April 20, 2009

DIVIDENDS?:

A World Of Trouble For Obama (Jackson Diehl, April 20, 2009, Washington Post)

New American presidents typically begin by behaving as if most of the world's problems are the fault of their predecessors -- and Barack Obama has been no exception. In his first three months he has quickly taken steps to correct the errors in George W. Bush's foreign policy, as seen by Democrats. He has collected easy dividends from his base, U.S. allies in Europe and a global following for not being "unilateralist" or war-mongering or scornful of dialogue with enemies.

Now comes the interesting part: when it starts to become evident that Bush did not create rogue states, terrorist movements, Middle Eastern blood feuds or Russian belligerence -- and that shake-ups in U.S. diplomacy, however enlightened, might not have much impact on them.


Except he got nothing from Europe. Even the French are making fun of him. Of course, it doesn't several of those states tossed their anti-American leaders in favor of Bush-clones.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2009 7:49 AM
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