What the President Thinks He's Doing

The ideological roots of his disastrous Iran strategy.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci.

Response
Feb. 9 2015
About the author

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.


President Obama’s foreign policy cannot be understood or defended as an effort to advance American national interests as they are normally understood.  By any usual definition—strengthening of allies, defeat of enemies, military advances, nuclear nonproliferation—his administration’s policies have been disastrous. That leads logically to the question: “Well, what does the president think he’s doing?”

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