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Does Obama Need a Kissinger?

“The truth is that President Obama is his own Henry Kissinger,” a senior official tells the Financial Times in an article that posits that “Barack Obama runs the most centralized—or ‘White House-centric’—administration since Richard Nixon.” However, he lacks a “big foreign-policy strategist.” The Financial Times points to a meeting last May with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who refused to accept any of Obama’s demands; Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod were the only Americans present at the meeting. Also, the article flags Tom Donilon as “the most powerful man in the White House whose name isn’t widely known.” As the deputy national security adviser, Donilon organizes the “deputies' meetings” at which foreign policy is often made.