January 20, 2013
Obama's Retrenchment Cabinet
Fouad Ajami, Washington Post
Obama’s nominations of these men, and the world’s disenchantment with this president, signal that in his second term, the United States will have a less zealous mission in the world. The mantra isn’t quite George McGovern’s “come home, America,” but we are not far from that Vietnam-era weariness of distant lands and causes. And who better than a president with a foreign pedigree and two combat veterans from the Vietnam War at the helm of the Pentagon and the State Department to give this retrenchment a sense of legitimacy?
TAGGED: Iraq, Barack Obama, United States, Chuck Hagel, John Kerry