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

    Sodemy? U are soooo nasty

    November 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  2. rupert

    How old? I'll never tell. Punk!

    November 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  3. Ronnie Raygun

    Hey there, folks. Ronnie Raygun here just ta thank ya for continuing my Star Wars program with thousands of hi tech spy satellites orbiting the earth with all kinds of bells and whistles on them.
    Well. Gotta go. Funny thing. Nancy looks younger. 🙂

    November 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  4. rupert

    Star wars program. Funny!
    U sir, are too dumb to be a rocket scientist, much less a star wars program.
    I sent u some ham. Fed-X. Early Christmas present.
    Enjoy, pig.

    November 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Ham? Pig? Lmao. 12?

      November 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Ronnie Raygun isn't a rocket scientist, young Rupert. Ronald Reagan. Ever hear of him?

      November 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  5. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Hindus are busy scratching their balls and picking their nose while Chinese conquer their territories. Scratching their balls is second nature to Indian Hindus. They do it while bobbling their head side to side. They feel empowered during the scratching process and is akin to a dog taking a p iss against a lamp post

    November 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Ronnie Raygun

      He he he. Hindoos are busy paying the ENRON corporation more than 3 times the agreed upon amount for electricity purchased from ENRON power plants. The Carlyle Group is sucking India dry.

      November 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Ross Perot

      "America was losing a war in Asia" says this article. Horse puckey. The CIA was gaining control of S.E. Asian drug trade and funneling monies through Haitian banks is what was really going on.
      You youngsters just don't remember.

      November 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Ross Perot

      A war was being lost in Asia, it says. Meanwhile, the CIA gained control of S.E. Asian drug trade, laundering monies through Haitian banks.

      November 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Richard Millhouse Nixon

      Nobody can ever accuse ME of being an actor. I was really lying to you for realsies.

      November 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  6. Ronnie Raygun

    Well, well I guess my comment about Nancy looking younger flew right over the top of young Rupert's pencil head then. Oh well. Gotta go.
    Funny. Nancy looks younger now.

    November 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  7. rupert

    Go? Really? Good.
    Thank u

    November 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Ronnie Raygun

      Was making fun of Reagan's memory loss as he aged. He used to repeat himself often. Sort of like filming had to be stopped during Arnold Schwarzenegger's last couple of movies. Arnold was having problems memorizing his one liners. Only Reagan didn't use roids. He prolly had them though. Lol

      November 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  8. rupert

    Byyyyyyyye ronnie.
    See u new years 2015

    November 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Ross Perot

      First it was Xmas and now its new years. See you at Easter then.

      November 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  9. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    How shameless Hindus are. Chinese army has conquered Indian territory and put up their flags . Indians are such cowards and have no self respect that they wont fight the Chinese for their country. The hindu army is hiding in trenches scared. ROFL

    November 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  10. rupert

    C. C. I choose C. ,"idiots"

    November 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  11. rupert

    Oh d
    Ok.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  12. Finder of the key

    Oops. Never mind. That one unlocks Suzy Q EZ bake ovens. Sorry about that.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  13. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Mamas don't let your kids grow up to be like hindus. These cowards are hiding in trenches while Chinese conquer India in front of our eyes.

    Why dont you hindus go fight the Chinese and take your land back. Don't you have any dignity or self respect?

    November 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Mamas don't let your kids dress like gang bangers US troops have been Authorized to shoot on sight. And on US soil same as you praise troops for doing overseas. (National Defense Authorization Act. Read it and Stfu)

      November 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Again, doesn't Congress pass one every fiscal year?
        Doesn't the sitting POTUS sign it into law every year?
        Isn't one of your major complaints gangs in the US?
        One would think you'd be having celebratory drinks that something you detest so much is being addressed. What is it that you want, anyhow?
        (Theocracy in the US will never happen. Thankfully.)

        November 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
      • Philip

        Was talking about unique aspects of this years NDAA, banasy. Sheesh.

        November 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
      • banasy©

        Then perhaps you can post the exact amendment because I cannot find it, although I will admit to limitations of my phone.

        In other words, the exact amendment, not what someone from a conspiracy theory website said.

        Include the Congressman who sponsored the amendment. Perhaps I can find it that way.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
      • chri§§y

        I can amend your physiology and reroute your a zz to your mouth.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  14. Philip

    At least it's just Asia and not S.E. Asian CIA drug rings now.

    November 9, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  15. Philip

    Dead blog tonight.

    November 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  16. chri§§y

    Maybe it was the "stfu" approach?

    November 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Maybe b/c Fareed is not as popular as This Just In was?

      November 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        TJI was ruined by the same person attempting to ruin this one. He ruined PT. He ruined BB. He's ruining Eatocracy and The Chart.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
      • Sikh Hindoo Bhai Bhai

        What are you ? A cok s ukker?

        November 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
      • chri§§y

        Hey banasy did ya raype your muther in India today.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
      • banasy©

        Hey chrissy your bed or my couch tonight? Love to s uk your t its.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        ....and there's the person who ruined aforementioned blogs posting his fantasies now.
        Right on cue.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
  17. Sikh Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    INDIA: ANOTHER RELATED INCIDENT

    AFTER EFFECTS OF GENOCIDAL TERROR OF MINORITIES IN INDIA::::

    Three Sikhs attack Indian Army's Lt Gen K S Brar in London

    Brar, 78, was attacked as he walked with his wife Meena, in Old Quebec Street, central London, on September 30, 2012

    LONDON: Three Sikh, including a woman, were on Wednesday convicted in the UK of carrying out life-threatening attack on Lt Gen (retd) Kuldip Singh Brar, who had led "Operation Blue Star" 28 years ago that massacred pro-Khalistani freedom fighters from the Golden Temple.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      These cok s ukkin hindoo indians need to quit rayping and killing.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Lee Rigby ring a bell?

      November 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        No but phillip fukked you well

        November 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
      • banasy©

        You're quite incorrect, and very immature for being 45 years old.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
  18. banasy©

    rupert darling you still giving B.J.s on the horse buggy at 10 bucks a pop.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  19. rupert

    Lots of young bi tches driving a better car than me.
    Well that's only because of their double household income they have with their husbands.
    Punks!

    November 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  20. rupert

    Hi l.o.s.e.r. still trolling? Good.
    Have fun, dik sukker mutr fukker

    November 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  21. rupert

    @blue troll. U sukk long fat di cks. Enjoy, bi t ch.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  22. rupert

    Not banasy or chrissy above. It is a di kk sukking troll.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  23. rupert

    @banasy. Hey stu pid. This stu pid blog tarded a.s.s is a POS that was never at TJI.
    wake up bi tch!

    November 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  24. banasy©

    I 'll slide my d ikk right down your frikkin hindoo throat ya sand n eega.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Su k moi d ikk rupert.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  25. banasy©

    Ya cow dung eating rupert did bubba bend ya down and his cok up your black a zz.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  26. rupert

    STFU troll!!
    U sukk d ick!

    November 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Eat my d ikk for supper ya muther f ukker rupert b'fore i dhove it up your muther's c oont

      November 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  27. banasy©

    rupert b itch ya like swine cok in your mouth or a zz.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  28. rupert

    Blue Saffron sux long big daddy diks

    November 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You s ukk bubba d ikk in bronx rupert.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  29. Blue Saffron

    Yea. I suk d icks.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  30. banasy©

    rupert come see me f ukkin your muther's phussy. Ya B@stard india person

    November 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
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