March 30, 2008

Huh?

And if anyone can figure out what side Obama is on

Barack Obama promised that his foreign policy would be a return to what he says was the realist approach practiced by George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

"My foreign policy is actually a return to the traditional realistic policy of George Bush's father, of John F. Kennedy, of in some ways Ronald Reagan," he said Friday.

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Obama claimed that since 9-11, the way foreign policy was viewed had turned from one that understood the limits of military power and had placed a greater emphasis on diplomatic and economic strength to one that placed its sole emphasis on country's military might.
Note: no mention here of Clinton's diplomatic successes.
He described the conventional thinking in Washington on foreign policy as "bipartisan" and this "both ideological and highly political."
Which is it?
"I do think that Senator Clinton would understand that George Bush's polices have failed," Obama added. "But in many ways she has been captive to the same politics that lead her to vote for the war in Iraq. Since 9-11 the conventional wisdom has been you have to look tough on foreign policy by voting and acting like the republicans. And I disagree with it."
But...um...you want to act like the Republicans too. Oh, my head hurts!

3 comments:

The Red Queen said...

No no no no no no no no

Does no one remember Iran Contra? Panama? Afghanistan? Honduras? All those tiny wars in brown countries against poor brown people in the name of "democracy"?

NO.

carissa said...

I do. Just exactly what I was thinking when I read the article.

The Red Queen said...

I was 5 when Reagan became president and I remember those wars. Actually, I had a Panamanian sort-of boyfriend a few years ago whose family had to leave the country for working with the US government during all that crap. Their house got shot to pieces.
Then their were the horrible murders of liberation theology priests and nuns all over Latin America. You know that if someone is all over Reagan type realism that Hugo Chavez is going to be the next victim of American regime change.
I could go on, those little Latin American wars are a giant pet peeve of mine.