Palestinians are locked in deadly battle in the , but poses the biggest challenge in the region to the incoming Obama administration, President George W. Bush‘s says.and militant
At the same time, the Mideast offers President-elect Barack Obama the greatest opportunity to put his imprint on world affairs, said, referring to the need for a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace accord that eluded both Bush and .
Outside the Mideast, it is Pakistan that should command Obama’s keen attention, said Hadley, who has been senior foreign policy adviser to the president for eight years.
By DEB RIECHMANN and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
Hadley, who is always in the shadows and rarely seen by the public, discussed Bush’s two terms and the international challenges — ones he says will not pause for America’s transfer of power in January — during a nearly hourlong interview Tuesday with The Associated Press in his West Wing office. He was also delivering a speech Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He said the Taliban remains a serious threat in , where the U.S. is getting ready to dispatch at least 20,000 extra troops.
“Its fighters have found safe haven across the border in Pakistan, and if the extremists succeed in destabilizing Pakistan, the chaos will threaten peace and progress throughout the region,” he says in remarks prepared for Wednesday. “Stabilizing Pakistan must be the first priority for the new administration.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)