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US foreign policy at crossroads: public has no appetite for conflict
Sep 25th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Obama inherits debris left

by Bush wars and scandals

President Obama has an uphill struggle ahead to change American attitudes about his foreign policy. Click image to enlarge.

DESPITE HIS THOUGHTFUL and statesmanlike speech at the United Nations on Tuesday – which got generally favorable reviews – President Obama has a huge foreign policy problem.
At home and abroad, he is facing stiff headwinds. But they are not of his own making.
Pundits everywhere have forgotten recent American history. We are today reaping the whirlwind of major foreign policy blunders of the Bush/Cheney years, and Obama has an uphill struggle as he deals with multiple crises in the Middle East.
U.S. prestige and influence in the region is at generational lows. But even more important, the American public is resisting involvement, opposing intervention in Syria, and disapproving of the president’s conduct of international affairs by a significant margin.


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