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In a speech earlier this month, Mr. Bruton predicted that Mr. Obama will be preoccupied with pressing domestic issues like the financial crisis to spend too much time on foreign policy.

“There are now, of course, high expectations in Europe of a major change in policy in the United States with the election of President Obama and of a Democratic majority in Congress,” he said in a speech to the Bertelsmann Foundation.

“To those in Europe who expect big changes very quickly, I would refer to domestic constraints on the president’s freedom to act internationally,” he said. “What many are worried about is that the United States won’t be ready for Copenhagen.”

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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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