Barack Obama will shortly name CIA Director Leon Panetta as the new Secretary of Defense, replacing outgoing Secretary Robert Gates. General David Petraeus will then take over for Panetta as CIA director.
Iran says that if the U.S. goes forward with its threat to impose sanctions on the country's central bank, which could cripple its oil exports, then it will shutdown the Straits of the Hormuz. The U.S. says that's just one red line that should Iran cross would trigger military actions.
Multiple foreign policy crisis including anti-American demonstrations, the war in Syria and unrest in Afghanistan,Iraq and south China are adding up to critical test for President Obama, says Susan Glasser, the editor in chief at Foreign Policy magazine.