During his grand Fall Eurotour—including visits to France, Germany, Italy, and Romania—WRM gave an interview to the French Paper Le Monde. The text can be found here, for those who have some French. WRM and Le Monde discussed everything from Obama’s Syria response to the “pivot to Asia” to Iran. Here’s an excerpt, translated:
In ten years what will we remember about Obama’s foreign policy?
American power in the world is less about the brilliance of its foreign policy than about the developments in the country. I would not be surprised if we remember the current period as one in which the United States progressed to energy independence thanks to unconventional hydrocarbons. Diplomatic victories will be less important in our memory than this new power.The United States is like a 7 feet tall basketball player who doesn’t need a lot of talent to succeed. The French are certainly better in foreign policy, but they are a bit like children who know all about basketball, its history, its practice, but only measure 4 feet tall.
Read the whole thing.