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Masterly Inactivity

In the spirit of fairness, I should note that some of Obama’s other advisors on foreign policy are catching flack from the left for having been insufficiently interventionist in Rwanda and Bosnia (and “alarmingly” so).  Now that SamanthaPower is fortunately out of the campaign, this arguably might make Obama’s foreign policy team somewhat less appalling.  Of course, it is the candidate people are electing, and this reminder about what some of his advisors did (or, more importantly, didn’t) do thirteen or fourteen years ago doesn’t really change my assessment of his views.  It’s a bit like finding out that Scowcroft is on board with McCain: it’s slightly reassuring that there is at least one voice of reason in the cacophony of madness, but only slightly.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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