The critique is mostly:
- President Obama’s primary goal was to undo the “Bush mistakes,” which translated to getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan. There was never a strategy related to what’s next in the Middle East; hence, the vacuum that has been largely filled by bad actors and tragic events.
- The White House controlled foreign policy decision-making with a group of political operatives using domestic political criteria largely related to the November 2012 re-election.
- President Obama and his team were often not engaged and mostly inclined to cite the risks, not the objectives.