Monday, February 7, 2011

What? Obama is a ... realist?

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat concludes that "after two years in office we can say with some certainty where Barack Obama’s instincts really lie. From the war on terror to the current unrest in Egypt, his foreign policy has owed far more to conservative realpolitik than to any left-wing vision of international affairs." Who knew? Actually, everyone who stayed awake in class as Obama rose to the presidency. If you read his books and listened to his foreign policy speeches, then Obama's pragmatic approach to problem solving -- foreign and domestic -- should come as no suprise. It's been crystal clear from Day 1. I'm just glad Douthat is clueing in the rest of the body politic.

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