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Obama’s Foreign Policy Two important interviews were conducted concerning the foreign policy of President Barack Obama. The first was New York Times columnist Tom Friedman’s article based on conversations he had with the President.

Friedman says during the interview the president “made clear that he is only going to involve America more deeply in places like the Middle East to the extent that the different communities there agree to an inclusive politics of no victor/no vanquished” and that there would be no ground troops in Iraq.

“Intervening in Libya to prevent a massacre was the right thing to do, Obama argued, but doing it without sufficient follow-up on the ground to manage Libya’s transition to more democratic politics is probably his biggest foreign policy regret,” he added.

The other was an interview with Hillary Clinton by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, in which the former secretary of state places significant distance between herself and her former boss. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.

“Much of my conversation with Clinton focused on the Gaza war. She offered a vociferous defense of Israel, and of its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as well. This is noteworthy because, as secretary of state, she spent a lot of time yelling at Netanyahu on the administration’s behalf over Israel’s West Bank settlement policy. Now, she is leaving no daylight at all between the Israelis and herself,” writes Goldberg.

Quick Headlines:

Today, Israelis and Palestinian negotiators will meet in Cairo to discuss possible resolution to the ongoing violence in Gaza.

Jonah Goldberg writes in the Los Angeles Times that no one in the West desires a generational struggle against radical Islam, but that such a war is a reality.

James Carafano offers his views on how to survive a summer of global chaos.

China fights against calls for it to limit South China Sea activity.

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