Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

1 June 2014

Africa: Obama's New Foreign Policy Message - Don't Do Stupid

analysis

President Barack Obama delivered a highly touted speech on his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his second term of office and his views took a bit of a beating both from the usual suspects as well as some of his more usual supporters. J. BROOKS SPECTOR looks more closely at the way Obama's speech was received by American analysts and the media.

On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama gave a highly touted speech on his administration's foreign policy. This was the keynote for the passing out ceremony of over a thousand new graduates at the US Military Academy at West Point who were on the point of becoming newly minted second lieutenants in the US Army. The main thrust of Obama's speech seemed designed to draw a line under the first nearly six years of his presidency - and then look forward to the rest of his presidency, outlining what he hopes will be America's place in the world, going forward.

As Obama clearly sees it, it has been his fate that his presidency has largely been defined, up till now, in foreign policy terms, as dedicated to drawing down on those two wasteful, unnecessary wars he inherited,...

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