The speech was typical of Mr. Obama: Open with a broad sweep of history from the beginning of the republic to today.
Maybe Thursday's speech wasn't so much about foreign policy as domestic politics.
The only new thing the president did discuss was his drone policy and targeted killings. Even then, he didn't clarify much.
But on the other hand the president wants to limit their use --and turn to them only if there is no chance of capturing the terrorists, and only if no civilians will be hurt. Under those circumstances it's hard to see us ever using drone strikes again.
Frankly, it's a muddle.
If the drone strikes have been as effective as Mr. Obama claims, why are there more terrorists in more places than before as has Al Qaeda and its affiliates have set up shop in new countries? And if Al Qaeda has spread, why limit the drone strikes?
As for the rest of the speech, there was nothing new. He gave the boilerplate Obama talking points.
So why did Mr. Obama give this speech? And why did the White House bill it as a major foreign policy address, the first one of his second term?
Maybe Thursday's speech wasn't so much about foreign policy as domestic politics. Maybe it was an attempt to divert attention away from the scandals of Benghazi, the IRS, the targeting of the AP and now Fox News that have dominated the headlines and threaten to derail Mr. Obama's second term agenda.
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