Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

Every-Which-Way Joe

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The vice president's plan for Afghanistan is only his latest exercise in folly and self-contradiction

Writing in the July/August 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs, then-candidate Barack Obama outlined his foreign-policy views. He wrote that after the financial and human cost of the Iraq War, “many Americans may be tempted to turn inward and cede our leadership in world affairs. But this is a mistake we must not make. America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, and the world cannot meet them without America.”

He then harkened back to three Democratic presidents:

Such leadership demands that we retrieve a fundamental insight of Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy — one that is truer now than ever before: the

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Jamie M. Fly — Mr. Fly is executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative. He served in the office of the secretary of defense and on the National Security Council staff from 2005 to 2009.

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