Obama's foreign policy a work in progress

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010; 8:41 AM

By Ben Pershing Since President Obama was elected, only a fraction of the ink expended writing about his tenure has focused on foreign policy, with a much larger share going to health-care reform and Obama's efforts to pull the economy out of recession. But as George W. Bush learned nine months into his own term, presidents can't always pick the topics that will define their years in office. So whether Obama chooses to emphasize foreign policy and security issues, or is forced to do so by circumstance, there is still plenty of time left for him to make his mark abroad. The New York Times writes: "When he took office last year, President Obama told his foreign policy advisers that he had two baskets of issues to deal with. The first would be the legacy issues left from his predecessor, like Iraq, Afghanistan and America's image in the world. The


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