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President Barack Obama speaks at McCormick Place, Chicago, Jan. 10, 2017 (AP photo by Nam Y. Huh).

Why Obama’s Foreign Policy Gamble Fell Short

Judah Grunstein Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

When U.S. President Barack Obama took office eight years ago, his two overarching foreign policy goals were to oversee the winding down of America’s costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to repair the damage to America’s global standing and reputation that the invasion of Iraq and the excesses of the global war against terrorism had caused.

A major component of the latter project involved reassuring America’s allies, partners, friends and rivals that Washington would recommit itself to the global order it had helped build and defend during and after the Cold War. This meant not only backstopping the rules-based system, but abiding by it in ways the George W. Bush administration had not, in particular by invading Iraq without a United Nations Security Council mandate and by using torture against detainees suspected of terrorism. ...

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