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Obama's rose-tinted view of foreign affairs

These are halcyon days in the Kremlin because the Western leaders resisting Russian expansion were all trained in global affairs at the Blanche DuBois Academy of Foreign Policy.

In playwright Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," Blanche went through life blithely disregarding reality while fashioning an alternative universe whose first principle was reliance on "the kindness of strangers."

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President Barack Obama and his diplomatic chief, Secretary of State John Kerry, trusted in strangers at the U.N. to clean up the Syrian chemical warfare mess after they erased their own red line against Syria's use of such weapons.

The dynamic duo also relied on the dysfunctional Iraqi government in Baghdad, strangers all, to stop the Islamic State — another failed effort.

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They are failing as well in the South China Sea and with the metastasizing Islamist terror campaign. It turns out that there are too few strangers ready to assume our burdens. What a pity.

Paul Bloustein, Cincinnati, Ohio

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