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Obama's Boastful Helping of Iran Makes Him Renfield to Their Dracula.

Being president of the United States is often described as the most powerful job in the world not because the president can remake America with the stroke of a pen (he can't), or because the United States is the most powerful nation in the world (although that helps), but because of the unrivaled power it gives the executive to chart America's course in the world. At home, the president may not be able to do much about the roads, taxes, or even delivering the mail. Abroad, he can start and stop wars, make enemies into friends (and vice versa), and otherwise determine the tone and often the direction of the entire planetor at least that part of the planet that responds to American economic, diplomatic, and military cues. Which is one good reason why that even presidents who come to office proclaiming their disinterest in foreign policylike Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obamaoften wind up their second terms in office focused on the one policy area they can actually control.

With the Senate falling into Republican hands, then, the Obama Administration will naturally turn more of its attention to foreign policy. So, what's on tap? The first and easiest prediction that any number of pundits have made is that the administration will circumvent Congress and push through a permanent agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program when the deadline comes up Nov. 24.

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Author:Smith, Lee
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Nov 6, 2014
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