"It was perversely fascinating to watch the man who condescendingly explained to the Republican congressional leadership in 2009 that “elections have consequences” sail with such imperious disdain through a speech wholly unconnected to the political realities of the legislative body to which he delivered this speech."
"Good foreign-policy outcomes are more likely when the president oversees a coherent national-security strategy, where ends are aligned with means, words are aligned with actions, and regional responses are aligned with one another according to a worthwhile overall purpose."
"The only long-term peaceful solution is a change in Beijing's attitudes about national greatness. Such greatness must be equated with the impressive accomplishments of the Chinese people rather than dead-end revanchist claims of calcifying Chinese Communist Party."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake gives us three reasons why President Obama isn't about to be a second-term foreign-policy free-ranger:
"Many presidents, stymied by Congresses and diminishingly relevant to the political debates late in their terms take refuge in the wide latitude the framers gave our country's chief executive in the conduct of foreign policy."
"The United States must reengage as a world leader and embrace the principles of strength and deterrence, and the values of stability and liberty. We must face the world as it is and not as we would wish it would be. We must be careful not to rise in anger but be absolutely resolute in seeing a chosen fight to a successful end."
"It's just not fun anymore to critique the Obama administration's foreign policy -- it's like picking on the Chicago Cubs. Except the Cubs aren't consistently bad and their mistakes haven't accrued lasting damage to our country."
"As it approaches its final two years in office, it now has arguably its most capable diplomatic team yet on these issues in Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski and Ambassador-designate Saperstein."
"The United States cannot hide from the world. Rather, it must compete. And if it competes well, it can restore not only its economic health, but also its strength for the long haul. That resilience will preserve Americans' ability to determine their fate and the nation's ability to lead in the way its interests require."