Obama’s Intelligent Foreign Policy

Lost in all the ridiculous talk about appeasement (a political charge lobbed by a few, vocal Bush foreign policy dead-enders including, unfortunately, McCain), is a true understanding of Barack Obama’s foreign policy philosophy. Take it from the man himself:

“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.”

“Obama will launch the most aggressive diplomatic effort in recent American history to reach a new compact on the stability of Iraq and the Middle East. This effort will include all of Iraq’s neighbors – including Iran and Syria. This compact will aim to secure Iraq’s borders; keep neighboring countries from meddling inside Iraq; isolate al Qaeda; support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups; and provide financial support for Iraq’s reconstruction.”

“Obama would insulate the Director of National Intelligence from political pressure by giving the DNI a fixed term, like the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Obama will seek consistency and integrity at the top of our intelligence community – not just a political ally.”

“Obama will reverse President Bush’s policy of secrecy. He will institute a National Declassification Center to make declassification secure but routine, efficient, and cost-effective.”

“Obama will bring foreign policy decisions directly to the people by requiring his national security officials to have periodic national broadband town hall meetings to discuss foreign policy. He will personally deliver occasional fireside chats via webcast.”

Lastly,

“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. [Emphasis added] 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.”

Barack Obama is a foreign policy realist with a strong, confident understanding of the world and America’s role in it. His philosophy is in the mold of T.R. Obama will speak softly and, always, because we are America, carry a big stick. Best of all, he will not continue the hysterical, fear-inspired, foreign policy failures of the Bush-McCain-Lieberman axis.

Under Obama, America will get it’s groove back.

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21 Responses to Obama’s Intelligent Foreign Policy

  1. Valerie says:

    The first thing that tipped me off about Barack Obama was the contrast between the training that his supporters received in Maryland for talking with supporters of other candidates, and the content of his speeches.

    While Barack Obama was making speeches promising to withdraw from Iraq faster than is humanly possible, his supporters were trained to promptly reply “We know we can’t do this.”

  2. misanthropicus says:

    Obama good at foreign policy? mM friend, slow down with that crack thing!

  3. BHATTATHIRI says:

    Obama’s , management is a process of aligning people and getting them committed to work for a common goal to the maximum social benefit – in search of excellence. Major functions of a manager are planning, organizing, leading and coordinating activities — they put different emphasis and suggest different natures of activities in the following four major functions..
    The critical question in all managers’ minds is how to be effective in their job. The answer to this fundamental question is found in the Bhagavad-Gita, which repeatedly proclaims that “you must try to manage yourself.” The reason is that unless a manager reaches a level of excellence and effectiveness, he or she will be merely a face in the crowd.

  4. Dawn says:

    obama is a fraud that is a dirty chicago politician…spin it anyway you want, he is a loser….

  5. Ian R says:

    Which foreign policy are you talking about? It has changed 4 or 5 times in the last few weeks as his mistakes have caught up. I am not even sure I understand his newest of new positions on foreign policy. Meet with Hamas and now no meeting with Hamas. Meet with Iran and now only under certain circumstances would he meet with Iran. Pull out of Iraq immediately and pull out when it makes sense on the ground in a responsible way.
    In 2004 Obama said his position on the war was “no different than George Bush” and today he says he has been anti-war since the start. It is all about being a chameleon and changing with the times and audiences.

  6. JVickman says:

    You simply can not trust a word this Obama character says… period.

  7. Yashmak says:

    “Obama will launch the most aggressive diplomatic effort in recent American history to reach a new compact on the stability of Iraq and the Middle East.”

    The old quote goes “war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means”. If that addage is true, then Obama is not only NOT a realist about foreign policy, the statement I quote above is blatantly misleading. How can he have the most aggressive diplomatic effort without even mentioning the possibility of continuing it with force if necessary?

    What’s he going to do to Al Qaeda? Negotiate them to death? Al Qaeda has been crippled by a combination of military effort AND diplomacy, and a large portion of that effort has occurred in Iraq, where Obama proudly announces he didn’t vote to send troops. It’s non-sensical.

    Town-hall meetings to decide foreign policy? That’s like a nuclear physicist having a town hall meeting so that the American people have a say on building a particle collider. Ridiculous.

  8. hanna says:

    Oh my gosh. What an absurd, sadly misinformed article. Koolaid drinkers, please, please get a grip already.

  9. Rockyspoon says:

    I would never vote Obama. He’s so inexperienced it hurts. My own grandmother has more wisdom about politics than he does. Too bad he threw his under the bus.

  10. ForeignIdiot says:

    Well done and God bless the people of the United States, Guam & Puerto Rico etc. for an entertaining, brutal, colorful and honest display of an open struggle for power. Democracy is the least harmful form of government.

  11. Don says:

    BHS is a true globalist. He, and those of his ilk, reject the soveriegnty of any natiuon in favor of the UN General Assembly.
    It is a certainty that, if BHS is elected President of the United States, the United States will cease to exist as a sovereign nation within 8 years – IF BHS is elected President AND IF congress remains in the hands of the Democrat Party.
    Admittedly, these are two huge IFs, but if the American electorate is foolish enough to elect BHS AND return majority control to the Democrats, we deserve what we get.

  12. USMC GI Bill Veteran. says:

    Please, get more of what Obama will do out in the public – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

    And then, remind people that he is for ‘change’…

    The above listed ‘change’ things that obama will do are a joke; The public has been duped. There is no change there!

    People need to see that Obama is nothing new, and is just a retread Liberal/Socialist in ‘change’ clothing.

  13. Michael says:

    Actually, Obama would be in the realm of Jimmy Carter. Before Obama fired her, Samantha Powers was his foreign policy advisory, who is a Universalist. Universalism believes in stopping world hunger, poverty, and the causes of strife to solve terrorism… but if you know the history of JC, you can figure out why that doesn’t work.

    I don’t look at the man, I look at who he hires. Politicians lie and that is normal, but you know where his advice comes from, and it speaks tomes of truth. Just like people not listening about Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz all being a part of the Project for a New American Century; the necon think tank thats been after Iraq since the Clinton administration.

    Back to Obama, there isn’t really anyone in his advisors that is that aggressive. He is far away from the zero-sum game of realists. He is most likely a liberal internationalist who believes in universalism, and there is proof of that such as his bill “S. 2433: Global Poverty Act of 2007.” Its a 13 year tax that totals to $845 billion dollars on Americans to help world poverty.

  14. mjmisterka says:

    i love to hear the hate filled recriminations of hopeless people who have bought into the reality of the present administration. get it out of you…get it all out! and when you are spent from all that vitriol maybe you will come to a calmer place and notice the people with confidence and the hope of being able to put their energies into making a better world. and maybe…just maybe, you will join us. we need your energy , too.

  15. Turlock says:

    Offering full diplomatic relations to Iran, inclusion in trade organizations and economic assistance packages have been on offer to Iran since the Clinton presidency. Iran has rejected every offer of cooperation whether made by the US or EU. There is nothing new in the choice Obama would give Iran, that is the very choice given to Iran by Russia, China, EU, US and UN all working together.

    Last week, Maliki, Condi Rice and the ministers of Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, met in Stockholm for several days to negotiate securing Iraq’s borders, establishing full diplomatic relations with Iraq, and economic assistance and trade with the iraq. Again, there is nothing new in Obama’s position.

  16. Yashmak says:

    “Hate filled recriminations”? I didn’t realize that was the new liberal term for ‘facts’.

    mjmisterka, you provide exactly the sort of empty rhetoric described by every single other commentor here, the same sort provided by the candidate you apparently support. It doesn’t address a single tangible issue!

    We want a better world too. We just realize that electing Obama is a sure-fired way NOT to get it. Try reading the other comments, and if you can, consider them dispassionately and realistically. What Obama is proposing in terms of foreign policy has never worked in all of our nation’s history (or ANY nation’s history for that matter). You placate a foe, inform him that you’re not willing to fight, only to negotiate, and they walk all over you. Historical precedent proves this out time and time again.

  17. MotownRepub says:

    Bush has told to Iran to abandon their nuclear aspirations and support of terrorism in favor of becoming a member of the civilized nations of the world, and the benefits thereof. If not, they will continue to be isolated. This is Obama’s idea? So, why will he succeed where none before him have? Because he is such a wonderful guy and such a great speaker? Think it over again please, you are living in a fantasy world if you think that Obama will simply win-over the world with his smile, after all he is no Mary Tyler Moore. I am picturing Obama spinning around in circles and throwing his hat in the air … yippeee, I am President, the world is just going to love me !!!!

  18. NoSoPC says:

    Mr. Obama’s foreign policy sounds like the kind idealistic, naive, drivel that you hear from brain washed/emasculated third graders on how to deal with the play ground bully. At the end of the day some one has to sock the bully in mouth so that the other children can play in peace. War and millitary might are tools of statecraft not a failure of it. War has been used to resolve, issues that are unresolvable via diplomacy since men first competed for the same food resources. Take a look at history and you will quickly see that indeed war as horrible and unwanted as it is solves problems. Obama is still on the play ground and has yet to grow up enough to learn that sometimes you have to fight or those who respect no law will feed upon the weak and steal their lives and human dignity.

  19. USMC GI Bill Veteran. says:

    mjmisterka… Listen to Yashmak.

    I would be happy if you would clearly & simply state what Obama is going to do as President. Issue by issue.

    No pleasantries, Kumbaya’s, or doubletalk.
    * Social Security – Exactly how will Obama fund the future?
    * Universal Health Care – For whom, and who pays? Exactly how much?
    * Bush’s tax cuts – Who keeps them, and who does not?
    * High cost of higher Education – How is Obama going to bring it down?
    * Federal entitlements & mandates placed on the States – How will Obama stop this?
    * Gay marriage – What will Obama do; support or oppose?
    * Abortion – What will Obama do; Continue to support or oppose?
    * Iraq – Will Obama pull out immediately? What happens after pull out?
    * Iran – if Iran nukes Israel, what will Obama do?
    * Energy – Will Obama let gas prices continue to rise, or create policies that will bring costs down? Exactly what policies?
    * Global Warming – Does Obama support taxing American business & people to make the Greens happy? Can Obama guarantee that the Greens are right? What should be the consequences if the Greens are wrong? What steps does Obama propose?
    * Nuclear Power – Does Obama support expansion of nuclear power ? Will he support a reduction in bureacratic obstacles to licensing new plants?
    * Families – Does Obama support policies that build families? Exactly WHAT policies?
    * Religion – Does Obama support policies that allow freedom of worship in the public?
    * How will Obama retain the American lead in space? How will he pay for it?
    * Military – Will Obama commit to keeping America the #1 military in the world?
    * Immigration – Will Obama commit to enforcing immigration laws? Exactly how?

    This list is just a start. Obama needs to start talking and providing detail. He, and all the Liberals will be held accountable by the non-MSM press. They will not like accountability, but the non-MSM press is more prevalent now than 15 years ago, and Obama can not escape their scrutiny.

  20. ford says:

    You article made for some interesting reading.

    The issue here is that Obama brings a nothing new to the table, unless he is offering appeasement. The talks have been ongoing with all of our friends, and alleged enemies. Even the countries that we are not formally in talks with have access to our state reps at all times.

    The notion that he will bring something new to the table is naive, and suggest what his detractors say may be true. World peace is not a world without struggle, struggle is part of the human condition.

    The problems we face are sadly not problems the USA can alter or remove, and to suggest that we are the cause of the world dilemmas is a platform that will not win voters.

    Indeed, if there were no USA the world @ large would have needed to invent one to balance the messgae of hate coming from so many parts of the earth.

  21. Clifton Chadwick says:

    You said,
    Barack Obama is a foreign policy realist with a strong, confident understanding of the world and America’s role in it. His philosophy is in the mold of T.R. Obama will speak softly and, always, because we are America, carry a big stick. Best of all, he will not continue the hysterical, fear-inspired, foreign policy failures of the Bush-McCain-Lieberman axis

    I say,
    Thanks for the laughs!! I truly appreciate sycophants who brown their noses and fail to see the truth. That always brightens my day!!

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