Sweeping Up the Shards Left Behind By Trump Can Antony Blinken Help Restore America's Standing in the World?

Antony Blinken hopes to re-establish his country as the moral leader of the West. But it is also clear he won't make things any easier for the Europeans.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken: "Words alone will not dissuade the Vladimir Putins and Xi Jinpings of this world.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken: "Words alone will not dissuade the Vladimir Putins and Xi Jinpings of this world.”

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Erin Scott

The president won’t be able to retreat from foreign policy, but most Americans expect him to give priority to the domestic issues at his doorstep.
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Adviser Blinken (back, fourth from right) in 2011 with President Barack Obama ( second from left), Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House during the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Adviser Blinken (back, fourth from right) in 2011 with President Barack Obama ( second from left), Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House during the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.

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A Syria Civil Defense member carries a wounded child in the besieged town of Hamoria, Eastern Ghouta, in Syria in 2018.

A Syria Civil Defense member carries a wounded child in the besieged town of Hamoria, Eastern Ghouta, in Syria in 2018.

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"Without bringing appropriate power to bear" in Syria, "no peace could be negotiated, much less imposed."
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