A cold-eyed view of allies has left Obama with few overseas friends

April 18, 2016 1:12 PM

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A cold-eyed view of allies has left Obama with few overseas friends

For someone who preaches the importance of diplomacy and outreach, even to longtime enemies, President Obama can be awfully tough on his friends.

In recent months Obama has offended most of America’s Gulf Arab allies. “All I need in the Middle East is a few smart autocrats,” he joked privately, according to a recent profile in the Atlantic. Publicly, he has said he “weeps” for Saudi and Kuwaiti children.

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