James Traub At Foreign Policy: ‘The Two Obamas’

Full piece here.

“I would argue that the lesson of Obama’s tenure to date is not so much, “The policy isn’t working” as, “It’s even harder than you thought.”


“If the Middle East is a physics problem, Obama fully recognized the inertia of the object, but exaggerated the force his lever could produce. Like Bush, Obama believed that there was something in himself — a very different something, to be sure — that would break the stalemates of years past,…”

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