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Flournoy: Obama speech ‘very nuanced’

May 28th, 2014
03:12 PM ET

A speech Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama, billed as a major foreign policy address, was “a very nuanced message and it’s hard to communicate,” a former top U.S. Defense official told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“Different people will hear it in different ways,” Michele Flournoy, who served as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under President Obama, said.

Just 38% of American approve of President Obama’s foreign policy, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll.

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Flournoy, who was the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history and is often cited as a possible future Defense Secretary.

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  1. ashok

    Nuance is good in diplomacy, but the bad guys need to hear the message spelt out in simple English.

    May 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  2. WSBK

    Giving a speech on US Foreign Policy that is described by the Administration as “a very nuanced message and it’s hard to communicate,” and one that "different people will hear it in different ways" seems to be a very inept way to communicate international policy.

    May 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  3. ACRII

    A persons reality is based on their experiances and in-depth knowledge of the subject...

    Unless you have been following the Asian/EU news through foreign Media or live there. Few Americans know anything about what is really happening there...

    After 26+years in US Military and living almost a decade in Asia. The resource grab by China both internally and Internationally are a preview of the WORLDS future. Tibet (many resources) and currently the Uyghurs region (coal) & China Sea (oil/NG), will only escalate...

    May 29, 2014 at 2:45 am | Reply
  4. Frances

    "Nuanced" is a nice way of putting it!!!!

    May 29, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
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