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"The Obama Doctrine" 'The Atlantic,' April 2016, by Jeffrey Goldberg

Reader comment on item: Assessing Obama's Mosque Speech on Islam

Submitted by Robert (United States), Mar 19, 2016 at 12:09

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I hope you have had a chance to read this great piece of journalism:

"The Obama Doctrine" 'The Atlantic,' April 2016, by Jeffrey Goldberg
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/the-obama-doctrine/471525/

Jeffrey Goldberg is my favorite contemporary American journalist, and I think Obama has great respect for him. So it looks like he rewarded him with an intimate look into his analytic thinking on his foreign policy, and it's especially revealing on his views on the Middle East.

I think that Obama's Mosque Speech expresses more his role as a Politician, and as a Preacher, or Imam; you, on the other hand, look at it primarily as a Professorial Lecture, or Seminar. I think his talk there is designed to win votes to his side, as well as to encourage Muslims to move more to the center in their religious beliefs.

So one wants to know what Obama's strategic thinking is regarding foreign policy, the Goldberg interviews (linked herein) are much, much, better.

I personally believe that Obama's legacy will be that of one of our truly great President, very close to the status of Lincoln - that's assuming that Obama's successor picks up the ball. But I doubt that Trump or Hillary will be able to reverse the (good) processes Obama has initiated. For one, Obama was on board during the Arab Spring, and I believe he guide our ship of state appropriate in the right direction as the Muslim Winter came; are we now approaching the Eye of that Storm? Who will be our President next? No candidate, it seems, has Obama's vision. But maybe Hillary will pick up the ball and continue his goal?

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