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Problem with analysing the 'Obama Doctrine'

His critics have yet to explain how they would have dealt with foreign policy challenges, except by recycling parts of the bankrupted Bush Doctrine and sounding even more confused

When Mr Obama's policy tends to be mostly reactive as he adjusts his strategy in response to events, some perceive his approach to be confusing and haphazard.

POLITICAL scientists have embraced the notion that every modern American president had a foreign policy "doctrine". Some of the most famous include the Truman Doctrine, the Nixon Doctrine, the Reagan Doctrine and, more recently, the Bush Doctrine.

We seem to take it for granted that every...

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