Jeffrey Goldberg’s analysis of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy (“The Obama Doctrine“) is required reading for those looking at the big picture on U.S. national security.
The article reveals a striking lack of clarity in Mr. Obama’s vision for his positive legacy on the global stage. This piece was informed by a great deal of access to senior administration officials who aim to burnish Mr. Obama’s national security achievements. Yet there is a gaping hole: what the Obama administration wants to say it achieved and what it will leave behind. The officials’ primary mode is defensive, not assertive.The above excerpt was originally published in The Wall Street Journal.