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Obama's foreign policy: A house with many (contradictory) doctrinesIn his long and now famous article in the Atlantic (April 2016) about "Obama's Doctrine," Jeffrey Goldberg, after analyzing a large number of interviews with Obama and others, and other sources, could not find, or claim to have found, a coherent Obama doctrine, as the title to his piece seems to imply. Second, Obama is anti-exceptionalist. Third, Obama is an isolationist. Most of those who wrote about an Obama doctrine considered that its main tenant was retrenchment. Fourth, Obama is a warrior, albeit a reluctant one. Or is it that Obama has many doctrines so contradictory that it is impossible to find their unifying principle?So, irrespective of how many people and circumstances Obama blames for it, the reason why his foreign policy is replete with contradictory strategies is Obama himself: A university professor by nature caste in the role of president of the United States.
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