President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on March 28, 2014, headed to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with King Abdullah. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Against the backdrop of the Russian annexation of Crimea and mass troop movements by Moscow, President Barack Obama’s recent, lengthy trip to Europe and the Middle East was billed as an opportunity to shore up fragile relations with key allies.
Instead, Obama broke no new ground, and there was little indication the president’s overall mission was successful.
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