Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America

By Debra TashObama.doctrine

Dr. Robert Kaufman, a professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, spoke to the Thousand Oaks Republican Women today in Westlake.  He outlined the detrimental foreign policy detailed in his new book, Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America.

President Reagan believed he was an ordinary man leading an extraordinary country.  Obama sees himself as a world historical figure leading a flawed country.

Obama’s presidency has lowered the barriers to aggression in three very important geopolitical regions around the world, the Middle East, Europe and most important of all, East Asia, rich in natural resources.  Kaufman notes the President believes the main danger to the world is American power, his driving ideology.  Under his watch the country’s armed forces have shrunk.  When he leaves office the navy will only have 220 surface vessels, a level below what it was at the outbreak of World War 2.

Dr. Kaufman compared the percentage spent by past and present administrations on defense; Kennedy 8.7% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product),  Reagan 6.6% to Obama’s 3%.  It is the Entitlement State, and not defense, which is crippling our economy.

The professor said that Obama has made a bad situation worse in the Middle East.  When the President drew a “red line” with Syria over chemical weapons, he didn’t enact any consequences for Assad’s subsequent use of them.  He has abandoned America’s traditional allies, idling as Vladimir Putin has systematically dismantled the Ukraine. 

While past presidents championed America’s exceptionalism, Obama has continually undermined it with his “apology” tours on to forging an unenforceable agreement with the radical regime in Iran.  Iran’s ultimate goal is to destroy Israel and America and reestablish a 9th century Islamic caliphate. There is no safeguard in the agreement the Obama administration forged with the mullahs.  Iran is tasked with inspecting its own nuclear facilities, and there will be no real “snap back” to sanctions guaranteed by the agreement. The United Nations has been given the power to reimpose them.  China, Russia and France would veto the action.


Dr. Robert G. Kaufman

Kaufman predicts Obama will angle to be the first American to serve as Secretary General of the United Nations.  He will then be able to continue diminishing American power while increasing the UN’s.

As to the upcoming election, the professor admits he is not on the Trump train.  Kaufman supported Senator Rubio then Senator Cruz.  Trump’s “I’m an American First(er)” “We haven’t benefited at all with our alliance with Japan, Korea, India” to the candidate’s statement on disbanding NATO, have given Kaufman pause.  He believes Trump is an isolationist which will move a Trump presidency closer to Obama than to Reagan.  He does concede that Trump could come out with something like his Supreme Court appointee list for Foreign Policy to address some of the Conservatives’ reservations on his candidacy.

For now, the President sits silent on the rise of dangerous regimes as America continues to retreat.  Mr. Obama instead, warns the nation and the world of the dire threat of global warming.

Robert G. Kaufman is professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. He is the author of Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics and In Defense of the Bush Doctrine. His latest book Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America can be found at Amazon or any bookstore near you or online.


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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William "Bill" Hicks

Dr. Kaufman sounds lie a reputable source of information.