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. rupert


    November 9, 2014 at 9:36 am | Reply
  2. rupert

    I am Asian man. I am greater than Bruce Lee. I challenge and call out :
    Joey Isotta-Fraschini
    Blue Saffron
    To a duel. Be at lobby of Empire State Building at midnight.
    I am a blackbelt karate expert.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
  3. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    China’s generals believe in hitting as fast and as hard as possible, a style of warfare they demonstrated in their 1987 blitzkrieg against India. The aim is to wage “battles with swift outcome” (su jue zhan). This laser focus has been a hallmark of the war with India in 1962 and 1987 during which they annihilated Indian Army and destroyed it and captured 10% of India up north in Aksai Chin region.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
  4. rupert

    Dazzle brown belt. I kick her butt.
    U above with stup id name.
    U next

    November 9, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  5. rupert

    Asian people have men of honor.
    However, I kick their butt with my karate skills
    China. Look out.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:47 am | Reply
  6. rupert

    I can defeat entire Chinese military. Get in line boys. I take u 5 at one time with my bruce lee skills.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  7. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    On October 20, 1962 at 5:14 am, Chinese Army overwhelmed the attacking Indian forces in Arunachal Pradesh. Simultaneously, the Chinese cut the Indian communication lines, preventing the Indians from making contact with their headquarters. At about 6:30 am, the Chinese infantry launched an attack from the rear and forced the Indians to leave their trenches and killed or captured most of them.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply
  8. Indiana Jones

    After searching high, and low, btw, for 6 long years, the key to president Obama's foreign policy agenda was finally found. And you actually think it's made out of plastic. You really believe the official story. Holy crap. You peoples am dummies.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
  9. Philip

    The Pentagon has boots on the ground in some 130 countries around the world. What more do you want? Total and absolute domination?

    November 9, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply
  10. Paid Basher

    If Indians don't brush their teeth, pretty soon their breath starts stinking.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
  11. rupert

    @ paid basher.
    Be there or be square. Hiya!

    November 9, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Put a cork in it, Pert. Goofball.

      November 9, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Now I remember a famous Rupert besides Murdoch. Rupert the Pert Shampoo guy. He sort of looked like if Grizzly Adams had a gay son. Prolly had hairy shoulders too. I don't think it was very popular for men to shave their bodies back then. Many women didn't shave either. Unibrows weren't as common back then. Warts were the big problem.

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

    They key is what it's always been. Africa. Where all the goodies are. Gold, oil, diamonds, various other precious minerals that make things like cell phones possible. And, of course, the key includes the M.E. where China drinks her oil and sucks her natural gas from. In order to make more stuff for you and keep you fat and happy. Not dissatisfied and speaking out.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  13. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Simultaneously, on October 21, 1962 at 4:30 am the Chinese troops, in a blitzkrieg, overwhelmed the Indians in a series of flanking manoeuvres south of the McMahon Line and prompted their withdal from Namka Chu. Fearful of continued losses, Indian troops escaped into Bhutan and Tibet. Chinese forces pursued and captured thousands of Indian soldiers. Chinese forces now held all of the territory that was under dispute at the time of the Thag La confrontation, but they continued to advance into the rest of NEFA.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Paid Basher

      Big deal. After WWII was over, US and Brit air forces continued to bomb Dresden and Berlin civic centers. Children were being sucked off the ground by raging infernos towering hundreds of feet into the air. British citizens took to the streets in public outrage against these war crime bombings. Americans yawned. And still do.

      November 9, 2014 at 11:30 am | Reply
  14. Paid Basher

    Indian courts ruled last year that it is perfectly legal for a man to marry his pillow. No kidding. Look it up.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
  15. rupert

    @philip. I have read your B/S.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
  16. rupert

    @paid basher. I am a black belt karate expert.hiya!

    November 9, 2014 at 11:46 am | Reply
  17. rupert to find u.

    @philip. On my way to Colorado

    November 9, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
  18. rupert to find u.

    @philip. I am a registered black belt karate expert.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
  19. rupert to find u.

    Come on Philip. U coward..

    November 9, 2014 at 11:58 am | Reply
  20. rupert

    @philip. I am at Denver. Please give me directions to your house .
    Gonna go kick your butt .
    @blue Saffron . U too!

    November 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  21. Captain James T. Kirk

    I am a black belt at Remington model 1100 Trap&Skeet. And .44 hog leg. And purty good at fisticuffs myself. He he

    November 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  22. rupert


    November 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Captain James T. Kirk

      I could solve that unibrow issue of yours from 300 yards away. Really.

      November 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  23. Captain James T. Kirk

    .264 winmag too there bub.

    November 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  24. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    On 22 October 1987, at 12:15 am, Indian Army surrendered to Chinese Liberation Army. About 125,000 Indian soldiers were captured. This was a victory that propelled China into global leadership and a defeat for India that sealed its fate as a curmedgeon in world politics...

    November 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  25. Captain James T. Kirk

    He he. Actually I rid myself of my personal armory many years ago. When my daughter decided to become a vegetarian and became offended at me for hunting animals for food. But back then would have just gut shot some big city yahoo fool enough to travel all the way here over some stupid CNN comment. Freaking zombies.

    November 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Well, Captain, Kirk didn't have a daughter. So that was quite a stupid move of your part, wasn't it?

      November 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  26. rupert

    Hey cnn. Why is ruben Gallegos so white? Isn't he Hispanic. He should be more brown skin

    November 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  27. Modern Day Explorer

    What the? How can THAT be the key? It's freaking made out of plastic for crying out loud. Keep searching.

    November 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Modern Day Explorer

      Like that plasticrap badge Americans wear. The one emblazoned "World Police" who are actually paid enforcers of the American Way of Life (sodomy, abortions, Druggery, etc) Oh. And consumerism.

      November 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Lol. Because the things you personally disapprove of should be forced on everyone.

        Who in the hell wears a badge saying "World Police"? I have never even seen one of these badges...where are you hanging out at?

        November 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm |
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