Foreign policy is rarely cut and dry.
When is foreign policy cast in concrete? Probably never.
Is it cast in concrete regarding Cuba? Well, so long as Castro’s are alive and in charge, it is pretty much case closed. America’s foreign policy appears to be “let them die out, even when it takes a couple of lifetimes.”
In the case of North Korea, the policy appears to be “Contain them and wait until they succumb to their own entropy, even if it takes generations for change and improvement to evolve.”
In the case of Iran, the policy appears to be “Sanction the government to death, even if it takes generations, unless nuclear weapons development and aggressive behavior culminate into a necessity for violent intervention.”
In the case of Russian foreign policy with the United States, their policy might be to “wait Americans out” as America’s policy might be toward Russia, “wait Russians out.”
Foreign policy is not linear, it is uneven, and it surely is asymmetric and dynamic. Foreign policy should be principled. That is where Obama gets into trouble.
“We have lost nearly all credibility — and therefore leverage — in Egypt,” the chairwoman of the House Middle East panel, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), said Friday. “The United States must take a firm stance and not dither in order to encourage both sides to get back on track toward democracy.”
“Obama's foreign policy image takes hit with Egypt upheaval
By Julian Pecquet - 08/17/13 06:00 AM ET
The Egyptian military's crackdown — which came after the administration declined to call its toppling of President Mohammed Morsi a coup — has made Obama look powerless on the international stage, and raised criticism of his Middle East policy. The impression of aloofness was reinforced by images of the president golfing in Martha's Vineyard throughout the week's violence.
Attacks have come from the left and right, with the liberal editorial board of The New York Times joining GOP senators in criticizing the administration.”