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US - US foreign policy: The Washington playbook curse

US – US foreign policy: The Washington playbook curse

In his final year in office, President Barack Obama has fired a parting shot at Washington DC’s foreign policy world. In a historic interview with The Atlantic magazine, Obama lamented the “Washington playbook”: the policy templates that tilt America towards military action, even when it is not in its own interest. Syria is a case in point. Washington insiders and pundits insisted that America’s credibility was on the line when President Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s infamous “red line” on chemical weapons. Obama’s view?

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