What Obama Might Learn from the Past: Bending History in the Direction of Justice

It is the nature of the political process that presidents campaign outside history and must then live within it. For Barack Obama, this meant promising a speedy withdrawal from Iraq, a stronger focus on defeating Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, firm but respectful relations with Russia and China, engagement with opponents like Iran, and progress with our […]

Lessons for Late Baby Boomers

I’m eight months older than President Barack Obama, so we fall into the same generation.  Of course, the similarities end there, including his ascent to a slightly higher administrative level than I will ever reach.  Still, we share some things in common because we gained an awareness of the world around the same time, in […]

An Assessment of Obama’s First Year

It is, of course, still too early after one year to evaluate the foreign policy or the presidency of Barack Obama.  That said preliminary analysis illuminates both the best and the worst about American culture and the foreign policy that flows from it.