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Obama Doctrineby Colin Dueck (OUP USA, £14.99)

Pity the poor Republicans. Ever since George McGovern in 1972, their bellicose foreign policy has paid electoral dividends. They successfully and habitually painted the Democrats as flabby idealists who could not be relied on to protect the security of the United States. But George W Bush’s misguided invasion of Iraq put an end to their reputation for competence in foreign affairs.

President Barack Obama came to power, at least in part, because of his early opposition to the Iraq War. Yet in office, his focus…

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