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Morning Bell: Obama Doctrine on Display in the Middle East

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Amy Payne

The Foundry

President Obama’s car came to a halt in Israel yesterday, reportedly because it had been filled with the wrong kind of gas.

“This is a metaphor for his Middle East policy—he’s been running on the wrong kind of fuel,” said Heritage expert James Phillips.

The Obama Doctrine—the President’s approach to foreign policy—has been one of talks, sanctions, and seeking international agreements. But his tactics have led to some sorry outcomes. As Heritage’s Luke Coffey put it, “After almost four years of his presidency, not only is America’s standing in the world weaker; the world is also more dangerous than before.”

In sum, the Obama Doctrine is a policy of leading from behind in global affairs, presiding over dangerous defense cuts that leave America weaker in a more dangerous world, and placing “hope” above reality when dealing with countries like Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea—each presenting unique threats to America’s interests.

In his first visit to Israel as President, Obama is attempting to smooth things over with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after some tense years

 

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