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In February at the U.S. intelligence community's annual threat-assessment hearings on Capitol Hill before the national security committees, the following exchange took place in an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee:
On Tuesday, the Obama administration released its new nuclear strategy; today, the U.S. president will ink a new nuke treaty with the Russians in Prague. Next week, he'll host an all-world atomic affair in Washington. It's a veritable "no-nukes-palooza."
With more than a billion people, human and religious rights in China cannot be overlooked, either. While perhaps freer than ever before in some contexts, the Chinese people are still repressed by their government.
As the world's most populous nation and one of the last communist strongholds amasses political, economic and military power, the United States and the rest of the world must decide on a strategy for handling relations with the "Middle Kingdom."
After nearly a year of well-intentioned efforts to develop the United States' relationship with the People's Republic of China, President Barack Obama isn't so gung-ho anymore -- and ties are taking a downturn.
Let me be clear (as President Obama loves to say): After a year in office, there isn't much for this White House to brag about foreign policy-wise, in spite of rhetorical flourishes and grandiose promises.
Adding to the problem, a U.S. government report claims the Chavez regime is turning a blind eye to FARC cocaine trafficking through Venezuela, which finds its way to the U.S. -- and elsewhere.
Despite all the Obama administration's chin-rubbing and hand-wringing about how to proceed in Afghanistan, the president hasn't even been to the war-torn country since entering the White House -- or before making the fateful decision about the new strategy and troop levels.
Most Americans have painfully noticed that President Obama's domestic policies aren't getting the job done with record deficits, soaring public debt and rising unemployment -- not to mention the nightmarish health care debate.
If you were troubled by President Obama's "Wow Bow" in Japan, you won't be any happier with the "kowtow" during his just-concluded trip to the People's Republic of China.
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