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Obama Foreign Policy Crises May Become Domestic Election Hurdles

Even as President Barack Obama benefits from an improving economy, an arc of crises from Libya to Afghanistan is pushing U.S. foreign policy worries into an election dominated by concern over the American and global economies.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes to Capitol Hill today for the first of two days of testimony that will give Republicans a chance to quiz her about Obama’s apology for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran in Afghanistan and other issues. The Koran incident sparked a cycle of anti-American violence that has claimed the lives of four U.S. soldiers and raised doubts about the administration’s efforts to speed the withdrawal of American combat forces and hand more responsibility to Afghan troops and police.