Remember the often repeated quote from Bush, "Stay the Course", a hard line approach that was viewed as the only way to handle negotiations with our enemies. The Axis of Evil!
When put in a corner, sometimes a country will feel they must act just like the way they are being described. Our steel glove covering a steel hand diplomatic style did not work with Korea, Iran, Pakistan, India, and so on and so on.
They must get respect. One way is nuclear. Now Iraq did not have the bomb, so we invaded them. Other countries took notice and developed their own. So there! Stay away.
We can't be everywhere, can't fight everywhere. We are not the world's policeman. Never claimed to be. We are more like the gang that can't shoot straight. We have limited resources, which is shown to the world time and again.
History will show the winners and losers. I fear history will not be kind to the downfall of the United States.
Please read the review of "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power", by David E. Sanger
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