What is the Obama Doctrine? First, you need to understand how it is used in this article. Wikipedia defines it this way:
Doctrine (from Latin: doctrina) is a codification of beliefs or a bodys, taught principles or positions, as the essence of teachings in a given branch of knowledge or belief system.
In this case we are talking about the belief system of President Obama and how he views things. This article is what the author has as take aways from the the essay. There is a link to the essay contained within the article as well.
As Written By Daniel W. Drezner , The Washington Post:
Five thoughts on the Obama Doctrine:
Remember Barack Obama? Nice guy, occasionally deft with words, surprisingly popular, and the current president of the United States.
The 25-car pileup that has been the 2016 presidential primary season has obscured that last fact, but he’s still the leader of the free world for the next 10 months.
Clearly, many people read faster than I do, since hot take after hot take has already been filed. As someone who has written in the past about whether there’s an Obama Doctrine, I have thoughts. Here are the five things that surprised me the most from Goldberg’s essay:.
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1. Obama does not respect America’s foreign policy community.
The essay is shot through with disdain from both the president himself and his White House staff about the opinions and judgments of the array of foreign policy think tanks and institutions in Washington.
As Goldberg writes, “Obama generally believes that the Washington foreign-policy establishment, which he secretly disdains, makes a fetish of ‘credibility’—particularly the sort of credibility purchased with force. The preservation of credibility, he says, led to Vietnam.” Then there’s this:
By 2013, Obama’s resentments were well developed. He resented military leaders who believed they could fix any problem if the commander in chief would simply give them what they wanted, and he resented the foreign-policy think-tank complex. A widely held sentiment inside the White House is that many of the most prominent foreign-policy think tanks in Washington are doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders. I’ve heard one administration official refer to Massachusetts Avenue, the home of many of these think tanks, as “Arab-occupied territory.”