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Perhaps Obama’s ambivalent foreign policies reflect America’s own ambivalence towards foreign policy.
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Obama's dilemma is America's appetite for power but aversion to political risk
In 1964, then-former US secretary of state and foreign policy adviser Dean Acheson elaborated a plan for the partition of Cyprus which proved unpalatable to all concerned parties. During a visit to Washington, the Greek prime minister and president Lyndon Johnson locked horns over the issue. Shortly afterwards, when the Greek ambassador explained the plan’s shortcomings, Johnson exploded:
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