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Foreign Policy: From Bad to None

Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and military historian, saw right through Barack Obama’s rhetoric from the start of the 2008 presidential campaign. Over the past five years Hanson has chronicled, as well as anyone, how Obama has fundamentally transformed American foreign policy. A recent piece by Hanson had the above title and this subtitle: “Our enemies are gloating, and our allies are grimly deciding where to go from here.”

In the article, as usual, Hanson pulls no punches:

Blaming Bush had a shelf life of four years, proved nihilistic, and can’t be continued for the next three. No one abroad cares that Obama is either leftwing or the first African-American president or that he speaks well from a teleprompter. Hope and change have become a sort of embarrassment. Another Cairo speech would earn guffaws. More loud reaching out to Turkey, Cuba, and Venezuela would earn eye-rolling. China has heard it all before. Iran is calibrating how to time its nuclear acquisition with the ending of Obama’s second term. Israel is politely tuning out. Putin is wondering: Can all these gifts be for real, or might there still be some elaborate ruse?

But mostly, our enemies now are ready to test us, and our friends will soon consider distancing themselves from us. So much so that even Obama’s occasional wise initiatives, like a trade deal with Japan, will go nowhere, given that there is no upside in supporting America, and no downside in opposing it.

We had a bad foreign policy and now we have no foreign policy — and sadly, we can only hope that is an improvement.

Read more: National Review Online



 

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