Friday, March 28, 2008

Obama's Foreign Policy Promise

Nothing could do more to change America's negative image in the world than electing Barack Obama as president of the United States. That would be the ultimate facelift, and the beginning of the end for Al-Qaida, which has florished thanks to George W. Bush.

Barack Obama in New York City on March 27.
                                                              Photo: Hans Sandberg

But Hillary then? Well, it is true that she would be the first woman, but her foreign policy track record is weak and as we all know, she voted to authorize Bush-Cheney's Iraq war, a major foreign policy as well as a defence policy blunder. Here as in many other places, Obama is the man with new ideas, and the man who promises change. Hillary promises to start a withdrawal from Iraq, but she has shown no inclination to new thinking, which is an absolute necessity for the U.S. to regain a positive role in the world.

For a very interesting article about Barack Obama's foreign policy thinking, read the new issue of the American Prospect!

The Obama Doctrine, by Spencer Ackerman (March 24, 2008)

And while you're at it, also read Daniel Levy's interesting discussion of the next president's options in the Middle East.

The Next President and the Middle East (March 24, 2008)

Hans Sandberg

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