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

    This person is the epitomy of a predictable a.s.s.

    November 10, 2014 at 7:21 am | Reply
  2. rupert

    Then again I am a derp. I burp with a slurp but love cow dung schnitzels.

    November 10, 2014 at 8:33 am | Reply
  3. rupert

    I am the epitomy of a constipated dingo that can't write beyond a disjointed sentence and become jealous when someone posts an intelligent comment. They call me hindoo not for nothing. I am better know as a terrorist and raipist.

    November 10, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
  4. Kurt

    All you ruperts out there, seriously go seek psychiatric help. Now.

    November 10, 2014 at 8:50 am | Reply
  5. rupert

    Hey schitzo. You live here? Lol. Get a life. Pathetic troll.

    November 10, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Go have a cow dung schnitzel and chill... Derp.

      November 10, 2014 at 9:00 am | Reply
  6. Blue Saffron

    As the American entourage interestingly commented:::in China......
    The tragedy of China is being located next to India. Yes, India in reality is a fascist, theocratic, racist, terrorist and a medieval feudal society. It has all the "issues" in the world, be it misuse of religion or misplaced sense of history or uprooting from their own native culture.

    November 10, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Rachel

      Why can't they cut a buffer swathe of land between them and give it to a neighbor.

      November 10, 2014 at 9:58 am | Reply
  7. Hannah

    @Blue Saffron that is indeed worth parsing. Shifting sands I suppose. Typical Americana.
    BTW there is now a minister of kama sutra in India. Obama should stop by and say hello. Don't believe Michele is with him.

    November 10, 2014 at 9:26 am | Reply
  8. Cristobal

    The derp brigade has gone bonkers @Hannah and @Blue Saffron. Lol. Your comments have ruptured their arteries. AND they will end up in rehab soon. LMFAO.

    November 10, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
  9. Better Tomorrow

    Sorry, I don't have a reply icon. Figures. @Hannah 10/4 on Kama. Lol. AF1 can be a flying sutra.

    November 10, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply
  10. Rachel

    Thank god for a moment of sanity on this forum. Thank you Blue Saffron for cleaning it up albeit for a moment. I will have my say and move till next update. Happy Monday folks!

    November 10, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
  11. Blue Saffron

    In the Don Corleone world, Prez Onama has gone to kiss the Chinese ring. Salut !

    November 10, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  12. palintwit

    Maybe today will be the day that Sarah Palin chokes on one of her moose burgers !

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

    @Schitzo. U have soooo many names.
    How cute

    November 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  14. palintwit

    I didn't mean that. I don't know what got over me.
    Sarah Palin is cool. She is the best and #1 in our household.

    November 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  15. palintwit

    This country would be so much better with Sarah Palin in the White House.
    She is America's sweetheart.

    November 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Fake palintwit at 12:28 and 12:30.

      November 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  16. George Patton

    So true palintwit,thank you.

    November 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Fake George Patton @ 12:32.

      November 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  17. palintwit

    " Palin tells President Obama that he better not try and take away our guns, reminding him of that time Ronald Reagan “warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.”

    November 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  18. palintwit

    I wish Sarah Palin was our president

    November 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  19. palintwit

    @Blue Saffron. Hey! Troll!
    Get a job ya bum!!

    November 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  20. Joseph McCarthy

    Yea. Ya bum troll in blue

    November 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy and George Patton

      Fake Joseph McCarthy @ 12:53.

      November 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy and George Patton

        Fake Joseph McCarthy and George Patton at 12:56

        November 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
  21. stuart

    @blue saffron. U stinking corpse

    November 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  22. palintwit

    If it wasn't for Sarah Palin and her tea party patriots the clown shoe and dunce cap industries in this country would have completely collapsed.

    November 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Fake palintwit @1:03.

      November 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        Fake palintwit at 1:11

        November 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm |
  23. palintwit

    I am a Tea Party Patriot. I say stick it to big business. Let Sarah Palin and the Tea Party show us the way.

    November 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  24. palintwit

    We arrive in rusty 1964 motorhomes.
    We bring our bibles and loaded assault weapons.
    We wear ridiculous clothing and have teabags dangling from our earlobes.
    We carry misspelled racist signs as we stomp all over the White House lawn.
    We eat Chick-fil-A and wash it down with Everclear we drink out of mason jars.
    We are Sarah Palin's real Americans.
    We love the baby jesus but we love incestuous relations with our cousins even more.
    We believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that early man walked with the dinosaurs.
    We believe that nascar is a real sport and that Dale Earnhardt was a great American athlete.
    We are the birthers. We are tea party patriots.
    We are bigots and inbreds. We are morons and we are proud.

    November 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  25. Blue Saffron

    Mr. Gould Schnitzel, thank you for your kind words. I am not a hero just an ordinary guy expressing his opinion. Some people want to muffle me. That will NEVER happen. I am deeply rooted in my convictions and consider it sacrosant to share it with others. I call blue blue and black black.
    Not shades in between.

    One can’t have a discussion of ISIS without having a discussion of India.
    Savvy? So let’s talk.

    November 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Fake Blue Saffron @ 3:04

      November 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        You're just being an idiot now.

        November 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm |
      • palintwit

        Fake rupert @3:39

        November 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm |
  26. palintwit

    Fake Hindo Cheene @ 6:30

    November 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  27. stuart

    Pack up your temperature sensors, your climate-modeling supercomputers, your tree and ice core sample equipment. Sarah Palin has spoken on climate change, and she says it’s snowing in Alaska, ergo “global warming my gluteus maximus,” Q.E.D. And you know it’s science because she used the Latin word for “ass.”

    Prescient Palin only ever backs winning horses like John McCain, Bristol and Levi’s marriage, and her own gubernatorial career, so if she says climate science is a non-starter then by god, we’re just going to throw in the towel.

    November 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Fake stuart @ 3:41

      November 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  28. chri§§y

    @ Blue Saffron....wouldnt that just be called a "bruise"? Black and Blue=bruise.

    November 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Fake chrissy @ 3:52

      November 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  29. palintwit

    Fake banasy @ 4:16

    November 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
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