Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Insider: Obama's foreign policy subservient to domestic politics

According to a former diplomat, Pres. Obama has handed control of foreign policy to his domestic political advisers.  The Telegraph reports:
Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. 
"The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisers whose turf was strictly politics," Mr Nasr writes in The Dispensable Nation: America Foreign policy in Retreat.

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