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Pass/Fail

Pass/Fail

John Donvan
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Words on a hat do not a foreign policy make.

And yet, Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan tells us to expect he'll want to disrupt the status quo left him by Barack Obama, in the sphere of getting along -- and getting ahead -- in the rest of the world.

Whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on what you think of the president-elect, of course. But it also depends on what you think of the status quo.

Does President Obama leave to his successor a nation respected by its friends and foes, secure within its borders, capable of projecting force when needed, well-practiced in deciding when the time is right for such projection?

Or does he leave a nation perceived as losing its sway over global events, easy to push around, and unreliable when it comes to putting its mouth where its might is?

How do we interpret Obama's decisions on Syria, climate change treaties, Iran's nuclear program, Russia's new aggressiveness, China's continuing ascendancy, and coziness, or lack of, with Israel, Saudi Arabia and Europe?

Those are the very questions we will be debating this coming Tuesday, when we debate our way to a verdict on the current president's record in world affairs.

The motion will be this: Obama's Foreign Policy Is a Failure

Remember, we always debate BOTH sides, and our debaters always try very hard to be persuasive. (If you can't join us live in person, you can join us live online).

Expect to learn a lot, think a lot, and perhaps even change your mind. Or your hat.

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