President Obama Presidency As A Foreign Policy Curio Essay

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Future historians may well look back on the Barack Obama presidency as a foreign policy curio that pushed the US away from traditional alliances while seeking rapprochement with unrepentant foes. By pivoting towards the Asia-Pacific, this White House also reoriented America’s national interest towards containing China’s rise as a military power rather than managing the power dynamics in the Middle East. The US obsession with China is inexplicable considering Beijing’s firm no-first-strike policy and their half a trillion dollars in bilateral trade. it is now certain, though, that safeguarding Arab crude no longer tops Washington’s priority list.

Increased US oil production from shale deposits could be one reason. Another is the global rush for green energy to avoid a climate change catastrophe resulting from the planet overheating beyond two degrees Celsius. If burning fossil fuels at present rates for another half a century will doom humanity, then it stands to reason that major powers will stop warring over them in less than a decade. Ironically, through President Obama’s eight years in office, US relations with steadfast allies Saudi Arabia and Israel have strained even as he strove for peace with the hostile regimes in Cuba and Iran.

Saudis have long complained that Obama is slow-walking the necessary military solution to Syria’s civil war despite clear evidence that Ayatollah-proxy President Bashar al-Assad will not relinquish power voluntarily. Unfortunately for…

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