US Sheep Diverted Away From Economy, Toward Korea
Global crises overshadow Obama’s economic message
By JULIE PACE
Sat Nov 27
WASHINGTON – Foreign policy challenges are intruding on President Barack Obama’s promise to focus on the economy after the Democrats’ election debacle and threatening to knock the White House off message altogether.
The escalation of tensions between North and South Korea this past week capped a postelection period that included two presidential trips abroad, discussions about America’s future in Afghanistan and a debate in Washington over Senate ratification of a nuclear treaty with Russia.
The risk for Obama is that the capital and energy spent on a foreign crisis can undermine the perception that he’s working on the public’s top priority: finding jobs at home for Americans.