He tries in some way to project the kind of difference that example presents to other situations.
Without arguing for or against any specific policy choices, or what Friedman thinks of any of them, I think Mr Freidman may be glossing over a general policy choice that certainly can be no worse than the alternatives, and that general policy choice I am referring to is the consideration that one single approach may not be the best approach in every situation; that the full context of any situation should help shape a specific policy towards it; that a policy that moves in lock-step with "we will always do this" may not achieve results expected of it BECAUSE the context of the situation cannot be flexible to that approach; that, in some contexts it is less likely we can bend the contextual factors to a set policy approach in a situation and instead we might need to be flexible to what the context of a situation presents.
The Obama Administration has been an unmitigated foreign policy disaster for the United States.
Barack Obama is proud to tell us that he leads from behind...and while he is back there, he makes loud prognostications from his teleprompter and stumbles around with a twig in his hands...while whittling down, shaving large parts away from, and allowing the large stick he could otherwise hold to fester and rot.
Any reconsideration of U.S. strategy would be an improvement over the previous amateurish strategy.
From one who already is acquainted with that strategy :
Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.
The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, (craps) on the board
and then struts around like it won the game. --Vladimir Putin-2013
Mr. Freidman’s observations regarding Germany’s new assertiveness are interesting, but his analysis of the Russian-US dynamic falls flat.
American foreign policy these days more closely resembles black liberation theology than anything else.
Very insightful article, thank you for the post