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Obama claims his foreign policy isn't always 'sexy,' but 'avoids errors'

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President Obama defended his foreign policy efforts Monday by saying what his administration has accomplished "may not always be sexy," but that it "avoids errors."

Specifically, Obama was referring to his administration's claims that foreign partnerships are now stronger thanks to his foreign policy.

"If you look at the results of what we've done over the last five years, it is fair to say that our alliances are stronger, our partnerships are stronger, and in the Asia Pacific region, just to take one example, we are much better positioned to work with the peoples here on a whole range of issues of mutual interest," Obama said.

Well, that’s one way to claim success, by making statements that can’t be quantified.

"And that may not always be sexy," Obama continued. "That may not always attract a lot of attention, and it doesn't make for good argument on Sunday morning shows. But it avoids errors. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run. But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world."

Not sure what those "home runs" would be, other than killing Osama bin Laden.

But if Obama's going to claim that his foreign policy "avoids errors," he would have to ignore the Russian "reset," the Arab Spring and Arab Spring part 2, Iran's continuing nuclear advancements, the meltdown of Israel-Palestine talks, the human rights abuses in the Middle East and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine situation.

Good thing his foreign policy "avoids errors," right?

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