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Obama Distancing Friends, Courting Enemies

Robert Kagan, Washington Post | March 19, 2010

President Obama thus far has failed to strengthen relationships with historic allies, focusing instead on a fruitless search for improved relations with adversaries. ++ "This administration pays lip-service to 'multilateralism,' but it is a multilateralism of accommodating autocratic rivals, not of solidifying relations with longtime democratic allies." ++ In doing so, he departs from a 60 year-old American Grand Strategy of cultivating formal military and political alliances with an aim to create a balance of power perpetually in favor of the democracies.



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