Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

The Innocents Abroad

President Barack Obama discusses the 2011 budget in the Cross Hall of the White House, February 1, 2010. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
Obama’s foreign policy is characterized by naïveté and distaste for America

Barack Obama’s badly flawed worldview and the incoherent foreign policy flowing from it have now disintegrated. Within the past few months, his media acolytes notwithstanding, the evidence has become conclusive: Obama’s presidency is gravely wounding America and its friends. His response to virtually every significant threat or crisis has either complicated or worsened the problem, or, at best, left it essentially no closer to resolution.

Obama has repeatedly highlighted his propensity to apologize for America’s past transgressions (as he defines them), and his disinclination to be assertive on our behalf. Indeed, so radically different is Obama from any prior American president

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John R. Bolton is a former national-security adviser to President Trump and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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