Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Epstein on Obama on Foreign Policy

OLS hero Richard Epstein's latest Hoover Institute sponsered article offers a terrific explanation for the disasterious foreign policy of the Obama administration:
The President suffers from two fundamental flaws. The first is that he is unwilling to make decisions. He much prefers to play the role of a disinterested observer who comments on a set of adverse events that he regards himself as powerless to shape, of which Assad’s carnage in Syria is the prime example. The second is that he fundamentally misunderstands the use of force in international affairs. He handicaps himself fatally by imposing unwise limitations on the use of American force, such as his repeated declarations that he will not send ground troops back into Iraq.
The rest of the article elaborates on these two flaws.  Epstein is, as always, tremendously astute, highlighting the essential elements and presenting them to the reader in an intelligent, and intelligible, manner.