15 hot-button issues President Obama will face or may try to tackle in his second term

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 10:01 a.m. MST

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A 2012 PolicyMic article suggested that Obama's second term should focus on several global priorities, including Iran's nuclear ambitions, cooperation with China, trust-building with Russia, pressure on Israel, engagement with South America, assistance to Africa and a push to have Europe take care of its own defense needs.

Despite the 2014 deadline for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, the Middle East is likely to continue to be a flashpoint in the wake of the September attack on the Benghazi consulate attack that left U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, as well as the January Algeria hostage crisis where three Americans were killed.

Additionally, a January CNN story indicated that the death toll in the ongoing Syrian civil war now stands at an estimated 60,000 people, which far exceeds the estimated 30,000 dead in the Libya uprising. Mali, which was mentioned by Mitt Romney in the October foreign policy debate as a danger zone, is in the news as well, as French forces battle against Islamic extremists.

The events in Mali and Algeria, as well as recent events in other countries, are spurring a reconsideration of the military role the U.S. should take in Africa, The Wall Street Journal reported on Jan. 18.

"America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe, and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation," the president said during his inaugural address. "We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom."

>> An Algerian army truck near Ain Amenas, the gas plant where the hostage taking occurred, Sunday Jan. 20, 2013.
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Salt Lake City, UT

I don't really see an issue with Obama and this list.

Obama got majority of the Latino vote with the Dream Act. Something his Republican counter parts refuse to talk about.

Obama secured the LGBT vote by ending DADT and being the first President against DOMA and to publicly support Monogamy for gay Americans.

Obama continues to get the Black vote due to supporting Affirmative action and education for minorities.

Obama decimated Mitt Romney on foreign policy, being the sitting President when the war in Iraq ended, having an exit date for Afghanistan and giving the order to get Osama Bin Laden.

Domestic issues have only been created by the Republican Party. Taxes, the Budget and gun control have been fabricated by Republican Obstruction and the constant gun deaths in America fuel the need for checks at gun shows.

No, I'd say Obama will be just fine.

And the more votes Obama got for his 2nd term, support that.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

You're right. Obama will do just fine because he will handout a laundry list of promises, which people will believe entirely, and not accomplish a single one, just like the last four years.

Burley, ID

Sorry SS, I have to report a factual error in your statement.

President Obama did accomplish one major promise, it was ObamaCare and like it or hate it, you got to give him his due on that one.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

You're right more takers than makers want obama to continue down this path of destruction.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Obama got millions less votes this time around, and less than 51% of the total this time. There was no mandate in this election. Yet, he believes he is King.

Maurice McBride
Roanoke, VA

It would appear that he is going to make LBJ look like a right-wing conservative.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Rvalens2,
Ya got me. My bad! Still, just proof that the things he does promise are worthless.

Salt Lake City, UT


Obama got 'less' votes than last time, so that is an indicator that Obama 'lost'?

Who was sworn into Presidential office in 2008 and again in 2012?

Talk is cheap.

And all I am seeing on this story is nothing but personal attacks.

So sad.

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