So I guess that—on her next test administered by the Charles Gibsons of the world—Sarah Palin would be getting a presidential “doctrine” question wrong again, because I think she’d answer that the Obama Doctrine is “coddling our enemies while alienating allies.”
Zakaria’s column is almost painful to read, so hard must he twist and turn in his attempt to justify Obama’s foreign policy and try to make it sound coherent, thoughtful, and beneficial to this country. In doing so, Zakaria leaves out any reference to Honduras, one of Obama’s earliest and most vile forays into the international arena. Nor does Zakaria explain why helping push Mubarak out in Egypt and make room for the Muslim Brotherhood was so all-fired great.
Aside from the above characterization of the Obama Doctrine by Sarah Palin (and on this blog, way back when), there’s been another unifying principle at work in Obama’s foreign policy for the last year or so, and that is to do what he thinks will help him get elected. This has caused some zigzagging between options that appeal to the left and those that appeal to the middle.