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It's painful watching the YouTube video of President Barack Obama in Manila last week talking about hitting singles and doubles in foreign policy.Under Obama, the United States has suffered some real reputational damage.How can Obama repair the damage?The country should value a deliberative president who knows U.S. military options are limited in dealing with Putin in Ukraine, as opposed to a hothead who pretends otherwise.Obama is right only up to a point. His own advisers recommended nearly two years ago covert support for the Syrian opposition; Obama should have said yes. The key for Obama is to base policy on the fundamentals, where U.S. strength is overwhelming and the weakness of Russia (or any other potential adversary) is palpable.If Obama can hold the Western alliance together with these measured policies, the essential weakness of Putin's position will be obvious in a few years.To a battered Obama, three words: Suck it up.
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