"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."
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."
"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."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake declares that the administration is making things worse in Ukraine by opening its mouth:
"The Obama White House cannot resist the temptation to parade its every move in the Ukraine crisis -- much to the detriment of its policy succeeding. The White House thinks the president is so compelling and so central to the narrative that his every utterance is advantageous."
"A Middle East policy built around shoring up Jordan and then other countries that are making the right kinds of domestic and international choices would go a long way in giving America's allies in the region a higher degree of confidence that the United States isn't turning its back on them."
In Foreign Policy's Shadow Government blog, AHS speaker Kori Schake comments on President Obama's State of the Union address this week:
"It's like the Academy Awards without awards or celebrities or high style. It's like the Grammys without music or celebrities or outré style. It's like Sundance without screenings or deals or celebrities or coolness. The State of the Union is Washington's version of the president's awards ceremony. It's an endless acceptance speech."