Obama has given US foreign policy something it sorely lacked–intellectual clarityby Robert Fry / December 31, 2015 / Leave a comment
Peace talks on Syria, backed by the UN, will begin in January and the process, which will culminate in elections, will be completed within 18 months. Syria will therefore be unfinished foreign policy business when President Obama leaves the White House in early 2017.
To many it has been a domestic issue presidency and a sharp contrast to the belligerent unilateralism that preceded it. But there is an Obama world view. His handling of the Syrian war has revealed it.
Throughout the wars of 9/11, the United States has deployed four armies. The first was named after Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defence Caspar Weinberger. The Powell/Weinberger army was a legacy of the first Gulf War and operated to a doctrine of overwhelming force, international endorsement and a clear exit strategy. It was the instrument of a nation at the height of its powers, contemplating a world it understood and dominated. In the event, it never went to war.