Over and over again since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen the same story play out when it comes to U.S. participation in ineffective international treaties. Despite warnings from top experts and former officials that changing an agreement would be impossible and dangerous, the Trump administration dissolves or reworks a treaty, to the benefit of all involved.
President Hu came to Washington with relatively limited objectives. He wanted symbolism of a full state visit. He also aimed to blunt or avoid criticism of China’s performance on human rights, economic, and national security affairs. Beyond this he sought to make no meaningful concession or take on any added responsibility. Mission accomplished
The only certainty we have with regard to the ultimate fate of the Arab Spring is that Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden won't get to see it, thanks to a moment of decisive leadership from President Obama. If the future of the Middle East is to favor freedom and American interests, however, it will require much more from our president than we have seen to date.