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Russian President Vladimir Putin has America's foreign policy establishment swooning.That is my map of Africa".Imagine if today's interventionists had their way and President Barack Obama escalated force and the Assad regime fell. In Yemen, the United States supported regime change and new elections. The result – a civil war that is tearing the country apart. In Niall Ferguson's intelligent and sympathetic biography of Henry Kissinger's early life, I was struck by how today's mood resembles that of the 1950s. We now think of that decade as America's high-water mark, but at the time, the country's foreign policy elites were despairing that Washington was passive and paralyzed in the face of Soviet activism. (The Kennedy/Johnson administration ended the passivity, notably in Cuba and Vietnam, with disastrous results). I believe that decades from now, we will be glad that Barack Obama chose Eisenhower's path to global power and not Putin's.
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