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Legacy at risk, Obama struggles to redefine foreign policy
Reuters ^ | May 29, 2014 | BY MATT SPETALNICK

Posted on 05/30/2014 7:51:59 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

President Barack Obama’s second term was supposed to be a crowning opportunity to make his mark on the world stage, but instead he's leading an intense effort to redefine his foreign policy record – and the odds look stacked against him.

An administration-wide public relations blitz, which Obama launched with a big foreign policy speech this week, has done little to quell critics who frequently pan his global approach as rudderless, as the White House lurches from crisis to crisis.

With just two and a half years left in office, Obama’s chances of forging a successful foreign-policy legacy by the end of his presidency face seemingly intractable challenges, ranging from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea.

While Obama has outlined a strategy that includes both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to provide global leadership, it is unclear if he and his aides have the vision – let alone time - to change the perception of a presidency with eroding global influence.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: election2008; election2012; failure; obama; obamaforeignpolicy
With "Overseas Contingency Operations" to "Leading from Behind" ... how could he be anything but a miserable FAILURE?
1 posted on 05/30/2014 7:51:59 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This 2016, past time to ‘FIND’ an international foreign policy. But, scary too... The big zero may want to grant citizenship to the WORLD!


2 posted on 05/30/2014 7:55:54 AM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“RE-DEFINE” implies that he actually DID ‘DEFINE’ foreign policy.

That never happened.

It is questionable that “O” CAN even define ‘foreign policy’ in the first place.

There are no NO limits to our poseur-in-chief’s limitations OR the MSM eagerness to defend them.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 7:57:23 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

His only legacy will be worst President since Jimmy Carter AND that Affirmative Action DOES NOT WORK. Not then. Not now. Not ever. Hard work and proven abilities based on merit, nothing else, not sex or color of skin.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What legacy ???


5 posted on 05/30/2014 7:58:20 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Bammy,s goal is to install the Muzzie Broz in as many places as possible.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 7:58:58 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SMARTY

We are now 67% of the way through the Obama Era.

The die is cast. There will not be any major foreign policy initiative to cast any Obama legacy. The best we can hope for is that the damage done in the remaining 900+ days of Obama is minimal.

And hope that the next president is not yet another liberal acolyte of Saul Alinsky.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 8:00:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Legacy at risk"?

I don't know about that. I think he's got the "Worst President EVER!" title all to himself.

How many decades will it take to recover just from the economic damage alone, not to mention repairing the damage from the "divide and conflict" social warfare he's been waging here against US?

8 posted on 05/30/2014 8:00:14 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How do you”Re-Define”something that was NEVER”DEFINED”??Obongo is the”COMPLETE CHARLATAN”:He knows Better than EVERYONE ELSE BUT HAS NEVER “ACCOMPLISHED”ANYTHING??Oh,I forgot,he was”A Community-Organizer”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 05/30/2014 8:01:56 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
With just two and a half years left in office...

"Just"?

10 posted on 05/30/2014 8:04:44 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: Tennessee Nana
Obama’s legacy is not at all at risk. He is, far and away, the most incompetent, bumbling president this nation has ever had. Every single thing Obama has touched has turned to rubbish.

Obama’s legacy is that he beat Jimmy Carter as the worst president! That is Obama’s legacy.

11 posted on 05/30/2014 8:04:46 AM PDT by Obadiah (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Re-define as in "New" or "Come up with a better spin on it"?

12 posted on 05/30/2014 8:07:49 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
“O” has squandered and compromised decades of US foreign policy achievement.

Whoever takes the WH will have to set about the task of rebuilding from scratch.

THAT will be tough in itself! However, it will take a Herculean effort getting allies (or leaders still willing to call themselves US allies) to overlook the past and to trust America AGAIN.

13 posted on 05/30/2014 8:08:14 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Legacy at risk? He’d have to achieve something positive for this to happen.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 8:08:15 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: 4Runner

it’s an eternity with this dufus in office.


15 posted on 05/30/2014 8:09:13 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: 4Runner

I’ve had enough...


16 posted on 05/30/2014 8:09:19 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Can’t wait to see Obama on the lecture circuit after his presidency is over.

I can just imagine how much whining he will do, as he talks of the struggles he had to pass Obamacare, and struggles to do cap and trade, and how the GOP fought him tooth and nail on everything.

I predict that he will blame all of the problems of his presidency on the GOP, and the media and liberals will lap it all up.

They have this all set up, so Obama himself is blameless. He will also become very wealthy, similar to the Clintons. Bill Clinton raked in over $100 million after his presidency was over, just in speaking fees and “donations” to the Clinton foundations the Clinton family runs.


17 posted on 05/30/2014 8:09:31 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: Tennessee Nana

What legacy ???

a 60 second TV Ad would be longer and more interesting


18 posted on 05/30/2014 8:20:12 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The die is cast. There will not be any major foreign policy initiative to cast any Obama legacy. The best we can hope for is that the damage done in the remaining 900+ days of Obama is minimal.

he is a major disappointment to all of those who backed him the first time... the media, liberals, Democrats... young college students... honestly, he was placed on such a high pedestal... his supporters had waaayyyyy too high hopes for him... he even received the Nobel Peace Prize based on what they all hoped for... and none of it has materialized... in fact, he--"the one"--has been a failure... and they all know it, but they cannot admit it... they cannot bring themselves to admit that they were sooooo wrong about him... so they continue to prop him up, but not because they believe in him, but because of their own pride... mis dos centavos...

19 posted on 05/30/2014 8:22:03 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

His legacy has already been cemented: CATOSTROPHIC FAILURE


20 posted on 05/30/2014 8:23:47 AM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Should we be concerned with a President's "legacy" in foreign affairs...or should we be concerned with the stature and perception of the United States of America on the world stage?

Do we have reliable allies? Are we credible and respected? Are our enemies contained? Is freedom on the march worldwide? Is tyranny in retreat?

Legacy! Schmegacy! Who cares? Why is the press concerned with the issue?

21 posted on 05/30/2014 8:24:18 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: maddog55
His legacy has already been cemented: CATASTROPHIC FAILURE

With spelling correction !

22 posted on 05/30/2014 8:24:55 AM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: latina4dubya

Good points.

Thanks for reminder about Nobel Prize. I wonder if Obama was ever privately embarrassed at getting that award for having done nothing to earn it. It was obvious to all of us that he had done nothing to earn it.

Yep, the liberals can’t admit that they were wrong about Obama and their hopes for Obamacare and other liberal causes which would be pushed by Obama.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 8:25:13 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: sappy

But, but, but he won the Nobel Peace Prize!


24 posted on 05/30/2014 8:29:41 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Well, he did introduce hashtag diplomacy and that accomplished a lot. It made our enemies laugh at us even more.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 8:40:49 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

True. I forgot. 8months into his first term he’d achieved world piece and everyone loved us. Just look at the write up. It’s a farce.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html


26 posted on 05/30/2014 8:45:47 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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HIS DIMAL WEST POINT SPEECH WAS THE TIPPING POINT The MSM tried to downplay the icy W/P reception.... saying cadets are instructed not to interrupt the speech w/ applause. But look at the news clips----the overwhelming numbers surrounding the smallish group of grads were family and friends....who failed to applaud.

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Obama's West Point speech signals his presidency has entered a crisis of confidence, marking an abysmal failed presidency.

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KEEP IN MIND The WH criminals have plans..... WRT Federal action, including the use of federal military force, authorized during times of "civil unrest." Only question is: how are "tolerant and compassionate" Dummycrat weenies planning on creating "unrest" so that the Chicago criminals in the WH can subdue us?

Fact is.....HE is the civilian the military needs to protect us from. After that chilly reception the narcissistic POS got at West Point, there's no question about who they'll take their orders from. Clearly, most of the military think he’s a POS; they won't take orders to go against civilians.

The POS prez is decidedly stupid---he thinks a bunch of Chicago criminals can outgun the highly-armed and sophisticated American public.

The Chi/criminals better read the Constitution----the military can commandeer the WH, the Oval Office, and its occupants in a nanosecond.

More egregiously, the Obamatons have been tinkering w/ the composition of the military to reinforce their left-wing agenda; enlistees include homos/transgenders, and other perverts, fem/lib weirdos/lesbians, illegal aliens (probably felons). These people owe their lives to the clown and will kill Americans citizens with glee.

Hardly the types the establishment military needs to wage war. The military-hating Obama's tinkering is not designed to garner applause.

27 posted on 05/30/2014 8:51:33 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

His legacy as an incompetent, lazy, buffoon is already cast in concrete - and he’s only adding to it every time he opens his mouth.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 9:42:32 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“LEGACY”?What”LEGACY”?????????????????????


29 posted on 05/30/2014 10:04:59 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Tennessee Nana
"What legacy ???"

"The One" went on a "world tour" apologizing for the United States' wealth, abundance, and for being a Super Power (Made all who built and defended America guilty for the world's ills).

Arab Spring, a good cop-bad cop strategy where "The One" used both the Muslim Brotherhood "good cop" and Al-Qaeda "bad cop" to destabilize MENA in order to put his Arab cronies in power. "The One" supplied and embolden the United States' enemies. Which leads to...

Failures in Egypt and Syria

"The One" pretty much pissed off Europe through misspeaking and appointing a drunken BOSSY bitch to run the State Department

The drunken Secretary of State basically went on a 3 1/2 year world-wide tax payer funded vacation accomplishing nothing of value (Accept embarrassing the US which made some people happy I guess)

The drunk bitch grifted $6 billion to who knows where. Some of the $$$ was probably used to run guns to Al-Qaeda (Still developing)

Fingers are tired, but those were just a FEW highlights from "The One's" FIRST term and yet this incompetent reprobate gets elected/wins another popularity contest again.
30 posted on 05/30/2014 10:05:43 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
unclear if he and his aides have the vision – let alone time - to change the perception of a presidency with eroding global influence.

These bozos always think that perception is the only thing that counts.

31 posted on 05/30/2014 10:14:47 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

These bozos always think that perception is the only thing that counts.


Their candidates are always “Style” over “Substance.”

That’s how our nation got into the mess it’s in.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 10:16:56 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

‘Style over Substance’ is the ‘President’ you get when you nominate, fail to vet and then ELECT a guy who leap-frogged every single qualifier in his background, education and personal career and got a pass on every single challenge to his character, experience and credibility.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 10:26:38 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Thanks for reminder about Nobel Prize. I wonder if Obama was ever privately embarrassed at getting that award for having done nothing to earn it.

no way! he knows no shame... he is a narcissist... he believes he earned it... who else could have or would have accepted it? he does not seem himself as he really is... delusions of grandeur to the nth degree...

34 posted on 05/30/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All
"Legacy at risk,
Obama struggles to redefine foreign policy"


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35 posted on 05/30/2014 2:36:39 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Too late. He has already scorched ‘that’ bridge too.


36 posted on 05/30/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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