McClatchy quotes VP and Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel on President Obama’s reluctance to use the military in solving conflicts abroad:
Barry Pavel, vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank, said that while Bush may have overused the military, Obama has turned too far in the other direction.
“The Obama administration over-learned that lesson,” Pavel said. “They have an over-appreciation of the risks of action and an under-appreciation of the risks of inaction. He did not want to do this but . . . you can’t wish problems away.”