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May 29, 2014

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Wow, the editorial and opinion pages today are not fans of President Obama's foreign policy plan, as outlined in his big speech to graduating West Point cadets yesterday. Even the most obtuse media writers have noticed that Obama's actions rarely live up to his words.

Here's the Washington Post editorial: "As he has so often in his political career, Mr. Obama has elected to respond to the critical consensus not by adjusting policy but rather by delivering a big speech."

Here's the New York Times': "The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left."

Here's the Wall Street Journal: "Listening to Mr. Obama trying to assemble a coherent foreign policy agenda from the record of the past five years was like watching Tom Hanks trying to survive in "Cast Away": Whatever's left from the wreckage will have to do."

Opinion writers weren't more helpful. Here's John Bolton: "Not since Nixon has a president so relished uncovering middling alternatives between competing straw men."

Here's Elliot Abrams: "There were as many straw men as cadets."

Here's David Ignatius: "Unfortunately, the speech also showed that [Obama] hasn't digested some of the crucial lessons of his presidency."

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