Assessment of Barack Obama’s Presidency… Practically Historical attempts a nonpartisan analysis of the 44th President.
Arab sprung: Obama’s foreign policy was rudderless, and often alienated long-time allies. The desperate attempt to sever ties to the Bush years was praised by the international community, but offered restored hope and strategic leniency to our enemies. Hard withdrawal deadlines, reluctance to utilize force, and a willingness to support pell-mell regime change emboldened our enemies abroad and dangerously weakened our strategic position in the world. The Iran nuclear deal could seriously destabilize the Middle East for years to come.
Underestimating the Junior Varsity: By 2009, few could argue that Bush’s surge of 2006 had pacified Iraq. Obama’s stubborn adherence to a strategic recommendation(troop withdrawal by 2012) by Bush officials may have won him political points, but it sacrificed the hard won peace in the Iraqi provinces. ISIS emerged as a legitimate threat to peace in the region and US national security. Obama’s half-hearted military response allowed once pacified regions of Iraq to fall under ISIS control. His refusal to acknowledge the real threat these fanatics represent has allowed their influence to spread outside the region. Miscalculations in Syria have prevented Obama from establishing a coherent policy for battling this very real threat to our security.
Not my signature: Every President wants to leave a lasting mark on domestic policy. Obama’s legislative achievement was the Affordable Care Act- actual health insurance reform. Every Democratic President since Truman wanted to reform the industry and cover more people. The terribly complex and confounding legislation was heavy on regulation, passed on a party-line vote, and lacked public support nearly from its inception. The law failed in many of its most basic goals and has wreaked havoc across the country with poorly conceived exchanges and ideologically driven mandates.