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Huffington Post: The Next Four Years: How Obama Can Accomplish Great Things

Author: Tom Rogan
November 27, 2012


Tom Rogan discusses foreign policy initiatives that should be taken by the Obama administration over the next for years in this Huffington Post blog.

Ultimately a President's foreign policy is not judged by its impact in the moment, but rather by the durable results that it produces over time. In the next four years, President Obama has the opportunity to re-establish a tradition of bi-partisanship in American foreign policy. If he does, America can accomplish great things abroad.

America's foreign policy focus is shifting. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are coming to an end. Whether we agree or disagree with his judgment, the President's reelection effectively ensures that come December 2014, most U.S. military forces will be out of Afghanistan. As we go forwards, it's crucial that we pay heed to our recent past. Along with our international partners, our military families have given much over the past ten years. We owe them a great debt -- not just with words, but in ensuring that they have the support that they may need going forwards. We also must remember what they have sacrificed for our country. Names like Byron Fouty, Alex Jimenez, Kareem Khan and Jason Cunningham have meaning. But as we honor the fallen, we must attend to important work abroad.

Over the next four years, together with Congress, the President should focus American foreign policy on the service of three key global objectives: advancing freedom, peace and prosperity.

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