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. Protesters gather outside the offices of Boeing, the campaign headquarters for Obama
Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of the second day of NATO summit in Chicago and anti -NATO protests in the streets. Tom McCarthy here in New York, my colleagues and Ewen MacAskill Gabbatt Adam are in Chicago. A summary of the latest news:
President Obama refused to meet with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardarito discuss the reopening of supply routes through the border with Pakistan for NATO forces in Afghanistan. Both parties would agree, but the tensions that have lasted more than 1 November 2011 NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and a disagreement on the rates of the border have so far prevented.
Dozens of demonstrators were arrested and others injured in clashes with police outside the summit
. Thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Chicago on Sunday to protest against military action and called for an end to the war in Afghanistan, among other objectives.
Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a joint appearance in the media that Obama praised the cooperation of the War of Karzai
. "I am grateful for the hard work that President Karzai has done," Obama said. "It recognizes the enormous sacrifices made by American troops." U.S. combat troops remain in Afghanistan until 2014 and pledged his support for the Afghan security forces for ten years after.
My Kind of Town
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- Adrian Chen (@ AdrianChen) May 21, 2012
With debt service engulfs a growing U.S. budget
the expenses unnecessary war> is under fire in Congress.
by an amendment to the bill proposed defense authorization that passed the House last week, the Pentagon is required to calculate and publish the costs of war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya . The amendment was drafted by Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia).
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked Obama on war spending in an article by Ed on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune. Romney did not accuse Obama of running deficits with ill-conceived wars, but (cc: GWB).Romney accused Obama of threatening global stability by not investing enough in the war:
While the military underinvestment is a longstanding problem of NATO, the lack of U.S. leadership on this issue is alarming again. Instead of working to strengthen NATO, the Obama administration has taken steps that undermine the alliance.
Last year, President Obama signed into law a budget plan that threatens to charge the U.S. militarywith about U.S. $ 1 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. ... General Martin Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs of the United States, said that this reduction simply means "no longer a world power."
defense spending seems to be a budget line that is exempt from the ongoing conference of Republican deficits (unless, of course, the Republican in question is Dr. Ron Paul). We took a look at defense spending in the relationship between the member countries of NATO yesterday. The United States spends more than France, a member of NATO rank second in terms of military budget, 10-1.
11:18: Much of yesterday's demonstration in opposition to the NATO summit came peacefully, but
late afternoon along the barricades to prevent the demonstrators from approaching the summit site.
the police clashed with demonstrators
Adam The Guardian Gabbatt video is recorded in the protest crowd as they ran into a wall of peacekeeping officers with other clubs. Front and center is a white-haired protester appears to be a septuagenarian, ish.
"the old woman back!" shouts someone (: 40)
"She wants to be at the front". is the answer.
11:44: Among the many
that came out of the protests in Chicago Sunday, features a symbolic force:
U.S. Veterans flatbad
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- Anonymous (@ Ghostpickles) May 21, 2012
The ceremony recalled a scene from the Vietnam years, when disenchanted veterans gathered in Washington, DC, in April 1971 and laid the war medals on Capitol Hill. Future presidential candidate John Kerry controversy to return his medals from Vietnam.
. Warning: This video contains much more vigorous stick-to-say-that-man-curse and messy hair
24:15:Heck of a sequence of pictures of
(h / t: @ mccaner) Chicago Tribune. Get ready for the final.
Then there are the
protest against the risks of NATO NATO give the impression that NATO is doing things.
- Matt Yglesias (@ mattyglesias) May 21, 2012
24:31: protest is underway in Marchof Union Park in Chicago Is the head office of Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer and defense contractor.
The March is broadcast live on @ occupymusician:
What do we want? Peace. When do we want? Yesterday. Get up, down, no revolution in this city.
Adam Gabbatt coversaa demonstration outside the headquarters of Boeing
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"There is something of an" after the mayors see "feel to the proceedings," says Adam. "Even favorite songs like" We're unstoppable, another world is possible "not to turn more of a response from the crowd. Many people here have had a long day yesterday. "
1:43 p.m.: Adam Gabbatt
earler spoke with, which welcomed the veterans of the Iraq war has users Sunday the police and sentenced for what he called violent tactics. Thayer says that estimates of the crowd yesterday was as high as 20,000 +.
Listen to the interview:
1:51 p.m.:security features NATO members have reached formal agreement for
"Our forces broke the Taliban's momentum," Obama said of the meeting. "Most Afghans are reclaiming their communities. Afghan security forces have become stronger." mesh to Afghan security forces next summer, in preparation for the withdrawal of U.S. troops late 2014, reports the New York Times.
The agreement with previous plans established by the coalition forces. As expected, the new French president, Francois Hollande, announced it was accelerating the withdrawal of his country in the coalition force in Afghanistan. French troops leave the country later this year, he said.2:02 p.m.:
aa Ewen MacAskill
The Guardian reports on a meeting with the
British Prime Minister
during the NATO summit. Mutual love abounded:
as "frustrating" hardly covers the extent of anger in the Obama administration with Zardari. Obama had hoped to come to the NATO summit agreement. Instead, Cameron said he would not agree today.
Cameron took a question from my colleague guardian, Patrick Wintour, saying he was asked the last question before going for a photo with all the other NATO leaders because of his "deep and abiding love of the great British institution." He said it was ironic. Patrick, in response to Cameron, said the feeling was mutual. He was also the irony.
2:39 p.m.: centeraa protest activity
happens now HQ Obama campaign.
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- Adam Gabbatt (@ AdamGabbatt) May 21, 2012
Both parties are motivated to pursue a meeting. It would raise the stature of Mr. Zardari have a meeting face-to-head with the President of the United States, although many of his constituents do not have a particular affection for him or the United States. Zardari wants to reach an agreement with the benefit of United States Pakistan United States pay as much as $ 5,000 or more per truck crossing the border to supply the NATO troops in Afghanistan. Zardari also as a kind of diplomatic trophy at home as a justification to travel all the way to Chicago.