Analyst: US Foreign Policy Problems Occurred Long Before The Obama Administration

Oct 30, 2014

"The Great Satan" is what some Iranians call the United States. This mural is on a wall of the long abandoned U.S embassy in Tehran, Iran.
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Reports surfaced this week that the Obama Administration is considering changing senior members of its foreign policy team after its troubled reactions to several crises.

The Ebola outbreak and the rise of the ISIS - or Islamic State - movement have taxed the United States role as a world leader and have sparked criticism from people on both sides of the aisle in this country. But Graham Fuller, leading foreign policy analyst, believes the issue with ISIS extends to a point before President Obama took office.

Fuller is a former Vice Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council.  He was in Milwaukee this week to talk about the Middle East, and he spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the many intricacies and history surrounding issues the United States has been involved with in the Middle East.

"You can't always expect that states that are successful and democratic, and even balanced are necessarily going to like the United States, or let me say, like U.S. policies. And this is I think a difficulty the U.S. is encountering now globally," says Fuller.

Graham Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, a former senior political scientist at RAND, and currently teaches history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. His most recent book is called Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East. Fuller was in Milwaukee to speak at an event organized by the Niagara Foundation.