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The poverty of Obama's foreign policy

The poverty of Obama's foreign policy

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Hillary Clinton an effective secretary of state. All along, it must have been the plan for Russia to seize the eastern Ukraine, Beijing to build airstrips and assert sovereignty over international shipping lanes in the South China Sea, and Iran to have the capability to develop nuclear weapons. It's not wholly fair to contrast this performance with Reagan/elder-Bush era successes — the collapse of the Soviet Union, China's embrace of western capitalism, and a U.S. economy that endured a financial crisis but still accomplished 3.1 percent annual growth. Those were simpler times. Russia and China were much weaker and desperate for...