jueves, 30 de julio de 2009

The decider's foreign policy

According to Matthew Crowley, Obama is his own national security adviser and secretary of state. Clifford May shows what we got out of the deal.
Friends and Foes
Treating the former worse than the latter is not smart policy.
Historian Bernard Lewis has observed that a nation can make few mistakes worse than this: to be “harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.” Is that a fair characterization of American foreign policy under the Obama administration?
Mackubin Thomas Owens, editor of Orbis, the quarterly journal of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, calls Obama’s “disturbing propensity to curry favor with our adversaries at the expense of our friends
The Czechs and Poles are now “are rightly concerned that they will be sacrificed on the altar of better U.S. relations with Russia,” Owens wrote. “And the Israelis fear that the Obama administration’s desired opening to the Muslim world will be achieved at their expense.”
In particular, Obama has been pressing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make unilateral concessions to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority.
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