“It seems fair to ask, then: Why is it necessary to define a president’s foreign policy ‘doctrine’ at all? Isn’t dealing with some 200 countries, not to mention transnational threats like climate change and terrorism, complicated enough to defy easy summarization? Why do pundits try so hard to impose order on the messy reality of governing?
“‘I don’t know, honestly,’ said Michael Singh, a Middle East specialist who served in former President George W. Bush’s National Security Council. ‘Maybe we’re trying to make sense of the chaotic world around us? Maybe there’s an existential need for this…'”
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