Obama leaves the world a more dangerous place
Barack Obama aimed to reset America’s place in the world. Instead he dislodged it. His soaring rhetoric—displayed in speeches in Cairo in 2009, or in Estonia in 2014—could not outweigh the bleak realities of power.
America is relatively weaker than it was, its rivals and adversaries stronger. Countering that trend is entirely possible, but would require stronger alliances. Instead, during the eight years of the Obama administration, America’s ties with friendly countries became weaker.
The record is not all bad. The Iran nuclear deal, for all its shortcomings, has delayed what had seemed like an inevitable military strike on that country’s bomb-making …read more