How the White House crafted a new foreign-policy doctrine without anyone really noticing
AS BARACK OBAMA’S first presidential term approaches its conclusion, the time for assessing his foreign policy in relation to that of his predecessors has arrived. Has Obama turned out to be “Bush Lite,” betraying his campaign promises in order to carry out what amounts, in foreign policy, to a third term for George W. Bush? That’s the claim from many of the president’s critics on the left, who have cited Obama’s failure to close the detention facility at Guantánamo and his prosecution of the Afghan war, together with his administration’s Bushian record on matters such as covert conflict and state secrecy.
Obama’s conservative opponents, meanwhile, stress discontinuity. Even if they do not join the lunatic fringe in portraying Obama as actively anti-American, candidates for the Republican presidential nomination,
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