JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN OBAMA DOCTRINE?   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY CLIVE CROOK IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES

The world, thank you very much, will do quite well without an “Obama Doctrine.”

What’s wrong with the idea of a chief executive who simply does his job without pretense to imperial or papal grandeur?

The pomposity of the various presidential doctrines – many of them rather shabby statements when their fancy wrap and ribbons are removed – indeed, the very use of the word “doctrine” is the surest sign of American’s having fully absorbed the concept of empire.

The president is, after all, just an elected official with a limit on his/her time in office.

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