Two successful assassinations — those of Awlaki and bin Laden — have persuaded some that President Obama, whatever his domestic failures, has presided over a successful foreign policy. This is way too generous. In fact, (with the exception of targeted assassinations and the surge in Afghanistan) the president seems to conduct foreign policy based on seat-of-the-pants responses to events, rather than relying on any overarching strategy. And his reactions to events are more often based upon reversing what he regards as past American sins than on pursuing America’s interests in the world.
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