January 23, 2013

Obama Cannot Hide from the World Stage

Boston Herald, Boston Herald

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The Cold War was a piece of cake compared to the world Obama and his soon-to-be reconstituted foreign policy team will face. And this from the man who wanted to negotiate directly with Iran’s Ahmadinejad. How’d that work out over the last four years? Of course the danger isn’t simply from nation states, as Obama’s inaugural address would lead us to believe. The danger is too often from failed and fractured nation states that provide safe harbor for jihadists who can still strike with impunity — wherever Americans live and work.

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TAGGED: Afghanistan, Mali, Yemen, United States, Barack Obama


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