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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with troops after delivering remarks at Bagram Air Base in Kabul on May 25, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with troops after delivering remarks at Bagram Air Base in Kabul on May 25, 2014.
(JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

PAUL KORING

How Obama’s foreign-policy plans are getting more modest

Avoiding overreach hardly resounds like Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “speak softly, and carry a big stick” or – for that matter – many of the foreign-policy doctrines that bear the names of presidents from Monroe to Reagan.

But Barack Obama, with barely two years remaining in his second and final term in the Oval Office, is expected Wednesday to unveil his foreign-policy vision for the world’s sole remaining superpower.