As a rare example of presidential leadership in the orchestration of a fait accompli, this opening will add much-needed lustre to Obama’s legacy.
Russia is right to put warplanes on patrol near US airspace. This is not Putin trying to be provocative or flaunting expansionist ambitions. It is simply Russia giving a taste of American medicine back and in language that the arrogant warmongers in Washington will understand.
With two years left of his presidency, Obama looks like a sitting duck. His weakened stance in American politics has led to an awkward presence at summits in the Far East.
Ask policymakers in Washington which of these parts of the world should be America's top priority and the first response is usually a variant of - "We've got to be able to chew gum and walk at the same time."
Barack Obama has gone through his final electoral ordeal. The Democrats lost control of the Senate during Tuesday's midterm legislative elections. Without a majority in the upper chamber, the president may become paralyzed during the last two years of his mandate — on the domestic front at least. He can still take [Read more]
Never has the foreign policy of the empire seemed so aimless.
Mr Obama himself has shown only contempt for Congress’ role in foreign and security policy matters. When he did not want to launch air strikes against Syria last year, he pretended that congressional approval was required for any action, but then did nothing to get it.
There is not much optimism in the White House about the results of the midterm election, and even more pronounced is the pessimism that prevails among the Democratic candidates, who are clearly preoccupied with having been abandoned by the electorate as a consequence of the significant loss of consensus with respect to [Read more]