Traditions

The Obama administration’s foreign policy might not be obviously conservative, but a case can be made for its traditionalism. Pat Buchanan makes it (well):

What Ike was conceding at Suez was that the British and French empires were history and Arab nationalism was the future in the Middle East. What Nixon was conceding was that Mao’s revolution was irreversible, and America must deal with the new reality. […] Obama is in that tradition of ruthless American pragmatism. […] … What is the new reality Obama sees across the Middle East? …

The subsequent, succinct analysis is impressively clear-eyed.

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