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The Obama Doctrine: US policy is not to blame [Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic]

June 15, 2016

By 2012—as the revolutions of the Arab Spring were curdling, and as Libya drifted toward chaos, despite a partial U.S. intervention—Obama developed strong antibodies to what I call the Carly Simon Syndrome, which is an affliction affecting American policymakers so vain that they probably think Islamist extremism, and everything else, is about them. Obama, unlike many American analysts, does not suffer from this delusion. He sees the problems affecting parts of the Muslim world as largely outside American control.

Excerpt from another installment of Jeffrey Goldberg, of The Atlantic, channeling Pres. Obama: Original article entitled What Obama Actually Thinks about Radical Islam.

Note the passive voice. Note the total lack of courage to say “oops, we screwed Libya up“.



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