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    Foreign Policy Challenges Will Continue in 2014

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    December 21, 2013 3:12 PM
    2013 was a challenging year for President Barack Obama in foreign policy. From Syria's civil war, upheaval in Egypt, and nuclear negotiations with Iran, to managing relations with China and Russia, he has his work cut out for him in 2014. Senior White House correspondent Dan Robinson reports.
    Foreign Policy Challenges Will Continue in 2014
    2013 was a challenging year for President Barack Obama in foreign policy.  

    Obama had his hands full in 2013 -- from controversy over his response to Syrian chemical weapons attacks, to a groundbreaking telephone call with Iran's new president and negotiations for a nuclear deal.

    He had a summit with China's leader, visited Africa, and paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.

    But he was weighed down by revelations of U.S. electronic eavesdropping, which caused tensions with key allies.

    Obama attended the G20 summit in Russia, but canceled a formal meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

    In his U.N. speech in September, he recognized what he called hostility toward America's global engagement, but said disengagement would be a mistake.

    "I believe America must remain engaged for our own security.  But I also believe the world is better for it," said Obama.

    Daniel Serwer, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, says in Syria Obama won a deal to remove chemical weapons without military action -- but more is at stake.

    "There is a growing domination of the opposition by extremists who would pose a very serious problem for us if the Bashar al-Assad regime is ever to fall, and you've got the neighbors increasingly shaky, the state structure -- Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon all at risk," said Serwer.

    Whether Obama can remain focused on foreign policy is questionable, says Heather Conley at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    "Between the NSA scandal, health care, a government shutdown, many world leaders are wondering if President Obama can domestically overcome challenges even to focus on the challenges in the international arena," she said.

    In 2014, the pace of the U.S. and NATO drawdown from Afghanistan will accelerate.

    Conley says Americans and the world will be looking to Obama to clarify the accomplishments and costs of the long and bloody conflict.

    "That delicate balance of what we were striving for and the cost that we bore has to be a very delicate conversation domestically and, I think as well, internationally," said Conley.

    A recent Pew Research poll showed declining support for global engagement among Americans, a challenge to Obama's belief in a U.S. role.

    "Somehow he is blamed for what is seen as the global decline of American influence," said Serwer. "I have got to tell you that global decline is not so apparent when you ask the people abroad.  There are lots and lots of countries where American influence is still very high."

    2014 will bring more challenges as Iran nuclear negotiations continue, a U.N.-sponsored Syrian peace conference is set for January and Washington deals with its uncertain relationships with Afghanistan and Pakistan, China and Russia.

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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    December 23, 2013 6:34 PM
    To total fraud, when you tell a story, you are supposed to tell the whole story not just half, or it becomes a fraud!
    America allow to import Chinese chicken because China also open the market for American beef! China is good at producing chicken and America produce the best beef. This trade is good for both Chinese and American. Isn't it a trade supposed to be? And defnetly

    by: BARNABAY from: USA
    December 22, 2013 4:53 PM
    The biggest challenge for AMERICA,and the American People is to have Obama as President

    by: Mark Smith from: Australia
    December 21, 2013 3:40 PM
    The Eagle Has No Wings.

    by: Total FRAUD from: White House
    December 21, 2013 12:09 PM
    Do you know what is in your chicken nuggets? Thanks to Barack Obama, that is going to be a more important question than ever. At the end of August, the Obama administration quietly decided to start allowing Chinese poultry processors to ship processed chicken into the United States.



    For now, the meat must originate either in the United States or in another country where the poultry population has been certified to be safe. What that means is that chickens from the United States will be shipped all the way over to China, processed in plants over there, and then shipped back across the Pacific Ocean for us to eat. Only a limited number of companies are expected to take advantage of this, but according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a USDA report that Congress has seen indicates that China will likely be allowed to directly import their own chickens into this country “within a year“. What makes all of this even more disturbing is that a country-of-origin label will not be required on any of the chicken that is processed in China. So in the years ahead you could be eating chicken processed in China and not even know it.

    Each year, U.S. consumers spend about 70 billion dollars on chicken. That is a tremendous amount of money, and the U.S. chicken industry supports a huge number of jobs.

    So what is going to happen if cheap chicken from China starts flooding the market?

    It shouldn’t take too much imagination to figure out what is going to happen. This is a movie that we have seen too many times before. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and millions of good paying jobs have been lost due to “competition” from communist China.

    Barack Obama continues to talk a good game about how he wants to “create jobs” for American workers, but just about everything that he actually does kills even more of our jobs.

    Chicken brains for a president is what we have, but you voted for him.

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