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(Commentary) Barack Obama's foreign policy retreat brings some unhappy consequences

2015-01-19 08:42:32       source:Straight

By Charlie Smith


January 18, 2015


"As Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency, it's worth assessing his impact on U.S. foreign policy.


While it's true that Obama ended American involvement in George W. Bush's two major wars and launched a diplomatic initiative with Iran, Obama's tenure has also been marked by rising instability in the Middle East.


Obama, who used to teach constitutional law, has also presided over a stunning degree of indiscriminate electronic surveillance, which has undermined America's relations with its allies. German chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian president Dilma Roussef have been two of the most outspoken world leaders on this topic."


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