Published online by Cambridge University Press: 08 November 2019
Argues that Obama was a Cold War–style foreign policy realist. Despite hopes and fears that he would transform American interests, he continued with approaches to Muslims and to counterterrorism, for example, that echoed those of his predecessors. Coming to power decrying the “dumb” Iraq War, Obama was complicit in regime change in Libya. He thus continued the pattern of waging wars to liberate Muslims.