Opinion

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Obama’s ‘Doctrine of Restraint’ is costly

One way to define President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is as a Doctrine of Restraint. It is clear, not least to the Kremlin, that this president is skeptical of the efficacy of military force, wary of foreign interventions that may become long-term commitments, convinced the era of American-imposed solutions is over, and inclined to see the United States as less an indispensable power than an indispensable partner. Obama has, in effect, been talking down American power.

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