When Obama swept into office, on a tidal wave of Hope and the promise of Change, he vowed to reset America’s orientation to the world. Frankly, after eight years of George W. Bush’s destructive foreign policy, you can see why many people would heave a sigh of relief and welcome an ABB (Anything But Bush) commander-in-chief. From today’s vantage — and on the week marking 14 years since 9/11 — how should we judge Obama’s record?
To hear many analysts, despite some missteps and minor errors, Obama has largely done well to “rightsize” America’s presence in the Middle East — especially considering the mess he inherited from the Bush administration. Critics, however, have a forceful comeback: “When does the statute of limitations on blaming President George W. Bush for the record of the current administration finally expire?”
Can we judge Obama’s policy without weighing the Bush legacy? Is the Iran deal, as many believe, a crowning achievement? How, more broadly, should we evaluate Obama’s Middle East policy?
These are some of the questions I’ll cover when I guest host The Yaron Brook Show this Saturday, September 12. Join me then or listen to the podcast.
And if you have questions or want to share your view, please find me on Twitter: @elanjourno