Every President has a "doctrine" that outlines their foreign policy. One of my favorite moments from a democratic debate in the primary was when Charles Gibson asked Obama what he would do if a threat was posed to America. Obama stated what he would do and Charles Gibson said "You just described the Bush Doctrine", and then Obama stuttered to try to change his position. I think foreign policy is where Obama is the weakest. He will try to juggle the far-left crowd and at the same time pretend to be tough. From his website he states:
"When I am this party's nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don't like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, "You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”Fair enough. The statement implies that the current administration has been deficient on foreign aid and this is misleading. George Bush has given more foreign aid than any other President. He has forgiven more third world debt than any other President. He has given more AIDS relief than any other President.
He talks about restoring habeas corpus. Habeas Corpus has only been denied to enemy combatants. Lincoln and Ulysses S. also did it in times of war. Bringing an enemy combatant in front of a judge was not necessary. Many find it necessary to front and center terrorists in American courts instead of military tribunals. What the hell for? American citizens have never been denied the right to habeus corpus. Misleading. Obama voted against the war. Did you guys know that? John Kerry served in Viet Nam did you know that? I think he should be careful about touting the "I was right" brain child. It could crawl under his bed like a clown in a poltergeist. The "not talking to leaders we don't like" is such a dumbed-down response to a policy of not legitimizing terrorist regimes. Meeting with the leader of the world's Super power gives prestige to rogue leaders and nations. He will give them prestige and legitimize their evil regimes. President Clinton did this little ditty with Yasser Arafat and North Korea. How did that turn out again? Oh yea, suicide bombers got more bold and Saddam started financing them. North Korea lied to us. Shocker.
He also states that he will finish the fight against Al Qaeda insinuates that we have stopped going after them. Misleading. Also if he thinks that Al Qaeda is the only player in the war on terror, he is a misinformed candidate.
He offers diplomacy to Iran. Again from his website:
"Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior. Obama would offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation. Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress."Nice, no pre-conditions and stepped-up pressure. Too late, Bush called for that yesterday. But Obama can "strenuously" call for Iran to back down and apply Obamanator pressure. Obama offers nothing better in foreign policy except an arrogant "I can do it better" option. The Bush foreign policy is portrayed as a hyper-active war monger going crazy until he can push some nuke buttons. Talk about fear mongering. The left is far more fearful of our government than they are of Islamo-fascists who want to wipe us and Israel off the planet.
This my friends is the creepiest part of Obama's policy:
"Fight Global Poverty: Obama will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and he will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion to achieve that goal. He will help the world's weakest states to build healthy and educated communities, reduce poverty, develop markets, and generate wealth.""HE" will do nothing of the sort. It will be TAX PAYING AMERICANS who already pay out the nose for everyday living. I fail to see how this policy is going to help out our current economic situation. I see where he is going with this. Its the entitlement and guilt syndrome. Shower the world with money from the US, which we already do, and they will like us more. And they don't and won't. Misleading.
In Asia he will:
"...forge a more effective framework in Asia that goes beyond bilateral agreements, occasional summits, and ad hoc arrangements, such as the six-party talks on North Korea. He will maintain strong ties with allies like Japan, South Korea and Australia; work to build an infrastructure with countries in East Asia that can promote stability and prosperity; and work to ensure that China plays by international rules.""More Effective". OK. Arrogant. He calls the Bush-Cheney policy of not talking to enemies arrogant. Ok Mr. More Effective, who's more arrogant?
This is where I get off the Obama train. I could write about this for ten more pages, but for the sake of not becoming someones sleeping pill I will give it a rest. Let's just let the debate take on a life of its own...after all, its what has divided our nation. The war on terror has been a dividing factor in our so called need for unification. I have often wondered had Al Gore been the President and outlined the current conflict, how would the picture look today. Liberals fighting for a tough stance on religious extremist murderers and conservatives downplaying terrorist rhetoric. If only. For an opposing opinion read The Pluribus Driver