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BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama orders intelligence community to fight genocide
April 23rd, 2012
03:07 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama orders intelligence community to fight genocide

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - President Obama took a very important step today when he ordered the U.S. intelligence community for the first time to routinely prepare national intelligence estimates “on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide.”

It’s a significant development. The intelligence community is always charged with preparing estimates on global national security issues: How close is Iran to building a nuclear bomb? Where are the most serious al Qaeda threats? What’s going on in North Korea? How secure is Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal? How vulnerable is the U.S. to cyberwarfare attack?

But now, in addition to the traditional threats, the president wants the nation’s spies and intelligence analysts to assess threats involving crimes against humanity. “Going forward,” he said, “we’ll strengthen our tools across the board and we’ll create new ones. …We’re going to institutionalize the focus on this issue.”

Speaking at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the president said the phrase “never again” represents a “challenge to us all to pause and to look within.”

“For the Holocaust may have reached its barbaric climax at Treblinka and Auschwitz and Belzec, but it started in the hearts of ordinary men and women,” he said. “And we have seen it again - madness that can sweep through peoples, sweep through nations, embed itself: the killings in Cambodia, the killings in Rwanda, the killings in Bosnia, the killings in Darfur.”

Obama wants to know about emerging threats of mass atrocities and genocide before they occur so that the U.S. and the rest of the civilized world can try to prevent them. If done seriously and correctly, world leaders will no longer be able to say they didn’t know what was going on.

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    July 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
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    May 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Lex

    Window dressing in an election year.

    And without mentioning that his secretary of state's husband Bill was guilty of aiding and abetting genocide in Rwanda and Seria,k by standing by anhd doing nothing. .

    April 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  4. George in PA

    It is an election year. Perhaps next week he'll declare he's for Mom and apple pie. I guess 3 years of having the Republicans block his initiatives has taken it's toll. Now Romney is going to attack Obama's record for not doing the things he promised in 2008. Talk about having your cake and eating it too! If you remember when Obama ran in 2008 he was a centrist in his party. Then with a majority in both houses he failed to control the Democratic vote in the congress. When the the Republicans gained power in 2010, Obama had to reach out to them for compromises.

    This should have given Republicans a good chance in this year's election if they put forth a new face who wasn't involved in the Bush years. Instead they went to an old war horse in Romney and almost assured Obama will be re-elected. Go figure?

    April 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  5. Aguer

    Good move Mr.President

    April 24, 2012 at 4:39 am |
  6. Rob

    Good it's about time.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Abdoulaye

    France is responsible of genocide in Ivory coast.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  8. WAYCOOL

    This is one of the smartest things a president has ever done. But, alas, what good will it do? To bring attention to the stuff is good, but it would have to have action behind it. We have seen from Darfur that just knowing about a problem does nothing to make it go away.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  9. andresl

    About time. But will it change our actions? It's not as if we were completely ignorant about the Holocoust, nor the Serbian atrocities, nor state name of failed African country here. Having the information is fine, but acting on it is a completely different thing. Now that we are in the silly season (election season) the incumbent (not matter who, Bush 1 and Clinton are the most recent examples) will do anything to avoid military action anywhere. A ripe recipe for atrocities. Iran will go nuclear this year, NK will continue with its provocations, the Palestinians will continue demanding unacceptable compromises just to talk all because it is the silly season.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  10. Rhonda

    Score points for Obama...

    April 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • patty Biller

      Good president, my whole family supports him!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  11. Kenny

    He's seriously overestimating the US intelligence capabilities. It's one thing tracking one person or group of persons, but what he wants to do is keep tabs on entire nations' populations.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • notatall

      not at all.. he doesn't want to keep tabs on entire populations, they rarely commit suicide.. he wants to keep better tabs on psychotic leaders who might incite genocide... there's a huge difference

      April 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Al

    And how much is this going to cost the tax payers. And let's think about this "study" with such wonderful little countries like Iran having a weapon or the ability to build a weapon that can take out an entire country, because this administration has failed to let the country in danger to do what it would need to do and all because this is an election year in America and it would not look good for Obama to have to back Israel.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  13. OrangeW3dge

    The Turner Network and Time-Warner are predominately Republican-minded, so I don't see how you can characterize them as Obama supporters OR "The Liberal Press"...I think that the Tea and Crackers Party has moved so far Right that William F. Buckley would appear to be a card carrying Communist.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  14. derriquestuckey

    The problem is, we've already HAD intelligence in place, since he first stepped into office. This is merely a ploy on words on something that has already been going on, and yet so far, has been highly unsuccessful. 'Tis the season for reelection. Yes, folks, he would be a much better President if his words held less fluff and more actual substance to them.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  15. nolimits3333

    Obama is a great president.

    He defeated the greatest evil on the planet....the Republican Party.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  16. ug

    He is always doing something to create chaos and contriversary to get away from the real issues of the country...like does this really matter...NO!

    April 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  17. frank thomas

    Thank you Mr.President, yes we will give you another deserved four year term, You have done more good for more people than the r,s have ever thought of doing, hopefully congress and the senate will be dominated by the dems.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  18. braydenmaine

    Obama sounds like a good president to me, why is everyone telling me to hate him?

    April 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Tim Lucas

      I know!! He's a great president! I can't figure it out either. I think it's mainly rednecks that don't like his middle name and the color of his skin!

      April 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • OrangeW3dge

      because they "can't handle the truth"?

      Agenda, agenda, agenda

      April 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • 0704American

      Don't listen to those people, make your own judgement based on the facts.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Randy Johnson

      Look at the color of his skin. The bigots and racists in the USA haven't magically changed in one generation. It's just that enough of the decent people in the country finally came through and voted. And just think if he was white. A Harvard educated, constitutional law professor who can also play basketball and golf?? Wow – only in their wet dreams could the good old boys want such a golden haired white skinned beauty.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Rhonda

      No one is telling you to hate him.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • JenniferUCD

      Because most people are dumb. They've been sold a bill of sale about how the Republicans are out to protect the American Dream. Except it's the Republican failed economic policies and perverted interpretation of Christianity that strips away our rights and makes the American Dream nothing but a fairy tale. Only the extremely rich and powerful will ever be able to attain it. But they don't tell that story to poor dumb shmucks who are too afraid to question the motives of the right. They only hear that Obama is a secret Muslim, a socalist and failure at turning our economy around. It's times like this when he takes a stand against ignoring the issue of global genocide, a path many of his predecesors have taken because there is no political gain to be had, that he distinguishes himself above the rest and proves himself most worthy of the prsidency.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  19. KConor

    typical
    when US kill 100 000 people is for freedom & democracy
    when anyone else kill 100 000 people is genocide

    go figure it out...!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Tim Lucas

      What are you talking about? When have America committed Genocide?

      April 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
      • amateur historian

        Well, difficult to overlook the Native American population. The population that was here before European settlers got here has been estimated at 50 million. Fact is, we displaced and eradicated a native population and stole this land from them.

        April 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
      • George in PA

        When it almost succeeded in wiping out American Indians for their land? History is history, you can't just select the good parts to remember.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • inachu

        Israel gave same argument (Richard Pearle) Why can't we Israeli do what America has done to its own American Indians? Richard Pearle "Palestinains are our american indians." Is this teh type of killings you want USA and the world court to justify? ALL GENOCIDE IS BAD EVEN WHEN DONE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION and PEACE.

        April 25, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • caeser

      It's called having your cake and eating it too.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  20. YouGotTobeKidding me

    Is this guy serious human rights but An estimated 600000 Americans are homeless, Human rights but his cousin Rails Eye Odinga churches burnt to the ground many killed in that after math, Obamas abortion stance is clear the man is a completly full of bogus lie after lie, A walking eagle for certain folks so full of dung he could barily fly.Then we got class 2 medical devices in his flawed medical care. Radical motivated associations with al sharpton and Rev Jesse Jackson. If they dont get what they want its bloody murder from there pupits. Some kind of racism to move them further in there agenda, Zimmerman was a mexican but now its racism. We all know Mexicans are some of the most racially discriminated apon in america but its suddenly racism from a mexican. Wake up the pack of wolfs and stop feeding them sheeps. Obama operates off provacations and funded by narco terrorism. Perhaps you want some bed soars with that class 2 medical device. If you believe the deception of this Guy Barrack barry soetoro you might as well call up one of those people that wave the red carpets to piss off the bulls, One thing is for certain ladys and gentleman if there was a real pinokio Mr bamas who sins are greater then the worlds combined his nose would have mad a touch down to mars and back.The man needs to stand accountable for his crimes went up for a nobel peace prize and hardly deserving of that after war with Omar. This man actually thinks he God and has the right to say who lives and who dies. By the time he Gets done playing his role his terms of punishment are going to be never ending. Come on now using a dead man social security number really born in hienya opps I mean kenya. People must be waiting for him to tell the truth if that will ever happen like hes hypnotizing someone easy waiting on him to tell the truth and expecting him to come around sometime and tell the truth. I dont think thats gonna happen anytime soon. Perhaps he invented lies. Is that how he gets you in a trance are you really waiting for him to tell the truth as if it were possible for him to tell the truth. Give up waiting on him to say truths not gonna happen he will continue feeding you what you want to hear then do as he pleases till the population is ZERO. The racist Card has been played so many times by radicals like al sharpton and REv Jess Jackson it just dosnt hold any credit anymore.If it were possible for a man like obama to tell the truth. Wave the red communist flag and see if Mr obama charges.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Mr Fresh

      We already know how you feel but our President Mr Obama is the best ever , he never stood and allowed slavery
      or has he ever stated that whites or Mexicans or any other race is not allowed to drink from the same fountain.
      He has never started a war with the native Americans just because of land that was plenty for all. But he stands for all people not just for the blacks you can't understand that because of what you are , you see we don't care what think
      or what people like you think we just keep getting stronger and stronger and that just keep making you weaker and weaker rather you like it or not Obama is the President.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Randy Johnson

      Didn't read all of your essay there dude but I just had to read the part about bogus lie after lie and I wonder how you compare him to our good buddy George Bush

      April 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  21. Arnold August

    Blitzer is sooooooooo happy, he and Obama as defenders of Israeli zionism and US aggression, the new sources of post World War Two genocides (the first genocide being caused by the German fascists), have something else to hide behind. Wake up! The US and Isreal are today's fascists and genocide perpetrators.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • andresl

      The Zionists don't think that Obama is supporting them at all. In fact most Zionists believe that Obama would sell them down the river in a heartbeat, if not for other support in our government.

      Funny thing about you anti semetics, you attach all that is bad with the world to the Zionists, even when it makes absolutely no sense at all. About par for the course.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  22. Zoglet

    Is the observation in order to help prevent them, or to seek them out for profit or political advantage?
    Full marks to Obama if its the former.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  23. Marty

    Thank you Mr. President. I'm sure you faced a great deal of pressure to not go down this path, but you and your team had the courage and conviction to put our resources where they should be. Protecting innocent populations. Long overdue for this world but not too late. Great Job and God Bless!

    April 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Jack

      Lets see if he can actually do what his mouth says he wants to. So far his record is not so good. He can talk the talk, bu he can never walk the walk.....this will be his down fall come November 2012!

      April 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  24. Guesteppi

    Yes yes, so transparent. He's clearly looking to influence the swing voters from Darfur. If I was giving a speech at a holocaust museum I'd talk about puppies, pipelines and rock-n-roll.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • cyg

      yeah I am sure we have millions of those...dolt.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  25. Bounty Killa

    Many hate Barack Obama because he's wise. People like to be ruled by fools.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • cyg

      So...you mean Bush then, right?

      April 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • daniel

      ok wht took him so long with the slaughter going on in iran,syria africa this is just nothing but a way to get more votes.Do your own research dont listen to just one news channel

      April 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  26. coyotesayswhat

    that's a claim of ownership. helping people is a double edged sword because then you have to maintain it.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  27. mo

    next he should order congress to pay reparations to the descendants of black slaves.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  28. Tom

    If Obama is so concerned about atrocities, why hasn't he done something to prevent Assad from killing 11,000 Syrians?

    April 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Tom_Gwynn

      All wars kill people. Obama is wise enough to know that it makes no sense to save 12,000 people if you have to kill 120,000 people to do it. What is happening in Syria is a religious war between the Sunnis and Alawites. It is a tragedy, but it's one that we will only make worse by picking sides.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Guest

      Because he doesn't run the UN and can't just go in without permission...... that was Bush's mantra in Iraq

      April 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  29. JB

    The wonderful thing about Obama is that he is a multifaceted guy. If you don't like what comes out of his face today, just wait, soon he'll ratchet another of his many faces around to the front and tell you something different.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Tom_Gwynn

      No, that's Mitt Romney you've got him confused with. It's not an easy mistake to make, but clearly you've made it.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
      • JenniferUCD

        Colbert said Romney should ask his shadow to be his running mate so that everytime he flip flops his shadown will fall shorty in line. Genius.

        April 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Dolores Kisting

      I certainly agree with this 100%.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • david

      That would be Romney, he takes both sides of every issue, and then denies it.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Deest

      Yes, unlike Flipper Romney who has never contradicted himself on any topic.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  30. Radula_51

    Too bad the US president take action before 99 million Natives Americans were exterminated. Good Going US of A.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • cyg

      Blame the current guy for something done 100-200 years ago. Hmmm. Child left behind I take it?

      April 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  31. The Rmenian

    Obama the hypocrite. How about recognizing the Armenian Genocide who’s 97th anniversary is tomorrow? During your campaign, you said you would acknowledge it but once you became President, realpolitic kicked in and you turned your back on truth and justice and instead appeased genocide denier Edogan and the Republic ofTurkey.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Doug

      I think you are blaming the wrong guy. The Armenian massacres/genocide occured under the Ottoman Turks, an empire that no longer exists. If there is any paperwork giving the orders for the killings still in existance, I would imagine the Turkish government that formed out of the ashes of WW1 would have destroyed all the evidence that they could have.
      The genocide happened. (As did the massacre of the Greeks forced out of Anatolia and the Turks forced out of Greece.) It is emblazened in the memories of those who saw it or heard memories of it from their relatives. The point of his speech was to identify any ongoing or potential genocides. The President can't take it upon himself to condemn Turkey for the Armenian genocide. That would take a formal act of Congress which itself would require hearings, testimony and factual evidence (see above.) I think you need to direct your vitriol towards the current Turkish government or the U.N.
      What the President did today was very courageous. He should challenge the leaders of the rest of the U.N. member nations to do the same.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
      • Marshall Moushigian

        Totally uninformed – first, the genocide did not stop when this turkish republic was founded; it continued well beyond with murder and destruction of property; in fact, it continues today with denial, which is the final stage of genocide. Second, just because you put up an "under new management" sign does not mean that one is absolved – if anything, this republic took the assets and liabilities of the former owner/empire. Third, and continuing from the second, this republic was founded by absconding with billions of dollars worth of assets (cash, gold, personal and business assets; real estate and improvements thereon) and once the creditors (i.e. Armenians) were gone, so too were the debts and, as the IRS will tell you, that's money in your pocket And since we are the self-proclaimed moral standard-bearer, if a president says/strongly suggests that a country ought to do right, then there is serious pressure to do the right thing – its the morality, not the interests, of the matter.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • cyg

      So your next whine is that he got us into another war in a country with no natural resources to squander for our own? Get over yourself, or sign up – French Foreign Legion is always looking...

      April 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  32. cbr

    The stories of genocide have been in then news almost daily. One the one hand, people do not want us to be involved in the affairs of another country. On the other, people are ready to invade on a moment's notice. Truth be told we cannot solve all of the problems. We can shed light on them and hope that all nations will react politically.

    The statements at the Holocaust Museum might seem to be political. However, we have become less welcoming and more disapproving of different ethnic group, religions, and nationalities. Even the President has fallen victim to this
    in almost every comment page of every story about him.

    Until we change our attitudes we cannot change the attitudes of others.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  33. Joel in NJ

    Is it possible that setting up the beaurocracy that would report to the president, as well as recruiting and training new members, infiltrating areas of past genocide, gathering basic intelligence and doing historical and futurist research, could have taken four years?
    The public annoucement is just the culmination off all the behind the scenes efforts.
    Tomorrow, the presidents official intelligence reports will include information on the possibilities of another genocide that is based off of years of work.
    And yes, he is a politician so even if this only took two or three years, the timing of the annoucement suits his goals, but the important thing is that it is being done.
    His omission of the Armenian genocide does raise questions though.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  34. Doug Ericson.

    Ummmmmmmm. Does Mexico ring a bell?

    April 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  35. factman

    open400 put your pink palm palms down and wipe off yoyr brown lips. Stop the lies you cook

    April 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  36. Richard

    I also believe that Obama has no credibility when it comes to preventing mass attrocities and genocide. Neither the Obama administration nor the rest of the international community has done what it takes to stop the violence in Syria. If they aren't going to do anything about it, I wish they'd shut their sanctimonious mouths.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  37. joe j

    This man is like a spilled glass of water splashing everywhere trying to cover as much ground as posssible, the problem is that he really never accomplishes anything except a whole lot of hot air.
    Tomorrow he will spew something else hoping some of what he sligs sticks somewher.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • cyg

      Sounds like you have the winning idea....what is it smart guy? Do nothing and continue to be hated by everyone in the world? Or possibly join every fight? Get your kids ready for the draft, hypocrite, since you can't make up your mind where you want to be.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  38. Mike

    He does this now? Is the fact that genocide has been going on for years in places like Darfur alluded him?
    The intel should be plenty already.
    I think this is no more than a show of false caring.
    I'll believe he is honest when he actually steps in and does what it takes to get these criminals out of power.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  39. sarkispc

    Obama and the US nation should recognize the Armenian Genocide on April 24th 1915 rather than denying the truth just so you can use Turkey's land to fight war with those in the middle east.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  40. Tom in San Diego

    Once he gets the intelligence who is he going to ask what it means?

    April 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  41. Marshall Moushigian

    What a joke; what a typical, unprincipled politician our president is. He promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, the first of the 20th century and the blueprint for all that followed, when campaigning for president, and he voted to recognize it while in the Senate. If we wonder why genocides continue today, just look what is inscribed at the US Holocaust Museum – "Who today speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians". You can chalk that quote up to Adolf Hitler, and you can chalk up our ever-sinking moral standing to Barak Obama. Shame, shame, shame, but when all you care about is interests, and not doing the right thing regardless of political fallout, the last thing you will feel is shame.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  42. ironfray

    The president shouldn't do anything good at this point..because it'll just be labeled as "election year" by the haters. Keep hating.. Obama will keep coming up with good ideas. Obama 2012 plx.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  43. sdowst

    This sounds like a role for the United Nations, if they aren't already doing so. Are we the world's policemen that we should be performing this job? If the UN isn't doing this, kick them in the butt until they do it.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  44. huxley

    Where's the original quote from? Where all those spelling errors and grammar mistakes in the original quote also?

    April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  45. Rudy

    Does that also include the genocides in most of the African countries?

    April 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • huxley

      The quotation calls out both Darfur and Rwanda, so presumably yes.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • inachu

      Not once have I seen a video or statement from Israel where they stated they were the mouth peice against genocide.
      Perhaps they said NEVER again but each and everytime it was in regard to their own blood line and never to the shame of genocide as a whole for the whole earth. Perhaps with Obama speaking about other genocide will make sure that the victims of Hitler stand up with other people who are against it as well. Too many times I see too many one sided stoies of NEVER AGAIN but only meaning for a certain race. Lets do hope NEVER AGAIN is meant for all people of all religions and faith or lack thereof.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Babykitty

      probably, but not the Afrikaners and Boers.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Dustin

      Really? Yes it does... as mentioned in the story. Come on man!

      April 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Me

      Umm, he mentioned Rwanda and Darfur?

      April 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  46. Shant Hagopian

    President Obama has lost all credibility when it comes to the issue of human rights. He talks about "never again" and bringing attention to the human rights atrocities but he's said this before. He said all of this when he ran for president and promised to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide. Almost 4 years later, he has been silent! This morning he made a speech at the holocaust museum and didn't' recognize the Armenian Genocide. This is especially inflammatory as the international day to commemorate the Armenian Genocide is tomorrow, April 24.

    President Obama has allowed the Republic of Turkey to essentially place a gag-rule on the United States. The president has caved in to pressure from the Republic of Turkey to not recognize the Armenian Genocide. So it seems clear, for this administration, human rights aren't' taken seriously. Essentially making this administration complicit with genocide denial.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Chuck

      @Shant Hagopian: You're making a heck-of-a-jump on that one. Essentially you're saying that ALL Presidents since Woodrow Wilson have been in one way or another complicit to genocide, which simply isn't true.

      I agree that the U.S. needs to recognize the slaughter of millions in that case. But I am also aware that now isn't the time. When will be "the time"? Well, I can certainly tell you it's NOT going to happen while we still have troops in Iraq, civil-war in Syria, Bahrain on the verge of ANOTHER crisis...etc. There really is a geo-political side to all of this, and recognizing the deaths of people already gone...I am sorry...is NOT as important as preventing the deaths of people already alive.

      Turkey is the closest thing to an ally that we have in the region that has any teeth, and right now that would simply harm our relationship with them. It's is sad, but it's the truth. Sorry.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Marshall Moushigian

      Well put Shant.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Kevork Balbalian

      Very well said!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Kevork Balbalian

      Well said my friend!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • works4me

      You really believe President Obama should address the thousands of genocides individuality ?
      Are you just choosing a special flavor?

      April 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Andrew

      Of course he will not mention it, because there was no so called genocide!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Victoria/San Diego

      My heart goes out to the multitudes of Armenian Christians who have been the victims of Turkish barbaric/Islamic/satanic torture and murder. Armenia is a very small country and not well known internationally. Moreover, the Armenian people are humble and unlikely to call attention to the atrocities committed against them. I pray that God will deliver the Armenian people from the continued crimes against them and deal with their enemies. God sees everything and He will avenge the blood of the people who truly belong to Him. We have to balance forgiving our enemies while maintaining the cause justly. I guess the best thing that America can do for the Armenians is to continue to receive immigrants who long for a better life. I hope this is some consolation to you.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • jason

        Thanks Victoria for the mention.

        April 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  47. George in PA

    Is it just coincidence that this is an election year?

    April 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Travs

      Exactly. No credibility. As an African-American male 42 yrs. old, I'll be sitting this one out unless either Kucinich or McKinney decide to run again. They were the true populous choices of 2008. Obama is so utter corporate it's shameful.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • huxley

        Yet he polls ahead of Romney. How is the GOP field so terrible that you can't find one honest, consistent candidate *(Romney being neither honest nor consistent) who polls ahead of Obama in a General Election?

        April 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • MIke

        You lost all credibility when you mentioned that you would vote for (Cynthia) McKinney. You sounded reasonable up till then.

        April 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • rudedog

        Yeaaaaah! Ronmey is NOT corporate! Romney 2012

        April 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @Travs

      you are as African American as i am a vampire.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Guesteppi

      No. It happens every 4 years. Very calculated, really.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  48. JAx

    Gosh, I can't imagine why he is making this call during the last year of a 4-year term instead of during his first year. Wonder if he find a way to capitalize on the self-immolation of dozens of Tibetan monks over the last year as well. Wish I had a less pessimistic view, but this guy is nothing but a politician trying to look like he cares so he gets more votes.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • bg

      ...maybe bec. he had to spend his 1st 3+ years working on a trashed economy from his predecessor??

      April 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Robrob

      If he had done it the first year, you'd have found it suspicious. If he had done it the second year, you'd have found it suspicious. If he had done it the third year, you'd have found it suspicious. If he had done it the first year of his second term, you'd have found it suspicious.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Duh!

      And this is news because....? Since when has ANY politician been anything but just that? If you think otherwise, your head is way to deep in the sand. It's not just Obama – it's every politician from the dawn of politics. People putting their trust in people is just way too absurd.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  49. tcaud

    The great protector.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  50. open400

    Obama is planning, not reacting to a crisis. This is what a good president should do. BUsh was always in reactive mode : 911, failed Iraq war, deficti and 2008 meltdown. Romney would be worse becuase Romeny would be reacting to Fox News.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • huxley

      Bush was in ignore mode. When 9/11 happened, he read stories to school children rather than acting. When Katrina happened, with thousands of Americans dieing of thirst, he went on vacation for a week before he took one single action.

      April 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • AmazedinFL

      I think it's a good thing that he's doing this–but why not four years ago??!!

      April 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Mike

      Obama is planning alright. Planning for a re-election campaign where he needs to look more sympathetic to the plight of innocent civilians being mass murdered in foreign countries.

      He lost any credibility when he chose to ignore this issue three years ago. If he was serious, and he wanted people to actually believe him, he would have done this early in his administration and not in an election year.

      Better late than never simply doesn't apply here.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Atul Chaudhary

      Always in a planning mode, never acting.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • jb

      Planning for America, NO, Scheming for a one world government,YES!

      April 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • US VETERAN

      How about some Intellegence on Militias and Domestic Terrorist here within the US? I can definitely see one of these crazy Ted Nugent types getting even angrier if our President gets re-elected and going on a killing spree killing anyone who does not fit their criteria. Seeing as how America is being divided into two groups, 1 that tolerates integration and equal rights for all, and 1 that is on the verge of completely revealing their hateful ways and want anything but equal rights and integration, there is alot of tension and these guys need to be difused before they make any attempts.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  51. Mike C

    I'm sure the Republicans are now trying to figure out how to make potential genocide sound good, so they can oppose this somehow. Wait for it...

    April 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Mike

      They don't need to. Obama already has proven that he doesn't care about genocide.
      If he did he would have done something three years ago.
      This is an election year and every single thing he does now is simply done for political gain, nothing more.
      He ignored this for three and a half years and he now wants us to believe he cares?
      I suppose he'll come out with some grand immigration policy change soon also. Then he'll follow that up with yet another scheme to create jobs (that once again will fall flat on its face).
      This guy is so predictable it is comical.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
      • Dolores Kisting

        Once again, I agree 100%.

        April 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • jqent

      Yep. "They're all foreigners anyway... just potential illegal immigrants."

      April 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  52. honeybe

    Oh, brother.....talk about looking for trouble. Can we ever keep our nose out of everyone's business? Let's hope the the "intelligence community" provides a lot more intelligent information than those invisible weapons of mass destruction.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Mike

      Maybe they'll find an internal email detailing all the issues Obama plans to use to try and get himself re-elected so he can then go on to ignore them for another four years.
      Obama is nothing more than a cartoon character. Let's all tune in to see what kind of funny political scheme we will see next.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm |

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