- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Yorker has a fun gossipy account of Obama foreign policy moves. It has some nice touches, but mainly reads to me like the world as seen by Anne Marie Slaughter and her homies at the State Department. The undertone, I think, is “smart girls at the State Department, with some help from Samantha Power, showed Obama and his boys at the White House how to do foreign policy.” The article gets Drezner-ized here. I’m surprised that FP‘s Shadow Governors haven’t feasted on this article. (It is a fun blog but they need to file more.)
I actually found this Sunday New York Times Magazine piece on Obama’s mother more illuminating, in terms of understanding the president and his view of the world. But both are good articles — and strong examples of the role of long-form journalism.