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Leid Stories - Obama’s Foreign Policy: ‘A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma’ - 07/30/14
Five months after Britain officially declared war on Hitler’s Germany for invading Poland, Prime Minister Winston Churchill in an Oct. 1, 1939 radio address was unable to predict to anxious Britons what Russia would do. Russia, he said, was “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
It’s an apt description of U.S. foreign policy objectives and actions under President Barack Obama.
At his lowest point of popularity since taking office in 2009, Obama’s job-approval rating has been hovering between 39 and 41 percent in national polls—disaffection with his handling of the economy a major factor. Disapproval of his foreign policy, however, is running at about 56 percent.
Leid Stories updates its July 7-8 discussions on Obama’s downward spiral with an assessment of his administration’s foreign policies. Our guest, scholar and prolific author Dr. Gerald Horne, who teaches graduate courses in diplomatic history and is the John J. and Rebecca Moores chair of history and African American studies at the University of Houston, provides a comprehensive overview of Obama’s foreign-policy priorities and major flubs that call his judgment and leadership into question.
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