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President Obama Cannot Lead from Behind on Public Opinion

Obama’s mistake was to take public support for his approach to foreign policy as a given rather than something that he needed to consolidate through building support for his vision of U.S. foreign policy that was less directly engaged with addressing the world’s crises. Mr. Obama’s failure to do this over the first six years of his presidency, despite occasional efforts, left him little choice in the face of growing pressure but to shift gears and give a speech about ISIS that other than having better syntax and pronunciation, could have been made by George W. Bush.

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