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Obama's fourth-quarter foreign policy surprises
Obama's fourth-quarter foreign policy surprises

Six months ago, President Obama's foreign policy looked stymied. Negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians were at a dead end. Russia was gaining ground in eastern Ukraine. U.S. efforts to end the war in Syria were ineffective. A new extremist army, Islamic State, was marching into Iraq. As misfortunes gathered, Obama's response was defensive — and earthy. His first principle, he said, was “Don't do stupid shit.” But as strategy, that was so inadequate that it drew a public rebuke from his former secretary of State. “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle,”...

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