CNN's Erin Burnett discusses President Barack Obama's Middle East focus during his speech to the United Nations Tuesday. Obama vowed to bring to justice Libyan consulate attackers that killed 4 Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
OutFront tonight: Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) is on the Senate Foreign Relations committee and he's been briefed on the situation.
Obama confronts Iran, Syria; UNGA debate opens
Embroiled in his campaign for re-election, President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in a sweeping speech meant to honor slain Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, confront Iran and Syria, and highlight American involvement in the Middle East.
"We were inspired by the Tunisian protests that toppled a dictator, because we recognized our own beliefs in the aspirations of men and women who took to the streets," he told delegates. "We insisted on change in Egypt, because our support for democracy put us on the side of the people."
Obama also sought to highlight American support of leadership transitions in Yemen, "because the interests of the people were not being served by a corrupt status quo," and in Libya, where a U.N. Security Council resolution allowed NATO jets to help "to stop the slaughter of innocents."