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. banasy©

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    November 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  2. Zandie

    @Blue Saffron. Hey w.h.o.r. STFU. Your ignorance is showing bi tch.
    Now go fukk yourself.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  3. Zandie

    @fake banasy.
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    November 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  4. Zandie

    @fake banasy troll. How bout I sukk your mother's pu ssy tonight?
    She said ok.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  5. Blue Saffron's mother

    Sure. Ok Zandie. $50 bucks

    November 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  6. London Calling

    November 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • Jonaheal

      How many foreign anchors will CNN have ? Suck ups who guess and know better what Americans want to hear than Americans themselves. Fareed, Amanpour and other court jesters.

      November 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  7. Blue Saffron

    I suk my mother's pu s sy
    I say Islam and mohammad sukk big long fat dikks

    November 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  8. Blue Saffron

    I fukk my sister in the as.s

    November 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  9. Blue Saffron

    Only tards and stu pid people follow Islam.
    Islam is the worst religion in the world.
    And it is for f.a.g.s only.

    November 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  10. London Calling Live From Portabella Rd

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    November 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  11. Blue Saffron

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    November 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  12. Blue Saffron

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    November 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  13. Blue Saffron

    @troll in london.sukk my di ck

    November 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  14. Blue Saffron

    I'm sorry. Correction.I meant troll bi t ch

    November 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  15. banasy©

    Oh dear..... Just raiped my hindu mother in India.

    November 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • London Calling Live From Portabella Rd

      Why would you do that you sick old man?

      November 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
      • chri§§y

        Remember when you told me you raiped your sister in Bombay in a hindu temple.

        November 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
      • London Calling Live From Portabella Rd

        Remember when I told you that your diseased brain needs to be dissected while you're still alive? My sister is doing just fine in Reston after she kicked me out.

        November 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm |
  16. chri§§y

    You have got to be the MOST DISGUSTING human on the planet! No wonder your wife divorced you and your girlfriend dumped your pig mouthed azz!

    November 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  17. chri§§y

    My father in India raiped me too @banasy

    November 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • London Calling Live From Portabella Rd

      Oh dear...
      My mother AND father both raped me too! My mother is French and my father is an Israeli Jew living in NY!!!! Do you think they may be both Hindu Indians?!?? Does that mean that I AM?!?!? I'm so confused! mommy is dead! What?!?

      November 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  18. chri§§y

    We all raipe each other in India

    November 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  19. Philip

    Sheesh. I took a nap and awoke to this scribble. Yawn. Zzzzz

    November 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  20. Paid Basher

    I heard that Indians smell bad if they don't take showers.

    November 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  21. chri§§y

    Ya know c o c k roaches have cleaner mouths than your troll azz does! You no longer need the tidy bowl man you need DRAINO!

    November 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  22. Legacy

    He did deport more illegal Mexicans than any president before. Plus he's got two more years to set the benchmark.

    November 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  23. Blue Saffron


    November 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  24. Legacy

    Well. Not all of the 3.5 million illegal Mexicans president Obama has deported to Mexican prisons have actually made it to Mexico.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • Legacy

      ..thousand are left behind to work at segregated forced labor FEMA camps. Some camps are Spanish speaking only for sake of efficiency.

      November 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  25. Philip

    Hello, I don't believe in showers. I stole many Aveda products from my gym. Who wants some?

    November 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    Not that I am a twelve year old virgin but I find the comments herein mother f ocking disgusting. If I ever see that fake chrissy on the road I will f ocking run her down with my bad boy.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  27. Legacy

    The roundup has begun. Lazy men choosing to live the free loading homeless lifestyle are the first of many to be thrown into forced labor camps built throughout America since 9/11. Said by Bush and Congress to be Homeland Security Prisons where all the terrorists that did 9/11 were going to end up in. But alas. Terrorists were all shot as suspects or rounded up and tossed in GITMO. Leaving DHS FEMA forced labor camps for YOU.

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

    Kill the messenger!!!

    November 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  29. Philip

    How about you first.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  30. chri§§y

    Lol @ my troll, you talkin to the mirror are ya? Bad enough you steal names but now youre trying to steal genders too! Get some freakin help you mental midget!

    November 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Reply
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