Kori Schake

A President Riding Off Into the Sunset?

Three reasons why President Obama isn't about to be a second-term foreign-policy free-ranger.

Republican candidates fared extraordinarily well in the 2014 midterm elections, giving Republicans control of both the House and Senate at the national level and executives governing 31 states of the union. It remains to be seen, however, whether the election is a repudiation of President Barack Obama's agenda, a demonstration of how out of touch Washington elites are with the rest of our country, a thirst for more cooperation in solving the country's many problems, an object lesson in smart new campaigning techniques, or simple evidence that more Democratic seats were up for grabs.

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How to Squander Home-Field Advantage

Surely, the administration should realize that lecturing friends and browbeating allies doesn't do it many favors.

This is what our coalition has come to. The Obama White House is anonymously criticizing the government of Turkey for failing to support our war effort: "This isn't how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone's throw from their border." Leaving aside the factual inaccuracy of the statement, it is sure to embitter the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which has for the past several years been pleading for U.S. support as it deals with an influx of Syrian refugees and military threats from Syrian government forces, manages the potential for radicalization of Turkey's Kurdish citizens, and tries to keep governance of its own territory amid civil wars in both countries on its southern border. That Turkey is hesitant to provide the ground forces for invasion of its neighbor when we appear only halfheartedly committed to and are unwilling to consider Turkey's recommendations should actually not surprise the White House. But it evidently did surprise the White House, since National Security Advisor Susan Rice's claim that Turkey was willing to allow coalition military operations from its bases was refuted by Turkey's president.

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Beijing Memo: What America's Halfhearted 'Pivot' to Asia Must Look Like from Afar

MEMORANDUM: Strategic Planning

To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping

From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui

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All Your Pivots Are Belong to Us

What America's halfhearted "rebalancing" to Asia must look like in Beijing.

MEMORANDUM: Strategic Planning

To: Central Military Commission Chairman, Xi Jinping

From: Vice Chairman, Gen. Fan Changlong / Vice Chairman, Gen. Xu Qiliang / Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chang Wanquan / Chief of PLA General Staff, Gen. Fang Fenghui

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Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.

Let's get this straight: The Western governments that overthrew Muammar al-Qaddafi but declined to disarm the militia that would predictably wreak havoc in Libya are now condemning the efforts of allied regional governments intervening to stanch the rise of Islamists who are dictating political outcomes contrary to election results. So we are now in favor of continued violent squalor for Libya? Because that is what our policy amounts to. 

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