May 12th, 2014
09:07 AM ET

Obama's minimalist approach to foreign policy

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By Fareed Zakaria

What the United States needs is a set of sophisticated strategies to shore up the existing global system but also keep the major powers invested in it.

With Ukraine, for example, it's vital that Obama rally the world against Russia's violation of borders and norms. And yet, the only long-term solution to Ukraine has to involve Russia. Without Moscow's buy-in, Ukraine cannot be stable and successful. But Obama's strategy of putting pressure on Moscow, using targeted sanctions, and rallying support in Europe is the right one – it might even be showing some signs of paying off.

Similarly with China, the challenge is to provide the assurances that other Asian countries want, but to make sure that the pivot does not turn into a containment strategy against China, which is now the world's second-largest economic and military power. That would make for a Cold War in Asia that no Asian country wants and would not serve American interests either.

Obama's restraint has served him well in avoiding errors. But it has also produced a strangely minimalist approach to his constructive foreign policy agenda. From the Asia pivot to the Russian sanctions to new trade deals, the administration has offered an ambitious and important agenda, but the president approaches it cautiously, as if his heart is not in it and he is being pulled along by events rather than leading them.​

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  1. palintwit

    Last night I dreamt we live in a Palin free world. Then I woke up... *sigh*

    May 12, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • The US Dept Of Defense

      The US DOD announces a new weapon available if hostile aliens try to take over the Earth. The DOD will allow Palin voters to "mind meld" with the aliens. The aliens' heads will immediately implode caused by the huge vacuum.

      May 12, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  2. David Klein

    Fareed, how can you say he is presenting an ambitious and important foreign policy agenda while at the same time saying events are dictating and pulling him as his heart is not in it. It seems as if you are congratulating and defending him while at the same time presenting a paradox as your evidence. It is nonsense for you to say the administration is offering an ambitious and important agenda while at the same time being half heartedly committed to that agenda. In fact, it's evidence of a lack of agenda, ie the minimalist approach you identify, which is a nod to this hesitancy of the administration to make any important or ambitious plans. You're case for his defense is nonsense, and your very reasonable mind may be rationalizing a defense for something you don't understand either but project some of your own ambitious and higher hopes onto in the absence of something more substantive for you to hold onto.

    May 12, 2014 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Well put Mr. Klein. What may have started as an anti-corruption crusade has turned into a blatant tug for war. And rather than being given ample reasonable solutions to determine their own future Ukranians have more or less been led or forced into this outrageous fiasco and are now hopelessly desparate just to stop the blood shed. The proper foreign policy is for everyone to get the heck out of there and help this nation rebuild a democracy for themselves, rationally and peacefully, rather than force them to submit to the tyranny of either Washington or Moscow. We need a new world order alright! Preferably one that is not guided by greed, guns, and money.

      May 12, 2014 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • danny rivera

      Honestly, I'm interested on what your take is on the situation.

      May 12, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • westbest

      Well put, David. Another contradiction is that he says Obama strategy is the right one that "may even by showing signs of paying off". "May even be" is hardly an endorsement of the right strategy. One gets the impression the he would praise anything Obama did or did not do. In the same sentence.

      May 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • bobo

        Obama has bowed out and lead from behind..... this has led to other countries.... China, Russia, Iran to move in and increase there influence. This has happened in the past and caused great problems (WWII) when you sit back and do not take charge. I'm afaid for America in the next 5 to 10 years....

        May 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        @bobo, Hitler's agenda was to make Germany a superior military power. The famous picture of the "big three" was of Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt, the "Grand Alliance". Which country's agenda is it to be the world's superior military power? If any Grand Alliance might currently exist, who's in the picture?

        May 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Marty

    This clown doesn't have a foreign policy

    May 12, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • danny rivera

      Such an easy comment to make. Back it up, why does he not have one?

      May 12, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Oscar D

      Of course Obama has a foreign policy. Bully our allies and be obsequious to our rivals.

      May 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • znhcats

      What kind of policies do you want? Bring more soldiers around the world?

      May 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  4. Joseph McCarthy

    Now Marty,considering your other posts,you are a walking contradiction. Such Tea Party lingo. Our president is still sweeping the G.W. mess. You must be a fan of Sarah Palin. These boards have a very low tolerance for such mumble Jumble.

    May 12, 2014 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • curiousPirate

      blah blah, more blah blah, sara palin, blah, tea party, blah blah.

      Did you have something to say ?

      May 12, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • trigtwit paliin... America's favorite tard baby


        May 12, 2014 at 11:41 am |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Good grief,curiousPirate,are you a fan of Sarah Palin? Nobody wants to read your Tea Party mumble jumble.
        It's as simple as that!

        May 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm |
      • Michael, Chapel Hii

        Obma adminstration made an ally, India, (US has 65% approval rating amont its people), go against US interests, though some may say that India is insignificant, after the diplamat debacle.

        May 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
    • Big Bob

      Sarah Palin wouldn't and shouldn't be a blip on anyone's radar. It's just that the MSM shadows her so they can take something she says out of context and splatter it on the front page to take the heat off of their favorites. Classic misdirection!
      Watch just about any newscast. It's amazing what the DON'T report.

      May 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Bill, Bloomington Il

      you forgot Koch Brothers. Turn in your liberal card until you can get the mindless talking points correct. And dont use the Jersey bridge scandal. If the press has forgotten about it so have we.

      May 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  5. Allan Kinsman

    I find it quite funny when people comment on a single individual and say they have no foreign policy. As though a single individual could get in the way of American jugernaught. Politics would be interesting if it had less to do with coercion. An old disease of recent western influence. Too bad we feel we need to force our thinking down the worlds throat. I would be happy if we would get back to minding our own business as it seems by my estimation deeply in need of spending time at home mending the failed evolution in a so called free society. Oh corporations love our military assets messing around in countries with lots of natural resources. This president at least is sending help to africa of course it's a country with oil.

    May 12, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Bruce

      I think your point is interesting, let's get out of everyone's business. Let us quit the UN and relieve ourselves of this world order tripe. Then we can do business and have alliances based upon our nation not a collective of world politicians. If we think a country's politicians are bad, then what can politicians be when elevated to a world level?

      May 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • Big Bob

        I think you're on to something, Bruce. Why pay 80% of the UN's operating budget when they constantly vote against our interests. With the 57 nation OIC, China and Russia the major players, you know we'll always get the short end of the stick.
        Maybe if we could collect on all of the Traffic violations on the east side we could generate a little revenue, but all in all, it's a loser for us as a sovereign nation. Hey, maybe, just maybe it's a prelude to 1 world government? Nah!

        May 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm |
  6. Jack R

    It will take years, if ever to correct the mess this POTUS will leave.

    May 12, 2014 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • danny rivera

      You voted for "W" am I correct. Enough said.

      May 12, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        Barry makes W look like a genius.

        May 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
      • palintwit

        Fake palintwit @ 3:11 pm.

        May 13, 2014 at 9:21 am |
    • bobo

      So true! I hope we can recover.... we need jobs, energy independence, a smaller less intrusive government and a President with B****

      May 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton

    You know Joseph,I've read Marty's other posts. He can't seem to be able to make up his mind. He must be a supporter of Paul Ryan. Obviously he is a member of the Tea Party. I don't think this joker should post here anymore.
    This clown has got to go!

    May 12, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Bill, Bloomington Il

      Yes. Silence free speech which is what liberals want.

      May 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • bobo

        Come on Bill........ That's only if you disagree with them! LOL

        May 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
  8. George Patton

    The same goes to Jack R. Such lingo! As that old song goes, "Who let the dogs out!"

    May 12, 2014 at 10:42 am | Reply
  9. palintwit

    Being a member of Sarah Palin's Tea Party Patriots is not without fringe benefits. All the roadkill you can eat is one of their favorites.

    May 12, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      Sigh...I remember when dissent was patriotic.

      "But it's cute when we do it!"

      May 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        Derp..derp...the only thing I can talk about it Sarah Palin because some how that is relevant in 2014.

        May 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm |
      • palintwit

        Fake palintwit @ 3:13 pm.

        May 13, 2014 at 9:22 am |
    • The US Dept Of Defense

      The US DOD announces a new weapon available if hostile aliens try to take over the Earth. The DOD will allow Palin voters to "mind meld" with the aliens. The aliens' heads will immediately implode caused by the huge vacuum.

      May 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  10. danny rivera

    Do we go it alone like "W" did and/or pretend we had a "coalition of the willing", or do we for the first time in a long time think carefully how we spend taxpayer money? In the end any action we take militarily costs money. "W" did everything on a blank check, we no longer have that luxury. Hell, we never did!

    May 12, 2014 at 11:00 am | Reply
  11. vikachi

    What dose palin have to do with this or barry n his ways.?u must have a thing for her like polling the pigtails of the girl u like in 1st grade.this site is ful of far left n right 9 n 10 year olds it seems? you all vote these clowns in then try to defend ur bad mis- takes.barry sucks.palin sucks more n u people R just suckers.

    May 12, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      Lol so you figured out domestic American Politics I can see brothers lol. Makes for a fun show, but indeed, when it comes down to governance, well you can see the results for yourself lol.

      May 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Bill, Bloomington Il

      I see your 1st grade education is serving you well. 2nd grade will help you form paragraphs that make sense. Good Luck.

      May 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  12. Alex A

    Just for US readers: If you read Russian media in Russian you will be VERY concerned. it is massive hatred of USA, democracy and Americans.
    If USA is nice and friendly – Russians see it as USA as "idiots".
    If USA reduses military – Russians see it as an "opportunity" .
    Russians want to return Alaska because "it was wrong deal" for them.

    USA be "nice – civil – logical"
    Russians are "agressive – hysteria" – grub anything you can and pretend you don't understand you are wrong.

    US state department is naive and look lost. I wonder if they have any former Russians help them?

    A also wish our president stopped smiling. pretending everithing is OK is not a policy.

    May 12, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      Good points indeed brother. I agree that I think the State Department is a bit naive. Lol, but I'll bet ya the CIA ain't. ;).

      May 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  13. JC

    Very good point. Obama has been far more reactionary rather than strategic. That's a problem.

    May 12, 2014 at 11:45 am | Reply
  14. sly

    This is why President Obama is the best President since Ike. And the only one not to start a war.

    It's taken 50 years for a American President to realize that we should spend our tax dollars on Americans!

    Thank you Mr. President!

    May 12, 2014 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Alex A

      Yes, he spends other people money.

      May 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  15. vikachi

    This boat is sinking.& in deep waters.thats way our Gov.ordered 1 trillon rounds of ammo this year.thay know the card house is comeing down.insted of bailing together you fight over whos to we all go down.& the ammo? thats for when we get together n try to right this ship of fools.the ammo wont cair if u were left right or ind.hate eachother & love the haters.? good plan..?

    May 12, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      Where did you learn to write so eloquently? Fox News?

      May 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • The US Dept Of Defense

        The US DOD announces a new weapon available if hostile aliens try to take over the Earth. The DOD will allow Palin voters to "mind meld" with the aliens. The aliens' heads will immediately implode caused by the huge vacuum.

        May 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm |
      • rupert

        I think he went to Harvard. He writes like a doctor.

        May 13, 2014 at 2:57 am |
  16. Timothy Babula

    I do not blame Obama for the current condition of the foriegn policy i blame the proud tradition of isolationism dating back a full 100 yrs ie: WW 1 An the current conservative bent in both houses in congress where the understanding of the complex dance of foriegn policy takes years to fully comprehend is limited by inexpierence ! The President recieves enough guff to float a battleship I do not blame him for a non-interference policy look at iraq an we all know how well that camd out ,what i feel is we need to make policy that makes sense for the world as well as America, no longer the worlds policeman but a custodian of self determination , personal freedom and religious tolerance just like our forefathers wanted for AMERICA! So the rest of the world also!

    May 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  17. USAPeasant

    This is a very good assessment indeed Fareed.

    On one hand President Obama's restraint has been shrewd in navigating this very troubling foreign policy era.

    On the other hand this has also made him and America appear somewhat indecisive and his approach of playing all sides has landed us into some tricky situations. I think it's a case of "if you try to make everyone happy, no one is happy" a good example of this would be the policy on Syria.

    Now naturally some foreign policy games are quite tricky indeed and also dependant on the other people involved (yet again Syria a good example of this.) However here's some things I think Obama could do to strengthen our foreign policy approach in the next two years (keep in mind just my humble Peasant opinion.)

    1. Pivot to Asia strategy is probably my favorite thing Obama has done. It is a very smart move. I would like to see Obama partner with China more. He has to stay strong for the sake of our other Asian allies, but I feel if we could get a stronger partnership with China that it be good for both our nations as well as the other countries in the region. I think for this an opening up of comonman dialogue with the Far East is the best approach, for instance getting China to be less restrictive of the internet, which has all ready begun and we have also seen psoitive results the more China opens. Even me being a poor basement dwelling Peasant have had much dialogue with our East Asian friends, even goodly peasants in China. I am always so struck how similar our commonman cultures are. Their conservatives are pretty much the same in thought as our conservatives and their liberals are so much like our liberals. I feel if Obama could lead to more openness between the common peoples that East Asian and American trade, diplomacy, and foreign alliance could usher in a new era of material and intellectual prosperity for both our regions.

    2. Take a more isolationist approach to the Middle East. I understand how heartbreaking it is to watch the followers of islam killing everything in sight, but there is little we can do lest we feed into their dangerous game. The only clear cut alliance we have in the Middle East is with Israel. They are the only ones who don't play a game of duplicitness. We need to stop throwing Israel under the bus. I understand Obama just wants better relations with the Kings of the Middle East, but observe the times, even the People are rising up against their Kings there. So we can't keep playing into the Game of Thrones. We need a very clear cut and definitive approach to the Middle East. We cannot keep funding and arming rebels and we cannot back down from Israel and we cannot keep funding questionable regimes that oppress their people. All this ever does is make us more enemies than we had before even when it is not the US that is doing anything wrong.

    3. Simply keep up the good work in Europe and stay the course, this is one of the areas Obama has been spectacular on as you pointed out Fareed. Am very glad how Obama has reforged our most ancient of alliances and kept them strong despite the growing Russian aggression.

    4. I know Africa, after the Middle East, is the most challenging Foreign Policy arena, so it is fair to give Obama some leeway in this realm. Not to be racist here, but let's face it, Obama is the first black President and he has direct African family ties. I was hoping since 2008 he'd put a little more focus on strengtheneing our ties to the various nations in Africa. Perhaps some sort of mid to long term plan for some of the African nations that we can trust would be very cool to see and beneficial to those countries and to the whole world. I am very much hoping to see some sort of push by Obama in Africa which besides a few trips, some aid dollars, and military support in North Africa, I have to be honest I don't see much of it right now. I have seen some pretty good work by the private American capitalists to help Africa though. Perhaps this be a good foundation for Obama to build off of and Obama coudl partner up with our Merchant Class to both help Africa and also a good opportunity for Obama to reconcile somewhat with the US Merchant Class and also do some good for our African brothers and sisters.

    Just some thoughts and opinions. Always enjoy your views as always Fareed my brother in Globalist Ideology.

    May 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  18. chrissy

    @ Jack R your comment about the mesr the POTUS has made? You MUST be talking about that swine GWB cuz hes left us the biggest mess EVER! And good post @ sly!

    May 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  19. USAPeasant

    And to my brother commentators on the Global Public Sqaure. How be it you're all so hung up on a former Alaskan governor that doesn't even hold office or sway anymore? Lol Fareed is probably laughing at you all. Know all ye nothing about foreign policy besides Sarah Pailn's amazing glasses that let her see Russia from her backyard?

    May 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  20. Andrey

    On their way to a "set of sophisticated strategies" US administration should probably try to do some planning! That would be a new approach to starting wars or staging coups to remove democratically elected governments they do not like, but who knows, they may even like it when they see how good it feels when you actually know what you are going to do next!

    May 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  21. d. lewis

    It's a conrast to those who measure foreign policy by how many wars we get into, and how high the debt goes for having all the wars. If we gave them the power, we could have several more wars going right now, some of them nuclear. Of course the debt might be 10 times the GDP, and of course our GDP would shrink at the same time, to maybe around $8T, about half of the EU's. The largest threat to our foreign policy is that our economy shrinks so much that we are no longer relevant to Global affairs, we play no role, because our economy is so small. Another obvious problem is trade, little note is taken of how trade deals effect foreign policy, trade started the Eukraine situation, the EU can't react to the crisis because of trade, intertwined, entangled, economies make foreing policy almost an impossible task The EU has effectively lost control of it's own economy, and it's own foreign policy, just as many Countries lose those abilities, when they engage in mindless trade policies. The US is not only losing it's economic stature because of bad trade policies, and bad economic policies, but it's losing it's economic clout in the World economy and it's ability to use diplomacy to solve crisises. Eventually it will get to a point where no one cares what the US thinks, or does, about any crisis that occurs in the World.

    May 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      You make excellent points brother, especially in regard to EU-Ukraine Trade and Conflict. Though in fairness let's not forget Russia in that equation and how they shut off the Ukrainian's gas to influence elections to put Yanukovych into power to begin with. Porblem with Ukraine is Ukraine needs trade both with EU and Russia. Both factions want a one-sided approach and this will simply never work unless we can cut Ukraine off the map and make it into an island.

      As far as US trade deals, yes this has put us into bad situations, but has also led to good both economically and diplomatically. Like for instance our growing connections with East Asia has been very beneficial diplomatically and economically. By contrast our trade deals with duplicitous Middle Eastern nations with abhorrent human rights records has only served to make a mockery out of America diplomatically, especially when said nations' own people overthrow their leaders and then blame US for trading with them..

      I think the real trick here is getting a more tailored and fair trade policies with sound governments instead of the one-size fits all approach that has been going on since the late 80s and 90s. But then again this is not a new problem, been going on for as long as history, so we shall see.

      May 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • USAPeasant

        Have your opinion all you want brother, but don't try to deport Fareed. He's the only fair-handed Globalist in mainstream media.

        May 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm |
  22. ogamidiagoro

    "Obama's restraint has served him well in avoiding errors"
    Bowing to Saudi's, apologizing for America's freedom of speech with a commercial in Pakistan, Benghazi , Etc ,Etc..

    Obama has made America look weak, And the worlds leaders take advantage of it.

    Zakaria as per norm is talking crap, I wish we could deport the pro Islam Shia piece of garbage.

    May 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      (OG comment was meant for ogam, my bad)

      Have your opinion all you want brother, but don't try to deport Fareed. He's the only fair-handed Globalist in mainstream media.

      May 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  23. Jerry Okamura

    The only thing that counts in the end is success.

    May 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  24. NJ Man

    Obama's greatest foreign policy tragedy has been his complete lack of policy in Syria, resulting in the deaths of over 100,000 and millions displaced .

    Although I'm a Democrat, it is clear that John McCain was correct in his plan to aid the Free Syrian Army. Without Western support, they have valiantly fought bullets with only sticks and stones. Courage has not been enough.

    Obama almost acted effectively with limited air strikes, which would have been immensely helpful to the Free Syrian Army.

    Guess who stepped in to help? Good old Vladimir Putin, the one who has enabled Assad's murder of his own people. And so the strikes were called off.

    And so the slaughter continues.

    May 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      I disagree, Obama's mistake in Syria is letting McCain have his own merc army there. I too felt bad for the Syrians when Assad began killing his own people, however what can we do now that every jihadist from the four winds is descending into that cauldron of violence? We can't support these rebels as they are even more brutal than the Assad regime! We should stay the hell out of Syria unless they invade Israel or Turkey.

      Obama was prudent not to strike Syria, for if we had surely Putin would have attacked us and China would have joined him. His threat of force is one of the strongest things he did with Syria and at least got Russia to see that we cannot allow Assad to use chemical weapons. There is no easy answer in Syria, it is a world war fit into one country, the best we can all do is try to contain the violence.

      May 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        That didn't stop Barry from running his mouth about red lines though did it? Then he had to eat those words, which would have been funny if he wasn't the leader of this country.

        May 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • USAPeasant

        @palintwit Aye, that is true. But its better Obama eat his words than for you and me to eat from the dish of chaos.

        May 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
      • palintwit

        Fake palintwit @ 4:13 pm.

        May 13, 2014 at 9:23 am |
  25. Jake321

    Oh, got it. Obama has the brains but not the cojones to be President of the US, especially in terms of foreign policy.

    May 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  26. K Harrington

    David–I completely agree with you and this article. It is one of the reasons I did not vote for Obama this time around. The true colors of many nations and groups are being shown (i.e. China's agression to neighbors, Syria's agression to its people, Russia's agression in Ukraine...the list goes on) because of Obama's minimalist foreign policy agenda. His policy seems to be something like this...'don't get involved as much as possible...take the US and its leadership in the world down several notches...stand back and watch things happen as long as possible'. Its a shame where America is right now with foreign relations. If we're not ridiculed about Bush just invading countries, we're now ridiculed about Obama and him being weak...something I think we are continually paying for as world events unfold.

    May 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  27. palintwit

    It seems Barry takes a minimalist approach to everything in life.

    May 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • sly

      And 'minimalist' is bad.

      Us Republicans prefer Big Government Big Deficit Spending and Big Wars.

      This President Obama with his record deficit reduction and refusal to bomb China, Korea, Russia, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Ireland and Texas is a bad 'minimalist'.

      We need War for our nation to grow great.

      May 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        "record deficit reduction" wow, you really do eat his BS up huh? The low information voter at its finest.

        May 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm |
      • sly

        Trying to use facts with Republicans is like asking them to believe the world is round:

        "In 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, after tax cuts and new spending, the deficit was 10.1 percent of GDP. In 2012, the deficit declined to 7 percent of GDP. So that’s a decline of 3.1 percentage points. You have to go back 63 years to the period between 1946 and 1949 to find a bigger four-year drop than what the country saw between 2009 and 2012."

        Conservative magazine Forbes: "The 10 least educated states voted for Romney. 9 of 10 highest educated states voted for Obama".

        Simply put: Intelligent people are Democrats, while the ignorant among us vote for Republicans. This fella is good proof.

        May 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
      • palintwit

        Fake palintwit @ 4:12 pm.

        May 13, 2014 at 9:25 am |
    • palintwit

      Fake palintwit @ 3;14 pm.

      May 13, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  28. Inwood Pete

    Better cautious than Bull headed bravado and
    preening, talkin tough and dodging tumbleweed.

    May 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  29. sfg

    Fareed's viewpoint is always what
    is best for Pawk Ee Stawn.

    May 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  30. DRJJJ

    What do ya mean?? He's put several countries on double probation and threatened action some day. It's not his fault either!

    May 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
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