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US foreign policy stalled on many fronts
Nov 15th, 2013 by Warren Swil

American initiatives

threatened by domestic

and foreign opposition

Secretary of State John Kerry is seeing US foreign policy crumble on many fronts.

IT MUST BE a miserable time to be the U.S. Secretary of State.
Top of the agenda American foreign policy initiatives are, at best, stalled. At worst, they are threatened by opposition both at home and abroad.
Talks with Iran over its nuclear weapons ambitions are coming apart amidst acrimonious charges of who is to blame and resolute opposition from Israel.
Attempts to get a peace process started in Syria are stymied by reluctant opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are threatened by new settlement plans and a vicious killing of an Israeli solder.
Further, a new trade agreement with 11 Asian-Pacific partners suffered two blows this week with opposition emerging in the U.S. Congress and publication of the secret text of a crucial part of the treaty by WikiLeaks.
John Kerry has more than a few headaches.


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Secret trade pact could be bad for almost everyone (with video)

TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP ON FAST TRACK TO APPROVAL
A secret trade deal being negotiated among 12 Pacific Rim nations including the United States rose to a prominent place in the public eye with a mysterious editorial in The New York Times on Wednesday.
The very secrecy shrouding the talks must make everyone suspicious that something nefarious is taking place that is not in the public interest.
It is time for a robust debate on the issue. The headlong rush to finalize the deal is wrong-headed and dangerous before a full public airing of the issues at stake.


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