November 16, 2012

Obama's Unconventional Second-Term Trip

William Pesek, Bloomberg

AP Photo

Barack Obama’s trip to Myanmar is a gift from the photo-opportunity gods. The sight of the U.S. president standing beside political-prisoner-turned-Nobel- laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon will be a heart-warming moment for a world yearning for good news.

The most remarkable thing about Obama’s first trip abroad since his re-election is his itinerary. During the four-day journey that starts tomorrow, Obama will bypass China as well as such staunch Pacific allies as Australia, Japan and South Korea, not to mention Europe and the Middle East. Rather, he will stop in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

The obvious motivation for the route is to drum up new markets for corporate America with U.S.-led regional trade talks. Less obvious is...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Barack Obama, Burma, Thailand

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

November 11, 2012
How Rice Is Causing a Crisis in Thailand
Steve Finch, The Diplomat
After years as the world's top rice exporter, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra's populist policies are causing serious problems. more ››
November 4, 2012
Despite U.S. Paranoia, the World Is Safer
Greg Jaffe, Washington Post
There’s one foreign policy fact that President Obama and Mitt Romney dare not mention this election season. No American general will speak of it. Nor will it displace the usual hot topics at Washington’s myriad foreign policy... more ››
November 4, 2012
Sandy & Benghazi: A Tale of Two Crises
Mark Steyn, National Review
I don’t know whether Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can fix things, but I do know that Barack Obama and Joe Biden won’t even try — and that therefore a vote for Obama is a vote for the certainty of national collapse.... more ››
November 4, 2012
U.S. Could Learn from Argentina's Mistakes
Jay Hallen, City Journal
The opening decade of the twenty-first century has seen a slow but distinct decline in American capitalism. Economic policy has become increasingly overrun by central planning, redistribution, and government picking of industrial... more ››
November 3, 2012
Realist Obama vs. Idealist Romney
Couloumbis, Ahlstrom & Weaver, RCW
  Commentators and political counselors remind us daily that this election is not about foreign affairs. But the two candidates have sharply differing frameworks for viewing the world, despite Governor Romney’s... more ››