On Eve of Debate, Former Senior Obama Adviser Eviscerates Administration’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy Failures
Rosa Brooks, a former senior adviser to the Obama State and Defense Departments has penned a damning indictment of the administration’s foreign policy failures. The piece — entitled “The Case for Intervention… In Obama’s dysfunctional foreign-policy team” and published in Foreign Policy — lists six things that Obama must do if he is reelected.
But you really only need to read the beginning of the article to get a sense for the debacle that is the Obama non-doctrine:
…he has presided over an exceptionally dysfunctional and un-visionary national security architecture — one that appears to drift from crisis to crisis, with little ability to look beyond the next few weeks. His national security staff is squabbling and demoralized…
1. Get a Strategy. No, really. We don’t currently seem to have one, grand or otherwise. We’ve got “the long war” — but we don’t seem to have a long game. Instead of a strategy, we have aspirations (“We want a stable Middle East”) and we have laundry lists (check out the 2010 National Security Strategy). But as I have written in a previous column, there’s no clear sense of what animates our foreign policy. And without a clear strategic vision of the world, there’s no way to evaluate the success or failure of different initiatives, and no way to distinguish the important from the marginal…
Another of Brooks’ recommendations is for Obama to get out of his bubble and talk to experts, not cronies, campaign aides and yes-men. But RedState reminds us that, ironically, Obama has moved backward in that respect, not forward.
h/t Flaming Hetero