MSNBC’s newest host, Ronan Farrow, criticized President Barack Obama’s address on foreign policy on Wednesday and his general approach to foreign affairs. Farrow was critical of what he thought was a muddled approach to foreign policy and scolded the president for getting other nations “to do the dirty work.”
Playing a series of clips of Obama’s speech to West Point graduates on Wednesday, Farrow noted the contradictions in the president’s address.
“He explained his reluctance to engage,” Farrow noted. “But wait, wait. He wants intervention, too.”
“His solution: empowering others to do the dirty work,” the MSNBC host continued. “This is a strategy that America has tried again and again, often to our detriment.”
He cited America’s embrace of unsavory actors in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Egypt over the past 40 years which had unforeseen and negative consequences for American national security.
“Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one,” Farrow added, quoting Friedrich Nietzsche. “A little pretentious, but he point seems apt today.”
Farrow invited Ret. U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey onto the program who agreed that a policy of total disengagement from the world is unfeasible. “We can’t back away from warfare,” McCaffrey said. “We’re engaged in the world.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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