It was quite entertaining to read Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column alleging President Barack Obama has made numerous foreign policy blunders ("Obama foreign policy follies befuddle both left and right," June 9). Unfortunately, Mr. Ehrlich was only successful at lobbing in all of the political buzz words like Obamacare, Benghazi, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright (!) but with no cohesive message or argument. Predictably, in a column supposedly about foreign policy, the governor also chose to mention President Obama's "dismal" domestic track record and "distressing" judicial appointments.
What these things have to do with the president's foreign policy is beyond me (smells like partisan hackery, doesn't it?) but from an objective high-level view, it seems that Mr. Obama's foreign policy track record is quite good. Reduction of troop levels in the Middle East, lowered tensions among some rogue countries and imminent changes in developing countries, not to mention the domestic success of lower unemployment rates, recovering real estate market and a 90 percent gain in the stock market in the last four years.
It would be nice to see Mr. Ehrlich cross the abyss from (seemingly bitter) partisan hack to an objective observer with quality insights using systematic and methodological analysis — looking at both sides of the coin, which his readers would most likely benefit from. It seems all too often that this author is in the end just a partisan whiner.
Benjamin Ram, New YorkCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun