President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning in New York and delivered a stern message to those responsible for the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
"The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America," said Pres. Obama. "There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice," he added.
Pres. Obama also addressed the bloodshed in Syria. "The future must not belong to a dictator who massacres his people," he said about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He also said a nuclear-armed Iran is "not a challenge that can be contained" and the United States "will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
And on the effort to bring peace to the Middle East Pres. Obama said, "The road is hard but the destination is clear – a secure, Jewish state of Israel; and an independent, prosperous Palestine."
As you can see, the president covered a lot of international problems in his speech, but he decided to hold no face-to-face bilateral meetings with world leaders, with the exception of dropping by on a meeting Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan was having with Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadito.
That's in stark contrast to the 13 meetings he scheduled last year.
Republicans are firing back saying it's outrageous that the only face-to-face meeting Obama actually had while in New York was an interview he taped with the ladies of "The View."
How does the White House answer to the criticism? Their response tonight in our Keeping Them Honest report.
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