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The threat posed by illiberal regimes got worse over the course of Obama’s presidency, and the appeal of these regimes increased as the president sought to appease them. Barack Obama looked the other way when Iranian students took to the streets in 2009 threatening the stability of a terrorist regime. Barack Obama wavered as Venezuelans were being attacked by police as they tried to liberate themselves from the deprivation of socialism. It was Barack Obama who made concession after concession to secure a mutually beneficial relationship with the illiberal regimes in Moscow, Beijing, Havana, and Naypyidaw. This as much as anything else is the legacy Barack Obama’s administration will leave to posterity.

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