Don’t Overlook The Phrase I Coined

Charles Krauthammer, today: The Obama doctrine: Leading from behind:

Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the president’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.”

— Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker, May 2 issue

To be precise, leading from behind is a style, not a doctrine. Doctrines involve ideas, but since there are no discernible ones that make sense of Obama foreign policy — Lizza’s painstaking two-year chronicle shows it to be as ad hoc, erratic and confused as it appears — this will have to do.

Remember, way back in February, I offhandedly called him “Hindmost Obama.”

This is more relevant if you’ve read the Ringworld novels, I suppose.