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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    November 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  2. Philip


    November 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • chri§§y

      Why lmfao? Did my d ik tickle your a zz?

      November 10, 2014 at 5:02 am | Reply
  3. chri§§y

    Sorry @ Philip but that toad is gettin on my last nerve.

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

      He is handsome some though. Love to get laid by him.

      November 10, 2014 at 5:00 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      When are you going in for a b utte pull?

      November 10, 2014 at 5:09 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        Not I.

        November 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
    • j. von hettlingen

      Not for nothing. Brush your teeth, Kiss the toad and he will turn into a prince. Ready to bone you.

      November 10, 2014 at 5:26 am | Reply
  4. chri§§y

    Many Americans are foreigners already! He!! we even have one in Congress!

    November 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I am really wondering why so many xenophobic people forget that this country was founded by immigrants.
      It is really quite extraordinary.

      November 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
      • chri§§y

        Yeah some raipists came over from India on H 1B

        November 10, 2014 at 4:57 am |
      • banasy©

        Not Chrissy.

        November 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Agreed @ banasy. But then again many posting forget who the he!! they are also so much so that they dont remember if theyre male or female even! Lol so there you have it i guess! Lmao

    November 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Ya know, you are much cuter in bed with a pillow over your head spread eagled. With with back on top. ROFL.

      November 10, 2014 at 5:06 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        Delusional moron.

        November 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
  6. chri§§y

    Lmao @ banasy they just gave an explanation on ABC news! Wait til you hear this. Johns Hopkins University discovered a viral infection that makes people stupid. Its called coral virus ATCV1.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • chri§§y

      Nobody said I was the brightest bulb around..... due ATCV1. LMFAO

      November 10, 2014 at 4:58 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Use anti f ungal down below for virus.

      November 10, 2014 at 5:27 am | Reply
  7. Blue Saffron

    Do you feel lucky,punk.

    November 10, 2014 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • chri§§y

      Actually after the abortion I feel depressed.

      November 10, 2014 at 4:59 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        Did you find out whose child it was? Charlie Manson? Lol

        November 10, 2014 at 5:04 am |
  8. banasy©

    It was a long night gang raiping in India. Fun though.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:03 am | Reply
    • Phillip

      How many girls did you raipe in New Delhi? Or there some over 80 yrs? Tell me.

      November 10, 2014 at 5:16 am | Reply
  9. Armando

    Please stop kissing a zz, Fareed. Journalism was never your forte.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:15 am | Reply
  10. Hindoo Cheenee bhai bhai


    111,383 killed
    11,047 wounded
    11,696 missing
    123,968 captured
    131,544 ran away to Bhutan and still are hiding scared from Chinese.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:20 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      The ones in Bhutan they must think that war is still going on!!! Them hindoos probably kept busy raping each ither.

      November 10, 2014 at 5:29 am | Reply
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    @Armando you are right on man.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:36 am | Reply
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Hey @christy did ya read @Blue Saffron's last post. Such brilliance. Such intelligence. Even your boy Ferhat disappeared.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:39 am | Reply
  13. Ted

    Asia is important. I guess global economics is bigger than ISIS could ever be.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:48 am | Reply
  14. Blue Saffron

    The American foreign policy is based on retreat and defeat. We have become a fortress soon to be an iron curtain. Living in the shadow of Bin Laden and defined by ISIS. Ridiculed by Russia and indebted to China.

    And our politicians watch on. Our slide continues into abyss.

    November 10, 2014 at 5:56 am | Reply
  15. Blue Saffron

    We have militarized the world. We believe our salvation is in manufacturing and marketing weapons of destruction. We have polarized the world. Democracy is our banner and destruction is our motto. In Death We Trust.

    November 10, 2014 at 6:01 am | Reply
  16. Blue Saffron

    We look backwards to seek salvation and determine how we got here the past 200 years. While China looks forward to the future to prosperity and global dominance. That is who we are. This is what we have become. This is what we do best.

    November 10, 2014 at 6:02 am | Reply
  17. Blue Saffron

    I have come here not to bury America but to instill realism about our place in the world. We have no foreign policy. We have no shame. We stand on hallowed ground and Obama has left us lame and maimed.

    I am Blue Saffron and I tell it the way it is.

    November 10, 2014 at 6:03 am | Reply
  18. Elypssis

    The one most successful aspect of recent American foreign policy has been the conquest of India without firing a bullet. That is the beauty of capitalism used as a Trojan Horse! Economic victory! Give them a taste of french fries and they will never settle for onion rings again.

    November 10, 2014 at 6:13 am | Reply
  19. Blue Saffron

    I stood in front of The Parthenon and took in all the good that Athena stood for.

    I read about the Temples of Khajurahu and the evil that Kali Maa stands for.

    Two cultures: The Greeks – so very enlightened. The Hindus – epitomy of terrorism.

    November 10, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply
  20. Hindoo Cheenee bhai bhai

    Comparing the progress of China with India always amazes me. About same number of people but different results. Chinese raise their kids to be entrepreneurs while Indian hindus as t hugs. Just a cultural difference I suppose. Different DNA.

    China 10% GDP...... India 2%
    China 38 Gold medals.... India 0 (2012 olympics)

    November 10, 2014 at 6:22 am | Reply
  21. rupert

    Schitzo blog-tard is here along with his bullsh it.

    November 10, 2014 at 7:00 am | Reply
  22. rupert

    Blue Saffron personality profile:
    1. Loser

    November 10, 2014 at 7:01 am | Reply
  23. Hindoo Cheenee bhai bhai

    Ahhhh.... Singapore !!

    Singapore has deported thousands of hindu terrorist people from India and issued warnings to remainder hindus for their involvement in the city-state's worst terrorism in more than 40 years this month, which shocked a nation that prides itself on its safety and orderliness.

    November 10, 2014 at 6:30 am | Reply
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