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President Barack Obama put himself in the confession box in his recent and much publicized interview in The Atlantic magazine with Jeffrey Goldberg. This is normally something that American presidents do after they leave office. But Mr. Obama is no ordinary president.

In his lengthy discourse, the President cast himself in the role of both sinner and priest as he absolved himself from his various acts of commission or omission. The President doled out lots of blame for his administration’s shortcomings against allies, friends and even senior members of his own national security team. It was vintage Obama: at...

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