Skip to comments.Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president
Posted on 03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST by Beave Meister
The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East.
Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama.
"The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisers whose turf was strictly politics," Mr Nasr writes in The Dispensable Nation: America Foreign policy in Retreat.
The book sets out in detail how Mr Holbrooke, appointed with great fanfare in 2009, was systematically cut out of decision making as both he and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, tried to argue the merits of engaging with the Taliban and the dangers caused by the overuse of drones.
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2016 Dem primary struggle - Hillary v. John Effin’
” - - - a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisers whose turf was strictly politics - - - “
Is indicative of an incompetent buffoon.
S0r0$ is the organ grinder, 0bama is the monkey.
I agree...nobama is dangerously incompetent and he is incomparable buffoon.
The Dem primary will be the big shootout.
I’d view the POTUS election as a lock for Dems, unless the inevitable economic implosion happens before 2016.
The big R challenge will be getting voters out for the state and Congress races.
I also think that Villarigosa of LA will make a go of it in 2016.
Will Rogers once said: “ The President is fairly representative of the people.”
If Ole Will had it right, then that does not say much for the supporters who voted for ex-Foreign Student, current Indonesian Citizen, Communist, B. Hussein Obama!
Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama.Wiki-waki-pedia entry on Vali Nasr
Another 2009 Obama appointee under Richard Holbrooke just had her house raided by the feds and here state dept office sealed...
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