Don't look for any mention of Pakistan's struggle with al-Qaida in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Or the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Or the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Obama was notably silent on those elements of American foreign policy during his speech Wednesday night to Congress. All are top challenges facing his administration, but they didn't make the cut for his first State of the Union address.
Obama promised during his first days in office to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. That effort is ongoing, but he has missed his own one-year deadline.
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