Legacy at risk, Obama struggles to redefine foreign policy

U.S. President Obama arrives for a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West PointBy Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s second term was supposed to be a crowning opportunity to make his mark on the world stage, but instead he’s leading an intense effort to redefine his foreign policy record – and the odds look stacked against him. An administration-wide public relations blitz, which Obama launched with a big foreign policy speech this week, has done little to quell critics who frequently pan his global approach as rudderless, as the White House lurches from crisis to crisis. While Obama has outlined a strategy that includes both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to provide global leadership, it is unclear if he and his aides have the vision – let alone time – to change the perception of a presidency with eroding global influence. “And he faces a series of problems in which quick-and-easy American fixes are really not available.” Topping the list is Ukraine, where Obama and other Western leaders were powerless to prevent Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

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