The New York Times Slams Obama Foreign Policy Speech

President Obama delivered a speech yesterday on foreign policy, and the New York Times was not impressed.

In their May 29 print editorial, the Times editors write that Obama’s speech at West Point “provided little new insight,” relied on “hackneyed phrases,” and was even “ludicrous.”

“[H]e provided little new insight into how he plans to lead in the next two years, and many still doubt that he fully appreciates the leverage the United States has even in a changing world,” the editorial reads.

The editorial criticizes Obama for glossing over conflicts in Egypt, failing to properly address China and Russia, barely addressing government surveillance abuses and drone strikes, and offering token support for the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

“This was far from Mr. Obama’s big moment,” the Times notes. “But since he has no office left to run for, what matters ultimately is his record in the next two and a half years.”


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