Saturday, January 12, 2013

Two Views

"a sense, fueled by the deep U.S. recession and China’s rise, that America is a declining and overextended power that can no longer afford to lead as it has in the past."
" it will give rise, as it did in 2001, to resolutions that, this time, we have learned our lesson — this time, we won’t come home before the job is done."

-- Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

"To the extent that it’s possible to define an “Obama Doctrine,” then, it’s basically the Hagel-Brennan two-step. Fewer boots on the ground, but lots of drones in the air. Assassination, yes; nation-building, no. An imperial presidency with a less-imperial global footprint.
This is a popular combination in a country that’s tired of war but still remembers 9/11 vividly. Indeed, Obama’s foreign policy has been an immense political success: he’s co-opted foreign policy realists, neutralized antiwar Democrats and isolated Republican hawks."

-- Ross Douthat, New York Times

Needless to say I am with Ross Douthat without his criticism that "But that’s a provisional judgment, contingent on events to come. ".

For my worth, I decidedly stand with President Obama's Foreign Policy here.

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