You just can’t please the Washington establishment, Fareed Zakaria observes in Newsweek. Beltway pundits almost universally blasted former President Bush’s foreign policy as arrogant and incompetent. But now that President Obama is charting a decidedly different course—closing Guantanamo, nixing torture, and signaling openness to talks with Syria, Iran, Russia, and elements of the Taliban—commentators still aren’t happy.
“The conservative backlash has been almost comical in its fury,” Zakaria writes, adding that “The problem with American foreign policy goes beyond George Bush.” Washington “has gotten comfortable with the exercise of American hegemony and treats compromise as treason and negotiations as appeasement. This is not foreign policy; it's imperial policy. And it isn't likely to work in today's world.”