Professor Robert Lieber, in an op ed for the LA Times, summarizes Obama’s foreign policy moves and describes them as his “can’t do style.”
To be sure, presidents typically face a steep learning curve during their first year. And given Obama’s political skills, his handling of foreign policy could become more adept. Yet the impact of his operational style on policy remains considerable and arguably not well suited to managing two wars and an intransigent Iran, let alone a major foreign policy crisis of the kind that is almost certain to arise at some point during his term.
I agree but thinking about it is not a wonderful way to begin this New Year.