Of all the evaluations of President Obama’s first one hundred days, I found this analysis by Stratfor CEO George Friedman to be the most compelling.
Friedman argues convincingly that the Obama administration has succeeded in changing the optics and atmospherics surrounding American foreign policy – but that the only substantial strategic shift has been in its engagement of Turkey.
But I think that Friedman misses one key point.
As German Federal Minister for the Environment Sigmar Gabriel makes clear in the clip above, the Obama administration, unlike the Bush administration before it, is committed to developing and implementing a serious post-Kyoto carbon emissions regime.
Environmentalists have been starving for American leadership on climate change – and those engaged in the weeds of this issue are already noticing a much more cooperative posture from the Obama team.
— Ben Katcher