Joining us now is a foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign. Michele Flournoy was, until this past February, undersecretary of defense for policy. Welcome to the program.
MICHELE FLOURNOY: Thank you. Glad to be with you, Audie.
CORNISH: I'd like to put to you something that Rich Williamson, a Romney foreign policy adviser, said to us on Friday. I mean, he was talking about Libya and he criticized the Obama administration for not playing a large enough role there since Gadhafi fell. Let's take a listen.
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Royal Dutch Shell has decided not to try to strike oil in the Arctic Ocean, at least not this fall. The company has been hampered by equipment problems and bad weather. It's yet another setback for Shell's ambitious and controversial plans to tap what may be a huge undersea oil reserve. NPR's Richard Harris has that story.
Tensions are not only high between Israel and Iran, but also between Israel and the U.S. Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, is demanding that the Obama administration draw a clear line to determine what would cause the U.S. to take military action against Iran for its suspect nuclear program. The U.S. counters that sanctions and diplomacy should be given more time to work.
From Tel Aviv, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports on the view in Israel.
A member of the Libyan security forces secures the area around the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi on Sept. 14. Benghazi, and other parts of eastern Libya, are suffering from an acute lack of security, making it vulnerable to militant violence.
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Libyan followers of the Ansar al-Sharia militant group burn the U.S. flag during a protest in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 14.
The deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel has highlighted the serious post-Moammar Gadhafi security vacuum in the country.
The problem is much bigger than a few rogue militants: Eastern Libya is awash with heavy weaponry; security forces are weak; assassinations are plaguing Benghazi; and the people with the biggest guns rule.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but what do you do when there are no apples? It's a question western Michigan's apple growers are dealing with this season after strange weather earlier in the year decimated the state's apple cultivation.
Michigan is the third-largest apple producer in the U.S. after New York and Washington, but the state's apples will soon be in short supply. Now in the middle of harvest season, growers are picking only 10 percent to 15 percent of their normal crop.