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Obama's foreign policy goals more distant now

With US global positions seen eroding, and the power of ISIS, Russia and China rising, Republicans may be in a position to make it even harder for him to achieve his aim

Mr Obama had blasted his Republican presidential rival Senator John McCain (above) for backing the Iraq War.

WHEN he first ran for president in 2008, the then senator Barack Obama from Illinois insisted that if elected, he would advance a foreign policy agenda that would strive to be the antithesis of his predecessor's diplomatic and national security approach.

Mr Obama's critique of former