Asia-Pacific trip (November 2011)
When we went to Asia last November, it was the first trip that we'd taken where everything we were talking about and doing was affirmative initiatives that had begun under our administration. It felt like, Boy, this is what American foreign policy could look like if we weren't anchored in these wars. We want the U.S. to be able to essentially help set the agenda in the Asia-Pacific region.
-- Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, June 2012
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