Has Obama Bungled Foreign Policy?
Posted at 8 a.m. on May 8, 2013
Marc Ambinder reviews Vali Nasr’s new book, The Dispensable Nation, and calls it “the most trenchant criticism of the Obama administration I’ve yet read.”
“I have some problems with Nasr’s account, including his minimization of Obama’s own commitment to global non-proliferation, which is one reason why it would be folly for Iran to nuclearize under Obama’s watch, and with his reading of Iran’s repeated efforts to negotiate with the U.S. as something other than a consequence of successful economic and covert pressure.”
“But I find many of his arguments to be compelling. Russia and China were given keys to the vault in order to get them on board with economic sanctions; in many ways, U.S. policy is pushing rogue countries right into ‘the bosom’ of China and Russia.”