Michael Gerson, Council on Foreign Relations | July 31, 2009
President Obama's engagement with US’ adversaries is failing. ++ North Korea and Iran responded to America’s politics of dialogue by testing nuclear weapons and commencing nuclear enrichment. ++ “Obama's diplomatic hand has been extended for a while now…fists remain clenched.” ++ These oppressive regimes are internally too preoccupied to respond to US rapprochement. ++ Anti-Americanism legitimizes their power. ++ Obama’s foreign policy demonstrates the limits of engagement and provokes confrontation.