Obama’s foreign policy has utterly lost the Washington Post editorial board, which writes highly critical editorials on a regular basis arguing that his sole-minded focus on withdrawal is inadequate to the new challenges and his rigid view that military engagement must be avoided or only exerted in stealth Special Forces attacks or with drones is defeatist.
Reflecting his major foreign policy speech at West Point, the Washington Post said of Obama: “As he has so often in his political career, Mr. Obama has elected to respond to the critical consensus not by adjusting policy but rather by delivering a big speech.”
Even the New York
Times, which supports Obama’s views on the limits of force and advocates
more limits on drone strikes, surveillance and closing Guantanamo Bay, was
critical of his West Point speech as uninspiring and full of hackneyed phrases.
But specifically, the Times said: “Mr. Obama’s comments on China and Russia
barely touched on how he plans to manage two major countries that have turned
|President Obama arriving at West Point, NY, 5-28-14|
Photo: Susan Walsh, AP
Unfortunately, foreign policy allies tend to lose confidence and adversaries take advantage of drift and weakness. America has two and one-half years to hope this administration can find some minimum offensive strategy to hold now frequent crises at bay.
Floyd Ciruli directs the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the Korbel School at DU.