Obama-Europe Honeymoon: The Thrill is Gone?

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I thought this, from David Brooks’ analysis of President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech earlier this month, was on the money: This speech builds an idealistic facade on a realist structure. Andthis gets to the core Obama foreign-policy perplexity. The presidentwants to be an inspiring leader who rallies the masses. He also wantsbe a top-down realist who cuts deals in the palaces. There is a tensionbetween these two impulses that even a sharp Chicago pol is havingtrouble managing. What made me think of it now was this passage from a Der Spiegel feature on the strain in U.S.-German relations: In pursuing […]


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