President Obama and China's President Xi Jinping hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 25. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)
Matt Purple, Business Insider: The US is bogged down in the Middle East — and China knows it
Many years ago, the Obama administration had a good foreign policy idea. Remove your jaw from the floorboards and stay with me on this one.
Barack Obama was elected during a period of tense ceasefire in the Middle East. The violence in Iraq had dwindled, and new sanctions on Iran quickly rendered Tehran economically impotent. After years of immersion in Mesopotamia, it seemed we could finally move on, and so the Obama administration redirected its efforts towards East Asia.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. is bogged down in many places around the world .... the Middle East included. But China also knows that President Obama is a lame duck, and there is not much that President Obama can do (or would be willing to do) from now to the end of his term.