As foreign crises pile up, Obama seen taking few risks in final year

Obama pauses as he holds his end of the year news conference at the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Barack Obama prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the U.S. president and his aides have insisted he will not be content simply to run out the clock on foreign policy and is acting decisively to tackle crises piling up around the globe. Most outside analysts agree with administration officials’ insistence that much of the global tumult is driven by forces beyond Obama’s control.

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