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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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  • Fen Osler Hampson

    Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.