The State Department gave out $5.6 million of taxpayers' money in 2011 to preserve cultural sites and customs in foreign countries.
The most recent indication that the U.S. military may well be in Afghanistan to stay comes from Marc Grossman, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Appearing on a panel at the annual meeting of the International Stability Operations Association in Washington on October 16, Grossman said that “the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014,” according to Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy magazine.
In what might be called "Benghazigate," the controversy has continued over what the president and vice president knew, and when they knew, about requests for increased security at diplomatic posts in Libya, prior to the September 11 armed attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Both classified documents and background statements by American and Middle Eastern officials confirm that most of the weapons sent to rebel forces in Syria are going to Islamic Jihadists, according to a report in Monday's New York Times.
The Obama administration has now publicly announced that it deployed U.S. troops near the Syrian border in neighboring Jordan without ever seeking congressional permission, supposedly in an effort to help the Jordanian government deal with refugees from Syria while ensuring that the civil war does not spill over into the broader region. Concerns about chemical and biological weapons falling into the “wrong hands” were also cited to justify the latest deployment, but some lawmakers are upset, warning that the United States is now even closer to overt military intervention in Syria.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed another executive order that would tighten sanctions on Iran over its alleged program to produce a nuclear weapon. The White House is touting the latest measure as “unprecedented pressure on Iran’s economy.” Executive Order 140 implements an Iran sanctions law that was enacted in August.
At a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” held Friday, September, 28 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States would send $45 million in aid to Syrian opposition groups.
Another killing of an American serviceman by allied Afghan soldiers Sunday brought the death toll of American military personnel to 2,000, and caused a top U.S. general to say he is "mad as hell" about the situation.
The Obama administration's plans to release $450 million in U.S. aid to Egypt have been put on hold by a member of Congress who insists the relationship between the two countries requires more scrutiny before aid to Cairo is resumed.