July 26, 2009
Do Obama's Globe-Trotters Matter?
Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
When Barack Obama arrived at the White House about six months ago, some of his freshly-minted aides weren't sure how much time or energy the new president wanted to devote to foreign policy. Back then, the nation's economic crisis seemed all-consuming. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan demanded immediate attention, but so did the president's ambitious plans for healthcare and energy policy. That's one reason the new administration named a flock of special envoys to the Middle East, Afghanistan and other hot spots: to give the president extra time before he had to plunge in.
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