March 29, 2016
Ted Galen Carpenter
Senior Fellow for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.
Obama’s Initial Reaction to Brussels Bombings: Right Decision, Poor Optics. As soon as the terrorist bombings took place in Brussels, President Obama’s many critics demanded that he immediately terminate his state visit to Cuba and abandon the rest of his trip to Latin America. Instead, Senator John Kasich, Senator Ted Cruz, and other GOP luminaries insisted the president should return immediately to Washington and go into crisis mode with his national security team. President Obama firmly refused to do so. Instead, he continued his trip as scheduled.