Sadly, I share George’s pessimism about the future of Obama’s foreign policy. He’s surrounded himself with creatures of the establishment. No one on his team at this point hasn’t been involved in the catastrophes of our foreign policy since the early nineties. Mogadishu, Kosovo, the failure of Bill Clinton to create a workable post-Cold War foreign policy architecture that was true to the interests and values of the United States, Iraq, our doomed quest to ‘win’ in Afghanistan and a coterie of officials who neither understand Iran or have the desire to. And let’s not even mention Israel.
All that being said, I am not surprised. Obama ran as a centrist. His primary run was as a centrist, post-partisan, unity-porn loving, let’s all come together politician. And so, I’m not surprised at this turn of events.
And so, he may ‘get us out of Iraq’ but that will only lessen the amount of money we piss away yearly on the military. He’ll double down in Afghanistan, not being smart enough to realize that Afghanistan is easy to conquer, yet impossible to hold. Maybe he’ll do some good domestically, but for my money, it’s our foreign policy that has created the domestic mess we’re in. And until Americans soberly address their role in the world we’ll be unable to put our economic house in order. It just won’t happen.