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The Inheritance

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for New York Times, author of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, discusses the foreign policy issues President Obama has faced in his first year in office. He outlines the critical choices the president faces, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Iran and North Korea, and looks at what his decisions so far have meant for repairing alliances and expanding American influence.

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Comments [4]

danielet from nyc

Sanger shows he has a "feel" for Obama White House but nowhere near as many leaks as under Bush. Michelle made clear to Obama: YOU'LL NEVER CLEAN OUT *YOUR* WHITE HOUSE STABLES UNTIL YOU PUT THE CLINTONISTA HORSES OUT TO PASTURE. She fully realized, but he's afraid to face it, that Rahm Emanuel&Co are a boa constrictor dedicated to squeezing Obama out of White House by 2012 so Hillary can replace him. Alas, she's very weak without being the dummy and Bill the ventriloquist and cannot beat Petraeus as the "stab in the back" Republican candidate.

Jan. 30 2010 09:49 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

"Obama takes his time to hear out opposing arguments."

Simply not true. On labor issues, he had numerous discussions without inviting ANY labor figures.

On health care, he pointedly excluded ALL representatives of single payer.

On economic recovery, the bailout and the stimulus package, he clearly excluded the most progressive (but still mainstream) voices -- Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, Brooksley Born, Michael Hudson, Nouriel Roubini.

Sanger's claim is just wrong on the facts.

What utter nonsense, but exactly what we should expect from a Harvard-educated propagandist for power at the Times.

Jan. 26 2010 12:20 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

David Sanger and the New York Times may be too dim to get it, but the rest of the world certainly does.

Obama talks the talk, but he doesn't walk the walk.

He talks nice nice (if not very intelligently -- note simple blunders like the "Relax" button for Russians). Obama does nothing more.

His policies are indistinguishable from Bush's. War in Iraq. More war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. No leadership on the environment. No pressure applied to Israeli war criminals. No prosecution or even investigation of Bush administration war criminals. More US bluster on Venezuela and Latin American democracies with left-leaning governments.

Worst, no end to extraordinary rendition. No due process rights for prisoners held by US. No end to torture at Bagram.

The rest of the world sees clearly what Americans like David Sanger are too blinded by knee-jerk American dogma to see.

Jan. 26 2010 12:14 PM
Ed Helmrich

One notable thing about President Obama's foreign policy is that he is (through the U.N.) promoting and funding abortion in countries around the world. This isn't the best thing for America's image, among other things.

Jan. 26 2010 08:34 AM

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