STRATFOR’s George Friedman on how The World Looks at Obama After the U.S. Midterm Election.
His is always rather sobering commentary, and often impossible to disagree with.
Obama comes out of this election severely weakened domestically. If he continues his trajectory, the rest of the world will perceive him as a crippled president, something he needn’t be in foreign policy matters. Obama can no longer control Congress, but he still controls foreign policy. He could emerge from this defeat as a powerful foreign policy president, acting decisively in Afghanistan and beyond. It’s not a question of what he should do, but whether he will choose to act in a significant way at all.
Read the full piece here.
And check out last week’s piece for a flesh-out on what he thinks might be Obama’s strategy for the next two years.
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