January 21, 2013
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
Pursuing Ambitious Global Goals, but Strategy is More (DAVID E. SANGER, 1/21/13, NY Times)
Bitter experience -- from getting the most modest arms control agreement through the Senate his first year, trying and failing to engage leaders in Iran and North Korea, discovering his lack of leverage over Egypt, Pakistan and Israel, and finding Afghanistan to be a costly waste of American lives and resources -- is driving him to a strategy reminiscent of one of his Republican predecessors, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.It is a strategy in which Mr. Obama will try to redirect world events subtly, rather than turning to big treaties, big military interventions and big aid packages."The appeal of the Eisenhower approach is that it had a big element of turning inward, of looking to rebuilding strength at home, of conserving American power," said one of Mr. Obama's senior national security advisers, who would not agree to be quoted by name.
Some presidencies are ambitious--like Reagan and W's--some just consolidate the gains of their predecessors. If he can pull off a treaty with the EU, Mr. Obama will resemble Clinton more than Ike.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2013 6:13 PM