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OBAMA UNSCRIPTED: Careful, thoughtful foreign policy the right prescription
May 1st, 2014 by Warren Swil

President recognizes

limits of US power

in modern world

President Obama has drawn undeserved criticism for remarks on foreign policy on Monday.

IN A RARE candid moment, President Obama revealed a thoughtful, realistic assessment of the US role in the modern world in unscripted remarks in the Philippines on April 28.
The punditocracy – both left and right – is wrong.
The president was absolutely correct in his assessment that thought leaders have failed to learn the lessons of the past decade as the US fought two disastrous and expensive wars with negative blowback for America and the world.
In his comments in response to an antagonistic reporter’s question, he displayed the great depth and careful analysis that has allowed him to avoid the mistakes of his predecessor.
It was reassuring to hear the president’s realistic assessment that the use of military force should be a last resort. It was not a sign of weakness at all.


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UKRAINE CONUNDRUM: For the US, the ultimate irony

With the world on tenterhooks as the old cold war foes face down over Ukraine, the US is caught in a bind.
Almost everyone knows about the invasion of Iraq on false pretenses. This week we were treated to the international spectacle Secretary of State John Kerry accusing Russia of doing the same in Ukraine.
What is a poor superpower to do when it no longer has any moral authority?


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