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Dangerous DoctrineHow Obama's Grand Strategy Weakened America$
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Robert G. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167206

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167206.001.0001

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The Obama Doctrine Meets the Middle East and Afghanistan

The Obama Doctrine Meets the Middle East and Afghanistan

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(p.97) 5 The Obama Doctrine Meets the Middle East and Afghanistan
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Dangerous Doctrine
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Robert G. Kaufman

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167206.003.0006

This chapter argues that the main tenets of the Obama Doctrine have made a bad situation in the Middle East worse. Obama’s policy of giving priority to withdrawing from Iraq rather than winning the war created a dangerous power vacuum that Iran and other radical forces in the region have filled. President Obama’s ideologically driven, premature withdrawal snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The administration also fundamentally misread the dynamics of the Arab Spring because of the Obama Doctrine’s blind eye to the danger emanating from Islamic radicalism of all varieties. Nothing illustrates the perversity of the Obama Doctrine more than the president’s assiduous attempts to reach a nuclear deal with a virulently anti-American Iran while seeking to put increasing distance between the United States and a decent, democratic Israel. The inability of the Obama Doctrine prudently to distinguish friends and foes has unleashed the worst instincts of a region teeming with foes.

Keywords:   Iran, Syria, Arab Spring, Arab-Israeli dispute, Islamism, leading from behind, ISIS

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