Foreign Affairs

Should Obama Be Like Bush?

Some of President Obama's supporters may have gone silent in response to his restrained approach to the unrest in Iran but, according to Clive Crook in today's Financial times, those supporters are mistaken about Obama's aims. "He never said a friendly smile would change everything. Nor has he shrunk from using hard power, as far as US opinion will allow." In fact, Crook writes, those ideological allies who criticize Obama for his approach seem to be calling for a form of politics they once derided: "They stupidly believed that the president's face was all it would take to change the world. Suddenly they want him to be less like Barack Obama and more like George W. Bush."