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Obama in Oslo

Correcting the record.

11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2009 • By GARY SCHMITT
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Obama is careful to leave himself wiggle room by stating that "There's no simple formula here." No, indeed. As the Reagan and Pope John Paul examples suggest, and the policy of engaging with China actually perversely confirms, creating a dynamic for liberalizing reforms is often a serious, multifaceted task of statesmanship. To date, the Obama effort has been anything but.

Gary Schmitt is director of AEI's program on advanced strategic studies.