When Air Force One landed in China last week for the G-20 Summit, Chinese authorities didn’t wheel out the usual staircase for the president to disembark. Instead he had to exit through an opening in the back of the enormous aircraft. It was, you might say, a pivot to Asia.
That wasn’t the last insult President Obama absorbed in Hangzhou. The president of the Philippines, long considered a U.S. ally, called him a name family publications usually don’t print. It’s rare for an American president to be treated with such contempt. It’s what happens when you draw red lines and do nothing when people step over them.
OBAMA’S POLICY INITIATIVES TO TRANSFORM US
When Obama promised to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” this is probably not what he had in mind. But like the much-talked-about pivot to Asia, his two most transformational policy initiatives, as identified by his foreign policy staffer Ben Rhodes — Obamacare at home and the Iran nuclear deal abroad— have had disappointing results.