In his book “The Dispensable Nation,” published next month. Mr. Nasr describes the White House’s handling of foreign policy as overly cautious, sometimes disengaged and at times politicized something he asserts has led to a general waning of American influence abroad.
“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,”
Not surprising based on the naivete displayed in many of the president’s foreign policy decisions.
The book sets out in detail how Mr Holbrooke, appointed with great fanfare in 2009, was systematically cut out of decision making as both he and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, tried to argue the merits of engaging with the Taliban and the dangers caused by the overuse of drones.
This is getting a fair amount of play around the Rightosphere, but note what this progressive weasel’s real complaint about Obama is:
…tried to argue the merits of engaging with the Taliban and the dangers caused by the overuse of drones…
In other words, he’s pissed off because Obama wasn’t surrendering fast enough to the Taliban to suit his preferences.
Frankly, if Valerie Jarret’s political calculations are taking into account the fact that Americans won’t especially appreciate their government negotiating another Vietnam-style surrender to the pack of Muslim murderers directly responsible for the 9/11 attack that slaughtered 3000 Americans in NYC, well, fine. It’s nice to know that somebody in the Hussein administration has a pair of balls, even if they are attached to a vagina.