July 28, 2014

What Happens When America Disengages

Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

The Associated Press

Obama’s determination to gear down in Europe and the Middle East, regardless of circumstances, guaranteed that the United States would not respond strategically to new opportunities (the Arab Spring) or dangers (Putin’s determination to redraw the map of Europe).

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TAGGED: Tunisia, Egypt, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Benghazi, Libya, Russia, Arab Spring, Barack Obama, U.S. Foreign Policy, United States


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