November 9th, 2014
12:23 AM ET

Asia key to Obama's foreign policy legacy

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By Fareed Zakaria

Obama's biggest foreign policy initiative is powerful and intelligent – the pivot to Asia.

The greatest threat to global peace and prosperity over the next decades comes not from a band of assassins in Syria but from the rise of China and the manner in which that will reshape the geopolitics of Asia and the world. If Washington can provide balance and reassurance in Asia, it will help ensure that the continent does not become the flash point for a new Cold War.

But the Asia pivot remains more rhetoric than reality. Having promised a larger U.S. military presence in the Philippines, Singapore and Australia, there is little evidence of any of this on the ground...

...I know the world looks messy and the administration is now on the defensive. But recall what the world looked like when Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were conducting foreign policy.

America was losing a war in Asia in which it had deployed half a million troops. The Soviet Union was on the march. Domestic opposition and troubles were mounting. Nixon and Kissinger had to initiate a major retreat but, as Robert Zoellick has pointed out, they combined this with a series of bold, positive, assertive moves.

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  1. palintwit

    Fake Hannah @ 5:48

    November 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  2. palintwit

    Fake Scottish Mama @ 5:04

    November 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  3. rupert

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    November 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

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      November 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  4. palintwit

    @rupert. I'm impressed. Let's fuk

    November 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      @palintwit. ok. I guess. Lets wait until my girlfriends *banasy and chrissy* are out of town.

      November 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  5. Paid Basher

    Palin is a little long in the tooth. And a bit too much Clydesdale.

    November 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      So true Paid Basher, thank you.

      November 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        I'm just a drooling idiot and I soil my bed every night. I can't help myself.

        November 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
  6. chri§§y

    Oh i beg to differ...that IS me @ 3:52!

    November 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Who cares. You know what? Shut up b itch. Take your frustration out on your ex husband who divorced you (why am I not surprised). All you post is s hit.

      November 11, 2014 at 10:28 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        Child.

        November 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    Well listen to you Mr King of Crap! You dont know an effin thing about anything but youre always posting SH!T!

    November 11, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
  8. chri§§y

    @ joe blow...My ex husband never paid for anything in his life much less a divorce! He wouldnt even pay a lousy $7.50 a week child support for 3 kids! Deadbeat just like YOU!

    November 11, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • Crockett

      p issy chrissy do you blame him? go to work and pay for your stuff. no more sugar daddies for ya. Your ex is my hero.

      November 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        You're an imbecile.
        Grow up.

        November 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm |
      • Freeses Lardons

        You very stupid person. You from where? Africa?

        November 12, 2014 at 6:33 am |
      • Prissy

        This boy banasy is from India. He poses as Americano. His comments are hogwash. FYI

        November 12, 2014 at 11:23 am |
  9. Crockett

    Just landed in Liberia from India !!!!! THANK GOD !!!! Kissed the ground in Monrovia. Checking into a hospital for Ebola/Hep A- C/E Coli/TB etc.
    Never again will I go to India ever again. EVER!!!

    It is absolutely terrible there beyond words. I will publish my comments as we go along.
    Suffice to say that India is disintegrating. People are beyond belief neanderthals and sooooo many of them. Raiping everything that moves including but not limited to water buffaloes and camels, Spitting, coughing in your face, smelling and just pure unhygienic. No moral values. Womenbeaters. Filthy people. Smell like rotten onions. In fact.....pardon my french..., they smell like pig s hit on a hot Indian summer day.

    November 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Eden

      LOL. I don't blame you. Than your stars you cane out of that ordeal safely.

      November 12, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Crockett you know NOTHING! I worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs ALWAYS! No one paid for my kids except me and i also raised my niece and nephew after their parents were killed in 9/11. Why should i have kept a drunk S O B around and support him too? You need to S T F U you dumbazz!

    November 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Eden

      You need to get laid.

      November 12, 2014 at 3:38 am | Reply
      • Prissy

        Lol

        November 12, 2014 at 11:24 am |
  11. chri§§y

    And only an idiot like you would think a man that beat a 2yr old severely mentally impaired child a hero! Guess youre are dumber than i thought!

    November 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Eden

      Well they rhaype newly born girls in India. This must be nirvana.

      November 12, 2014 at 3:40 am | Reply
  12. chri§§y

    @ Eden's 3:38 post, is THAT the answer? I think NOT but im not at all surprised that others do. And it usually creates more problems and rarely fixes any!

    November 13, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
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