U.S. Foreign Policy: Groping for a Reset – Walter Russell Mead
(dailyalert.org, Jun. 6, 2014)
The world of June 2014 is not a world the Obama administration wanted or foresaw. The plan was that six years of no-drama, no-stupid-stuff diplomacy would repair the damage of the Bush years, isolate jihadis in a democratizing Middle East, develop a new relationship with Iran, build a businesslike relationship with Russia, and pacify East Asia. It was a beautiful plan, but it hasn’t worked out.
Al-Qaeda is no longer “on the run” according to as sober a source as the Financial Times; it’s in its best shape since October 2001 by some analyses. The Syria horror continues to grow more intense and the consequences, more dire; Western intelligence agencies say they are unable to track the activities of thousands of Western passport holders now being trained in the finer points of jihad as they fight against Assad.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is in ruins despite major pushes by the president in each of his two terms. Saudi Arabia is cold to the administration’s regional policy. Libya is a disaster. Years of “democracy promotion” in Egypt revealed the depth of American illusions about the Arab Spring and exposed the limits of our influence in Egypt. (American Interest)
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