not much, helping Ivan eat Asia and "Europa".

I understand your bitterness of countryless Urart.
I don't serve CIA-KGB, just help World and "bard",
Avoiding the surrounding me CIA-KGB plagiarists
And torturing me with NLW and Lemurs evil bists
That pass to World's leaders my science and art,
To build race rule over the World by Nordicozoidz,
Germanozoids, Varagazoidz and Alex-like "Idoids".

It is understandable why people that lost their land
Have be nice to rich and powerful World's leaders,
But if incite evil - end-up like WW2 Jews - too bad,
Or like Urartu that refused liberation by Georgians
And incited WW1 Russia-invade - to be expelled.

by: Jack from: US
January 17, 2013 14:47
In news from Algeria and Mali, looks like NATO minions are getting what they deserved and what they asked for.. NATO minions are getting killed by their own Wahhabi Sunni friends. In Mali the French are getting cooked by the Muslim freedom fighters, the same ones the NATO minions themselves installed in neighboring Libya. When evil kills evil the humanity wins
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 17, 2013 17:35
It would actually be nice if the RFE/RL published at least ONE article on the events that Jack makes a reference to: after all, this is what ALL the media in this "free" Europe talk about.
But now, the RFE/RL is too busy writing articles on some really important issues - footwraps in the Russian army :-)).
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by: Jack from: US
January 17, 2013 19:04
yes, Eugenio, good point. RFE/RL does not want to even mention events which demonstrate how much screwed up US government and its NATO minions are. When their own friends - Wahhabi Sunni freedom fighters which NATO was arming and training to commit terrorist acts against Syrian and Serbian people, when their own friends are now killing NATO minions, RFE/RL does not want to talk about it
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 17, 2013 19:40
It would be best if RFE/RL publishes a special Rot ten Front Loony Left bin section on the wise,magnificent and beautiful posts of Jack Durak and its austrian concubine.On second thoughts it would be best to close the bloody imperialist CIA oulet and give the money thus saved to Jacko and Eugenia to form a US bureau of Radio Moss cow and an austrian one of CeCeCePe Today.And we must not forget Vakhtang,too!!!
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 17, 2013 21:13
The latest figures appear to indicate that 34 (out of 41) hostages - primarily coming from NATO countries and from Japan - have been killed in the "liberation attempt" by the Algerian special forces.
Very frankly, the way the whole "operation" has been carried out makes a very strong impression that both - the French and the Algerian govts - are just interested in destabilizing the situation in North Africa yet further, and none of the mentioned actors appears to care too much for human lives - be it those of people in Mali or those of NATO nationals.
Ah, yes, and thank you, RFE/RL, for having informed us in such a detail on the whole event :-)! I mean, really, pretending like the things you do not like are just not happening is probably the best strategy of dealing with the objective reality.
Source: http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/83972-argelia-argelinos-retenidos-militantes-islamistas-logran-escapar
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by: Jack from: US
January 17, 2013 23:13
according to most recent information the group of peaceful Wahhabi Sunni freedom fighters who attacked BP oil facility in Algiers and took dozens of hostages came from "liberated" by NATO minions Libya. This is so cool I gotta go get a drink...
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 18, 2013 07:32
The latest info on the event, provided by the public Spanish TV, indicates that, as of morning on Friday Jan. 18th, the al-Qaeda linked group that several days ago took over the BP facility in Algeria, STILL CONTROLS one part of the gas-producing complex and STILL HOLDS some of the hostages!
According to the same source, in the "liberation attempt" carried out by the Algerian special forces on the eve, 35 hostages were killed. And the readership is still waiting for the RFE/RL to at least MENTION all those events in one of their "articles".
Source: http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20130118/terroristas-mantienen-rehenes-parte-instalaciones-gas-argelia/603562.shtml
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 18, 2013 10:50
Acc.to the latest info from Moscow Evening Herald,Jack and Eugenia got up from the wrong side of the bed they share-that is they hit the wall which explains their latest loonier than usual acts.However the Austrian bureau of Russia Today say Vakhtang stole their pokhmelin / hangover cure / pills,but was unable to open the box and then in rage he threw them in the beautiful blue Danube.Then the Austrian police arrested him for an illegal possession of a wart.For further development of the story,which sadly was not covered by bloody RFE/RL listen to Radio Gavarit Maskva kva kva kva!!! Now we all gotta get punch drunk like a Jack Durak!!! Eugenia,run to the nearest supermarket to steal some selyodka for us and dont forget to put your underwear because its freezing cold out there and your bottom`s gonna freeze as hell!!!
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 18, 2013 16:43
Concerning the current hostage crisis continuing in Algeria: The French public TV channel FRANCE24 informs that "the major oil- and gas-producing companies currently active in Algeria are seriously thinking about significantly reducing their activities in this country, given that they are SHOCKED by the way in which the Algerian ahuthories are "resolving" the crisis".
This piece of news says a lot about the long-term EU energy security policy: for years, Algeria has been a key element of the so-called "Second Energy Corridor" of the EU which was "alleviating Europe's excessive dependende on the Russian gas".
Now that the war seems to be about to become a permanent feature of the North-African politics and economics, one can only be sure that the European dependence on the Russian gas is set to grow in the months and years to come.
Source: http://www.france24.com/fr/

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