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President Obama's foreign policy

Reader comment on item: The Silver Lining of Obama's Weak America

Submitted by Tom (United States), Nov 13, 2013 at 11:13

Daniel Pipes, your article seems very strange to me. You have actually made the case that President Obama's foreign policy has had positive effects, but you still seem to want to criticize him.

I see the president's foreign policy as keeping the United States out of wars such as Vietnam and Iraqi while still fighting al Qaeda in a manner that would not drag the United States into a war than we won't win.

President Obama has limited and doable goals such as his policy in Syria. His goal in Syria was not to oust Bashar al-Assad, although I feel he would very much like to see the dictator go, but to stop Syria's use of poison gas, a goal that President Obama seems to have obtained without military action. In fact President Obama seems to have obtained even more than his original goal as Syria is now destroying, at least some of its capability to engage in chemical warfare, not only against its own people, but also against Israel.

Then at the end of your article you seem to be hoping that America return to its old foreign policy, the one you have criticized.

Tom,

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Daniel Pipes replies:

What is strange about a failed policy having a silver lining? It is not intended and it is not worth the price, but it does exist.

Yes, I hope at the end of the article that the USG will return to a robust foreign policy. Even if it has a gray lining it will be a silver cloud.

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