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Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

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Source: NY Times:

President Obama offered a toast to Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito of Japan during a state dinner at the Imperial Palace. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

TOKYO — President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.

Mr. Obama had hoped to use his visit here to announce an agreement under which Japan would open its markets in rice, beef, poultry and pork, a critical step toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade pact. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was not able to overcome entrenched resistance from Japan’s farmers in time for the president’s visit.

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3 Responses to Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

  1. Namelee

    April 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    The incompetent fool probably thought that governance and diplomacy were like eating a piece of pizza or falsely claiming to be a professor of constitutional law when he was, in fact, ‘an untenured instructor’ according to Hilary Clinton.

  2. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    April 26, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Whatever it is, it is still an improvement: He did not vomit on the Japanese Prime Minister (like George W. Bush did …)

  3. Namelee

    April 26, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Rafiq,
    There is no improvement on anything. George W. Bush is a realist this one is a utopian. The world is not built on utopia but on reality.
    Bush may have ‘vomited’ on the Japanese Prime Minister, he never kowtowed to any relic of medieval feudalism.